Please join Tchipakkan and her guest (and CTCW speaker) Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 8-9 p.m. edt.

This is a continuation of the discussion of ethics from three weeks ago. There was just so much to cover, and we didn’t want to leave it there, so I asked Thor back.

Some folks just assume that anything you do with magick, manifestation, or even prayer is suspect. It goes along with the idea that if there's nothing wrong with it, why would you "hide" it? We  referred to the most excellent workbook When Why If...? by Robin Wood (perhaps better known for her art and Tarot Cards). While aimed at helping Wiccans understand how to decide what the Wiccan Rede ("An you harm none, do what you will"- which IS really ambiguous) means, the Rule of Three, etc. Of course, not everyone is Wiccan, but Robin's book covers Honesty, Self awareness, Love, Helping, Harming, Sex, and Will (is there anything more ambiguous than "do as thou will"?!). Thor is Wiccan, although Tchipakkan isn’t, so we’ll be hitting it from both those perspectives. I’ll also recommend the book An’ Ye Harm None: Magical Morality and Modern Ethics, by Shelley Rabinovitch and Meredith Macdonald.

Not everyone is Wiccan, so we're going to go beyond some of that, although embracing the philosophy behind it. Thor is a Wiccan, Norwegian-Welsh Pagan, Poet, Musician, Diviner, Deaf Educator, with a fond appreciation for history, mythology, religion and social structure and sociology.

With the new political elite aligning themselves with hate groups, with anti-gay and alt-style uber-Christianity being more overtly supported, Paganism's emphasis on equality of women and acceptance of GBLT lifestyles may put us in the crosshairs of their attention. Even if we are too small for their attention, our ethics may lead us to stand between others to protect them from harm; we must look at the issue of protecting ourselves in conjunction with advocacy and social justice. How do we as a nation and as individuals decide when, why and if one person's rights violate those of another?

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