Back on November 3, 2012 I did a post titled Wiccans Who Advocate Harm? and lately an additional aspect of the Wiccan Rede has made itself known to me.
Many people think of the Law of Harm None found in Traditional Wicca, as constraining the witch and making them seem too much like a Little Goody Two-Shoes and not nearly enough like the Wicked Witch of the West. I admit that the Wiccan Rede does, at first glance, seem this way, but as I pointed out in my earlier post when we apply the rede in regards to the religion as a whole, there are no victims present.
Now recently upon reflecting further on the rede, in light of a conversation I had with author Lee Morgan in episode 32 of my podcast The Infinite and the Beyond, another aspect of it came to me. It is often thought that magick manifests itself in the easiest manner possible. It takes the path of least resistance to manifest and bring about change in one’s life. However, what often happens is that it also has a habit of manifesting inconveniently when done without some careful planning and preparation. Often developing in a manner that also brings about an unforeseen negative. Some quick examples of this could be:
- You need a lot of money and a relative dies leaving you a substantial inheritance.
- You need a new car and you get into a car accident, resulting in a new car.
- You need a new job and you get laid off.
The point being is that the desired outcome may manifest quickly, directly, and not as expected. This is where the idea of Harm None comes into one’s practice. With the added desire of working magick that causes harm to none, the individual is requesting that their magick manifest in a convenient and practical manner and to not manifest suddenly, inconveniently, or destructively.
So, what we have is that the Wiccan Rede, and it’s idea of harm none, is not only an ethical-maxim, but it also helps to better direct one’s magick and keep it from manifesting in a way which would disrupt one’s life or the lives of others. Making it a fail-safe feature in one’s practice and not just a rule against doing baneful magick or a method for making one a Little Goody Two-Shoes.