Wiccan Rules

Threefold Law

There are few rules in witchcraft, which I love, but there are two important tenants to remember: the Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law.

Wiccan Rede

Do as though wilt but harm none.

This concept is the Wiccan version of the Golden Rule. This phrase was first spoken in a 1964 speech by Doreen Valiente and its been adopted by most wiccans.

Essentially this is warning to witches.  Don’t practice black magic, or hexes.  I have no wish to harm others so I don’t practice the black arts. I stick to white or green magic.

There are varying definitions of what constitutes black magic, but I consider it to be using certain “ingredients” for a spell like: human blood, bones, hair, animal sacrifices.  And the intent of the practitioner matters (causing harm to another person).

So, why are we so concerned about not injuring others? The Threefold Law.

Threefold Law

This is also called the Rule of Three. So, let’s say you did a black magic ritual and hurt another individual, whatever energy you send out into the universe comes back to you times three. Yes, you heard me right. Therefore, I’m only sending light and good energy out into the universe. I’m more than happy to receive blessings in return.

Many other religions believe you can be forgiven for your sins without any lasting consequences, but Wicca isn’t as lenient. There’s always a price to pay.

How I Practice

So, I try to live my life by both of these laws. I don’t just limit the concepts to any spell work I perform. I don’t cause harm by word or deed to others, because I can fully expect to have it revisited upon me. Anytime, I have strayed from these guidelines, the universe has punished me.

Do you uphold the Threefold Law and the Wiccan Rede? Why or why not?