Principles Of Wiccan Belief
Council Of American Witches 1974
1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and Seasonal Quarters and Cross-Quarters.
2. 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 concept.
3. 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.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity as masculine and feminine and that same Creative power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sexuality 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 other 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 those two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena 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 or the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself "witch" does not make a witch but neither does heredity itself, or the collecting 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.
9. We acknowledge that it is the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a continuation of evolution and development of unconsciousness that gives meaning to the universe we know and to our personal role within it.
10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be the "one true and right way" and have sought to deny freedom to others and to surpress other ways of relgious practices and belief.
11. As American Witches, we are not therefore threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various themes, 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 do we accept the concept that personal benefits can only be derived by denial to another.
13. We work within nature for that which is contributory to our health and well being.
The Council was formed in 1974 and was disbanded the same year but they continue to be quite valid beliefs even though some of the stuff may go over your heads.