The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief
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 that 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 the feminine.  We value neither above the other
knowing each to be supportive of the other.  We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and
embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy 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 Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and we see in 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 seek to control the forces within her/himself that
make life possible in order to live wisely and 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 towards 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 practice 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 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 Christian tradition.  We do not seek power through the suffering of others,
nor accept 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.