On Ethics and Workings

On Ethics and Workings

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. adinah5766

    I find your logic and morality sound. Although Jews don’t practice in the same way, we have allowances within our Law for the protection of our society and our own life. A murderer has anyway already disregarded the norm and law of “do not harm others” therefor has in that act forfeited the protection of that law.

    October 16, 2012
    1. gaiagirl

      Thank you. We Wiccans have pretty strict mores about harming even if the other person has harmed. But there comes a point. I’m proud of restraining myself from throwing a few festering boils and weeping jock itch into the incantation. What? Who said that?

      October 16, 2012
  2. adinah5766

    loll, good thing I am not a Wiccan, I would definitely have thrown in the Weeping jock itch (j/k)

    October 16, 2012
    1. gaiagirl

      You’re not kidding, and that’s why I like you.

      October 16, 2012
  3. adinah5766

    lol, good inner eye!

    October 16, 2012
  4. Cat_Lionheart

    Number 5 is my favortie question.
    I do not see many people ask themselves that question now days.

    October 16, 2012
    1. gaiagirl

      Thank you. My teachers taught me that failing to act is acting and making a choice. I teach that to my students now.

      October 17, 2012
      1. Cat_Lionheart

        I am glad to hear that as so many fail to see the truth in that. “All it takes for evail to suceede is for good men to do nothing.” ,after all.

        October 18, 2012
  5. gaiagirl

    I’d like to report that whether or not it had anything to do with my working, the suspect has been caught and no other victims have been reported. I would love to believe that my spell helped in some way.

    October 25, 2012
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