The Do's and Doníts of Witches
Witches don't do evil - They believe that doing evil and harm is against all ethical and moral laws. Further, Witchcraft tells us: "An ye harm none (not even yourself), do as ye will".
Witches don't worship Satan - They 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 God and Goddess as equal entities.
Witches don't call a male Witch a "Warlock" - The word "Warlock" is a Scottish word meaning "oath breaker", and became a term designating a male Witch during the "burning times" (i.e.; the Inquisition). Male, as well as female, practitioners of the Craft are known as Witches.
Witches do 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 vibrational rays of light on the material plane. Black absorbs light information and helps Witches be more receptive to psychic impressions and energies.
Witches do come from every socioeconomic and ethnic background - Many Witches are professional people holding positions of responsibility such as Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers, Teachers, etc. Witchcraft does not discriminate against color or ethnic origin and does view everything as equal in the eyes of the God and Goddess. Those who are heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual persuasion are also accepted without bias.
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 magic wands - Often you see the use of magic wands in children's cartoon and movies making the idea seem frivolous. In actuality the magic wands are used in healing for directing energy.
Witches do use Witchcraft as a science, an art and a religion - They use their knowledge and magic in harmony with the Universe and Nature around them.
Witches do take pride in the deep, rich history of the word "Witch" - As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary "Witchcraft" is a Celtic (pronounced Kell-tick) word meaning the wise, good people. "Wicce" (wick-kay) designates a female Witch where as "Wicca" (wick-kah) designates a male Witch.
Witches do view the pentacle as an amulet and a symbol for protection - The five-pointed star represents the human body and the earth. In combination, the star surrounded by the circle represents the human body encompassed by the protection of the Goddess/God force. The pentacle is the 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 force. They are composed of 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 world and awake to their responsibilities for both worlds. Is is only by being responsible human beings that we can be responsible Witches, and only responsible Witches will survive." (Excerpt from Power of the Witch by Laurie Cabot, Delacort Press. (Dell Publishing) N.Y., N.Y., October 1989.)
"For those who fight for freedom, it has a flavor the protected will never know".
*The Do's and Doníts of Witches - Provided by The Witches League for Public Awareness; CelticCrow.com