13 Principals of a Witch
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.
We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than is 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.
We conceive of the Creative Power of the Universe as manifesting through
polarity--as masculine and feminine--and that this same creative Power lives
in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and
feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of
the other. We value sexuality as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of
Life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and
We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds-- sometimes
known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, the Inner Planes,
etc.--and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for
paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for
the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
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.
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 or the Wiccan Way.
Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch--but neither does heredity
itself, or the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks
to control the forces within him/herself that make life possible in order to
live wisely and well, without harm to others, and in harmony with Nature.
We acknowledge that it is the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a
continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning
to the Universe we know, and to our personal role within it.
Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or
philosophy-of-life is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be
"the one true right and only way" and have sought to deny freedom to others
and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.
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.
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 the concept that
personal benefits can only be derived by denial to another.
We work within Nature for that which is contributory to our health and
The Council of American Witches "Principles of
Wiccan Belief" (1974).