The Ten Commandments of Mother Earth
- Thou shalt love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
- Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.
- Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
- Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
- Thou shalt educate thy offspring for multitudes of people are a blessing unto the Earth when we live in harmony.
- Thou shalt not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war. (HAH! If only)
- Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
- Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others, the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
- Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
- Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation, so all may share the Earth’s bounty.
The Neo-Pagan Ten Commandments
- Thou art God/dess
- As above, so below; as within so without
- Spirit abides in all things; words and names have power.
- Maintain an attitude of gratitude (walk the talk)
- Honor the ancestors, teachers, elders and leaders.
- All life is sacred.
- All acts of love and pleasure are sacred
- Whatever you send out returns threefold
- Love is the law, love under will
- For the greatest good, an’ it harm none.
- There is more than one God and Goddess.…do not honor one above another, and respect each individual’s right to honor the God or Goddesses of their choice.
- All things are created equal, and each thing is created in an image of the All.
- Do no speak ill of the Gods, for each thing that happens happens for a purpose or reason that we may not yet be privy to.
- Keep your holy days sacred. Whichever of the holy days you chose to observe, follow them in your own way and preserve their memory for your children.
- Honor our elders for they hold much knowledge. Follow the instructions of your parents and bring honor to their household. Insist that your children do the same.
- Honor Nature and the spirit of the Earth; do not destroy any of the God or Goddesses creations without just cause.
- Regard sexuality as sacred and do not defile it with abusive acts, or use it as an excuse to degrade others.
- Do not set yourself up higher than anyone else, nor take tangible items from another, nor steal their thoughts and present them as your own.
- Do not speak falsely of others; neither gossip nor lie.
- Do not covet what others have; rather, treat your belongings with respect and care.
The Eight Gifts
- The Gift of Listening (You must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.)
- The gift of Affection (Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for friends and family.)
- The Gift of Laughter ( Funny pictures. Share articles, funny stories and funny greetings. Your gifts will say, “I love to laugh with you.”)
- The Gift of a Written Notes ( It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.)
- The Gift of a Compliment (A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.)
- The Gift of a Favor (Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. Helping elderly cross the road can be nice.)
- The Gift of Solitude (There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those tiems and give the gift solitude to others.
- The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition (The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank you.)
The 13 Goals of the Witch
- Know yourself
- Know your Craft
- Apply knowledge with wisdom
- Achieve balance
- Keep your words in good order
- Keep your thoughts in good order
- Celebrate life
- Attune with the cycles of the Earth
- Breathe and eat correctly
- Excercise the body
- Honor the Goddess and God
The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief
- 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 concepts.
- 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 all.
- We conceive of the Creative Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity–as masculine and feminine–and that this same creative Power lives in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sexuality 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 worlds and inner, or psychological worlds–sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, the Inner Planes, etc–and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basic for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension 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 themselves in leadership.
- We see religion, magick, 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 idnetify as Witchcraft or the Wiccan Way.
- Calling onself Witch does not make a Witch–but neither does heredity itself, or the collection of titles, degrees and initiations. A witch seeks to control the forces within him/herself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others, and in harmony with Nature.
- We acknowledge that is is the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know and to our personal role within it.
- Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy-of-life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the one true right and only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.
- As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the orig ions of various terms, the legitimacy 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 “the Devil” as defined by Christian Traditions. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept the concept that personal benefits can only be derived by denial to another.
- We work within Nature for that which is contributory to our health and well-being.