in the United States, is a religion
that has been tested and upheld in both state and federal courts as a
religion that requires, and must be guaranteed, full and equal
protection under the Constitution of the United States.
Witchcraft is a
spiritual path and way of life that is both personal and individual. As
a religion, it allows a personal relationship with our concept of
deity. In general, it follows a balanced path acknowledging both God
Some Witches do primarily emphasize the Goddess. This is a
personal choice of individual Witches. Neither way is right or wrong,
nor better or worse.
Witches maintain an openness and willingness to
leave room for the personal choices on an individual's path of life.
This is an intrinsic part of our way of life.
Gods and Goddesses
is a pantheistic religion, that is,
Witches believe that the God and Goddess energy is contained in all
things manifest and non-manifest. We include ourselves as part of that
Witchcraft has been called a polytheistic religion, that
is, one having many gods and goddesses. While this is true, upon a
deeper study of Witchcraft, one also becomes aware of the belief in one
universal energy that is polar and balanced.
It is the union of this
polar masculine and feminine energy (the God and the Goddess) that
creates the perfect whole. All goddesses are part of this energy, as
are all gods. This is why Witches are so tolerant and understanding
with regards to the religious views of others.
I personally like to
think of this universal whole as a room with many doors. Many deities
and religions can bring me to this room, but only a life of harmony,
balance, respect for others, and responsibility for my actions will get
me there with the keys that I need.
Devils and Hell
is also a pre-Christian religion. Because of this, the
religion of Witchcraft does not contain or
acknowledge the existence of the Satan or Devil figure contained in the
Christian religious structure.
The same is true of the Christian
concept of Hell. There is no place or counterpart for it in Witchcraft.
Most Witches do agree that we are responsible for our own lives. We
also agree that, if one chooses to direct energy into creating
something (i.e. A religious concept) in one's own life, then that is
Witches do not now, and have never had, a Satan figure in
our religion. He is a Christian concept, and they have the right to
him. In the pantheistic religion of Witchcraft the belief in a totally
evil figure or being is excluded, because anything that exists contains
the divine God and Goddess energy.
While Witchcraft is pre-Christian,
it is in no way anti-Christian.
Power and Animal Sacrifice
a deep reverence for nature and
animals. They too are part of the God and Goddess, therefore a Witch
would not use any animal as a sacrifice in any ritual.
This would go
against our basic life views, since Witches are in their religion for
the harmony, balance, and peace it can bring them, not the so called
"power" that some would have everyone believe us to be interested in.
There is no need to try and steal power from another being. Witches are
secure in their inner strength and the power that comes from this
harmony balance and peace.
Some Witches are vegetarians, and some
Witches are not. Those that do consume meat try to maintain a
respectful attitude for the animal who's life was taken, and often
times offer energy to aid in its passing.
A Good Imagination Is Required
Witches believe that we are manifested on this
Earth plane to learn and grow towards enlightenment. When one becomes a
Witch, they accept a lifetime of learning.
Witches believe that we come
back to this Earth plane, over several lifetimes if necessary, to
complete this learning process (this is very similar to Eastern
reincarnation philosophies). As Witches, we acknowledge the existence
of many realms.
It is because of these views that some people have
accused us of living in a "fantasy world". This is far from the truth.
Witches learn to exist and explore this realm, as well as others, in an
effort to lead a full experiential life.
Witches are free to travel to
all realms of existence, through the use of their mental energy and
abilities, in an effort to broaden and balance their journey toward
enlightenment. Some call these realms Faeryland, the Astral Plane, or
Like a foreign country that only a few people visit,
these levels of existence do not cease to exist simply because some
people choose not to believe in them.
Fear and Lies
misconceptions about Witches came to life during the Burning
Times. Witchcraft was a strong force of faith among its
the God and Goddess were well respected.
It was no mistake that those
who tried to usurp this position of strong faith used lies in an effort
to convince everyone of the evil ways of Witches. These religious
leaders, in order to gain power, held the people the only way that they
knew how, gripped in fear.
Those they could not sway with fear were
subjected to torture and death, these very acts increasing the fear in
others. It is estimated by many sources that somewhere between 9,000
and 9,000,000 men, women, and children were tortured and killed under
the wrong definintion of the word Witch.
I say that if even one person
died under this wrong definition, then the Witches of today must never
allow those times to be forgotten. Today, Witches refuse to be held by
fear. Instead, we strive to gain knowledge and educate.
demanding and standing up for their rights. We wear the title of
"Witch" proudly, to be sure that everyone learns the correct definition
Attention For Education
work publicly, wearing their robes
and jewelry, to make people notice and ask questions. Other Witches
work more quietly, in street clothes, with or without jewelry. There is
a place for both of them in our world.
Today, every Witch knows that
every question and even every nasty remark is an opportunity for them
to educate people to the reality of our ways. Remember that even the
smallest pebble can make waves that reach the shore.
The God and
The Goddess have come out of the
shadows, and once again they publicly stand in the love and respect of
the Witches. For ourselves, and for our children, we say....
Never Again, The Burning!
If you would like to learn more about Witchcraft, we have an audio file
called What Is
Witchcraft, that you can download and listen to.