Archive | November 7, 2013

Is kindness a Pagan Virtue?

Is kindness a virtue for pagans?

To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy.

R.L. Stevenson thought kindness and love were well acquainted. If that is true and as Aleister Crowley said “Love is the Law” then pagans or at least those that practice the Craft should be kind. Calling people “fluffy bunny” or otherwise being unkind strikes me as being against pagan ethics but then a lot of people think pagans have no ethics. My argument against that is everyone should have some sort of moral compass and if Crowley was right it should be driven by love.

If you are being superior, if you are denigrating people, if you strike out in revenge at the least little imagined affront then you are not the kind of person I for one want to know and in my personal opinion you can’t work magic or you won’t be working it very well. To put it in Star Wars terms, you’ve fallen to the Dark Side and someone just rolled their eyes and put me under the fluffy bunny heading but hear me out.

The part of each of us that is most powerful and the most open to magic is the part of us that still can go ooh, ahh. It takes openness to work spells, it takes openness to send out the energy to work your will with intent. It you are not open it won’t work or it won’t work the way you thought it was going to work. Yes, curses often work but they take twice as much energy and a lot of anger and nastiness. Is that the person you want to be?

When we call someone a fluffy bunny, we forget that someone has called us that in the past or may be thinking that about you right now. What goes around does come around. And there will always be someone more experienced and older than you. Accept it, it’s a fact. You are someone else’s fluffy bunny. How does that feel? Not very nice I bet. So before you are unkind and lob that holier than thou holy hand grenade of Antioch. (look that up if you are too young to know what that means.) Stop and ask yourself, is this kind? Is this necessary? Does this advance my spirituality in anyway? Is this love under the law?

I’m not perfect and I never will be. We all have our moments of unkindness. It’s part of being human. I do try to remember that LOVE IS THE LAW. And for those who say they don’t follow the Rede? Crowley’s law had nothing to do with the Rede.

Love is the law, love under will. You think you are badder than Uncle Aleister, I sincerely doubt it.