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Forums -> Wicca -> The Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede
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Post # 1
I just wanted everyone to remind themselves and read the Wiccan Rede:
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The Wiccan Rede
(Full Version)


Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God's
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"

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Re: The Wiccan Rede
By: Moderator / Novice
Post # 2
Not all members of the site are Wiccan. Many don't view the Rede as something to be concerned with.
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Re: The Wiccan Rede
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Post # 3
I meant for those who are Wiccan.
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Re: The Wiccan Rede
By: / Novice
Post # 4
while including the 'full version' is all well and good, you might want to discuss the meaning of the Wiccan Rede, it is a key belief in Wicca, but it is interpreted differently. Every new Wiccan I have ever met explains the Rede as 'don't harm another living thing' then eats a burger or something. Harm comes in many forms, just as 'living thing' can be anything from human to grass. People need to reflect and make a list of what they see as 'harmful behaviour'.

harm is defined as physical or mental damage or injury. something that causes someone or something to be hurt, broken, made less valuable or successful.

with this definition, ask yourself again, what is harmful? you may not physically push someone down, but does spreading rumours or name calling result in harming the other person? the persons reputation is harmed along with their feelings. according to the Rede [if no one is harmed, go for it] should you be participating in verbally attacking this person?

for those who define the Rede as 'don't harm another living thing' plants and animals are alive and are killed for our food. killing is harmful obviously, so how do you explain away eating them? i'm not saying go vegan, or do the Jainist thing [eating food that falls off naturally, like apples. no meat, not dairy, no root vegetables] but if you believe it's harmful, you need to come up with a reason why it's still acceptable. [personally, humans are omnivorous so meat in moderation is fine, but i also aim to purchase meat from farm raised 'cruelty free' sources.] maybe that idea doesn't sit well with you and you become a vegetarian, it doesn't matter so long as you thought about it longer than 'don't physically hurt someone, cool, i can do whatever i want now.'

another something we are all guilty of is harm to ourselves. we can be our own worst critic, on top of eating junk food, drinking, doing drugs, even cutting, these are all forms of harm to our bodies. i know it's not as easy as 'just don't do it' but if you are being harmful to yourself, you are living against the Rede and need to work to correct this. the occasional bag of chips, or glass of wine when with friends, they are fine in moderation, when it becomes a daily habit, you are harming your body and you need to stop. negative speech can damage your self-worth, and make you feel unworthy. small steps can change this. write a positive quote on your mirror, or program your phone with reminders throughout the day. journalling, meditation, music, and art, are a few other ways you can begin to connect with yourself and heal. it's not easy, but it's easier to begin now than starting in 50 years when you have decades more bad habits. cutting, addictions, and eating disorders are things you shouldn't deal with alone. some people are able to stop on their own, but having a support system and a professionals help, things are easier to overcome. [same goes with negative thought patterns, talking with loved ones or a councillor can help]

for those who wish to dive further, couple question to think about:

  • Is physically hurting someone harmful, why or why not.

  • Is physically harming someone in self defence harmful, why or why not.

  • Is eating meat/dairy/fast food harmful, why or why not.

  • Is gossiping harmful, why or why not.

  • Is drinking/drugs harmful, why or why not.

  • Are tattoos/piercings harmful, why or why not.

  • Are Curses harmful, why or why not.

  • Is casting a spell on another person [love or healing] without their permission harmful, why or why not.
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    Re: The Wiccan Rede
    By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
    Post # 5

    And I will point out that the last eight words of the Wiccan Rede are generally misunderstood and misinterpreted.

    Many people believe it says that a Wiccan can take no actions that might be harmful in any way. This is patently incorrect. That's not what the Rede is saying at all. One cannot go through one's life without causing harm to someone or something.

    The Rede is also taken as a law that all Wiccans must follow. Again, this is incorrect. The word " rede " means advice. It is a set of guidelines to help us make better ethical choices...it is not a law at all.

    What the last words of the Rede are actually saying is that if an action you wish to take does not cause harm, then you are free to take it.

    When it comes to actions that may cause harm the Rede is actually silent, leaving it up to the individual Wiccan to make their own decision as to whether to take that action based on our ethics and on the particular situation we find outselves in.

    There is no absolute prohibition in Wicca against taking actions that cause harm if they are absolutely necessary and the best of all available options.

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    Re: The Wiccan Rede
    By:
    Post # 6
    Thank you, Lark and Nekoshema. I understood the Wiccan Rede, but your explanations for it made me understand it more clearly.

    Blessed Be,
    nyctophilia.
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