Those of my readers who have practiced for a while probably have the Rede memorized. For those of my new readers who don’t know what it is, please look at the tabs up top and read it 🙂
The Rede is, basically, our rules. Like the Holy Bible has the 10 Commandments, the Wiccan Rede is a set of rules that we are asked to adhere to.
There are SEVERAL branches of Paganism/Polytheism. Wicca is, by no means, the end all be all. That being said, every branch of Paganism has its own set of rules. The branches of Paganism are like the branches of Christianity: the same, basic principal but different practices. But, since I am Wiccan and not, say, a Heathen (Norse Polytheist) or a Druid (Old Irish Polytheist), I am focusing on the rules that apply to me.
Most of what we focus on are the last 8 words of the Rede: “An’ ye harm none, Do what ye will.” Some people believe that this translates to the idea that we can do whatever we want without consequences. This is not true! Everything in the world has it’s consequences. As we grow from child to adult, we learn this through practice. Lie and you get grounded; fight in school and you get suspended; break the law and you go to jail.
Those 8 little words tell us that as long as we aren’t hurting someone physically, emotionally, mentally, then we are able to do what we wish. This is why spell work is so complicated! You have to make sure that there are NO loopholes for anyone to be harmed in order for you to gain what you are asking for.
I recently had a conversation with someone about sending negative energy out to someone who had done them wrong. Though I was frustrated with this question, I answered it with honesty: “No, you cannot do that because it would come back on you and that’s not something you want or need to deal with. The most you could PROBABLY do would be to ask karma to hasten its way to them, but even then, you’re on slippery ground and it could still come back.”
Pretend you are doing a prosperity spell, to bring money into your home. You would need to fill in the loopholes. For example, “let no harm come anyone for this to happen for me“, “let it be the result of the hard work that I’m putting forth“. My teacher said it best, and I’m pulling this from one of her posts: “To break down how return works: The energy of our actions, thoughts, and intentions (in life and spell work) are sent out into the universe. The energy gains inertia (size and force) along the journey. When it returns to the sender (whenever it’s ready) it’s much stronger than it was going out. This is why even simple spells can have a great impact.”
Remember: NOTHING is without CONSEQUENCE!!!! Everything you do in this life will come back to you, one way or another.