Friday, August 21, 2015
Simple Witchcraft Basics
Witchcraft is an earth-based religion steeped in magick and history, reconstructed from pagan practices and beliefs dating back before Christianity. Although beliefs among different traditions of Wicca and Witchcraft have their own particular beliefs, most traditions agree upon these basic principles:
Witches believe that the divine is in nature; nature is sacred, and must therefore be respected and protected. The pentacle represents our connection to nature and the natural elements, earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, which are represented by the 5 points on the pentacle.
Most witches, including myself, believe that the divine is both masculine and feminine; that there is both a God and a Goddess, and all of the Gods and Goddesses from various pantheons represent different aspects of this one God and Goddess, much the same way that the Holy Trinity (father, son and holy spirit) is all part of the one God in Christianity.
Witches do not worship Satan. In fact, we do not even believe that such a being exists, nor do we believe in hell or sin. Satan, hell, and sin are part of Christianity, not Witchcraft.
Witches believe in the Rule of Three: What you give is returned to you threefold. This means that whatever energy you send out is returned to you times three. This is why Witches always strive to do good and only send out positive energy; if you use magick to hurt someone, that negative energy will rebound on you threefold, either in this life or the next.
We seek to live in harmony with nature and its cycles. We celebrate the turning of the seasons and the cycles of the moon.
Every one of us has the ability to enact meaningful change in their life and the world around us through prayer, ritual, and magick. We all have the ability to call upon and interact with the divine; we do not require a priest or select group of clergy to communicate to the divine on our behalf—we are all equally important and equally loved by the Goddess and God.
We believe in live and let live. We do not try to convert other people to our religion. Everyone has the right to believe what they want and practice what feels right and natural to them. We respect other people’s personal and religious beliefs and wish for them to accord us the same respect.