The 'Rules'
The one common theme through all Craft traditions is that we adhere to a basic rule:

Eight words the Witches Rede fulfill:
An it harm none, do what thou wilt
By the power of three times three,
All you send out shall return to thee

The first saying tells us not to do anything that you wouldn't want doing to yourself. The second says that if we break the first rule, then we must accept the consequences of the threefold law. However, if you do 'good' then you shall be rewarded threefold.

Grey Areas
There is a very thin line between 'good' and 'evil' so it is not always easy to judge what is Ďgoodí and what is Ďevilí. Somewhere, the boundaries are blurred. It is up to you to make the decision. Consequences must be weighed up.

If you are unsure about doing anything, then it is best to avoid it. However, if you decide to do something which you know is 'wrong' then please make sure that you have properly weighed up the consequences before going ahead. What you consider to be threefold might not be the Goddess's. Be warned that you might be in for a shock.

Cautionary Notes
Please donít do a spell where you wish someone to die or seriously injure themselves. Besides being extremely stupid, their death might not be a particularly good punishment for them. However, it would punish their family and friends who donít deserve the pain that that person's death would cause.

If you are particularly angry with someone, think very carefully before doing any spells against them. Only do anything when you have weighed up the consequences and you have calmed down. If you cannot forgive them, think over your motives for doing a spell. They might not be as honorable as you think.

Ask the Goddess for Help
If you really canít calm down, why not ask the Goddess to do something for you? When I mean ask, I mean just ask. Donít TELL her to do anything. Although she is willing to help you out, she is not a dog willing to lick your shoes for you. You would not expect your best friend to do something serious for you at the drop of a hat, so please give the Goddess the same respect. It's only polite.

A Witch who Cannot Hex...

...cannot heal, goes the old saying? Should we believe it. Maybe and maybe not. It may be true but then it is all about personal situations. If nothing really awful ever happens to you then you may never feel the need to hex.

However, it is important to remain grounded about this subject. While hexing may be justified in certain circumstances, it is not an excuse to become an over-zealous vigilante.

When to Hex
Zsuzsanna Budapest says that you have to know 100% the culprit of whatever has happened to you before you can hex. For example, if you have been raped and you suspect it was your next door neighbour but you were only 99% sure then it would be a good idea not to name names if you hexed the rapist. The Goddess might know better than you and She will not miss with Her punishment. This means that you have no chance of the threefold law returning on you. Whereas you would if you had wrongly hexed your neighbour.

Still Confused?
If you are very confused, write about the subject in your 'Book of Shadows'. Write down your feelings and beliefs. Come back to it at other time when the mists have cleared a little and try to sort out when you would be prepared to hex (if at all) and why. If you need help, then email me.