Real Witches Do Not...
  • Hurt people physically, mentally, spiritually, or magickally. Witches have taken an oath to help people, not hurt people. You are not a real Witch if you hurt anybody.
  • Take illegal drugs. The laws of our country forbid illegal drug use; besides illegal drugs mess up your body. Why bother? Witches do go to the doctor when they are sick and follow the directions of the doctor for good health care. Witches do work magick to help people who are sick, but they never, ever use magick instead of good medical care. They use magick with appropriate medical care.
  • Work black magick — that’s those other guys. Real Witches know that whatever you do, whether in this world or in the magickal world, comes back to you three times. If you do good stuff, then you get rewarded. If you do bad stuff, you pay the price — and, let me add, you will pay dearly. Wiccans have a poem that goes: Ever mind the rule of three, what you give out comes back to thee.
  • Fly in the sky on brooms. We buy cars and trucks and stay on the road like everyone else. If we feel the need to take to the skies we choose Delta, Northwestern or American Airlines.
  • Eat babies. We love babies. We want them to grow up big and strong and do good things for people, like hopefully find a cure for AIDS, cancer, and the common cold.
  • Kill animals (or anything else for that matter). Real Witches love and honor animals. Animals are a part of Spirit, just like people. Witches are big pet-people. We have dogs, cats, gerbils, bunnies, ect, and they all live long, happy lives and see the vet regularly.
  • Tell fibs or big whopper lies. We walk our talk, and we know that a Witch is as good as his or her word.
  • Call themselves warlocks. The word warlock means “truth twister”. Whether you are a boy or girl, man or woman, the name remains the same: Witch or Wiccan.
  • Get into sexual perversions. Enough said on that strange area. We don’t want to go there!
  • Drink or use blood in any way from animals, themselves, or any person (alive or dead). How you like your steak has nothing to do with the Craft.
  • Change their hair color in the blink of an eye. We go to the grocery store and buy hair dye to cover the grey just like your mother.
  • Steal or take part in any type of criminal behavior. We believe that if we take from someone else, we are really taking from ourselves. Stealing from ourselves would be stupid.
  • Pervert the symbols of any other religion, such as the cross or the Star of David, or desecrate graves or statues of saints. We honor the dead as well as the living.
  • Summon demons. We simply are not that dumb.
  • Worship the Christian devil. We don’t believe in satan. We don’t give power to bad things, like satan or the devil, because to name something rotten is to give it power.
  • Believe in the Christian hell. Real Witches believe that we are responsible for our own actions, and that we will pay either in this life, or in the next, for bad things that we do — so, we try very hard not to do bad things. This leads us to a universal Wiccan belief — that of reincarnation.
  • Coerce or brainwash people to join us. Witchcraft or Wicca is not a cult. Witchcraft or Wicca is a legitimate religion. Our clergy can legally marry people. We also have christenings (Wiccanings or Sainings) for our babies, just like any other religion. We do the sprinkle-water-thing, too. In 1994, at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Illinois, Wicca or Witchcraft was acknowledged as a legitimate religion by the other religions of the world, including Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, and many Protestant Christians. Witches can legally have churches in this country.
  • Use Satanic symbols. The Witches’ pentacle, or five-pointed star point-up within a circle, represents the four elements and the human, encompassed by Spirit. The pentacle has nothing to do with Satanism, and Witches get very, very upset with people who match the point-up pentacle with Satanism. Just as Witches do not invert the christian cross, they don’t appreciate it when someone inverts their symbol, either.
  • Have to go through an initiation ceremony to practice the religion of Witchcraft; however, Witches who practice in a group environment that has some sort of self-government for its members do perform initiations. You can’t initiate yourself but you can dedicate yourself to the Lord and Lady. Initiations represent levels of training or spiritual progression within a group environment. Elders of the craft pass power/lineage during initiation ceremonies. You can’t pass power/lineage that wasn’t passed to you — that’s why the Elders perform this function. Initiations are celebrations designed to honor your spiritual progression. Bad things do not happen to anyone in a Wiccan initiation.
  • Become Witches overnight. Today a Baptist, tomorrow a Wiccan? Nope. Doesn’t work. Witchcraft requires a lot of dedication, study, and perseverance. The religion of the Craft becomes a process of self-growth and joy. You don’t slap a pentacle, wiggle into a black dress or dark pants and shirt, paint your fingernails a disgusting color, wear wild makeup and call yourself a Witch. Nothing doing — to be a Witch isn’t a fashion statement, or the trendy thing to do. The religion does not require you to wear black. If you go around dressed up like that, real Witches will laugh at you. The religion doesn’t even require you to wear a pentacle. Real Witchcraft takes a lot of work. A Witch “is” by means of study and belief, not by what he or she wears.
  • Attack people, but they do defend themselves when attacked by others.
  • Blab to everyone that they are Witches. We practice the Witches’ Pyramid — To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent. To Know means that we constantly search for the truth and are strong in our beliefs. To Dare means that we dare to be different and to learn as much as we can. To Will means that we concentrate on being the best that we can be. To Be Silent means that we know pure thought has great power. If we tell others about our magicks, especially those who do not believe as we do, then much of the strength can seep away from our work. Therefore, we share only with those of like mind and leave other people to their own devices.
  • Always work magick. Most Witches practice the magickal arts but not all Witches work magick. Some of the nicest Witches I know don’t work magick; they do, however, pray.
  • Gossip, tell lies, or hurt anyone’s feelings on purpose.
  • Ever practice a magickal application that they do not completely understand.
  • Charge money to work magick or to pray for people, though they can ask reimbursement for the supplies they use.
  • Use their magick or other skills to show off.
  • Cast love spells to entice another person, break two people up just so the Witch can go out with one of them, or in any way seek to interfere with another person’s free will. We do work to bring harmony and love into our lives, but we never, ever target anyone!
  • Abuse animals. Real Witches do work magick with animals. Witches respect animals very much; however, we don’t have toads, or cats, or spiders that perch on our fingers while we do a little hocus-pocus dance, nor do we put animal or insect parts in bubbling cauldrons with appropriate mumbo-jumbo. Things like Eye of Newt and Tongue of Adder are really folk names for herbs, handed down from generation to generation.
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