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    A Nice Alternative to An Ye Harm None...

    I just read this on a website, noting it originally came from 'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner' by Scott Cunningham.

    Instead of 'An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt', which can be interpreted in a variety of ways, what about taking on "Destroy not life save it be to preserve your own."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlea View Post
    I just read this on a website, noting it originally came from 'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner' by Scott Cunningham.

    Instead of 'An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt', which can be interpreted in a variety of ways, what about taking on "Destroy not life save it be to preserve your own."?

    Thoughts?
    Do witches really need a moral mantra? The practice of witchcraft can exalt you to the most sublime beauty your mind can touch or chain you to your most painful recollections. Death is a part of life, a gift to be both given and accepted. The gift of death is the sacrafice of all you blindly attach your personality to in exchange for rebirth in a new paradigm. Or not. All things can be interpreted in any way you see fit. I think to see the destruction of life or Death as only the loss of bodily form is far too limiting on the archetypal power within mythology that death holds for the cunning witch.
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    I have never subscribed to that ideal.

    I am a firm believer in weighing consequences, and then choosing one's own path. It's a matter of karma. Not all good actions result in good consequences. A man who defends his family "too well" can in fact end up in jail, despite most rational people having agreed with that man.

    A man who blows up a building with a known serial killer in it took out a large danger... but the action itself is not necessarily a good thing.

    If I had to pick a word for my beliefs on the ethics of magic in everyday life... I would say viking. If I'm willing to hit you with a large stick, then why not something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlea View Post
    I just read this on a website, noting it originally came from 'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner' by Scott Cunningham.

    Instead of 'An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt', which can be interpreted in a variety of ways, what about taking on "Destroy not life save it be to preserve your own."?

    Thoughts?
    While I am not Wiccan to change it to me indicates the person has no clue as to what the actual phrase means anyway. Makes it sound really "fluffy" in my opinion.

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    Interesting responses. I, too, do not subscribe to 'An Ye Harm None' - I just thought it was an interesting topic of discussion. Because, let's face it, you can't go through life without harming nothing. Vegetables arguably still feel pain, so even if you are a complete vegan you're still harming plants.

    I believe in a karmic law of some description - I believe in the threefold law but not that it will come back 'three times as bad or three times as good' but that it will come back to affect me in three different ways - mind, body and spirit. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - why should Wiccans be any different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlea View Post
    Interesting responses. I, too, do not subscribe to 'An Ye Harm None' - I just thought it was an interesting topic of discussion. Because, let's face it, you can't go through life without harming nothing. Vegetables arguably still feel pain, so even if you are a complete vegan you're still harming plants.

    I believe in a karmic law of some description - I believe in the threefold law but not that it will come back 'three times as bad or three times as good' but that it will come back to affect me in three different ways - mind, body and spirit. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - why should Wiccans be any different?
    Because they aren't? You keep re-quoted "an ye harm none" but you are missing the "do what thou wilt" which basically means- be aware of your actions, for everything you do has a reaction/consequence. It's not to tell people not to hurt others, but to tell people to be mindful of their actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoseKitten View Post
    Because they aren't? You keep re-quoted "an ye harm none" but you are missing the "do what thou wilt" which basically means- be aware of your actions, for everything you do has a reaction/consequence. It's not to tell people not to hurt others, but to tell people to be mindful of their actions.
    I keep quoting 'An Ye Harm None' as a shortened version of the full passage - to type it all out every time would be tiring and I'm lazy :P
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    People have made adaptions, like the the Lycian tradition's,

    "An it harm none, do as you will. An it cause harm, do as you must."

    ...however there shouldn't be a need to change anything, because in Wicca it is merely a Rede, a loose moral code meant for personal interpretation. It doesn't say one must not harm, but to only be mindful.
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