The thirteen principles of Wiccan Beliefs was drawn up by Carl Llewellyn Wescheke. He was the owner and publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide. The thirteen principles go something like this: The first one- we practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the Phases of the Moon and Seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters. The second one - 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. The third one - We acknowledge a depth of power for greater than is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called " supernatural " ; but we see it naturally potential to all. The fourth one is - we conceive of the Creative Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity - as masculine and feminine - and that this Creative Power lives in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and 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 energies used in magical practice and religious worship. The fifth one - we recognize outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds - sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, the Inner Planes, and so on - and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
December 23, 2013