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Teaching Wiccan Values

By Sable Aradia

Bide the Wiccan laws ye must
In perfect love and perfect trust;
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An it harm none, do as ye will.

I’ve chosen for my column this week to participate in June’s Pagan Values Blogject. In this column, I am speaking strictly to Wiccans and eclectic Pagans with a pseudo-Wiccan ethic. Many traditions of witchcraft do not follow the Rede. I’m not speaking to those traditions. Picture a bunch of Wiccan/ate/ish coven and circle-leader types sitting around a campfire. One of those present laments her struggle with teaching ethics to her students, in a path that is very individualized. So I raise my hand and offer my suggestions. I assume somebody else will have different suggestions. Some agree with my ideas, some disagree. We argue and discuss, and ideally, we all come away a little wiser.

Starting Points: Your Own Perspective

In a way, I’m writing two parallel articles here. The sources of Wiccan ethics are two or sometimes three written works: The Rede of the Wiccae and the Charge of the Goddess; the only common liturgy that we as Wiccans really have. Witches who are inspired by, or descend from, British Traditional Witchcraft, also embrace the Ardaynes. First, I will ask you, as a Guide, to consider your own views on the subject. Where do you lie in terms of “an it harm none?” What values do you take from the Charge, and how much more weight do you give one than another (are you committed to environmental activism, for example, but opposed to skyclad practice?) Do you follow the Ardaynes, and if so, to what extent, and how do you interpret each aspect?

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