The Thirteen Goals listed below are guidelines to a balanced life - mundanely and spiritually. Again, they are not commandments - you won't be punished for not following them, but they make life easier and more enjoyable!
1. Know yourself
If you don't know what you want, you are not likely to get it. Consequently, if you don't know what makes you happy, you are equally unlikely to find your happiness. You also need to know your own strengths and weaknesses.
Wicca is a craft, hence the term Witchcraft; the Craft of the Wise. This is not something you can master from reading a few books (although they can point you in the direction your path can take). This is something you will learn by living it. Know what you want to study - pave your own spiritual path.
Learn everything you can about everything you have an interest in. You don't have to master every subject completely, but a thorough knowledge of many subjects will help you grow spiritually, and be open minded about subjects you don't know anything about.
You can read a dozen books, but until you put into your life what you have read, it is useless to you. Also, the wise person will use their common sense regarding whatever they read, and especially on the internet - don't believe everything you read! One person's "truth" is not necessarily truth for all; only you know in your heart of hearts what rings as "truth" for you. Knowledge is power, but without wisdom, you will not have control over that power.
Moderation in all things! Your time cannot be totally consumed by something without the rest of your life suffering the consequences. We have a tendency (most of us anyway) to dive into a new area with total concentration - that can be good, as long as we don't ignore everything else. Try to balance your life so that you feel invigorated instead, and so you also enjoy what you are doing.
Have you heard that "A Witch is only as good as her word"? It comes from a time when the person's word was their bond, and it still is as important today. When you say a thing, you make it so. Why does your magick work? Because you say "So mote it be", and your words and your will have that power. When you don't keep your word, you are breaking that bond. Be very careful HOW you speak, what you say, negatively or positively, is what you bring into manifestation. Words have power, which is recognized many religions.
"Energy follows thought" is another Wiccan saying. Again, what you think (if it is thought often enough) you bring into manifestation. Every single invention started out as a thought. Positive thinking and positive affirmations can make a difference in your life.
Life is meant to be joyful! The whole earth is alive, and so are you! Think about all the senses you have, and all the sensations you feel, and how fantastic that is! We are linked to all life, everywhere.
Be aware of the seasons, and the phases of the Moon. Wiccans do this by celebrating the Esbats and Sabbats. Everything runs in cycles, our bodies, the animals, and the plants. Gardeners know that timing is important in planting, not just with the seasons, but also with the moon.
Breathing is very important to life, and to proper magick, to energy raising, not to mention, your health. Breathing deeply from the diaphragm should be mastered. Also breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, especially during meditation. Eat to live, don't live to eat. Eat what is a proper diet for you. Eating the wrong foods, and eating too much of anything, will inhibit your ability to do much except sleep.
This is so important, and gets ignored so much in our society. Exercise relieves stress, tones muscles, burns fat, and adds years to your ability to enjoy life. This is the physical vessel your soul has incarnated into, at least take care of it!
What people think of when they see this word, is perhaps an Indian Yogi sitting in the Lotus position and chanting "ohm". While that is one valid way to meditate, there are many others, including mediation through concentrating on an object, a thought, your own breath, your own body rhythms, or concentrating on nothing at all. Other ways to meditate are to dance, to move the body, as in Tai Chi, or just in exercises such as walking, when you are being at one with your body and not thinking about anything at all. Many people who say they can't meditate, or have trouble with it, are only aware of one or two kinds. There are so many different ways to meditate that there is a method to suit each person. Research some!
Since the God and Goddess dwell within ourselves, while we are honouring them, we must also show honour to ourselves, and to others. We are all divine, we are all God and Goddess both.
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