I haven’t posted in awhile. This is for two reasons: 1) I’m trying to get my coven up off the ground, which has required a lot of time replying to e-mails, writing lessons, etc. 2) My husband and I just bought a house! We move in 10 days.
So, in lieu of an all-original post, I thought that this particular lesson would be appropriate to post here. I have copied and pasted it from out coven’s message board.
This is Traditional English Wicca. Although it is a simple and straightforward Wiccan philosophy, it is still a tradition and as such as certain cohesive tenets. They are not always spelled out very clearly, but I think it is important for us to define what our tradition is about because we are not eclectic and “whatever feels good” does not a tradition make. Furthermore, we need to be able to define who we are to people outside of our tradition in terms that they will understand. I am not as interested in a compare/contrast against other traditions so much as I want to say who we are, regardless of how another tradition or eclectic defines themselves. However, a compare/contrast can be illuminating, so if you wish to make any such observations, please feel free to do so.
Here are the tenets of our tradition:
1) We believe in one Supreme Energy. It is infinite, it is genderless. It is neither good nor evil–it is both, it is neither, it is everything, it is nothing. Sometimes this Supreme Energy is referred to as the Supreme Being, Spirit, Akasha, the Divine, and so forth.
2) Because the Supreme Energy is infinite and we, as humans, are finite, we use what we already know to help us understand the Divine. The most basic principle in this matter is duality. Yes/no, positive/negative, male/female. For this reason we worship the Supreme Energy through the concepts of the God and Goddess.
3) While there is duality, the world is not black and white. It is the full spectrum of grayscale as well as color. For this reason, our ethical law is simple: The Wiccan Rede, which states, “An it harm none, do as thou wilt.” ‘An’ is a middle English word meaning ‘if.’ All cases of ethics or morality are taken on an individual basis, each situation weighed carefully and in context.
4) Ever mind the rule of three, what you send out comes back to thee. This is the Threefold Law of Return.
5) Magic is real, and it is not a toy to be trifled with or used to impress others.
6) We practice our rituals and Craft in the magic circle. A circle should always be banished once cast.
7) The Witches’ Pyramid is the foundation of our ability to practice magic. To Know, to Will, to Dare–and to be Silent.
8) Men and women are equal in all things. However, any coven must have a High Priestess. The word of the High Priest and High Priestess in the circle is LAW.
9) Nudity is not essential to practicing the Art. Neither should money be accepted for teaching or training in the Art.
10) Children are not permitted to study or practice under the age of 16. Those under the age of 18 must have parental permission. The exception is children of Pagan parents, but their activities should be limited to the acquisition of knowledge.
11) Only a Third Degree may initiate and elevate members through the degrees. Only a Second Degree may teach, with the exception being Pagan parents teaching their own offspring.
12) Perfect Love and Perfect Trust are essential to work within the magic circle.
13) Nature is the Creation of the Gods and should be revered and respected as such.
14) In reverence of nature, her cycles are honored. We do this through the Wheel of the Year and the eight sabbats. Additionally, we honor the Goddess with esbat ceremonies at the full moon. Magic is NOT to be done on a Sabbat, as it is a day for celebration and recognition of our gods. Esbats are powerful days and should be saved for the most important workings; typically they are best suited for divination.
15) The most important and holy symbol of our order is the Pentagram.
These are the main tenets I can think of off of the top of our head. If you have any questions, let me know, or if you think I left something out.