Principles of Unity

“My law is love unto all beings…”The Charge of the Goddess

The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected.
We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth’s cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.

Each of us embodies the divine.
Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.

We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches.
Honoring both Goddess and God, we work with female and male images of divinity, always remembering that their essence is a mystery which goes beyond form.
Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.

We know that everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic, the art of changing consciousness at will.
We strive to teach and practice in ways that foster personal and collective empowerment, to model shared power and to open leadership roles to all.
We make decisions by consensus, and balance individual autonomy with social responsibility.

Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community.
We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, “Harm none, and do what you will.”
We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.

We welcome all genders, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity.
We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe.
We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.

All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth.
We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.


7 thoughts on “Principles of Unity

  1. Ik had een kameraad die zijn diverse vriendenkringen graag gescheiden hield, terwijl ik juist iemand ben die graag mijn lappendeken aan diverse vrienden om me heen heb.
    Al die diverse vriendschappen zie ik als verschillende aspecten van mezelf; als ik die niet bij elkaar kan krijgen, wat zegt dat over mezelf?


  2. quote:
    I would like to discuss “Structure of a Ritual: what one can generally expect when attending a Reclaiming-style ritual”

    I suppose the described structure is optional and not mandatory, considering the following ‘typical wicca’way of working:

    “Calling the directions ? using words, song, chanting, and/or movement, we call the powers of the four directions, and the elements associated with the them. East ? air; South ? fire; West ? water; North ? earth. In the Center, we invoke the spirit.”

    My reservations are especially about the association of the four directions with the elements etc.

    Consider this:
    People who are following shamanic training, Native American or otherwise, will have other ways of associating directions with elements and other powers.

    Therefore, when working with a mixed group of Wiccans, Shamans etc, I feel it is important to adapt the way of working together using consensus.

    What would you say?


  3. Qua term is wicca pas door Gardner geïntroduceerd, de term hex is een stuk ouder.

    Er waren al hexen voordat Gardner zijn leer publiceerde.

    Taalkundig en historisch gezien is er slechts een gedeeltelijke overlap tussen wicca en hex.

    Er zijn hexen die zich expliciet hex noemen en tegelijkertijd distantieren van (gardnerian) wicca.

    Wicca wordt meestal gedefinieërd als een religie, terwijl er ook hexen zijn die zich expliciet a-religieus opstellen.

    Er zijn wel organisaties die pretenderen dat er buiten hun clubje geen echte hexen en/of wiccans bestaan.
    Maar: er bestaat geen algemeen erkend keurmerk voor het begrip hex en/of wiccan.


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