The Do’s and Don’ts Of Witchcraft
By Laurie Cabot
Witches do not do evil…. They believe that doing evil and harm is against all ethical and moral values. Witches simply try their hardest to avoid intentionally harming anyone and anything. (Including themselves)
Witches Do Not worship Satan…Simply Put: He’s Their Boy…Not Ours! Witches do not have a Satan/Devil or any “all-evil” deity in their religious structure. Witchcraft is a religion that underscores polarity and views the Goddess and God as equal entities.
A male Witch is not a “Warlock”… The word warlock is a Scottish word meaning “oath breaker”, and became a term designating a male Witch during the burning times. A male Witch is simply that.
Witches wear clothing of every color and every style…. Many Witches do choose to wear black clothing or ritual robes. The color black is the culmination of all vibration rates of light on the material plane. Black absorbs light information and helps witches be more receptive to psychic impressions and energies.
Witches come from every socio-economic and ethic background.
Many Witches are professional people holding positions of responsibility such as Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers, teachers, etc. Witchcraft does not discriminate color or ethnic origin and does view everything as equal in the eyes of the Goddess and God.
Witches do use spells. A spell is a thought, a projection or a prayer. Other religions use prayer, meditation, projection and ritual to produce an intended result. The word "“spell” does not imply doing evil or harm.
Witches do use Magick wands. Often you see the use of magick wands in children’s cartoons and movies making the idea seem frivolous. In actuality they are used for in healing for directing energy.
Witches do use witchcraft as a science, an art and religion. They use their knowledge and magick in harmony with the universe and nature around them.
The word “witch” has a deep and rich history. As defined by the English-Oxford dictionary, “Witchcraft” is a Celtic word meaning the wise, good people. Wicce designates a female Witch whereas Wicca designates a male witch. In the religion of Witchcraft, we view the pentacle as an amulet and symbol for protection.
The five-pointed star represents the human body and the earth. In the combination the star surround by the circle represents the human body encompassed by the protection of the God/ Goddess force. The pentacle is a symbol for universal wisdom.
Witches do concern themselves with ecology. They have never forgotten this basic fact; The World is Not Our Enemy. Neither is it inert, dumb matter. The earth and all living things share the same life forces. They are composed patterns of intelligence, of knowledge and of divinity. All life is a web. We are woven into it as sisters and brothers of all. Witches need to be grounded in both worlds and awake to the responsibilities of both worlds. It is only by being responsible human beings that we can be responsible witches and only responsible witches will survive.