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
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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