This is a tough one to answer simply, because among all the other things witches are, we are individualists. We each make our own relationship with Deity, and each grow and love in our own way. It is said that if you ask a room full of thirteen witches a question, you'll get twenty-five different answers. And it's true.
That said, mine is a spiritual path, a way of seeing the world and Divinity, and our relationship to it. It is a very simple ethical principle. It is a way of life. And it is a way of tuning into the shifting energies of life around us and tapping into those energies to make the world a better place; this is what we mean by magic.
I believe that Deity/Goddess is imminent in the world around us. Divinity permeates every living thing. . .and most of us define rocks, soil, water, air, fire, and the planet Herself as living things. Just look with an open heart at a dew-filled spider web or a lacework of bare winter branches covered with ice crystals, and you'll see what we mean. The Goddess is IN there. She's in each one of us, too.
The Goddess is often identified with the Moon: mysterious, and ever changing.
Many witches see the Goddess as three-fold: Maiden, Mother and Crone. The Crone is the figure most often identified with witches in popular culture, as the warty old hag who flies on her broomstick and harasses Dorothy, Snow White, and trick-or-treaters. Witches see Her as a grandmotherly figure of great wisdom and compassion, who sometimes challenges us to grow by tweaking our fears, and who helps us face death when the time comes. The Mother is the nourishing aspect who births, feeds, supports, and loves us. The Maiden is the playful curious aspect who encourages us to explore our world with joy.
I follow the phases of the Moon and time my work according to how its purpose harmonises with Her phases.
I also tune into the energies of Nature around me and make a conscious effort to live, work, and play in harmony with them. I, and many others call this "going with the flow." We learn that there are times when action is appropriate, and times when we would better spend our time in reflection. There are times when we can build and accomplish much, and times when we can let go of habits we no longer need. Everything we do is a little more powerful when we harness the natural flows around us rather than fighting them.
And this leads into a discussion of magic. Life itself is magic: the cycles of birth and death, the processes of healing. Witches learn to nudge these natural processes by applying focus and will.
Beyond these processes of living well, yes, we practice the application of will to accomplish our wishes. We know from the outset that if we will something that will harm another, the chance of our work being successful are reduced. If what we wish is in harmony with Divine Will, our magic is simply a demonstration of our willingness to work within that Plan. We apply our focused will to the purpose we have in mind, at a time and in a way conducive to harnessing the energies of Nature that support our purpose, and then we let Divine Will determine the outcome for the highest good of all."An it harm none, do as ye will."
I seemy time on this Earth as an opportunity to grow, heal, learn, make amends for past mistakes, and allow my soul to evolve. In the process, I meditate, pray, sing, and create art, music, poetry and prose. I love my family and friends. I take great joy in the beauty of the world around mes and in making the parts of it I live in beautiful and healthy. I make it a goal to interact with my world in a loving respectful way, and forgive myself when I fall short. I help others, and I grow.