What Witchcraft is:
Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. Most importantly however, it teaches responsibility. We accept responsibility for our actions and deeds as clearly a result of the choices we make. We do not blame an exterior entity or being for our shortcomings, weaknesses or mistakes. If we mess up or do something that brings harm to another, we have no one but ourselves to blame and we must face the consequences resulting from those actions. No ifs, ands or buts and no whining...
We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases and the seasons to celebrate our spirituality and to worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the Witch to work with, not in supplication to deities with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things.
The spells that we do involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom and creativity. The potions that we stir might be aheadache remedy, a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for our pets. We strive to gain knowledge of and use thenatural remedies placed on this earth by the divine for our benefit instead of using synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary.
Wiccan believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in all things. In the trees, rain, flowers, the sea, in each other and all of natures creatures. This means that we must treat "all things" of the Earth as aspects of the divine. We attempt to honor and respect life in all its many manifestations both seen and unseen.
Wiccan learn from and revere the gift of nature from divine creation by celebrating the cycles of the sun, moon and seasons. We search within ourselves for the cycles that correspond to those of the natural world and try to live in harmony with the movement of this universal energy. Our teachers are the trees, rivers, lakes, meadows, mountains and animals as well as others who have walked this path before us. This belief creates a reverence and respect for the environment, and all life upon the Earth.
We also revere the spirits of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water which combine to manifest all creation. From these four elements we obtain insight to the rhythms of nature and understand they are also the rhythms of our own lives.
Because Witches have been persecuted for so many centuries, we believe in religious freedom first! We do not look at our path as the only way to achieve spirituality, but as one path among many to the same end. We are not amissionary religion out to convert new members to think the same as we do. We are willing to share our experience and knowledge with those who seek our wisdom and perspective however. We believe that anyone who is meant for this path will find it through their own search as the Goddess speaks to each of us in her time and way. Wiccan practice tolerance and acceptance toward all other religions as long as those faiths do not persecute others or violate the tenant of "Harm None."
What Witchcraft is not:
Witchcraft or Wicca is not a cult. We do not proclaim ourselves to be spokespersons for the divine or try to get others to follow us as their leaders.
We do not worship Satan or consort with Demons. Satan is a Christian creation and they can keep him. We do not need a paranoid creation of supreme evil and eternal damnation to scare us into doing the right thing and helping others. We choose to do the right thing and love our brothers and sisters because it is the right thing and it feels good to do it.
We do not sacrifice animals or humans because that would violate our basic tenant of "Harm None." Anyone who does and claims to be a Wiccan or a Witch is lying.
We have no need to steal or control the life force of another to achieve mystical or supernatural powers. We draw our energy from within, our personal relationship with the divine and nature.
We do not use the forces of nature or the universe to hex or cast spells on others. Again, "Harm None" is the whole of the law.
Witches have a very strict belief in the Law of Three which states that whatever we send out into our world shall return to us three fold either good or bane. With this in mind, a "True Witch" would hesitate in doing magick to harm or manipulate another because that boomerang we throw will eventually come back to us much larger and harder then when we threw it.
This is not to say that Witches are perfect, we are human too just like everyone else and make mistakes and errors in judgment. Just as there are parents who love and nurture their children, there are parents who abuse their children. As there are many who devote their lives to giving and helping mankind, likewise there are those who devote their lives to taking advantage of and using people for their own gain. Unfortunately the same flaws in human nature applies to witches too.
Most of us continually strive to consider all potential outcomes of our thoughts and actions pausing to seriously consider the consequences before undertaking a ritual, spell or rite that could go astray. It is when we follow the path with the love of the Goddess in our hearts and adhere to the basic tenant of the Reed that our works are beneficial and we achieve harmony and balance with all things.
The heart of Wicca is not something summed up into a few short words and can often take on different meaning to each since the Lord and Lady touch us in different ways.
What is a Green Witch?
A Green Witch listens.
A Green Witch watches.
A Green Witch learns.
A Green Witch heals.
A Green Witch teaches.
The Green Witch is a person who follows no dogmas or creeds, who lets their intuition guide them, uses the powerful energies of plants in spell work and meets with the spirits of nature face to face in equality and mutual respect.
A Green Witch is very similar to a Kitchen/Cottage Witch by all intents and purposes. There are, however, distinct differences in that the Green Witch is
rarely found bound by four walls when working their craft.
The Green Witch is often found in the fields and forest where she is closest to the Divine. An Urban Green Witch will take that extra long drive to the country or find a secluded patch of woods in a nearby park if need be. The tools of the Green Witch are most often home-made from the elements that are most accessible to the witch. Wands and staffs made of indigenous wood, brooms made of local brush and such are often put to use.
The Green Witch is a natural witch, a cottage witch, and a solitary witch. This witch does not fear nature and the woods, but finds a sense of belonging and connection with the earth and the universe. Green Witchcraft is a term "for the elements that can be found in herbal, natural, traditional, or family traditional Witchcraft...
The key to the Green facet of Witchcraft is to be attuned to nature and the natural forces surrounding you.
Creed Of The Green Witch
I Acknowledge the Unity of the Divine, symbolized by the Divine Androgyne, aspected as female and male, Goddess and God, form and energy, lunar and solar powers, honored during the Wheel of the Year as Esbats, Sabbats, and sacred days.
I Acknowledge the immanence of the Divine, whose Spirit resides in all things and worlds, creating a unity of All in Oneness and kinship through the Goddess and the God.
I Acknowledge that the Elementals Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are extensions of the Goddess and the God, both external and indwelling kith and kin, connecting all through Spirit.
I Acknowledge the immortality of the individual spirit, comforted by the God in Underworld, refreshed by the Goddess in Summerland, choosing incarnation by form, place, and soul purpose.
I Acknowledge that the God lovingly demonstrates the life cycle in His yearly passage through the Sabbats.
He is born as the Oak King of the Goddess as Mother at Yule; cleansed and carried by the Crone into the arms of the Mother at Imbolc to be nourished by the milk of Her love.
At Ostara, the Goddess transforms as Maiden and joins the God that They may walk as the Lady and the Lord of the Wild Wood to awaken the Earth from the sleep of Herself as Crone of Winter.
The God and Goddess unite at Beltane to bring renewal to the Earth, and at their Litha wedding, the God shows His face of wisdom and age, turning from Oak King to Holly King as He begets Himself of the Goddess.
At Lughnassadh, the God enters into the Goddess aspected as Mother Earth, filling Her abundance with the life essence of His solar energy.
He enriches the vines and barleycorn with the essence of His Spirit at Mabon. He enters into Underworld, leads the Wild Hunt as the Horned Hunter, gathering the dead to His realm, He rules Underworld as the Lord of Shadows, where He offers rest, solace, and release of burdens to spirits at the end of each incarnation.
At Samhain, the God passes His Spirit through the Goddess, making thin the veil between the worlds by their union of shadow and light, turning the Tomb of the Crone into the Womb of the Mother.
At Yule the God as Sage offers His blessings and farewell to the children of the world, then turns His face to join them as the Infant Oak King reborn.
Through the Wheel of the Year is the path of perfect love and perfect trust in the Divine demonstrated, that we may walk with the Goddess and the God in the bond of love.
I Acknowledge the three great Mysteries: the Ancient God as Father and Son; the Maiden Goddess as Mother and Crone: and the Union of Tomb and Womb for the eternal cycle of Life Immortal.
Green witchcraft is positive and life-affirming. It is a use of rituals and spells to bring about personal harmony with the cycles of nature. A way of the Witch with the use of herbal remedies, environmental awareness, and ancient magick.
Green is the color used to describe the nature worship and herbal usage that has been a part of humanity from the earliest times. Green relates to the Lord and Lady of Greenwood, the Primal Father and Primal Mother, the Earth Mother, and the Lord of the Wildwood. The Celtic and Gaelic people used this color to denote the earth spirits.....faeries.
The Green-level Witch does not require detailed instruction on approaching the Divine because the Witch and the Divine are connected as One. There is a profound sense of belonging ....... the Witch isn't the steward of the Earth ... the Witch is the Earth.
The deities of the Green level of the Craft are the Ancient Ones of human history ..... the nameless ones who have flickered on the edges of our awareness for more than 2,000 years.
The folk who practiced the Green level of the Craft were the common folk who lived close to the earth and knew the cycles of nature as they revolved around the seasons and the weather and growth patterns. The Green-level festivals are centered around the solstices and equinoxes.
The most important thing to remember is that what happens between you and deities is personal. It is your magick, between you and whatever deities you work with.