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)

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)