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Magical Ethics and Guidelines

There's a lot of spirited discussion about magical ethics within the Wiccan and Pagan communities. What's okay to do, and what's not? More importantly, do the rules apply to everyone? Read on to find out the basics of magical ethics, and how you can figure out what's acceptable within your own magical tradition.

Body Fluids in Magic
Although many people in today's magical community find it a bit off-putting, the use of bodily fluids in magic is a long-standing custom in many cultures and traditions. Almost universally, body fluids have been used at some point for their powerful magical properties.

Magic for Personal Gain
There's an awful lot of speculation about whether or not it's okay to perform magic for personal gain. Unless your particular tradition forbids it, here's why you should feel okay about doing magic to benefit yourself.

Magical Ethics
Black magic, white magic, what's the difference? Or is there one? As a Wiccan or Pagan, how do you know what kind of magic is acceptable to perform, and what's completely out of bounds?

The Rule of Three
What is the Rule of Three, and why does it play such an important role in modern Paganism and Wicca? Does it apply to everyone, or is it just a bunch of fluffy New Age mumbo-jumbo?

FAQ: Does Wicca Have Rules?
Are there any rules involved in Paganism or Wicca, or is it just a magical free-for-all where everyone does as they please? Find out what standards most Wiccan and Pagan groups set for themselves.

Ethics of Love Magic - Is it OK to Perform Love Spells?
Love magic is a popular topic of debate in the Wiccan and Pagan community. Are love spells ethical, or are you violating someone's free will? Believe it or not, the answer may depend on the rules of your tradition.

Pagan Clergy and Confidentiality
A reader has questions about guidelines for Pagan clergy - and like many other things in the Pagan community, the answer may depend on what your...

Negative Magic - Is Cursing/Hexing Acceptable?
A reader wants to know why there are conflicting guidelines regarding cursing and hexing. Let's look at negative magic, and how or why someone might choose to do it -- or not to.

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