I’ve been told a few times that I’m an affront to pagans because I don’t follow the Rede.
I used to think it was just newbies, but then I learned that it was also coming from “well seasoned” pagans from various paths and witches who haven’t learned to differentiate between and Wiccan practices that a witch chooses to use and Wicca.
Well excuse me, but first and foremost the Rede is call the Wiccan Rede in its entirety, and I am not Wiccan. I don’t feel bound to follow the Rede, just because there are some things in Wicca I’ve found useful in my studies.
I prefer to use common sense, and to follow my path as I am led; as well as what I discover when new aspects about myself and the beliefs I harbor within me are revealed. I set to explore things and attempt to break past what is narrowly defined by organized religion and dogma.
So rather than follow the Rede, I strive to look at my actions and ask “is the negative impact that most likely will occur, even if I don’t experience it myself, worth it” and if I do experience it “can I handle the perceived consequences”.
Its all cause and effect.
Personally, I view the Rede as another piece of religious dogma. I feel that in many ways that it is less about the people who are practicing Wicca and more about protecting the religion in some ways.
The Rede itself is one of the many reason I decided Wicca was not for me. Artemis tried.
Lol, you guys really should be around when my spirit guide and I discuss the events of my life.
I may later talk about everything in the Rede, that does not resonate with me, but for now I’ll focus on the one part that I really disliked.
The part commonly referenced is ” An ye harm none, do what ye will.”
Basically dont do anything that can harm anyone, and no one cares what you do.
Well I look at it this way. Energy is not an infinite source. It exist, it can not be destroyed or created. It can be transformed and reused.
If you are directing energy in any way, you are taking from someone, and that can cause harm. Even the tiniest spell that seemingly does not have a negative affect, can in fact have a type of negative impact.
It’s simply a matter of how you look at things. I view everything as connected, so it’s easy for me to see how it works.
We are multiple networks creating a tangled web which is the universe.
Now I have no problem with people using the Rede themselves. Its a pretty good general guideline for those that feel they need it, especially newly converted ones or those starting their journey.
I view the Rede ultimately the same way as I view the bible. Useful to those that believe it’s more than worlds, so good for them. It doesn’t benefit me in any way.
My biggest problem with the discussion about the Rede, is those feel you must have a book or written document that outlines morals and such. When I hear from Pagans, it actually makes my skin crawl.
Remember you don’t need anything written or anything taught to be able to determine right from wrong or have a moral compass.
So is not following the Rede really so bad?
Love and Light