The Rede: Too Strict? 

    In Today's Wiccan World, alot of Teen 
 Wiccans/Pagans as well as Elders are questioning
 "The Wiccan Rede". It seems to be that quite 
 a few Wiccans today have turned the Rede into 
 a "Strict" Law. Many wiccans are begining to 
 act like christians, in saying that If you dont 
 apply the rede to everything in life, you will be 
 punished three-fold. Much like the Christians 
 saying if you sin you will be condemed to hell. 
 The Rede was not ment to spiritually govern 
 wiccans, but rather to enlighten them in doing 
 good. So when you read The Rede dont feel like 
 you will be punished if you dont tip your waitress 
 or hollar at a person who has upset you, just know 
 that you have been given a good piece of advice 
 and to apply it when with in reason. The wiccan 
 rede say's "And It Harm None, Do As Thou Wilt". 
 We are all human beings, this is real life and 
 sometimes its impossible to not harm another 
 human being because you might end up miserable 
 in the end! An Example of this would be:
    Say you just started dating a guy you really 
 like and he likes you, so you see each other for 
 a while and fall in love. Now your good friend 
 tells you that it hurts her to see the both of 
 you togeather, because she has always like the 
 man you are seeing. Well guess what she is being 
 harmed! Are you going to break - up with the man 
 you love because it hurts her? I seriously doubt 
 it! So what is to be done? The Rede has been broken.
    Obviously "The Rede" should be applied during 
 "Magickal" Spells and Rites and Such, If you are 
 Wiccan. But to govern your whole life around one 
 piece of advice isnt possible at all!
    The Example above is perfect, I could name 20 
 more to but what would be the point? I hope some 
 f you can understand why I say The Rede is nothing 
 more than good advice...... Of course it should be 
 applyed and used when possible, but only when their 
 is not a major confliction or problem at hand that 
 will harm you as well.
         
         Blessed Be,
         Silver Willow
         (California)
         Copyright 1998











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