Ethics of the Craft

006fb46TheseEight words the Rede fulfill:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will” 

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I refer you back to the Wiccan Rede. These words should take on new meaning for you now. As we do the work necessary to make ourselves effective magic workers we also become more aware. This increased awareness comes with a certain amount of vulnerability as our core essence is stripped naked in the process of spiritual growth.  Greater responsibility is borne by those who choose this Path whether it be for our planet, ourselves or others.  Trust and ethical working become paramount at this point. Placing trust in the teachers you work with and being mindful of how you use those teachings looms large in the outcomes and effectiveness of your own work.

Paying large sums of money to any teacher who offers the promise of initiation is a common lure that is cast out by those who at best truly no nothing of the Craft and at worst are charlatans preying upon those trusting souls who come with “open hearts and open minds”. There is definitely truth in the adage that “when the time is right the teacher will present themselves”.  This follows in keeping with the many synchronicities that flow through the Craft and seem to direct you to the exact place at the exact time to meet, purchase or receive exactly what is needed at that time.

Ego is a strong force, and power tends to fuel that flame.  A little bit of knowledge can also lead one into thinking that they have cracked the code, accessed great power and are ready to teach others. The very act of teaching in the Craft is not one driven by ego, but rather by Service, which is guided by a deeper connection to the Divine. So choose your teachers wisely and with patience and great care.

As you become more knowledgeable and able to raise energy and set your mind intently on goals, the reminder is that these skills should never be used to manipulate or persuade others towards your will. Freedom of choice and free will are precious gifts that are ours and ours alone. Spells to make someone fall in love with you, give you a job or similar types of manipulative actions are not in accord with the basic tenets of a Witch’s path. Even with the best intentions, such as workings of healing to relieve someone of their burden’s, interfering with and skewing another’s free will can alter their life’s lessons and the valuable opportunities they require for their own personal growth. We will explore more about Ethics in the second installment of this course.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will” 
and be mindful that what we give out will return.  If we show respect and love, we will attract respect and love. If we strive ever to walk in positive light, the light of truth shall find us. If we teach others, the greatest lessons will be those they teach us and when we stand naked, stripped of our lower ego and will, it is in our vulnerability that we will find our Higher Selves….

An excellent resource:

When, Why…If by Robin Wood

Next Week
Solitary vs. Coven?

About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and also serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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