Wicca is a nature religion.
Its main goal is to become in tune
with the cycles of life and nature.
There is no set dogma in
Wicca but their are some common opinions that Wiccan's share.
As it harm none do what thou will.
This is very much like the golden rule.
This means that we must not do anything that will harm anyone including ourselves.
On the other hand it gives us the freedom to do anything as long as we keep in mind to respect other people.
It is up to each of us to determine the ethics and morals that will help us live up to this goal.
Since Wicca is a nature religion I feel that I must point out the need for balance.
This rule does NOT mean that people should
not protect themselves.
It must be remembered that sometimes you must hurt someone in order not to harm them.
For instance,it will hurt to take out a splitter however leaving it in will harm someone.
Deity manifests on three levels.
Most Wiccans recognize one or more of the following three levels:
The Ultimate One: All power comes from this level.
Power at this level is neither good nor evil,
Also all things are part of this ultimate. Dualism:
The Goddess and God.
In order to be complete I should mention that some Wiccan groups only worship the Goddess).
Pantheism: The many faces of the divine.
These are the gods and goddesses that men worship.
These aspects help us to tap into the powers that are out there. This is the level that we can deal with most directly as we have created useful symbols or myths about these beings.
Connection with "the divine" via the use of rituals and
Emphasis is given on each person connecting
with "the divine" and actively participating in the worship ceremonies.
It is also expected that each person takes responsibilities for her/his own actions.
We do NOT have anything to do with the devil. We don't
believe in or worship Satan. Satan is a Christian belief.
There is no one religion for all people, everyone must find the path that brings them closer to divinity. I could say a lot more but it is my hope that this will give you the basics of the Wiccan
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must,
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Live and let live,
Fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the Circle thrice about,
To keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time,
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon,
Chanting out the Witches' Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon,
Chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady's moon is new,
Kiss the hand to her, times two.
When the moon rides at her peak,
Then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the North wind's mighty gale,
Lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the West,
Departed souls will have no rest.
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Elder be the Lady's tree,
Burn it not or cursed you'll be.
When the Wheel begins to turn,
Let the Beltane fires burn.
When the Wheel has turned to Yule,
Light the log and the Horned One rules.
Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree,
By the Lady, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go,
Cast a stone and truth you'll know.
When ye have a true need,
Hearken not to others' greed.
With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part,
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law you should,
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow,
Wear the blue star on thy brow,
True in Love ever be,
Lest thy lover's false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,
"An it harm none, do what thou will."