Those who follow the path of Witchcraft have every right to hold their heads up high, (whether they practice openly or discreetly), and be proud of who they are as followers of the oldest religion. Wicca/Witchcraft is legally recognized by the U. S. Government as a religion, and it’s followers have the same legal rights and protections as those who follow other legally-recognized religions. Those who follow Witchcraft as a spiritual path are worthy of high esteem, respect and dignity. What are the aspects of this path that make it dignified?
1. Witchcraft is a path of personal growth and transformation. This is a path that demands introspection and self-awareness. Witches continously examine their own motives for doing magick and casting spells, seeking only the highest good so that no harm comes to anyone. They are on a life-long quest to develop their magickal gifts and skills so that they can be used in service to their communities. Study of the magickal arts is a life-long endeavor, and Witches have a thirst for knowledge, learning how to apply that magickal knowledge for the good of those around them. Witches spend a great deal of time on personal growth and inner development, honing their psychic/intuitive abilities and exploring the shadow self. Witches understand that the more we know ourselves, the better we will be able to help others.
2. Witchcraft is a path of service. Witches use their skills to serve the community, through healing (such as Reiki, Crystals, Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Chakra Balancing and other alternative, sometimes unconventional, healing modalities). They offer guidance with tarot readings, runes, divination, astrology, teaching, counseling, writing or leading both public and private ceremonies. It is no coincidence that many Witches work in the health care field. Every witch is Priestess and Priest, and many serve as clergy for the pagan/wiccan community.
3. Witchcraft is a path that respects and honors Nature. Witches view all of Nature as Divine. The natural world is revered as the embodiment of the Goddess. Witches believe that the Earth is alive, and that the trees, flowers and plants are teachers and companions that desire to interact with us and teach us. We celebrate the changing seasons and call upon the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to participate with us in our ceremonies and rituals.
4. Witchcraft is a path that embraces individuality. Every Witch is free to choose the manner in which they practice their craft. They are not bound to dogma or a strict set of rules that everyone must follow. While some prefer to follow specific traditions of Witchcraft, others choose an eclectic path that draws from multiple sources. Some witches function better as a member of a coven, others prefer to practice alone. Witches recognize that a system that works for one person may not work for another. It is a path of personal discovery, using what works and discarding what doesn’t. Every witch is unique and not all witches practice the exact same way.
5. Witchcraft is a path of Advocacy. Witches recognize the importance of fairness, human rights, equal rights, and the humane treatment of animals. Many witches are active in civil rights groups, frequently participating in social activism and speaking out for environmental issues.
6. Witches seek to preserve the myths and legends of the ancient past. Witches embrace the wisdom found in the legend and lore of ancient mythology. The stories from Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse and other cultures are treasured and studied, and the spiritual wisdom found within them is applied to modern-day living. Many witches are drawn to a particular culture, and absorb the wisdom from that culture into their personal practice.
7. Witchcraft is a living path that is constantly evolving. Witches honor the old ways of Witchcraft while embracing the new ways of Modern Witchcraft. As Witches continue to grow and learn, they find new ways to bring magick to the world, new ways to bring healing and restoration to their communites.
8. Witchcraft is a path of Balance. Witches recognize that both Light and Dark are necessary for growth. Placing too much emphasis on one or the other puts us out of balance. By understanding the darkness within, we gain a better understanding of the Light. Dark and Light work together, like Yin and Yang.
9. Witchcraft is a path of Magick. Witches use magick and cast spells to bring positive change. That change may be for the intention of healing, protection, prosperity, justice or anything else that brings restoration, balance or growth. Witches believe in the power of magick as a catalyst for positive change and transformation, both inwardly and outwardly.
10. Witchcraft is a path of connection to the Divine. Witchcraft views deity as both masculine and feminine, Goddess and God. Witches recognize many deities and spirit guides. Not all Witches choose to interact with deity, however those who do have developed close relationships with their deities and guides. Witches also believe that each of us have a spark of divinity within us. We not only interact with Divinity, we ourselves are Divine. Since we recognize the divinity within ourselves and each other, as well as in Nature, we do not believe in causing harm to others for any reason. This divinity is both within and without, and we are guided by it.
Because of these things, Witchcraft is a spiritual path of honor, respect, esteem and dignity. If you are on this path, whether in the broom closet or out, you have every right to be proud and fully embrace who you are as a Witch, a magickal being called forth to be a force for positive change in the world.
The Magick is in You. Always.
So Mote It Be.