This is the last post on self-discovery, groundwork type stuff. I know you must be getting anxious to try some spells and get into some of the more glamorous aspects of witchcraft but please trust me. It’s so important to understand the principles of witchcraft before you dive in. I believe in laying the ground work: you wouldn’t build a house without first creating a solid foundation. Your craft is the house in this analogy.
Witchcraft is a Science, an Art, and a Spiritual Practice. The magic practiced in Witchcraft works in accordance with certain scientific principles and laws. Seven principles to be exact. The Kybalion was first published in 1908, purportedly based upon ancient Hermeticism. The Kybalion itself claims to have influenced all major religions and philosophies ancient and modern alike.
There will be a lot of work involved in fully understanding each of these. This post is simply an overview of each of the seven principles. Each principle will have its own post, otherwise this post would be about nine pages long. You’re welcome.
“as within, so without; as above, so below”
The principle of correspondence basically says that our current reality is a mirror of what is going on inside us. You are the microcosm and the universe is the macrocosm. The part (you) contains the whole and the whole (the Universe) contains the part. Therefore, our reality is a result of our inner most dominant thought.
“the Universe is mind; mind is the Universe”
The principle of Mentalism tells us that there is some higher power: god, goddess, the universe, spirit, the source, whatever you want to call it. Furthermore, we are all thoughts that appear separate, when in fact we’re all connected within the Divine Mind. Therefore, the universe responds to our thoughts. Thoughts supplied with energy become reality. The ability to create, is a power that we share.
“nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
The differences between physical matter, energy, and spirit are the level at which they vibrate. Physical matter is a dense, low vibration and the Universe is at an infinite level of vibration. In between objects of the lowest vibration and the highest level, there are innumerable varying degrees of vibration.
“every cause has it’s effect; every effect has it’s cause”
The base of this principle is that nothing happens simply by chance. Everything happens for a reason. This applies to everyone equally, and you can often find the root cause if you look closely.
“everything is dual”
The law of polarity says that everything can be separated into two wholly opposite parts, and that each of those still contains the potentiality of the other. Beyond this, you cannot qualify the dual parts. No event is solely beautiful or solely tragic. It is impossible to have one without the other. Furthermore, there is both good and bad in all of us. No person is just good or just bad. There is a balance between opposites.
“gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles”
The Principle of Gender focuses on one specific polarity: masculine and feminine. On the physical plane each person has a male or female physical body, however psychologically each person is androgynous with male and female qualities. Some witches celebrate the Divine as a mother goddess (feminine energy) interacting with a father god (masculine energy) joining together to create all of love and life.
“everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides”
Everything in this world has order and that’s what the Principle of Rhythm is all about. In nature we see rhythm in the changes of season, the phases of the lunar cycle, and the stages of development. Everything in existence is like this: cycling, swaying, flowing, swinging back and forth. Everything is either growing or dying.
For me, learning about these basic principles of magic that our ancestors wrote, was really powerful. Tell me what you think on the Mumbles and Things Facebook page or comment below.