Saturday, February 13, 2010

An it harm none...

The Wiccan Rede is a statement that provides the key moral system in Wicca, and other related witchcraft-based faiths. The most common form of the Rede is An it harm none, do what ye will.

But what does this mean exactly?  Is intention enough to qualify, or do results matter?  Like I was talking to my friend the other day, if I wish (i.e. pray, cast a spell, chant, whatever) money.  So...lets say a couple weeks later, I get a nice windfall.  However the windfall was a result of life insurance, my dad died.  So I didn't intend to harm anyone, yet someone was harmed.  Or is it all just a big cosmic coincidence?


So I don't know, what do you guys think?


RS

4 comments:

Rich said...

It all comes down to personal gain, there are always consequences to anything and everything. Of course someone who truly needs it isn't going to win the lottery, the business owner will. Too many instances of that happening to be coincidental. Do I really expect to win the lottery every time I ask? No, if I did I would be awful disappointed. Ultimately someone will always be harmed, whether family, friends, pet rocks, what have you.

Rainysoul said...

Hey Rich,

I read your comment after you made it, I've just had to think about it a bit to make sense of it. I need clarification on your position at the end there. Someone will always be harmed....no matter what? If I wish/spell/pray for a house it'll fall on me? Or for finding a job...there can't just be an opening for a good reason, but someone had to have been injured?

I don't think there's anything wrong with "personal gain", I'm not a monk with a vow of poverty...I want to gain enough money to pay my heating bill, to gain heat, and cook food... You're position might be right, I'm just not sure where you went at the end to know what you meant exactly.

RS

Rich said...

No, it doesn't necessarily mean someone will be "harmed", it just goes to the old Asian Yin and Yang. Or Physics, what goes up must come down. If something good happens, there is always something to balance it out. Really look back, and see all the good things that have happened, then all of the bad. Usually you can make the correlations there, or sometimes they are spread out. The night my daughter was born, both her and my wife almost died, I begged for whatever, whomever to save them, and almost exactly a year later my mom passed away. Almost like a counterbalance, you can't have too much good, or too much bad. Does that explain it better? :D

Rainysoul said...

Totally explains it better, I get what you're saying. I dunno though, over the course of my life I'd say I've had more bad then good. LOL. I'll agree that sometimes it feels this way, and may even look this way. Maybe its still just wishful thinking on my part, or somehow I'm still slightly an optimist, but I think its possible to have an overall "good" life, without major "bad" things showing up to balance it out.