We believe any covenant with the Goddess and God is a purely personal matter. In building our tradition we have adopted the following as rules and guidelines we try to live by. We have also adopted and adapted many of the ritual practices of others to work with our view towards communion with the Goddess and God.
The Wiccan Rede:
“An It Harm None, Do What Ye Will.”
— Doreen Valiente 1964
The Rede is Wicca’s Golden Rule. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this couplet is a commandment or merely a guide to ethical and moral behavior. This debate revolves around the lack of behavioral imperatives, stated or implied, especially with regards to the terms “Harm” and “None” in the Rede.
Because there are no specifics concerning behavior delineated in the Rede, we accept the position that the Rede, in and of itself, is a guideline intended to encourage careful consideration of one’s actions and thoughts.
However, when combined with the Law of the Power, the Rede does become an imperative which imposes an immense responsibility on any Wiccan. Those failing to heed this imperative do so at their own risk as indicated in the Law of Three.
— Scott Cunningham, 1988
I. The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if the need arises the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.
II. The Power is used only as need dictates.
III. The Power can be used for your own gain, as long as by doing so you harm none.
IV. It is unwise to accept money for the use of power, for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions.
V. Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and magic.
VI. Ever remember that the Power is a sacred gift of the Goddess and God, and should never be misused or abused.
The Law of Three:
— Raymond Buckland, 1968
We believe the following guidelines provide the means to achieve the moral and ethical standards imposed by the “Rede”, “The Law of the Power”, and “The Law of Three”.
Thirteen Goals of a Witch:
–– from a British Traditional source & Scott Cunningham
I. Know Yourself.
II. Know Your Craft.
IV. Apply Knowledge with Wisdom.
V. Achieve Balance.
VI. Keep Your Words in Good Order.
VII. Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order.
VIII. Celebrate Life.
IX. Attune to the Cycles of the Earth.
X. Breathe and Eat Correctly.
XI. Exercise the Body.
XIII. Honor the Goddess and God.
Old Code of Wiccan Chivalry:
— Edward Fitch, circa 1987
Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves. Therefore, be it noted that: Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this middle-Earth will wax strong in otherworlds beyond, and return… bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for “as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest.”
“This above all… to thine own self be true…”
I. A Witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witness oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.
II. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.
III. Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.
IV. Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.
V. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one’s head is a virtue.
VI. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.
VII. Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly the practices, and abide thereby.
VIII. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.
IX. As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof.
X. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
XI. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
XII. Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.
XIII. Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.
XIV. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
XV. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
XVI. Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, “How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?”
XVII. Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods for it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.