“If you harm none, do what you will.”
This is the Wiccan Rede. What does this mean? That has taken a lot of thought on my part. Does it mean you can do anything you want? Not really what it means is that if you don’t harm anyone or the balances of nature do what you will. It also means that when you see harm being done you should do something about it within reason if it means helping others out help. It doesn’t mean putting yourself in harm’s way or others to prove a point or getting in the way of the law.
But in the same token harming nothing is quiet hard to do. We all eat and that harms the things we eat whether it is vegetable or animal. Many of us are vegetarians for the simple fact that we harm less that way. But I am one that has found that by not eating meat I harm myself I have a problem absorbing iron from vegetable sources. So in that token maybe harm none should be harm least or harm little.
What if I was attacked am I a pacifist to allow myself to not defend myself. No I can defend myself and others because harming none means for us to make sure no harm comes to ourselves as well as others the Rede allows for this because it is advice not a law.
Reading around I found this in the Lycian Tradition which says it the best.
An it harm none, do as you will. An it cause harm, do as you must.
Although the Wiccan Credo isn’t exactly the Wiccan Rede it does highlight many things that we believe. Supposedly it was taught to Lady Gwen Thompson by her Grandmother Adriana Porter.
The Wiccan Credo By Adriana Porter
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Live and let live,
Fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the Circle thrice about
To keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak but little, listen much.
Deosil go by waxing moon,
Chanting out the Witches’ Rune.
Widdershins go by waning moon,
Chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady’s moon is new,
Kiss thy hand to Her, times two.
When the moon rides at her peak,
Then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North wind’s mighty gale,
Lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the West,
Departed souls will have no rest.
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Elder be the Lady’s tree,
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
When the Wheel begins to turn,
Let the Beltane fires burn.
When the Wheel has turned to Yule,
Light the log, the Horned One rules.
Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree,
By the Lady, Blessed Be.
Where the rippling waters go,
Cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
When ye have a true need,
Hearken not to others’ greed.
With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part,
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law you should,
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow,
Wear the blue star on thy brow.
True in Love ever be,
Lest thy lover’s false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
As Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will