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The Other Rede

The baby bird is lying broken on the ground, dying. Its parents, perhaps detecting some weakness in it, have pushed it out of the nest.

Clearly, it's suffering. What do you do?

“Don't do what you want to do,” wrote Robert Cochrane, father of the contemporary Old Craft movement. “Do what needs to be done.”

Cochrane is critiquing the Wiccan Rede here. “Do what you want to do” is his sneering version of “Do what ye will.”

Old Craft ethic is different from Wicca's. It's tribal at heart, concerned with life together and the obligations that social existence entails.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    I also find Judy Harrow's "Exegesis on the Wiccan Rede" to be of considerable interest. You might too. http://www.sacred-texts.com
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Oh, gosh, I think the Wiccan Rede is vastly more complex than "do what you want". "An' it harm none, do as you will" requires a
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Diotima. I agree that Cochrane's reading doesn't even begin to plumb the depths; Cochrane had a k

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Part I. ended with the observation monotheism seems to have an innate proclivity to violence and it has inspired some of the most noble people in history. It asked “Why?”

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. DiZerega, I have to say that I agree with everything you've written. Many times it has occurred to me that Allah, Yahweh, and
Why Public Hexing Could Actually be Good Publicity

Frankly, I think it's the best publicity that we've had in years.

The recent cyber-hexing of a convicted (but, some would say, under-sentenced) college rapist has generated both an unwonted flurry of interest in the mainstream press and a firestorm of controversy within the Craft itself.

Much of the criticism that I've seen (and heard) has centered, interestingly, not on whether or not hexing is ethical, but on whether or not it's good press to talk about it in public.

And I'm going to contend that it may well be.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    My thanks to everyone who took the time and thought to comment on this very important topic. Regardless of where one comes down on
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Wonderfully provocative post, as usual, Steve. I don't concern myself much with karma because it seems like the Xian notion of
  • Christopher Crittenden
    Christopher Crittenden says #
    It should not be taboo to talking about cursing in general, but if you publicly claim to curse a specific person, and something ba
  • Wendilyn Emrys
    Wendilyn Emrys says #
    There is nothing that says one cannot ask a Goddess or a God to deliver proper retribution upon a wrongdoer. That is not cursing,
  • Ali Art
    Ali Art says #
    I am all for self-empowerment. Particularly as this relates to females who live in a world where rape culture is so prevalent. H
Midsummer Ritual: Calling Down the Sun

 

The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha, is coming up on Monday June 20th. For those who celebrate, or anyone who could use a boost of positive energy after the last few weeks (and months), I thought I'd share this ritual from the Midsummer book I wrote for Llewellyn' Sabbats series. Midsummer

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    What the modern world doesn't realize concerning rituals of just about any sort is in the state of mind the ritual practitioner mi

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Virtues of the Goddess is a series on the eight virtues mentioned in the Charge of the Goddess and their relationship to the sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.  This is Part 5: Power.

 

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We Will Not Stop Dancing

We will not stop dancing.

We will not stop loving.

We will not stop making love.

Let the haters hate us.

Let them do their worst.

We've seen it all before.

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Question and Answer: Working With Crystals Using Positive Intent Without Permission?

I received this question just after answering the last question, and immediately one of my crystal Guides (name: "Cassandra", who comes through with a heavy Spanish-sounding accent) has stepped in to answer the question. I am honored and blessed!

QUESTION:

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