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LESSON ONE PRINCIPALS OF WICCAN BELIEF

The Principles of Wiccan Belief

1. 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.

2. 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 of life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that 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.

4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity - as masculine and feminine - and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, Inner Planes, etc. - and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phoenomena, and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

6. 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 of themselves in leadership.

7. 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 identify as Witchcraft - The Wiccan Way.

8. Calling oneself "witch" does not make a witch - but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that makes life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature.

9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claims to the "the only way," and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil," as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

The Thirteen Goals of a Witch

Know yourself.

Who are you? Do you really know all there is to know about yourself? Getting to know who you are is a life time journey. We are always growing and changing. The exploration of the soul is the most important journey you will ever make, the longest too.

Know your Craft.

The Craft. So many ways to worship. So many traditions. Knowing your chosen Craft path doesn't end when you have read all the right books or after initiation. That is, in a sense the beginning of knowing your Craft.

Learn.

To achieve any of these goals, you must be on a constant quest to learn more. More about yourself, your Craft and the world around you.

Apply knowledge with wisdom.

Some people seem to think that these two words are interchangeable. They are not. Knowledge is what you know. You gain knowledge through various forms of study. Wisdom is something else entirely. It is something that cannot be taught. It is that which you gain through experience and intuition. Combine your knowledge and your wisdom.

Achieve balance in your life.

This seems to be something of a challenge as many of us have busy lives. We have many responsibilities and it can be difficult at times to just stop, take a deep breath, and put your personal priorities into perspective. This means creating balance in your life. Spiritual, emotional and physical. If you don't have balance, you're unbalanced. Its as simple as that. Make time to achieve balance, you wont regret it.

Keep your words in good order.

Self explanatory.

Keep your thoughts in good order.

Think before you speak.

Celebrate life!

Enjoy your life! Celebrate it and all of the wonders it brings you. There is a cause for celebration everyday. From the simple things like waking up, enjoying a nice cup of tea or a warm bath, to the more obvious ones.

Attune with the cycles of the Earth.

This can be a tough thing to do if your schedule seems destined to keep you indoors. Working long hours in a concrete building with no windows, driving in grid lock traffic and then rushing to take care of your house hold tasks. Our ways worship the Earth and there are ways (no matter how busy you are) to attune yourself with the cycles of the Earth. it just takes some creativity and imagination.

Breathe and eat correctly.

The importance of eating correctly is fairly obvious. You are what you eat. Breathing is something that is not discussed very much. There are yoga and meditation books and web pages that do discuss the importance of adopting a calm, slow and deep breathing pattern.

Exercise the body.

Self explanatory.

Meditate.

Meditation is as important to your health as a proper diet and regular exercise. It is also imperative, along with visualization for successful rituals, spells and divination.

Honor the Goddess and God.

Self explanatory.

What a Witch Should Know
The first set of things prepare the mind.

Know how to meditate.

This is the art of stilling the jumble of thoughts that distract a person from his/her purpose. In order to work magick a person must know exactly what it is that s/he desires to occur. A person must have a single clear thought. Meditation clears the playing field of all other desires.

Be ruthless about knowing one's self and one's own psychology.

Because a person needs to know exactly what it is that s/he wants to accomplish, s/he must know what s/he really wants, and why. Most of us hold completely contradictory desires on many issues. A great deal of time and energy can be wasted, for example, on trying to achieve high public office when a person doesn't really want the responsibility but DOES want the approval of his/her parent.

Know how to be flexible.

Because we live in a chaotic and shifting world, trying to take rules from one spot to another will only result, finally, in standing with Canute before the waves -- and lacking even his sense of humor about the situation.

Imagine the child's song "Twinkle, twinkle, little star." Without a doubt you can imagine it for a single voice, or two voices.

Now imagine it being played by a flute.

Now, imagine it being set for an orchestra.

Try it as jazz. And as Zydeco.

This is the kind of flexibility that must be brought to the practice of magic, if it is to be effective and meaningful.

Know how to ground and center one's self.

To ground is to link a person's own energy field and sense of self to that of the Universe. In a sense it is like an electrical ground: there is a safe place for excess energy to flow to, preventing burnout and/or irritability. In another sense, it also duplicates an electrical outlet, providing a much larger pool of energy from which to draw than the resources of a person's own body. This obviously helps prevent or lessen exhaustion.

To center is to stabilize on a person's own axis: to perceive one's own self AND one's own body, and bring the two into parallel congruence. To be less formal, this is the act of stopping the lopsiding of the aura, smoothing down all the peaks and pulling everything back to the center. It is done with perception and imagination: perceive how one really feels, and then firmly imagine that coming back into balance. Experience has shown that magick works better when the magician is centered.

Know how to shield.

Shielding is the act of protecting the soul from outside influences. It is done after grounding and centering, and there are several techniques. One is to imagine a solid ball in a person's core. I like silver; others work with swirling color, or no color. The ball is then expanded and hollowed, passing through the body of the person until it surrounds her. In its expansion, it pushes out all outside influence with it. The person then imagines a locking device -- I use a knot being tied, others use a padlock clicking shut, some use a door closing -- which, when locked, holds the shield in place until the person takes it down. This is a solid shield. There are other types.

The second set of things prepare for the actual working of magick.

Be well-grounded in interpersonal ethics.

Starting from the Three-fold Law -- everything a person does returns three-fold -- and from the Wiccan Rede -- Harm none, and do what thou will -- it is necessary to develop a sense of what is proper between people, and why, BEFORE one goes into what is proper to work for magically, and why. Knowing before one begins whether or not one's purpose will exact a cost, and what manner of cost it will exact, goes a long way toward eliminating unexpected headaches. Among other things.

Be well-grounded in interpersonal and interspecies politeness.

This also goes back to the Wiccan Rede: rudeness harms other people, and thus (by the threefold law) harms the rude person. Courtesy toward all is a good way to begin; courtesy toward fellow practitioners is necessary; and courtesy to non-humans is vital. Immediate non-humans to consider are the Elements and the Goddess and the God; less obvious are place-spirits, household spirits, and the resident spirits in each separate thing; most spectacular are those non-humans inaccurately called demons, or Big Black Nasty Dark Things (tm), or, by me, Critters. Knowing politeness gives one more, not fewer, options in dealing with all of them.

Know how to raise energy.

Energy is necessary for all magickal workings, and can come from within the person, from the Universe, from music or dance or chanting, from sex, or from other sources. A person raises energy preparatory to channeling it into a working.

Know how to move energy.

Channeling the energy a person has just raised is the most obvious method and purpose of moving energy; another method and purpose is to imagine it passing around you as water passes around a ship, so as not to be caught in it; a third is to comb it with your fingers over a person's body, in order to smooth out tangles in that person's own energy field. There are, of course, many other methods and purposes.

Know how to ground energy.

Here's where a person uses her ground to the Universe. The purpose is to dump excess or tainted energy that would not or no longer be useful where it currently is. The method is to imagine that energy running down one's body into the earth, or up into the stars. I personally like putting my hands on the ground and letting it flow that way. I do have an objection to "dissipating" it into the air, as people may pass through and pick it up accidentally. Grounded to Earth or to Stars, the energy gets cleaned and reused.

Know the Elements and their symbolisms.

Earth, Air, Fire and Water are the four Elements, deriving from and supporting the fifth Element, Spirit. Each has its own symbol, its own area of governance, its own direction, its own proper Dieties. Working with the Elements and their symbology helps keep us physical as well as mental, and reminds us of the overwhelming importance of the Universe.

Be aware of the Laws of Magic.

Energy does flow in certain routes, and these routes seems to be fairly well agreed-upon cross-culturally.

Know a few Names of the Goddess and of the God.

Each Name of the Goddess reflects a different facet of Her, as each Name of the God reflects a different facet of Him, as the God and the Goddess both reflect different facets of the Universe -- and not necessarily the only two, either. Because this is true, and because we work only with a little bit at a time, knowing the Names of the Goddess and the God that reflect the area in which we are currently working helps us focus our attention more closely on what we're doing.

Know how to establish a circle.

A circle is a magical working space. It acts like a shield, so that you can work without your personal shields in a larger space. Shields are like a suit of armor, while a circle is like a defended room.

Know how to create ritual.

Rituals are recipes for transforming reality in accordance with will. Not every situation will be covered in a cookbook or grimoire, nor should any existing recipe be used without altering it in accordance with the situation. Knowing the basic elements that go into a ritual, and the ways they vary according to circumstance, allows a Witch to have a suitable ritual for any occasion resident within his/her own head.

Be able to deal with the manifestations of each Element with respect.

(i.e., what you do with Fire when you're done with it, and how you deal with stones.)

This goes back to politeness. Remember that everything one uses and invokes is NOT a servant, but an ally.

Know some basic normal individual psychology and some basic normal group psychology (NOT abnormal psychology, that's for specialists).

This is necessary for creating good ritual: what effects are desired, and how best can one achieve them? It depends on how the person to be affected reacts, and on how the group working together interacts. It is also, and more importantly, necessary for maintaining a working group.

The next set of things are background skills.

Witches have traditionally been the interceders between humans and both the spiritual and the physical world. These skills are the tools for doing that.

Know at least one divinatory system.

Divination, at its heart, is a map of influences. Some such influences are psychological, some are Fateful, some are physical. Divination can help to determine whether a ritual is necessary, and, if so, of what sort; it can help determine the motivations of all the people involved, and so helps as a counseling tool by itself; it can help warn of consequences in time to prepare for them or to avert them; and so forth.

Know the processes for dealing with herbs in both a magical and a medical sense.

The magical derives from and interacts with the medical. If one knows how to prepare an infusion, an extraction, and a poultice, and how to prepare a charm bag, a dream pillow, and a bath scrub, s/he can make a more long-term intercession for his/her self or for others. S/he also will make more of a linkage to his/her roots, which is good for grounding and centering.

Know a little first aid.

We were the first, and in some places the only, line of defense against death from wounds and sickness. This links with the herb work, and for the same reason. But the following is very obvious and basic.

Be able to keep calm in the presence of blood.

Know how to clean and bandage a wound.

Know when and how to call for help.

Anything more one learns how to do is all to the good; but at least know this much.

The last set are the scholarly skills.

These are necessary in this time because of the fact that we live in the midst of other religions and thought-systems, some of which are hostile to us, others of which are ignorant of us, and many of which have things to teach us.

Be able to tell the difference between myth and libel.

Myths are teaching stories, told to illustrate or illuminate a situation. Unfortunately, both our enemies and we ourselves have developed "myths" which lie about the actions and the motivations of the others, not from evilness, but from anger, from lack of knowledge, and from misapprehensions. In order to work for harmony, however chaotic or ordered, we must be able to recognize the difference no matter who speaks it, and challenge it. When we challenge on behalf of ourselves, we gain strength; when we challenge on behalf of others, we gain allies and harmony.

Study a little history of religion and a little history of nations.

This interacts with the "myth" necessity, above, by replacing some myth with 'historical fact.' It also teaches how and why tolerance and intolerance occur, and that certain things are the result of law and not nature. As we understand how the Web is woven, we can act more surely within the Web.

Be aware of current scientific thought concerning energy.

This last acts to train our own skills in working with energy. The work that is currently being done, especially with Chaos Theory, validates what we have been doing; at the same time it teaches us the pattern of it in a larger sense.

To be a Witch is to commit to learning forever; to commit to acting for the best we can perceive; to be a force for the Gods in the world, and a force for the world withWhat a Witch Should Know

The first set of things prepare the mind.

Know how to meditate. This is the art of stilling the jumble of thoughts that distract a person from his/her purpose. In order to work magick a person must know exactly what it is that s/he desires to occur. A person must have a single clear thought. Meditation clears the playing field of all other desires.

Be ruthless about knowing one's self and one's own psychology. Because a person needs to know exactly what it is that s/he wants to accomplish, s/he must know what s/he really wants, and why. Most of us hold completely contradictory desires on many issues. A great deal of time and energy can be wasted, for example, on trying to achieve high public office when a person doesn't really want the responsibility but DOES want the approval of his/her parent.

Know how to be flexible.
Because we live in a chaotic and shifting world, trying to take rules from one spot to another will only result, finally, in standing with Canute before the waves -- and lacking even his sense of humor about the situation. Imagine the child's song "Twinkle, twinkle, little star." Without a doubt you can imagine it for a single voice, or two voices. Now imagine it being played by a flute. Now, imagine it being set for an orchestra. Try it as jazz. And as Zydeco. This is the kind of flexibility that must be brought to the practice of magic, if it is to be effective and meaningful.

Know how to ground and center one's self. To ground is to link a person's own energy field and sense of self to that of the Universe. In a sense it is like an electrical ground: there is a safe place for excess energy to flow to, preventing burnout and/or irritability. In another sense, it also duplicates an electrical outlet, providing a much larger pool of energy from which to draw than the resources of a person's own body. This obviously helps prevent or lessen exhaustion. To center is to stabilize on a person's own axis: to perceive one's own self AND one's own body, and bring the two into parallel congruence. To be less formal, this is the act of stopping the lopsiding of the aura, smoothing down all the peaks and pulling everything back to the center. It is done with perception and imagination: perceive how one really feels, and then firmly imagine that coming back into balance. Experience has shown that magick works better when the magician is centered.

Know how to shield.

Shielding is the act of protecting the soul from outside influences. It is done after grounding and centering, and there are several techniques. One is to imagine a solid ball in a person's core. I like silver; others work with swirling color, or no color. The ball is then expanded and hollowed, passing through the body of the person until it surrounds her. In its expansion, it pushes out all outside influence with it. The person then imagines a locking device -- I use a knot being tied, others use a padlock clicking shut, some use a door closing -- which, when locked, holds the shield in place until the person takes it down. This is a solid shield. There are other types. The second set of things prepare for the actual working of magick. Be well-grounded in interpersonal ethics.

Starting from the Threefold Law -- everything a person does returns threefold -- and from the Wiccan Rede -- Harm none, and do what thou will -- it is necessary to develop a sense of what is proper between people, and why, BEFORE one goes into what is proper to work for magically, and why. Knowing before one begins whether or not one's purpose will exact a cost, and what manner of cost it will exact, goes a long way toward eliminating unexpected headaches. Among other things.

Be well-grounded in interpersonal and interspecies politeness. This also goes back to the Wiccan Rede: rudeness harms other people, and thus (by the threefold law) harms the rude person. Courtesy toward all is a good way to begin; courtesy toward fellow practitioners is necessary; and courtesy to non-humans is vital. Immediate non-humans to consider are the Elements and the Goddess and the God; less obvious are place-spirits, household spirits, and the resident spirits in each separate thing; most spectacular are those non-humans inaccurately called demons, or Big Black Nasty Dark Things (tm), or, by me, Critters. Knowing politeness gives one more, not fewer, options in dealing with all of them.

Know how to raise energy. Energy is necessary for all magickal workings, and can come from within the person, from the Universe, from music or dance or chanting, from sex, or from other sources. A person raises energy preparatory to channeling it into a working.

Know how to move energy. Channeling the energy a person has just raised is the most obvious method and purpose of moving energy; another method and purpose is to imagine it passing around you as water passes around a ship, so as not to be caught in it; a third is to comb it with your fingers over a person's body, in order to smooth out tangles in that person's own energy field. There are, of course, many other methods and purposes.

Know how to ground energy. Here's where a person uses her ground to the Universe. The purpose is to dump excess or tainted energy that would not or no longer be useful where it currently is. The method is to imagine that energy running down one's body into the earth, or up into the stars. I personally like putting my hands on the ground and letting it flow that way. I do have an objection to "dissipating" it into the air, as people may pass through and pick it up accidentally. Grounded to Earth or to Stars, the energy gets cleaned and reused.

Know the Elements and their symbolisms. Earth, Air, Fire and Water are the four Elements, deriving from and supporting the fifth Element, Spirit. Each has its own symbol, its own area of governance, its own direction, its own proper Deities. Working with the Elements and their symbology helps keep us physical as well as mental, and reminds us of the overwhelming importance of the Universe.

Be aware of the Laws of Magic. Energy does flow in certain routes, and these routes seems to be fairly well agreed-upon cross-culturally.

Know a few Names of the Goddess and of the God. Each Name of the Goddess reflects a different facet of Her, as each Name of the God reflects a different facet of Him, as the God and the Goddess both reflect different facets of the Universe -- and not necessarily the only two, either. Because this is true, and because we work only with a little bit at a time, knowing the Names of the Goddess and the God that reflect the area in which we are currently working helps us focus our attention more closely on what we're doing.

Know how to establish a circle. A circle is a magical working space. It acts like a shield, so that you can work without your personal shields in a larger space. Shields are like a suit of armor, while a circle is like a defended room.

Know how to create ritual. Rituals are recipes for transforming reality in accordance with will. Not every situation will be covered in a cookbook or grimoire, nor should any existing recipe be used without altering it in accordance with the situation. Knowing the basic elements that go into a ritual, and the ways they vary according to circumstance, allows a Witch to have a suitable ritual for any occasion resident within his/her own head.

Be able to deal with the manifestations of each Element with respect. (i.e., what you do with Fire when you're done with it, and how you deal with stones.)

This goes back to politeness. Remember that everything one uses and invokes is NOT a servant, but an ally.

Know some basic normal individual psychology and some basic normal group psychology (NOT abnormal psychology, that's for specialists). This is necessary for creating good ritual: what effects are desired, and how best can one achieve them? It depends on how the person to be affected reacts, and on how the group working together interacts. It is also, and more importantly, necessary for maintaining a working group.

The next set of things are background skills. Witches have traditionally been the interceders between humans and both the spiritual and the physical world. These skills are the tools for doing that.

Know at least one divinatory system. Divination, at its heart, is a map of influences. Some such influences are psychological, some are Fateful, some are physical. Divination can help to determine whether a ritual is necessary, and, if so, of what sort; it can help determine the motivations of all the people involved, and so helps as a counseling tool by itself; it can help warn of consequences in time to prepare for them or to avert them; and so forth.

Know the processes for dealing with herbs in both a magical and a medical sense.

The magical derives from and interacts with the medical. If one knows how to prepare an infusion, an extraction, and a poultice, and how to prepare a charm bag, a dream pillow, and a bath scrub, s/he can make a more long-term intercession for his/her self or for others. S/he also will make more of a linkage to his/her roots, which is good for grounding and centering.

Know a little first aid. We were the first, and in some places the only, line of defense against death from wounds and sickness. This links with the herb work, and for the same reason. But the following is very obvious and basic. Be able to keep calm in the presence of blood.

Know how to clean and bandage a wound. Know when and how to call for help. Anything more one learns how to do is all to the good; but at least know this much.

The last set are the scholarly skills. These are necessary in this time because of the fact that we live in the midst of other religions and thought-systems, some of which are hostile to us, others of which are ignorant of us, and many of which have things to teach us.

Be able to tell the difference between myth and libel. Myths are teaching stories, told to illustrate or illuminate a situation. Unfortunately, both our enemies and we ourselves have developed "myths" which lie about the actions and the motivations of the others, not from evilness, but from anger, from lack of knowledge, and from misapprehensions. In order to work for harmony, however chaotic or ordered, we must be able to recognize the difference no matter who speaks it, and challenge it. When we challenge on behalf of ourselves, we gain strength; when we challenge on behalf of others, we gain allies and harmony.

Study a little history of religion and a little history of nations. This interacts with the "myth" necessity, above, by replacing some myth with 'historical fact.' It also teaches how and why tolerance and intolerance occur, and that certain things are the result of law and not nature. As we understand how the Web is woven, we can act more surely within the Web.

Be aware of current scientific thought concerning energy. This last acts to train our own skills in working with energy. The work that is currently being done, especially with Chaos Theory, validates what we have been doing; at the same time it teaches us the pattern of it in a larger sense. To be a Witch is to commit to learning forever; to commit to acting for the best we can perceive; to be a force for the Gods in the world, and a force for the world with the Gods.

The Law by Scott Cunningham We are of the Old Ways, among those who walk with the Goddess and the God and receive Their love. Keep the Sabbats and Esbats to the best of your ability, for to do otherwise is to lessen your connection with the Goddess and God. Harm none. This, is the oldest law, it is not open to interpretation and change. Shed not blood in ritual; the Goddess and God need not blood to be duly worshipped. Those of our ways are kind to all creatures, for hurtful thoughts are quite draining and aren't worth the loss of energy. Misery is self-created; so too is joy, so create joy and disdain misery and unhappiness. And this is within your power. So harm not. Teach only what you know, to the best of your ability, to those students who you choose, but teach not to those who would use your instruction for destruction and control. Also, teach not to boost pride, for ever remember: She who teaches out of love shall be enfolded in the arms of the Goddess and God. Ever remember that if you would be of our way, keep the Law close to your heart, for it is the nature of Wicca to keep the Law. If ever the need arises, any Law may be changed or discarded, and new Laws written to replace them, so long as the new Laws don't break the oldest Law of all: Harm None. Blessings of the Goddess and God on us all.

The Witches' Rede of Chivalry by Ed Fitch

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 keened 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." It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead. "This above all...to thine own self be true..." 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. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods. Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm. 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 their practices, and abide thereby. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired. As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee. Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures. Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom. 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?" 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.



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