The Reclaiming Principles of Unity

 
My law is love unto all beings…

– The Charge of the Goddess

The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth’s cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.

Each of us embodies the divine. Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.

We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches. Our diverse practices and experiences of the divine weave a tapestry of many different threads. We include those who honor Mysterious Ones, Goddesses, and Gods of myriad expressions, genders, and states of being, remembering that mystery goes beyond form. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.

We know that everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic, the art of changing consciousness at will. We strive to teach and practice in ways that foster personal and collective empowerment, to model shared power and to open leadership roles to all. We make decisions by consensus, and balance individual autonomy with social responsibility.

Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, Harm none, and do what you will. We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.

We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe. We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.

All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.

 
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2 Responses “The Reclaiming Principles of Unity” →

  1. Charis & Jim

    February 1, 2011

    Having recently come across your website via The Scottish Pagan Federation’s magazine Spin, we are rather perturbed with the title of your organisation. Having been involved in Witchcraft for almost 40 years here in Scotland, we feel your ‘Reclaiming Scotia’ is a rather presumptuous and discourteous title and assumes there has been no genuine witchcraft practised in this country in recent times prior to the founding of your organisation. What exactly are you trying to reclaim and by using these terms are you suggesting that the witchcraft traditions, which have existed in Scotland, are somehow erroneous?

    Having looked further into your website, it would appear that the ‘Reclaiming’ tradition has originated in America and leans heavily on the writings of Starhawk. This would appear all too common these days when the pagan traditions of the Celtic lands are appropriated by, in most cases, American groups, regurgitated and fed back here as ‘real’ and ‘genuine’ Celtic traditions. The true witchcraft in Scotland is alive and well and has no need of reclamation from American based sources.

    Charis and Jim

    Reply

    • reclaimingscotia

      February 8, 2011

      Dear Charis and Jim

      Thank you for taking the time to find, read and comment upon our website. I hope you had a Blessed Oimelc.

      To address your two concerns:

      1. What we think we’re reclaiming
      ‘Reclaiming’ is simply the name of the tradition; ‘Scotia’ is just a poetic way of referring to the area in which this particular group of Reclaiming witches lives. There is a ‘Reclaiming Netherlands’, a ‘Reclaiming Spain’, etc. What we in Reclaiming tradition are reclaiming is personal to each Witch. For myself, I am reclaiming my deep connection with the all-species tribe within which I live, a relationship with the Sidhe, and the love of my ancestors. Other Reclaiming Witches may be reclaiming their power as women, or their spiritual authority. We make no assumptions about what other Witches are now or have in the past done in Scotland or anywhere else. We are always happy to learn from other Witches what they are willing, and their oaths allow them to share, and to give of our own knowing in return.

      2. Teaching grandma to suck eggs which were stolen from her in the first place
      Reclaiming tradition was founded in San Francisco in the 1970s, with its roots in two American traditions of Witchcraft: Feri tradition – a purely American form of Witchcraft, based in Southern folk magic and other American traditions – and Dianic Wicca, which acknowledges its debts to the range of traditions which grew out of Gerald Gardner’s work. No-one has ever claimed Reclaiming to be a ‘Celtic’ tradition, although many Reclaiming Witches around the world with Celtic heritage find inspiration in Celtic sources. There are Reclaiming Witches who have a profound connection to the Powers and Gods of many lands, often those of their ancestors, or the ones in which they themselves now live (and sometimes these are one and the same). The only thing that unites Reclaiming Witches is our commitment to the Principles of Unity, which are above.

      I hope this answer allays your concerns.

      Blessings
      flame
      on behalf of Reclaiming Scotia

      Reply

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