Wicca & Witchcraft - Wiccan Laws
|There are two main laws that witches live by. One, of course, is the Wicca Rede, the other law of Witchcraft is the "Threefold Law of Return" which is often called the "Law Of Three".|
|The Wicca Rede:|
|Bide by the wiccan laws we must in perfect love and perfect trust
Live and let live fairly take and fairly give
Caste the circle thrice about to keep the evil spirits out
To bind the spell every time let the spell be spoke in rhyme
Soft of eye and light of touch speak little, listen much
Deosil go by the waxing moon chanting out the "Witche's rune"
Widdershins go by the waning moon chanting out the baneful rune
When the lady's moon is new kiss the 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 lone 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 ladies tree burn it or cursed you'll be
When the wheel begins to turn let the beltane fires burn
When the wheel has turned to yule let the log and the horned one rules
Heed ye Flower, Nush and tree by the lady, blessed be
Where the rippling waters go caste 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 the 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: In it harm none, do what ye will.
|Law Of Three:|
What you do for good or for ill shall be returned to you threefold. As ye sow so shall ye reap. But three times more...
The "Threefold Law of Return" or "Law Of Three" is essentially a natural law of cause and effect. The Goddess charges all witches to take great care in all that they do, say, or think. The Goddess charges us to exercise great care in all that we, as Witches, do and say and even think.
This law appears to act as a prohibition (which it does at surface level) but it is also a blessing. Witches seek to help and heal all life and when working for good the good will be returned to you, only threefold. Quite a bonus! Work with bad intentions and that too is returned to you threefold.
It would be very easy, as a witch, to take measures to exact revenge on someone who may richly deserve it. But justice, not revenge, is the Witches' way. Rather than exact revenge yourself (and have it returned threefold to you) simply ask the God and Goddess for justice to be done.
Wiccan beliefs assure that what is merited by a persons actions will come to pass. You need only to ask the God and Goddess for "justice to be done". This is in line with natural laws and the promises of the Ancient Ones. Once you have asked in the correct manner you can rest assured that the situation will be taken care of. The issue can then be released and you can go about your normal business.