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The Wiccan Rede:
Couplets of the Law, Teachings, and Enchantments
by Mark Ventimiglia

 

 

Mr. Ventimiglia takes the Wiccan Rede Couplet (the twenty-six line poem which explores the Wiccan Rede) and lays out his ideas of what he believes this poem represents in the Wiccan Community. 

The origins of this couplet are questioned by many groups and individuals.  The first appearance in print of this poem is in Green Egg magazine back in 1975 (Vol 3, #69) called Rede Of The Wiccae.  None of this is mentioned in this book.  What is mentioned is that the origins of this Couplet are in question by many groups and this is probably the most accurate statement in this book.

 

The opening lines of this book probably say more about the authors motivation than anything else the author writes, “The reason why I wrote The Wiccan Rede is simple:  There has never been a book written or published solely concentrating on its deep and meaningful teachings, and so I felt that there was a definite need.” 

 

Be mindful that the author interprets the material by his own ideas of what the Rede means.  While he does explore the couplet, he also inserts his own ideas on his personal spiritual path.  A section on why you should be on a natural diet:

“In keeping with the thought that all life is sacred and divine, I would like to touch on the benefits of a natural diet that exemplifies the principles of the Wiccan Rede and its deep philosophical teachings.”  He goes on to suggest: “Where protein is concerned, milk is a complete food.  Therefore, a diet containing milk and dairy products, fresh fruits, leafy vegetables and whole grains is the ideal diet for all of humanity.”  He goes on….

 

“The sixth and seventh couplets of the Wiccan Rede teach: “Deosil go by waxing moon, chanting out the Seax-Wiccan Runes.  Widdershins go by waning moon, chanting out thy baneful tune.”  This lesson is perhaps the most complex of all the Wiccan Rede’s teachings, for within it are contained the secrets of the directions and activities of celestial bodies, runology and curses.”  Really…

 

Coming to “Of Morals and Ethics” he states “In today’s world, especially in America and other major capitalistic countries, excess is the norm.  The old saying “He who dies with the most toys wins” is very common in today’s world and clearly displays the level of greed present in the world today.”

 

Mr. Ventimiglia’s bio states “He has intensively studied most of the world’s major religious traditions, as well as many pagan and shamanistic traditions.  He was ordained by the Universal Life Church in 1995, earned his PH.D in religious philosophy in 1996 (does not state from where) and since 1997 has given lectures and workshops on the Wiccan religion and alternative spirituality”. 

Reviewed by Boudica