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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

An Answer to the Wiccan Moral System

Last week, Witchvox featured an article called "" which attempted to put down some guidance in the development of ethics among the religion.

This has been a unresolved problem for Wicca, because unlike other religions, including ancient paganism, the Rede and Threefold Law do not set much in the way of indelible truths, and one is left to find their own moral compass. This has caused many in the religion have sought to include the ideals that is fast becoming the core of modern left-wing political thought. This includes social equality, tolerance, acceptance, pacifism, and even Socialism, all well-intentioned, but flawed beliefs that look great and admirable on paper or in a classroom, but do not work well when applied to real life.

Thus Tiresias Pallas - whose real name is Brandon Harwood- assigns the following ideals as truths to the Wiccan ethical system with this:


"...the first tenet of Wiccan morality is not merely, tolerance of others, but acceptance."

This is where I have a serious problem these days. For a society to work together and prosper, it cannot welcome every kind of behavior it's members invent. Now most people are against murderers, and I don't think Mr. Harwood would go so far as to say we should accept them. Now what of other behaviors? I would hope Mr. Harwood (who is 23 years old), when/if he gets married, and/or has kids, would shudder at the thought of a convicted sex-offender living next door. Now hypothetically, let's say we had such a neighbor and we saw him commit an act that we found wrong on moral grounds. Should we tolerate it? Accept it? If we do, we have committed an immoral act by violating our own moral system.

I think the best sources that modern pagans (Wiccans included) are the ones of our ancestors. Do most Wiccans realize that their is are Ten Commandments other than what is in the Bible? What of the writings of Marcus Aurelius (of which I will continue to post quotes from on this blog)? The Romans, despite what you've probably seen on the History Channel, had a rigid set of values, though different from ours, and to which their Emperors were fond of violating.

As for the other Ten Commandments? They were written 2600 years ago by a man named Solon, a Greek who pioneered the first democratic institution:

I. Trust good character more than promises.
II. Do not speak falsely.
III. Do good things.
IV. Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
V. Learn to obey before you command.
VI. When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
VII. Make reason your supreme commander.
VIII. Do not associate with people who do bad things.
IX. Honor the gods.
X. Have regard for your parents.

I think Wicca, and society in general, would profit immensely by adhering to these commandments.