Ancient Wisdom: The “Threefold Rule”


Silver triskelion (triple spiral) brooch, which you can buy from my Dad’s shop!

One thing I’ve really come to respect about Paganism, and particularly Wicca, is that rather than attempting to teach rules and ethics, it teaches wisdom. There’s really only one moral “rule” in Wicca, which is the Rede, “An it harm none do what ye will” – in other words, do what you like as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone or anything. Which is a fairly liberal code in itself, but even then, some Wiccans do not follow it; to quote Pirates of the Caribbean, they might see it as “more of a guideline than a code.”

But related to this is the “rule of three,” also known as the “threefold rule.” This is usually interpreted as, anything that one does to another person, they can expect it returned on them threefold. So if a Wiccan decides to curse a person, that curse will magically come back on them – but three times worse. [Read more]




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3 responses to “Ancient Wisdom: The “Threefold Rule”

  1. That was probably one of the best explanations of the three fold law I’ve ever seen. I loved how you used science to prove your point.

  2. Pingback: Modern Knowledge, Ancient Wisdom: “The Threefold Rule” by Trellia | Humanistic Paganism

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