Apr 10, 2010
I said last time that with divination, the basic rules of magick apply. It seems to me that it would be a good idea to clarify what they might be.
But first, let's recognize the danger of rules. The dangerous thing about rules is that some people seem to make rules into ends in themselves - to the point that they put so much effort into following the rules that they don't actually accomplish anything. And worse, they add rules onto themselves to the point that it is almost impossible to do anything without breaking some rule.
But rules are necessary. Rules are what we use to keep out of trouble. Anyone who has been dealing with the spiritual for more than a week has a story of how a dabbler got into a bad situation.
There are some basic principles which pretty much cover the rules. At least, they cover the important parts of the rules so that if you follow the principles you won't find yourself in a world of hurt because of it. And it keeps you from becoming overly nit-picky.
"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt" - that's an example of such a principle.
While others might find others, I've noticed three lines that I certainly do not want to ever cross. And they are way outside the boundaries of a principle like the one I just quoted. And the descriptions of those three lines can be said to overlap in some important places.
Specific rules of a tradition are another matter and for the most part their inforcement is left to the individual follower. We're not talking about the color of your robe or whether you can eat bacon on Friday. We're talking about basic principles which, in my never-to-humble opinion, we should all be operating within.
And it gives us a lot of room to maneuver - and grow!