Most North Americans believe that witchcraft trials were last held in Salem about three centuries ago. This is false. Witches continue to be attacked in modern day child custody cases; they are the victims of job discrimination; and they are shunned by neighbors as well as family members in some cases.
Witch hunts still exist.
Lady Liberty League
("A National and Global referral and information exchange network of Pagan religious freedom activists." )
Pagan Educational Network
("Is a non-profit, proactive organization dedicated to educating the public about Paganism as well as building stronger, healthier communities through service.")
International Pagan Pride Project, Inc.
(..."encourages local "Pagan Pride Day" celebrations, to be held within two weeks of the Autumn Equinox throughout North America. Local coordinators plan these events, which typically include at least:
a public ritual
a food drive or other charitable activity
Issuance of press releases."
The Burning Times
("Offers a provocative exploration into the historical and modern day Burning Times through artwork, articles, resources, and more...")
("...proactive educational network dedicated to correcting misinformation about Witches and Witchcraft.")
Witchcraft is not evil. At least not any more than lighting a votive candle, praying for a sick friend, or carrying a lucky charm is. However, there are some who do view witchcraft as evil. This is only because organized religion (primarily the Christian church) has conditioned them to fear anything which strays from their narrow condemning view. After all, if you have the ability to fend for yourself, solve your own problems, and choose your own method of spiritual expression, why would you need the confined structure of a church?
LADY SABRINA, Secrets of Modern Witchcraft Revealed
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"Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways."
"This above all...to thine own self be true."
A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.
Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.
Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.
Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.
The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.
Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.
Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.
As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.
Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.
Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.
Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, "How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"
Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.