PRINCIPLES OF WICCAN BELIEF

The following set of Thirteen Principles was adopted by
the Council of American Witches in April 1974.

 

  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 to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than 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 feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.

  5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. — and we see the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical 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 make 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 toward Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way,” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices 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 not 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 the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the sufferings of others, nor accept the 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.

( This was posted for educational and curiosity purposes. It was not intended to force a doctrine on any practitioner here, or elsewhere. )


The “Ring of Thirteen” (The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons).

The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons.

In studying Isedon Goldwing’s Dragon Runes (to be found at: www.dragon-runes.com/Wiki),

I searched for several years for the meaning of the Thirteen Dragons, and their possible relationship with the “Council of the Thirteen Dragons”. This was a thought and an idea that puzzled me for years as I knew there was an explanation to all of it.

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, as I was pondering the next entries into my Shamanism Journal (my upcoming “Holy Book”), when I had an Epiphany: The Thirteen Dragon Powers were represented by the first thirteen of the Dragon Rune (from the order they were given by Br. Goldwing)! So I went about mapping them out, and finding their specific power or elemental strength – if there was one to be known. This arrangement worked out perfectly as the last nine of the first group of thirteen Dragon Runes represented the Nine Elemental Clans of Dragons.

  1. Ratanen – The Chaotic mists,
  2. Drakani – The Dragon-Goddess (Tiamat),
  3. Sha’oren – The Flowing Knowledge,
  4. Ihanen – The Forging of Dreams,
  5. Ma’erhen – The Clan of Spirit,
  6. Ra – The Clan of the Primal Waters (Water),
  7. Liwaen – The Clan of the Coldness of Darkness (Darkness and Shadow),
  8. Li – The Clan of the Primal Fires (Fire),
  9. Li’aan – The Clan of the Great Light (Light),
  10. Mah – The Clan of Raging Storms (Winds),
  11. Ninathan – The Forest Clan (Nature, Life, and Growth),
  12. Thaan – The Clan of the Mountains (Earth)
  13. Waethan – The Crystal and Stone Clan (Crystal).

Each one lends its own power to the beginnings of Creation. Each one provides the basis in which all things are formed.

The Ring of Thirteen and the Tree of Life:


The Order in which the Dragon-Runes are placed upon “The Tree”:

  1. Ratanen – The Ein Soph Aur,
  2. Drakani – The Ein Soph,
  3. Sha’oren – The Ein,
  4. Ihanen – Kether,
  5. Ma’erhen – Chokhmah,
  6. Ra – Binah,
  7. Liwaen – Chesed,
  8. Li – Geburah,
  9. Li’aan – Tiphareth,
  10. Mah – Netzach,
  11. Ninathen – Hod,
  12. Thaan – Yesod,
  13. Waethan – Malkuth.

Ma’erhen, Ra, and Li’aan also form the basis of what I have found to be the startling revelation of the “Sacred Eye of the Dragon” (within the area called Da’ath, in the midst of the Abyss). – This will be followed up in another writing. – These three Dragon Runes also represent what I have referred to as the Three Primal Elements – to symbolize The Great Divine Mind (Air/Winds), The Primal Seas of Chaos (Water), and The Great Heavenly Light (Fire).

The Song of The Ring of Thirteen:

Thirteen Be-eth They,
The Primary Powers are They,
The Pre-Eminences, Universal are They,
They are of the First Ring.

Their Powers, Forged together by the Gods,
Their Eminences, Graced in the Beauty of the Goddesses,
Their Ways, Known to All who beheld Them,
For They, Are the Forge of All Things.

Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
Temple of The Ancient Dragons