Well, drat. The above quote has a wrong word in it! I guess I just wanted it to be..." />
Posted by shar on July 4, 2000, at 14:37:33
In reply to Re: Well, alrighty, then....Wicca and wind-up..., posted by dj on July 4, 2000, at 0:29:18
"The better part of valor is honor"
Well, drat. The above quote has a wrong word in it! I guess I just wanted it to be "honor" when it is actually "discretion." Very similar, and I still like the quote because it connotes the idea of respect (to me).
"The better part of valour is discretion." Shakespeare
>Wiccan Law of Three. Also known as the Threefold Law. Everything you do comes back to you threefold (some people say three times, but I think it can actually be more times than three to make up threefold; or I may just be nit-picking). This Law (one of the very few that exists within Wicca) really encourages one to think about what they are putting out there in the world. In fact, there is a safety valve: if I say "Her financial trouble is just killing her" I can follow that up with "I take that out of the law" because I don't want anyone to be killed, or to have financial trouble, and I don't want it coming back to me threefold.
The Law is really applied most stringently to spells or Words of Power, when one is actually Working. Not so strongly to an offhand comment. Work and the Law are bound together, and it's always a very good idea to do it for the good of all, according to the free will of all, and keep it positive (white magic only, please).
I came across a quote from the I Ching that seemed relevant to this thread, so I thought I'd go ahead and put it out there:
"Nor must our own passions and shortcomings be glossed over...the struggle must not be carried on directly by force. If evil is branded, it thinks of weapons, and if we do it the favor of fighting against it blow for blow, we lose in the end because thus we ourselves get entangled in hatred and passion. Therefore, it is important to begin at home, to be on guard in our own persons against the faults we have branded."
And, finally, I am willing to accept that I may be completely off-base in what I've said and how I think things work, because....
"What if the Hokey-Pokey really is what it's all about?"
Don't know who said that, except my friend Michelle. I like it, though.