Friday, July 01, 2005

The Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
In perfect love, in perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An'ye harm none, do as ye will.
An' ever mind the Rule of Three:What ye sends out comes back to thee.
follow this with mind and heart

"An ye harm None, do as ye will." In essence,this rule says do whatever you like, as long as it doesn't bring harm to yourself or to another. This is not an invitation to run amuck without repercussion. This principle requires a high degree of consciousness in terms of assessing the myriad physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual consequences related to any particular action. In other words, this tenet says "Look well before you leap, and make darn sure youre not going to land on anybody else.

"What you do comes back to you threefold." Another principle of consequence, the Threefold Law is like the Buddhist notion of karma, pointing out the inevitable return of expended energy. This relates to physical action as well as emotional thought forms; kindness extended comes back magnified, as does negativity and ill will. This principle in particular governs the magic that Wiccans/Witches practice; no true Witchwould ever put a curse on someone, or even consider performing "black magic,"lest it come back to them three times worse!

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This is pretty self-explanatory and, as with the other two principles, puts responsibility for right action straight in the lap of the individual. TheGolden Rule creates an environment of respect for everyone; most Wiccans/Witches have dealt with prejudice of one sort or another from the outside world, and so tend to be even more accepting of anyone or anything "different."
Wiccans/Witches respect the idea that different spiritual beliefs work for different people. In fact, many Witches add aspects of other religious systems, such as Native Americans Shamanism or Buddhism, to their rituals and practices. Others work closley with Catholic saints, angels, and Jesus Christ. Religion is the language of spirituality, and Wiccans/Witches are definitely multilingual!

Witchcraft is comforting. You learn that the night is as beautiful as the daytime, that the dark and the light are equal, that neither is better than the other...that life and death exist beside one another, as a balance.
Bide within the law you must, In perfect love and perfect trust.Live you must and let to live,Fairly take and fairly give....


Stephanie Campbell said...

Hmmm...I thought the Golden Rule was "He who has the Gold, Rules!" (giggle) Great explainations of some otherwise deep and complex theological principles!