A Witch's Personal Manifesto

I demand these things as a Witch:

  • I must pursue my Highest Ideals
  • I must strive to elevate my ethics
  • I must be as good as my word
  • I must demand integrity of myself
  • I must be willing to suffer for my religion
  • I must willingly embrace discipline
  • I must develop financial responsibility and independence
  • I must be able to pay my bills
  • I must pay attention to my diet & intake of food
  • I must live the Hermetic Principle
  • I must respect the astral
  • I must approach ritual with great care
  • I must see ritual work as a disciplined art form
  • I must consider seriously the ramifications of reincarnation
  • I must conserve fuels
  • I must recycle whenever possible
  • I must not litter, not even a cigarette butt
  • I must avoid negative energy, even within my own thoughts
  • I must avoid placing blame for any of the events in my life
  • I must take responsibility for my ill health
  • I must take myself seriously
  • I must have humor
  • I must live with my eyes open and my feet grounded

I demand these things of myself as a member of the Wiccan Community:

  • I must support the work of making Wicca a respected religion
  • I must expect financial accountability from those groups to which I donate monies
  • I must stop the mockery of other religions (including anti-Christian sentiment sometimes found in modern Paganism)
  • I must not support religious plagiarism (such as the teaching of shamanism by those who have never experienced the wilderness nor studied from a real shaman).
  • I must be respectful of all other's ritual forms
  • I must separate myths and reality in our history and in our future
  • I must work to contribute towards a reputable public image of Wicca
  • I must protest against pagans who use shock tactics in dealing with the public
  • I must upgrade standards of Wiccan education
  • I must support serious research of our religious heritage
  • I must demand quality in pagan literature, newsletters and books
  • I must support the assembling of libraries
  • I must not be a religious isolationist and I must work to remove pagan ghetto mentalities from our communities
  • I must demand provocative, challenging workshops over entertainment
  • I must share my knowledge and skills
  • I must make Initiations increasingly difficult, challenging and rewarding
  • I must consider the amount of education other religions expect of their clergy when planning Wiccan training
  • I must be willing to network
  • I must remain in contact with pagans in other places

I demand these things of myself as a Priest/ess:

  • I must prepare for the deaths and burials of our peoples
  • I must provide for the future of my consecrated tools beyond my physical death
  • I must work towards the establishment of legal ministries
  • I must provide for children and their education
  • I must provide for the survival of my Tradition

I demand these things of myself as a Wiccan citizen:

  • I must promote community service, being of help to all peoples regardless of their beliefs
  • I must be willing to be political
  • I must be a knowledgeable, active voter
  • I must respect and utilize the system
  • I must find value in the political system in which I live or work actively to promote change
  • I must be aware of the world perspective
  • I must extend myself to world poverty and hunger
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