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Friday, February 5, 2010

Wicca For Kids - 13 Principles -- part 2

Friday, February 5, 2010

Continuing from yesterday's post here are the last seven of the Thirteen Principles of Witchcraft and my thoughts on them.

7. We see religion, magick and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it -- a world viewand philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft, the Wiccan Way.

Wicca is not about just celebrating the Sabbats and the Esbats. Rather it is how we live our lives everyday. We see the Goddess and God in all things. Whether it is a thunderstorm or a sunrise. 

8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch -- but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

We must live a good life and be a good example to the world around us. Just like the last one this is not just about celebrating it is about Living It.

9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and our personal role within it.

We believe that all things change. Some good and some bad but that is how we learn.

10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way," and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. We do not have any thing against other religions as long as we can practice our own.

11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the origins of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

While we are not an 'old' faith we know that what we do works. And rather than focus on what came before we are focused on now and what is coming. 

12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil", as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

This reflects well the concept of the Wiccan Rede; 'If it harm none do as you will'. 

13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

I know that many of us use herbal teas at the very least. That may be a beginning to a way to explain this to our kids. Explain that many of our medicines come from the natural world, they have just been copied in a lab.

I hope that you have enjoyed these posts. I start next week on the History of the Craft, hope you tune in and let me know what you think so far.

Blessed Be!

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