These are the thirteen legislation a witch should endeavor to live by. These are from Scott Cunningham, but is used in many a coven.
Casting Instructions for ’13 Goals of a Witch’
13 Goals of a Witch
1. Know Yourself
Take the time to find out about yourself. Keep daily journals in addition to sleep journals. Record your thoughts, experiences during meditation, your targets and anything else you believe that’s important. Use your dream diary to build a base line so you can translate your dreams because dreams are how our shadow self talks to us. Endeavour to cure your shadow self. Use your daily journals to understand your own ideas and motivations. To put it differently, step back and examine yourself, your life, your goals and what you want and who you really are.
2. Know Your Craft
Study and practice the Craft. Through researching the various aspects and theories of the Craft that you will become more adept and start to form your own theories and practices that work best for you. Take classes offered in your area such as tarot, meditation among other things that interest you. Attend public rituals to gain insight into how others practice. Talk to other Wiccans and exchange ideas and experiences.
The learning never ends when you’re a witch. Read and examine everything that you can rather than dismiss any knowledge from hand. You never know where a revelation could be hiding.
4. Apply Knowledge with Wisdom
Use the wisdom you’ve gained to temper your actions. Wisdom is a gift given to the wise and the wise use their wisdom to make the best choices available. To apply knowledge without wisdom is reckless and may be dangerous in certain situations. The truly wise never claim to know everything or claim the status as an authority or guru, because nobody knows everything. Don’t abuse the knowledge you’ve acquired.
5. Achieve Balance
Wicca is a religion of balance. We embrace the dark and light, the God and Goddess; neither is more important than the other. Both have a goal. We want to achieve balance in our lives. Such as equilibrium in itself, home, personal relationships, what we take from the earth and what we return and so on. A balanced life is a good life.
6. Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order
This goal goes hand in hand with Goal 7. As a witch, your ideas manifest reality in accord with your will. As soon as you have reached a level of magical development you can set events in motion without even realising it. A disciplined mind reduces those occurrences and assists in magical works. Your ideas manifest before words are even formed.
7. Maintain Your Words in Good Order
As thoughts manifest reality in conformity to your own will, so do words. Words are the verbalisation of your ideas and therefore carry power. To remember your words is just like spreading chaos magically. Discipline in minding your words adds meaning to what you talk and enhances their effectiveness in magical workings in addition to the mundane world.
8. Celebrate Life
This one is somewhat self-explanatory. Live your life to the fullest and make every day a celebration of life. Life is a gift from the God and Goddess and they want us to have a good time while here. Basically, don?t be afraid to enjoy your life.
9. Attune with the Cycles of the Earth
This is one of the basic concepts of Wicca. Our holidays, Sabbats, are based upon the Wheel of the Year, with the Wheel of the Year being based on the cycles of the Earth. We want to experience nature and understand that we are part of it, it’s part of us and how it affects us. It is another mystery of Wicca that one must experience to really understand.
10. Breathe and Eat Correctly
This one is self-explanatory also. We are to eat the proper foods and exercise our breathing. It doesn?t imply we can?t enjoy the food we eat or occasionally indulge. What it means is that we should eat a proper diet as it will help make our bodies healthy. A wholesome body not only makes us feel better and live longer; it assists us in our magical works and makes the mundane tasks easier.
Learning to breathe correctly aids in the raising of energy, focus, stress relief and meditation.
11. Exercise the Body
This is a challenging goal for many people but it’s an important one. Our bodies are wondrous things that the God and Goddess have blessed us with. We should respect the bodies we’ve been given and keep them in shape. A healthy body feels better both physically and emotionally. We also live longer and are less encumbered during mundane activities and magical ones as well. To exercise the body is to honour the God and Goddess.
Meditation is a key skill in the working of magic. It allows us to focus our thoughts thereby focusing our will. It also helps us in our everyday life also. It reduces stress and helps us get through our everyday tasks by having the ability to focus and think clearly.
13. Honour the Goddess and the God
We should honour the God and Goddess in everything we do. They are a part of us as we are a part of them. We’re all connected. By honouring them we honor ourselves and our fellow humans. In addition, we honour our Gods through rituals and celebrations. We do this because we love them and we need not because we fear them.