The Rede in the Wicca Tradition

June 18, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

On June 18, 2003 Beliefnet reported that "one complaint raised against Wiccans is that they have no ethical guidelines by which to measure their conduct. Wiccans, it is charged, have 'only' the Rede (and, in certain traditions, the Laws), and because the Rede (like the Golden Rule) provides no positive injunctures, it can be seen as comparatively lax... But Wicca in fact has within its sole universal text the Charge of the Goddess. The Star Goddess says, 'Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.' The Charge can be seen as an eight-rayed star, like the one worn by the Goddess Ishtar or the eight points of the Wheel of the Year, consisting of the virtues considered to be the most desirable in Her followers. The Rede has taught us that we are to avoid doing harm. Here we receive further instruction in what we are encouraged to do."