Luck

Luck (Pagan Blog Project)

A series of serendipidous events lately has made me write this post, partly as thanks to the Goddess and partly to explore this whole ‘luck’ thing.

Luck, fate, destiny, or do you create your own reality?

Some Wiccans believe that you manifest your own reality by the choices you make and the intentions you have.  You take full responsibility of your life through your thoughts, actions and deeds.  Following the Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law can help steer you towards good choices.  I think this ties into my post about Karma, how your actions, and the actions of others, create a complicated system of cause and effect.  It is a very powerful (and sometimes scary) thought that you create your own reality and must accept the consequences of your own actions.

Alternatively, some believe that the Goddess and God have a hand in directing our lives, and although we live through free will, our ultimate fate or destiny is being controlled by a higher power.

There are even Deities tied to luck, such as the Roman Goddess Fortuna (Greek Tyche), the Greek God Caerus (Roman Occasio/Tempus), and the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune.

So where does Luck fit into all of this?  I believe that whether or not we have an ultimate destiny, a path set out for us by the Gods, how we get there is defined by our free will.  Luck might be a helpful push towards a specific direction, or to help us along when we’re stumbling on our path.  Or maybe its to wake us up when we’re blinded by distractions, or as a karmic boost from a past good deed.

Whatever luck is, I’m happy to have been lucky these past weeks, and I hope the Gods of fortune will continue to smile down on me.

© A Year And A Day (2012)

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Karma (and the Threefold Law)

Karma (Pagan Blog Project)

Karma refers to “action” or “deed”, which is an intricate system of ’cause and effect’.  Any action is understood as creating “seeds” in the mind that will sprout into the appropriate result when met with the right conditions (Wiki).

I struggled with the idea of karma at some points in my life, like if something bad happened to me, was it because I caused it?  Did I do something bad to make that happen?  Am I a bad person?  But then I realised that karma isn’t simply ‘if you do good, good things will happen, if you do bad, bad things will happen’.  It’s much more complicated then that.

The Wiccan “Threefold Law” goes like this:

Ever Mind The Rule Of Three
Three Times Your Acts Return To Thee
This Lesson Well, Thou Must Learn
Thou Only Gets What Thee Dost Earn.

Pretty much, ‘what you put out, you get back times three’ – Good or bad!  Very similar to the Wiccan Rede An it harm none, do what you will“.

Compared to the Buddhist view of karma, I think the Threefold Law doesn’t tell the whole story.  Bad things happen to good people.  Karma is not just about you and how you act and react, its about how everybody in the universe acts and reacts together.  It’s a collection of several different processes occuring simultaneously.  Karma comes in many forms; physical karma, emotional karma, family karma, communal karma, gender karma, societal karma… (Awakening to the Sacred)

And your intention is more important than if you were sucessful or unsucessful at your ‘good deed’.   It is said in order for the full impact of negative karma to take place, the negative action has to have four completed parts; a) the act is done intentionally, b) the act is completed, c) the act is not regretted, and d) the act is not atoned for with a vowing to not do it again.  When all four of these are present, the full effect of negative karma is felt.  Without all four, bad karmic effect can much more easily be transformed and lessened. (Awakening the Buddha Within)

As I am not Buddhist, I will not try to dissect it further.  But I will say that I am going to continue trying to plant ‘good seeds of karma’.  And hopefully whatever is thrown my way, good or bad, I will be strong enough to face it and learn from it!

© A Year And A Day (2012)

Three Fold Law

The Rule of Three, the Three-fold Law, or the Law of Return refers to how what you put out in the world will be returned to you threefold.  Whether this is a law, guideline, or a spiritual principle, it is good advice nonetheless.  Similar to the Buddhist belief in Karma, a complex system of cause-and-effect, the Rule of Three makes one realise the consequences of their actions.

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Ever Mind The Rule Of Three
Three Times Your Acts Return To Thee
This Lesson Well, Thou Must Learn
Thou Only Gets What Thee Dost Earn.

Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede provides a common moral system for those practicing Wicca and other pagan religions.  Doreen Valiente first published the “eight word couplet” in 1964, however the long rede below came from Earth Religion News in 1974.

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Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust. Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out. To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much. Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune. Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two. When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail. When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth. When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow. Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland. Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning. White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine. Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be. Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain. When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn. As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all. When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way. When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall. Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know. When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend. Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill: “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”