Morality

Introduction

The following pages contain discussions about morality. For our purposes "Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" (or right) and those that are "bad" (or wrong). " We will start with recognized systems that are used, Reciprocity, Five Precepts and the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism, and Judao-Christian principals. Another section will be added to show the intersection of recognized systems.

Reciprocity

Normally referred to as the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" has roots in Confusianism. The assumption is that you know what is good for you.

Five Precepts

From the Buddhist we have the personal commitment to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. Although seemingly simple when stated, earthly temptations make it difficult to follow.

Eightfold Path

Wisdom (Sanskrit: prajñ?, P?li: paññ?)
1. Right view
2. Right intention
Ethical conduct (Sanskrit: ??la, P?li: s?la)
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
Concentration (Sanskrit and P?li: sam?dhi)
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration

Judao-Christian - Ten Commandments

Religious

Interpersonal

Intersection

Comments

The Witch’s Code of Chivalry



- Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old ways.

- It must be understood that thoughts and intent put forth on this plane will wax strong in other planes, and return... bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth. Thus, you should exercise discipline, for "as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest".

- It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.

- Above all else, you must be true to yourself.

- A witches’ word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

- Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

- Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehoods.

- Be honest with others, and let them know that honesty is also expected of them.

- The heat of the moment plays havoc with the truth. To keep your head is a virtue.

- Contemplate always the consequences of your actions upon others. Strive not to harm.

- Different covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, you should always find out their practices and abide by them, or leave.

- Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

- As a witch, you have power, and your powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in their use.

- Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

- Pledge friendship and fealty to those who warrant it. Strengthen others of this path and they will strengthen you.

- You must not reveal the secrets of another witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them, and cherish them as a treasure.

- Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.

- Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

- The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for the most part they have been chosen with wisdom.

- Have pride in yourself and seek perfection in mind and body. For the Lady asks "How cast thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"

- Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the stars.

This information was taken from ‘Magical Rites from the Crystal Well’ by Ed Fitch.

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The Wiccan Rede

(the short version)

Bide ye Wiccan laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Form the circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, singing out ye Witches' Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss your hand to her times two.
When the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth ye'll know.
When ye have and hold a need, harken not with others' greed.
With a fool no seasons spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind ye threefold law ye should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is anow, wear the star upon thy brow.
True in Love ye must ever be, lest thy love be false to thee.
In these eight words, the Wiccan Rede fulfill
"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt."