The Basic Principles of Wicca :
The Council of American Witches finds it necessary to define modern Witchcraft in terms of the American experience and needs.
1.We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rythem of life forces marked by the phases of the moon  and the seasonsal quarters and cross quarters.
2 We Recognize that out intelligence gives us unique responsibility toward our   enviorment.  We seek to live in harmony with Nature, inecological balance offering  fullfillment to life and consciousness within an elvolutionary concept.
3.We acknowledge the depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordianry, it is somtimes called "supernatural" but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.  
4.We concieve of the creative power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine- and that this same creative Power lives in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine.  We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sexuality as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of  the sources of energies used in magikal practices and religious worship.
5.We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds somtimes known as the Spiritual World, the collective Unconscious and Inner Planes, etc. and we see in the interaction of these two demensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal excercises.  We neglect neither demension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fullfillment.   
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leasdership.
7. We see religion, magick and wisdom-in-living as being united in the ways one views the world and lives within it - a world view and philosophy of life, which we identify  as Witchcraft of the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make  a witch-but neither does heredity itself, or the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control  the forces within herself/himself that makes life possible in order to live wisely  and well, without harm to others, and in harmony  with nature.