Heron’s Rules of Modern Witchcraft

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By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

The Lighthouse Mission: 

This Mabon Day Revelation for me was that we witches will be better served if we complete our migration out into the light of day, forever away from the shadowy lie of the broom closet and do our Work courageously. No parade is necessary, just the mere un-shuttering of our flames like lighthouses on the rocky shores of this society.

Lighthouses don’t chase the ships; they just stand tall and sturdy, shining brightly without shame. The blinding light from so many fully-realized witches will dazzle the muggles anyway, so we have that distraction working for us. I won’t be easy, but hear this: WE ARE WITCHES.  If we cannot take up the power to be fully present in this society, accurately known for our contributions, then who can be?



I then engaged Spirit in a conversation about each of these ideas using the tarot, and posted those interpretations at the following links:

Rule #1: Don’t Burn the Witch, Tarot Message

Rule #2: Don’t be the Asshole, Tarot Message

Rule #3: Don’t be the Weak Link, Tarot Message

Rule #4: Must be Present to Win, Tarot Message


  1. The Wiccan Rede
  2. Warlock–meaning in this instance–that a witch who took oaths within a group to “harm none” are now known to be an “oath breaker” and are magickally disassociated from the group who once acknowledged them. This is a breaking of their connection to that group’s egregore, reputation and power, as a means of diminishing the oath breaker’s ability to do more harm to themselves or others.
  3. Thealogical viewpoints as I see them growing in logical progression from the sacred poetry of Wicca, modern psychology, and the occult wisdom from which it is derived in the Western Esoteric traditions.
  4. Balrogs, by JRR Tolkein in Lord of the Rings, are described as tall and menacing with the ability to shroud themselves in fire, darkness, and shadow. wikipedia

13 thoughts on “Heron’s Rules of Modern Witchcraft

  1. These words of wisdom speak a truth! We all need to abide by these rules and support each other. Wear the armor if we must and learn from our battle scars!

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  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing, as a new “tribe” member all points really hit home, a lot I have already lived through and learned from. My favorite part–the weakest link.


  3. How does one:
    With no fool a season spend, nor be counted as their friend (“Haters” of any stripe cannot simultaneously claim to be a witch and be taken seriously. Defrock them. Warlock them (in the most traditional sense of term “warlock” being the banishment from the coven as an “oath-breaker” and a binding of their harm.) )
    becoming part of, or starting, a witch war, if said fool takes its tale of woe to the greater Pagan/Heathen/Polytheist community?


    • This is a great question, as it does appear at first to be a contradictory statement. For the most part, I think we can all find a way to coexist without waging “witch wars” when we disagree with each other. Our option is to withdraw our alliances, discontinue our friendships; we no longer attend the battles being waged. We can stand firmly in our truth, say why we disagree with someone; declare what actions we cannot even tacitly condone by standing idly by; why we feel it is important to withdraw and no longer be in relationship with someone we think is not even within hailing distance of what consider to be OK, but do this without inflammatory or disrespectful language, and then withdraw to a distance we define and continue living our lives in peace. This isn’t warfare, this is an end to warfare by not even showing up to a battle.

      On the other hand, if we magickal practitioners, as a group, feel that there is serious harm being done by someone in your tradition who has gone rogue, committing major violations of laws, ethics, or abuse of power, then I think it is imperative that the people closest by–the people who initiated or ordained that person–and who know of those wrong-doings, work to remove the rogue from a position of authority and power–like an excommunication from your tradition. By “warlocking” in this sense, I mean to magickally bind their powers, and dissipate their harmful effect in the world, all while working to heal whatever mental/emotional issue is the underlying cause of their unethical choices. This is not a “curse,” this is a healing, a grounding, and is equivalent to putting a raving, murderous or suicidal person in a straight jacket until they calm down and get the help they need…so that they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else in the process.
      Obviously, this choice would make waves, and is best done with agreement or support of a group, so I think a first step is to approach whatever council, elders, governing body may be present in the community for advice and help, then as a group, approach the offending party directly, with constructive, specific examples of how *behavior* can be adapted to coexist within the group. Everyone is entitled to their own ideas, but *behavior* needs to be tailored to fit within societal expectations should one wish to remain in good standing there. If they don’t reasonably comply, remove them from membership.

      Witchcraft is NOT a “turn the other cheek” path. I solemnly believe that it is a path of love and benefit, but it is a warrior’s path, a defender’s path, too. Discretion is at the heart of this issue…it will take enormous amounts of love and compassion to navigate. I’ve walked this road, and it was very difficult. I hope this helps. Blessed be.~Heron

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      • It does help, and I think I have dine this, or something similar with a person who is “merely” a jerk these days. I think enough people in the group he’s in observe this, and treat him appropriately. My closest contact in this tradition–actually most of the folk I know who were in this group–have left it for other reasons, so I can’t get current info.


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