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Sun Jan 22, 2012, 08:24 PM

Pagan Principles of Moral Thought and Action

While moral perspectives within Paganism are as diverse as nature itself, many Pagans adhere to principles such as personal freedom, honor, and respect for the rights of others.

"An [if] it harm none, do what ye will." Although written in the style of 16th-century English, this maxim, known as the Wiccan Rede, probably dates back only to the mid-20th century. It was first recorded in print in 1964, having been spoken by Doreen Valiente, a priestess who had been initiated by Gerald Gardner. Some observers of modern witchcraft speculate that it may represent a revision of Aleister Crowley's occult maxim, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law," which first appeared in 1904. Regardless of its origin, the Rede - as a succinct moral code - spread rapidly throughout the Wiccan and religious witchcraft community. Balancing an emphasis on personal responsibility with an imperative for non-harm of others, it meshed beautifully with the zeitgeist of the 1960s, an era when status quo morality was being questioned in the light of student unrest, emerging feminist and gay/lesbian concerns with their attendant re-thinking of traditional sexual morality, and public disapproval of conflicts such as the war in Vietnam. The Wiccan Rede's simple and common sense ethic allowed both the new freedoms of the age to flourish, while preserving a basic sense of responsibility and care for others - at least in terms of refraining from harm.

http://www.patheos.com/Library/Pagan/Ethics-Morality-Community/Principles-of-Moral-Thought-and-Action.html

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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 09:57 PM

1. Right actions

A moral compass is an important tool in life. Helps keep yer karma clean.

I enjoyed the essay.

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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 08:53 PM

2. Thank you for posting this. Very interesting. nt

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