This space, for me, is a way to be open and honest about things that a great majority of people do not discuss. I am a fairly spiritual person. I was raised Christian and baptized as such when I was young by my choice. I went to church and event o church camp. I taught Sunday School and even considered being a nun although I am not Catholic. I seek the Divine. Throughout my life I have read many religious texts and incorporated what I found to be the best of these into my daily life. The Christian religion can be very fulfilling for many people. It can be a guide to live a “proper” life. My issue is that it does not allow you to question anything. It expects you to read the bible and take that as all there is. I just don’t think this can be true. Look how many stories in this book are exactly the same as many, much older stories. I am not saying there was no one named Jesus or that the events in the Bible are not true. I am simply of a curious mind and feel that there are a great deal of things we can learn by exploring all the religions.
For the past 20 years I would most closely associate with the nature based religions. Wicca seems to encompass most of the way I chose to live my life. More specifically I feel a connection with the Pagans (most specifically Celtic) and Druids although there is not much written (well documented is more like it) about these religions. From what I have have read, the American Council of Witches founded in 1973 was only around for a very short time but I found what they considered the 13 principles or their creed ( I recently saw in 2015 there was some news about this group). I would like to post it here and would like to post a link to where I found it but I am not that technical as of yet so bear with me. I feel this is a good starting point. There will be more discussions on a variety of other religions (just one of the many topics). I do not have any answers about the way we are supposed to live our lives, I simply want to harm none, be my best and to help others to be their best as well.
from The American Council of Witches 13 Principles
- We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
- We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards 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 that 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 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 feminine. We value neither above the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.
- We recognize both outer and inner, or psychological worlds-sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc.-and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions 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 of themselves in leadership.
- We see religion, magic 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.
- Calling oneself “witch” does not make one a Witch-but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within him/herself that makes life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.
- 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.
- 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.
- As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, or the origins 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 that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
- We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
Do no harm and keep in mind the Law of Return. What you put out into the Universe does come back. Be kind and respectful to each other, to yourself and to our Planet.