One of the Witches` most important basic belief,obviously, is the reality and possibility of Magic.
Witches reject the masculine, patriarchal concept of God, in favour of older ideas. We do not see why a rigid monotheism should necessarily be a sign of human advancment, as it is generally taken to be. It seems more reasonable to us to concieve of divinity as being both Masculine and Feminine; and as evolving morever a hierarchy of great beings, personified as gods and goddesses, who rule over the different departments of nature, and assist in the evolutionof the cosmos.
If witches` cocept of God were to be more precisely defined, it could perhaps best be called LIFE itself - the life force of the universe.
Moreover, it must be Supreme wisdom, because of the wonders and beauty manifested in the myraid forms. Its tendency is to evolve forms capable of expressing ever higher degrees of Intelligence; so we who are its children should seek to live in harmony with nature, which is the visible expression of cosmic life, and in doing so find true wisdom and Happiness.
Witches do not believe that true morality consist of observing a list of thou-shall-nots. Our morality can be summed up in one sentence, " Do what you will, so long as it harms none."
The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if the need rises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others. The Power is used only as need dictates. The Power can be used for your own gain, as long as by doing so you harm none. It is unwise to accept money for use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions. Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and magick. Ever remember that the Power is the sacred gift of the Goddess and God, and should never be misused or abused. And this is the law of the Power. The Law We are of the Old Ways, among those who walk with the Goddess and God and receive Their love. Keep the Sabbats and Esbats to the best of your abilities, for to do otherwise is to lessen your connection with the Goddess and God. Harm none. This, the oldest law, is not open to interpretation or change. Shed not blood in ritual; the Goddess and God need not blood to be duly worshipped. Those of our ways are kind to all creatures, for hurtful thoughts are quiet draining and aren't worth the loss of energy. Misery is self-created; so, too, is joy, so create joy and disdain misery and unhappiness. And this is within your power. So harm not. Teach only what you know, to the best of your ability, to those students who you choose, but teach not to those who would use your instructions for destruction or control. Also, teach not to boost pride, forever remember: She who teaches out of love shall be enfolded in the arms of the Goddess and God. Ever remember that if you would be of our way, keep the law close to your heart, for it is the nature of the Wicca to keep the Law. If ever the need arises, any law may be changed or discarded, and new laws written to replace them, so long as the new laws don't break the oldest law of all: Harm None. Blessings of the Goddess and God on us all.
THE WICCAN REDE and the THREEFOLD LAW
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