I came across the Alexandrian Book of Shadows online and thought the section on The Laws of Wicca was interesting. I remember being taught something similar back in the day, although not quite as dated as these Laws. I am unable to copy/paste it in it's entirety here, not sure why, it might be a Scribd thing...
To those who are Wiccan, do you adhere to these Laws? If not, why? If so, are you able to adhere to all of them?
Here's an excerpt:
DISCUSSION OF WITCHCRAFT
129.It is not forbidden to say as Christians do, "There be witchcraft inthe land," because our oppressors of old make it a heresy not to believein witchcraft and so a crime to deny it which thereby puts you undersuspicion.
130. But ever say, "I know not of it here, perchance there may be but afar off, I know not where."
131. But ever speak of them as old crones, consorting with the devil and riding through the air.
132. And ever say, "But how may many ride the air if they be not aslight as thistledown."
133. But the curse of the Goddess be on any who cast suspicion on anyof the Brotherhood.
134. Or who speak of any real meeting-place or where they bide.
I also thought this part was interesting:
MAY THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO BREAKETH THIS LAW. So be it ordained
This last part seems to go against what many modern wiccans teach about only doing 'good' magic. To those who are Wiccan, does this stay in line with your teachings or tradition? Do you curse those who break the Laws?
If you do not follow these Laws, do you adhere to something similar? Is your form of wicca descended from Alexandrian teachings?
i am by no means a witch whom has practiced for decades but i think the Alexandrian laws are very very formal. As a solitary i do not fallow much of it because it is very coven oriented. I do think that in a coven these laws might be useful in helping define that groups path. There is a lot of symbolism in the Alexandrian book of shadows and i think it is a good training tool to read them. It gives a good idea of what Wicca once was. In my experience the laws in the Alexandrian Book of Shadows are loosely fallowed now.
Id say so. A lot of what i do has roots in Alexandrian Traditions and Gardenarian Traditions. Both men were one of the first people to be open about witchcraft so a lot of what we know came from what they learned. There is a lot of debate over the two men and where their information comes from but i don't think that is relevant to today. I am inspired by all traditions. Thats the great thing about paganism is there is not one set way of doing things. I can find what works for me.
I'm in no sense descended from the Alexandrian Craft but parts of these do form my laws. For example the Rede, which I believe is a guideline on how one should live, states "When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed... With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend...Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good."
My interpretation is that good and bad, so far as magic is concerned, are points of view. And that for example if someone has caused strife and turmoil in not only your life, but in the lives of others, then such workings are particularly valid.
Eight Words the Wolf-Maid's Creed Fulfill:An harm they ye strike swift ye shall!
when i taught the craft inside the walls of prison in SC one of our rules is not to teach outsiders the craft !! COWAN= outsiders who ask too many questions ! if one were serious about learning then one would join , take a vow of silence , dedicant , initiant , ect. ( sheep we are not )
That's interesting.Trad wiccans don't allow felons into the practice.
Considering how important religious & community involvement are in rehabilitation and preventing recidivism, I find that sad. While I certainly wouldn't advocate accepting those with a criminal history without careful consideration - which really should apply to all potential candidates anyway - there should be a place for those who've paid their debts and mended their lives. Having a record only proves they got caught; there are plenty of people who've done unspeakable things who've never done time.
That having been said, I would agree with permanent bans for those convicted of child molestation or rape (other than statutory), and stringent criteria for other crimes.
I totally agree.
IN 1992 , SCDC lost it`s lawsuite and deemed wicca as it`s newest added religion , it`s eclectic , and has it`s own work book, and it had alot of backers from several smaller traditions and many eclectic solitaires that helped write the material & came in and taught it for several years afterward . in prison no one type of religion which was several branches may only teach one chosen veiw . it`s all inclusive , even the X tian church has to bounce around from trad . to trad . it`s a different world in there . maybe you should volunteer at your local jail or prison if it`s not to beneath your dignity to do so ...
I know I've been there.
been where ?? six flags ?? disney land ?? viet nam ??
The Pen.CDCR.The Big House,Behind the wall,locked up,I've been down.Can't visit prisons without Wardens approval because I'm a felon.
Clear enough for you now?
good for you then what`s up with the uppity attitude about wicca in the pen ?? are you a water walker ?? hell at least we have one thing in common .to bad that`s it ... so far .