With great power comes great responsibility (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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This final section of the week focuses on the idea of karma. Karma is the idea of receiving good for doing good, and receiving evil for doing evil.  Now, granted, the world is not so black and white.  Wiccans believe in a threefold rule – if you do a good act, you receive something good three times back.  You’ll see the threefold rule or law later (Weeks 45, 46).  In today’s assignment, reflect on something that you’ve viewed as karmic in the past – an act that you committed that has returned to you.

Ask, and ye shall receive (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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Today is about a sort of secret law that doesn’t receive a lot of attention, but some teachers practice.  I wanted to mention it for when you’re looking for a “real life” teacher to guide you in your faith.  This “law” not only governs Wicca, but should govern all of your life.  The idea is this:  The teacher refuses to give you advancement until you ask for it yourself.  That is, they won’t lead you blindly through lessons and then promote you through protocol because there is nothing left to teach.  They make you ask.  And by asking, you take responsibility for your life and learning.  Today’s assignment is to empower yourself – write down a goal.  It can be a long-term or short-term goal, completely unrelated to religion, but write it down and empower yourself to take action.

No right or only way (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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Sometimes, in teaching or learning, we believe that this method is the one and only way to do something.  Susceptible students learn from crazy teachers, and told that they’ll lose their souls to angry demons chasing them at night… And they don’t understand that this is opinion, not fact.  The only right way for you is the way that you choose.  This day’s assignment asks you to remind yourself of this fact – by remembering a time when you made this same mistake, either forcing a “one, right way” onto someone, or being the one on the receiving end.  Write it down.

Honor among witches: Secret names, secret places (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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In modern-day paganism, and apparently, in the old times too, many pagans take a second, magical name.  And maybe a third.  The traditional idea was that if authorities caught you or someone else, you would only know each other by these meaningless names, “Raven Starhawk” or “Chicken Noodle Man.”  Another idea is that you take a magical name and tell no one except the gods, in ritual – in that way, you empower yourself with this secret name.  Do you have a magical name?  Do you share it or keep it secret?

The rede: And it harm none, do what ye will (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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The rede is really the punchline – the last week of lessons.  However, we certainly need to talk about it here.  The rede is seemingly simple: And it harm none, do what you will.  In other words, take the path of least harm to yourself or others.  In practice, however, it’s challenging.  Think of a situation where doing nothing can cause more harm than doing something – and describe how you’re accountable not only for actions, but also, inactions.

What about real laws? (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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Often, laws in real life align closely with religious beliefs.  Sometimes, they’re even crafted with a religious bias.  Some clash with or deny certain religious beliefs.  In Wicca, you should strive to follow your country’s law and adhere to your personal values at the same time – not sacrificing one for the other.  Today’s assignment is to think of three examples where religion (or a personal honor code) and law collide, and describe how you would deal with these situations.

What laws and why? (Bide the Wiccan laws ye must)

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I think that it’s a little silly for the great Wiccan document to start off with, “Follow the rules or else!” When the reader is unaware of what the rules are.  There are several laws, rules, and suggestions scattered throughout this document.  We will review some of them briefly this week, but this day’s assignment is simple: Write down what rules you live your life by every day.  This list can be long or short; simple or detailed.  Just write it down.