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The thirteen goals of witchcraft

Following on from my post from last week about the Herbal Lore of Witchcraft, I thought I would share more of the subject and this post explains some of the things that 'witches' aim to live their lives by. I guess the closest to these that most people would recognise is a form of commandments, although these are not rigidly enforced in that way.

Once you have read through them you will hopefully have a fuller understanding of what witches are really about and realise that it is not an evil practice in any way. I know some people have taken the name and used it for other things but it is them at fault, not the practice or belief.

1* Know yourself

it is important that you are completely honest with yourself, many people believe themselves to be more than they actually are and do not know their need for help and support. They do not see themselves as part of a whole humanity but as a single person above others.

2* Know your craft

It is vital that anyone wishing to practice that which we will call witchcraft are shown the correct ways. You would not let somebody walk into a pharmacy and begin mixing drugs for others with no training. You should not cast using the elements unless you have learned to recognise them and utilise them.

3* Learn You will never know everything

no matter how old you live to. You must always strive to learn more.

4* Apply knowledge with wisdom

You should not cast spells or perform rituals unless you understand the process and the purpose of each element.

5* Achieve balance In the universe

there has to be a balance - of light and dark, sweet and sour, good and evil. There can be no good if we had no evil to compare it to. This does not mean that we will use the evil - we will work to balance out that evil

6* Keep your words in good order

Be careful how you describe others and their deeds. Do not judge what you do not fully understand and always follow the belief that if you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all.

7* Keep your thoughts in good order

Just as it is important to mind your words you also need to mind your thoughts. If you find yourself dwelling on the deeds of others and wishing them harm it is as bad as acting on those thoughts.

8* Celebrate life

Be aware of how beautiful nature is and the process of life in all its forms. Never forget the miracle that is life or that it is worthy of your attention

9* Attune with the cycles of the Earth

This means that you work with nature in the seasons instead of trying to work against them. The seasons are different for a reason - it is part of the cycle of life and the passage of time.

10* Breathe and eat correctly

This can seem a bit odd but it means to remember that you need to nurture yourself. You are no use to anyone if you do not take care of your physical body and keep your mind able to control your words, thoughts and actions

11* Exercise the body

As with the need to fuel the brain it is essential to not let the body cease up and rust through lack of use. Your life is a blessing, your body is a blessing despite the trials that may be attached to your personal level of ability there is almost always some part of the body that can be controlled and exercised

12* Meditation

Make time each day to sit in peace and meditate or still the mind. Be aware of every cell in your body and all that is around you. Examine your thoughts and deeds and strive to make any necessary changes.

13* Honour the God and Goddess

This should require no explanation other than we do not separate our deities to God/prophet/saint etc. I find it easiest to explain this as a series of demi-gods equivalent to the Christian Saints who also receive worship and reverence.

There are thirteen Goals as thirteen is actually a very special number and they cover all of life. I hope you now see that there is no evil intent and in fact there are a good many Christians who merge the two faiths and live very Christian lives whilst following the path of a witch.

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Maplewinter wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:23 PM

I totally agree with all of these. You need to know yourself and be tuned into both your mind and body. Taking me time to meditate helps to attune your body and make you more aware of your body and minds wants and needs.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:04 PM

You explained that very well. I have trouble taking time to meditate every day, but do feel better when I do.

Kasman wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:09 PM

Actually these 'goals' seem to be just what everyone should be living their lives by.

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 4:45 PM

I used to belong to a pagan group. I did a series of interesting workshops run by some big/well known book editor. I especially used to enjoy the cake eating parts of the celebrations :)

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 25, 2015, 7:02 PM

I definitely learned something new from this article, I never knew any of the things you mentioned.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 25, 2015, 10:30 PM

Maybe you addressed it elsewhere but one of the tenets that I always thought was cool was [correct me if I'm wrong] - "do no harm." A real tough thing to put into regular practice - assessing what "harm" is in so many contexts - but certainly something to aspire to.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:16 PM

Meditation does settle me, both in my mind and body but it took me a while to learn how to do it years ago when I first started.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:18 PM

there are too many distractions in life now and I used to think that I couldn't find time either but someone told me to work out how long it needed and then look at a 24 hour period - suddenly I realised how little the percentage is and made a point of giving myself the time but it took a long time to bring myself to do it often before daily.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:20 PM

Its amazing how realistic and natural the ways of witches are, they got a really bad press from the churches and people still think today that all witches are evil which is so far from the truth its laughable

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:21 PM

lol there can be a lot of feasting that's for sure, but surely we should be able to treat ourselves on a regular basis throughout the year. I personally don't belong to a group other than the group of my family and a Sabot that is held close to where I live but I rarely go there now

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:23 PM

I'm glad you learned something, I think that most if not all of the religious/faith wars that happen would be helped if people just understood each other's faith and beliefs. its too easy to let old biases to continue

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:25 PM

'And harm ye none' is an important tenet but that is attached to casting more than in daily life but you are right it is perhaps the hardest thing to live by, I think that as long as we do our absolute best and know, deep down that we have done so, then that's as close as we can get