As a Wiccan study group, we believe in the polarity of the Divine. In other words, we believe:
The Creator of our Universe is so far beyond the ability for humans to fully comprehend that
We created various Goddesses and Gods to represent some of the different aspects of this Universal Creator and
To simplify matters, various cultures and religions have chosen to understand these aspects through the prism of a God and a Goddess
In a very real sense, we are syncretic monotheists. We believe in this Creator which created the All and, to better relate to and understand this Creator, we worship and honor It through a God and a Goddess!
We also believe that we are a part of Nature and are not apart from Nature. This gives us a serious and a very real sense of responsibility for caring for our world and for everyone and everything that is a part of our world. Our religion is grounded in our concern for Nature.
We do not believe in some form of eternal punishment or Hell. We believe in reincarnation and we believe that we are our own harshest judges when it comes to reviewing if we have been doing what we chose to be put on this Earth to do, to learn, and to accomplish. Likewise, we also do not believe that any religion which teaches its followers to do good and to avoid harm is a "wrong" religion. If God is love (the Christian Bible clearly states in I John 4: 8 that, "Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love"), then how can any religion which teaches love be "wrong" and used as justification to torment souls for an eternity? This would make no sense to us in light of a Creator that is love!
We do not believe that any valid and legitimate form of love is a "sin". We believe that heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism are gifts from the Creator as valid and legitimate ways to express love and joy. Heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality should be shared with joy and responsibility!
While we may use divinatory tools, we do not believe that we are ruled by what any form of divination tells us. Divination may be predicting the future, but it is not a law that is engraved in stone. Psychic Jeane Dixon noted that divination is predicting the future, but prophesy is law. We use divination as a tool, not as the guiding principles of our lives.
We accept the Wiccan Rede which teaches us that we have a great freedom to do whatever we want in this world, but we also have a great responsibility that comes with that freedom. We can do whatever we want, but we must always strive to do no harm! The Wiccan Rede, which states "Eight words the Rede fulfill, harm ye none an' do as you will", requires to carefully examine and evaluate all of the effects that our choices and actions have on ourselves, other people, and the world around us.
We also accept the Threefold Law which teaches us that "All good that a person does to another returns threefold in this life; harm is also returned threefold". This can be compared with the Christian teaching found in Matthew 18: 21 - 22 where we are told, "The Kefa came up to him, 'Rabbi, how often can my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? As many as seven times?' 'No, not seven times,' answered Yeshua, 'but seven times seventy!'". The Law of Nature is not tit for tat or one equals one, but whatever energy we want to receive--or do not receive--must be greater than that which was originally put out.
We observe the Thirteen Esbats and the eight Sabbats of Wicca as ways of keeping in tune with the natural cycles found in Nature.
We believe in and practice a life-affirming religion. Wicca is not a cult and it is not Satanism. We believe in the goodness of God as expressed through a Goddess and a God. We do not judge a person by what religion they follow. We accept that all positive religions offer good to their followers. We believe in respect for all religions and we want the same respect that we would show them.