The Nature of our Way

by Scott Cunningham, Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, 1988

  • As often as possible, hold the rites in forests, by the seashore, on deserted mountaintops or near tranquil lakes. If this is impossible, a garden or some chamber shall suffice, if it is readied with fumes or Flowers.
  • Seek out wisdom in books, rare manuscripts and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones and fragile herbs and in cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.
  • Books contain words; Trees contain energies and wisdom books never dreamt of.
  • Ever remember that the Old Ways are constantly revealing themselves. Therefore be as the river willow that bends and sways with the wind. That which remains changeless shall outlive its spirit but that which evolves and grows will shine for centuries.
  • There can be no monopoly on wisdom. Therefore share what you will of our ways with others who seek them, but hide mystic lore from the eyes of those who would destroy, for to do otherwise increases their destruction.
  • Mock not the rituals or spells of another, for who can say yours are greater in power or wisdom?
  • Ensure that your actions are honorable, for all that you do shall return to you three fold, good or bane.
  • Be wary of one who would dominate you, who would control and manipulate your workings and reverences. True reverence for the Goddess and God occurs within. Look with Suspicion on anyone who would twist worship from for their own gain and glory, but welcome those priestesses and priests who are suffused with Love.
  • Honor all living things, for we are of the bird, the fish, the bee. Destroy not life save it be to preserve you own.
  • And this is the nature of our way.
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