1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked
phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our
environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering
fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average
person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called ‘supernatural’,
but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity
– as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people
and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value
neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex
as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy
used in magical practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known
as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and
we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena
and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as
necessary for our fulfillment.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach,
respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those
who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
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 view and philosophy of life which we identify
as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself ‘Witch’ does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself,
nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seek to control the
forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without
harm to others and in harmony with nature.
9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution
and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal
role within it.
10.Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy
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.
11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft,
the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions.
We are concerned with our present and our future.
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 accept that personal benefit can be derived
only by denial to Another.
13.We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our
Due to Weschcke's efforts these principles were later incorporated into the army's
'Chaplains handbook' for use in the U.S. Army. Shortly after this achievement the
Council of American Witches disbanded, this due mainly to the difficulties inherent
in reconciling differences among its many member traditions. The 13 Principles of
Wiccan Belief lived on however, and today many American Witches continue to endorse
Elements and directions are important in Pagan tradition and magickal practice. Each
of these has specific attributes and is part of the Tarot and Astrology. According
to Western European Pagan traditions, the four traditional elements correspond to
the four directions. There are Native American tribes that also share this belief.
Spirit (Akasha), according to some practitioners, is the spiritual power of the universe
and fifth element.
Fire: This element creates and destroys. It
can’t exist without demolishing something and transforming it
into another form such as ashes, smoke, heat and light,
therefore, it has to be controlled. Fire purifies, energizes,
cleanses and is forceful. Its energy is projective, masculine,
and the colors are red or white. Its powers are used for
the mother who sustains life. Its energy is receptive and
feminine. The element’s natures are fertility, grounding,
stabilizing and nurturing. Its energy is used to attract
prosperity, abundance, grounding, career and fertility. Its
colors are green or red.
Air: This element is the power of movement,
intelligence and refreshing. Movement sounds and flying are
manifestations of Air. Energy is masculine and projective.
Attributes are intelligence, travel, freedom, knowledge,
recovering lost items and study which are used to attract
these qualities. Its color is yellow.
Water: Healing, cleansing, psychicism and loving
are associated with this element. Energy is receptive and
feminine. Water is used for purification, psychic growth,
peace, love, friendships and dreams. Its colors are deep blue
Spirit: The name is derived from the Sanskrit word
“kash” which means to shine or radiate. It’s also another word
for Spirit, the omnipresent immutable source of all energy.
It’s the domain of promise, potential and paths to be
traveled. The energy permeates the Universe, the primal source
that creates and nourishes the elements. Colors are white,
purple and black. Akasha is transcendence. Elemental spirits
are angels. Much else about this spiritual element is, yet,
unknown or undefined.
The Lore of Power
1. The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or to control others. But
if the need arises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of
2. The Power is used only as need dictates.
3. The Power can be used for your own gain; as long as by doing so you harm none.
4. It is unwise to accept money for the use of the Power, for it quickly controls
its taker. Be not as those of other religions.
5. Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca
6. Ever remember that the Power is a sacred gift of the Goddess and the God, and
should never be misused or abused.
7. And this is the Law of the Power.
The Three-Fold Lore
The Three-Fold Lore is the belief and principle on which magick is used. This lawrelates
to the use of power and energy, for when used, power is returned to the sender, three
times the level it was sent out. Used in relation with the ethos, “Do what thy wilt,
though it harm none” (as stated in the Wiccan Rede),witches take great care when
preparing and casting spells thatno harm should come to others because of it. The
nature of this three-fold return can perhaps be better understood when considering
the cause and effect principle of a spell. Let’s take an example – someone comes
to you in distress with a problem, you help by sending out positive energy and the
problem is successfully resolved. This automatically makes you feel good about yourself
and influences your thoughts; thus your state of consciousness is altered. In turn
your thoughts stir the emotions, which has a physical effect in the body by causing
glandular secretions to enter into the blood stream.
The resulting state of mind and body lifts your spirit, which is what makes you feel
good. Thus with the act of a single good deed, you have been effected three times,
in mind, body, and spirit. This then is
your three-fold response to the return of positive energy. Now consider your response
had you sent out negative energy or something went drastically wrong?