Why do you think you want to follow the Wiccan path? You are not contemplating taking up a pop culture fad popularized in film and television, but becoming a practicing member of a centuries old tradition of nature-based religions. If you’re thinking it’s all chanting and spells, stop now.
Scott Cunningham, a respected expert on The Craft and the author of more than 30 books on the subject including Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner developed a list of 13 goals for witches on the Wiccan path.
- Know yourself.
- Know your craft.
- Apply knowledge with wisdom.
- Achieve balance.
- Keep your words in good order.
- Keep your thoughts in good order.
- Celebrate life.
- Attune with the cycles of the Earth.
- Breathe and eat correctly.
- Exercise the body.
- Honor the Goddess and God.
Notice there’s nothing in there about hexing your ex or stirring up love potions. Taking up the Wiccan path is a commitment and a responsibility to live according to ethical principles and to cultivate and deepen your relationship with the deities.
Wiccans follow a moral code that includes taking good care of themselves and others. It is a disciplined faith that teaches members how to identify and use their personal energy through concentration and intention.
Personal responsibility is deeply emphasized since all actions have effects for which each of us must answer. Everything that we do causes a reaction somewhere in the universe. All powers, no matter how small, must be used wisely and kindly.