In 1974 the Council of American Witches was formed with 73 Witches of varying traditions. They attempted to form a statement of common principles and definitions shared by Witches in order to dispel misinformation. These principles have been incorporated into one or more editions of the U.S. Army handbook for chaplains.Here follows the introduction that accompanied the principles, this explains them better than we can, and the 13 principles themselves. Although most Witches embrace the Wiccan Rede, many embrace some or all of these as well.The Council of American Witches finds it necessary to define modern Witchcraft in terms of the American experience and needs.
We are not
bound by traditions from other times and other cultures and owe no
allegiance to any person or power greater than the Divinity manifest
through our own being.
As American Witches, we welcome and respect all
life-affirming teachings and traditions, and seek to learn from all and
to share our learning within our Council. It is in this spirit of
welcome and cooperation that we adopt these few principles of Wiccan
belief.In seeking to be inclusive, we do not wish to open ourselves to
the destruction of our group by those on self-serving power trips, or
to philosophies and practices contradictory to those principles. In
seeking to exclude those whose ways are contradictory to ours, we do
not wish to deny participation to any who are sincerely interested in
our knowledge and beliefs, regardless of race, color, sex, age,
national or cultural heritage, or sexual preference. We thereforeask
only that those who seek to identify with us accept those few basic
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 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 us all.
We conceive of the Creative
Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity - as masculine
and feminine - and that......
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