I don't know the author who
originally wrote the following passage, but it has circulated around
the world many times over with good reason: "I couldn't have
put it in better perspective and words".
"Magick is only a part of
Wicca. Wicca/Witchcraft is a lifestyle; it's not a 'Sunday Morning'
thing. It's every day, every moment connecting yourself with the energies
of nature. It is honoring the God & Goddess. It is a Reverence
of the Earth. It is accepting Majick. It is accepting Reincarnation.
It is not Proselytizing.
"Honoring the God & Goddess.
We honor the God and Goddess for the balance they represent. In all
of nature there is the male and female, should not the divine also
have these qualities?
"Reverence for the Earth.
The Earth is a living entity, a gift from the divine. We feel that
the Earth and its species should be protected. Let's face it; we know
that there is a limit to natural resources. Should they not be conserved
and protected? Should a species become extinct merely for man's vanity?
Of course not.
"Accept Magick. All religions
practice magic, most religions call it prayer. My prayer is a spell.
The saying 'A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet' or 'You
say Potato, I say Patato' comes to mind. A prayer or spell is asking
for divine assistance. We view magick as a natural part of life.
"Reincarnation. This is a
hard concept for some to accept. The skeptics claim it is impossible
because there are more people alive today than in the past, true.
My thoughts, imagine a cauldron full of the essence of conscious,
all souls start there and return there. Memories from 'past lives'
are shared between the essences. When a new vessel, body, is ready
to receive a soul a portion of the essence is doled out. Reincarnation
follows the circle of nature, spring - a time of birth; summer - a
time of growth; fall - a time of maturity; winter - death; spring...
"No proselytizing. Am I with
this site trying to convert you? No. We believe that there are many
paths to the divine and none wrong. If you choose not to be Wiccan,
I and all Wiccans will respect that decision. We won't show up on
your door asking for you to visit our Circles. We are not going to
force Little Johnny or Mary to become Wiccan. We will be available
should you want to ask us a question - but I for one am not going
to hit you over the head with my Book of Shadows and demand that you
become a Witch."