I am not one to refer often to the Christian Bible, but this book- as with many others- has many gems of wisdom hidden within, even among the more terrible things it says.

I came across this one today:

1 Cor. 13

  1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
  2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

But isn’t this so much in line with what a Witch should also strive for?

Whatever we become, whatever we do, whatever things we learn, see, or grow to comprehend, if we do it without love, we have only a dead faith. We are no better than cold, calculated students of the mystic arts, or worse, workers of maleficia; in short, a witch who acts without love is no better than waerloga (warlock), an oath-breaker.

What does the Rede begin with?

Bide within the law ye must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.

The penultimate lines of the Rede, before the eight-word injunction, then say this:

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These two phrases, at the beginning and end of the Rede, to me say it all: Have love in your heart, or disavow the way of the Witch.

We must strive to live in love for the earth, love for all creation, love even for those who the world says do not deserve love.

This much, I think, we should demand of anyone, regardless of what tradition they follow.