I just did a working last night. And it was designed to act on someone else. When I was a new Wiccan, I would not have done such a thing. But after over a decade of religious study and magical practice, I'm a lot more confident in myself when it comes to making hard choices. Each person must make her/his own decisions, and I made a hard one last night. Here's how I arrived at the decision and what I recommend to others who must decide whether to act as a witch in difficult situations.
1. Would I use mundane means to accomplish this task if I could and *have* I done everything mundane that I can think of to accomplish this task?
2. Could I look this person (on whom the working is designed to act) in the face and admit that I did this working and why?
3. Can I stand before the Divine and, with clear conscience, admit that I did this working and that I am not regretful?
4. Am I willing to cash that karmic check?
5. Would failing to do this working given my skills and abilities be more of a moral failing than doing the working?
If I can answer yes to these questions, I do the working. What was this particular working? It was done to bring a murderer to justice and to protect the innocent from his attacks in the mean time. You see, apprehending this person is not doing him harm. It is preventing harm. And you know what? The Rede does NOT say we cannot harm. It says *if* there is no harm, do as you will. Well, my will is that this person be caught, so I aligned my "doing" with my will. And while I did not do anything in the working to cause this person harm, I wouldn't cry if he were a bit racked up in the process. No quarry for the murderers of children. So Be It.