In all the hoopla out there in the magical and shamanic community, there are all kinds of beliefs about what you can and can’t do magically, and which rules a practitioner needs to follow. That’s why we have what I call the “Big Rules,” otherwise known as Rules of the Road.
In our experience and research, we have found that ethics and morals change from culture to culture, and time to time. Morals are the rules that an entire culture agrees upon as right and wrong, and ethics are individual values that each person accepts as right and wrong. Since these change all the time, depending on what era you live in and what part of the world you were born in, they aren’t highly reliable as guidelines for magical and shamanic practitioners.
The good news is that there is a set of universal, operational laws that never changes, and that offers clear guidelines not just for the practice of magic and shamanism, but for living life in general. These are the Rules of the Road. There are two major rules, and a series of ethical laws that offer more detailed guidance. The two major rules are:
1. Whatever is done to the environment or to other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer. This is also called the Law of Karma.
2. The magician judges the “goodness” or “badness” of his or her own acts, whether they are conscious or unconscious acts, on the basis of what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states or nations.
The seven ethical laws that follow give more detailed guidance about these two major rules:
1. Do nothing that will harm another being unless you are willing to suffer like or greater harm. Note that what the Universe considers harm may be different from what our culture teaches as harm.
2. Don’t bind another being unless you are willing to be likewise bound. This applies to many love spells and some kinds of healing rituals.
This law is like the Prime Directive in Star Trek, which is a policy of non-interference unless one is asked to participate. For any magical act you perform on another being, you must get permission. You don’t need permission for any specific act, just permission to help. Remember, though, that the Universe will judge your act of magic by it’s results, whatever your intentions. So when applying healing or any magical techniques to others, make sure you understand the effect it will have before you do it. Even if you really meant to help but the result is poor, you will be judged on the result. So learn the appropriate methods for applying the techniques taught in this course.
3. Never use magic for show, pride, or vainglory. Using magic to show off, to prove a point, or from a place of injured pride usually results in side-bands (undesirable side effects) to the operation that will bring very undesirable backlash from the Universe.
Never let yourself be tested because most testing comes from the scientific model, which tends to deny anything until it’s proven. In the Bible, Jesus would not allow his abilities to be tested. Also, in being tested you could lose your own capability because tested allows questions or doubts to creep into your consciousness.
4. Never set an extremely high price for the use of magic (especially divination, healing, or spells) based on your having special knowledge. In other words, never charge a very high price because you feel you are better than everyone as a result of your special training. However, with some operations that take significant man hours, such as divination, it appears by our observation to be appropriate to charge the same fee as any other professional might charge per hour in your local area. In other words, if you are in a town where lawyers are charging a high fee and can afford to pay you a high fee, then you can charge it. Use your own intuition for each situation.
5. Don’t use any special word, symbol, incantation, or spell unless you understand thoroughly and completely its mechanics, content, and intent! Be very ward of using other people’s operations if you wish to avoid “frying” yourself, either figuratively or literally!
6. Never do a spell without first doing a divination to determine a) if you should do it, and b) exactly what needs to be dealt with. Modern American social values and overt appearances of a situation are not trustworthy guides for a magician wishing to avoid bad karma. In other words, there may be hidden factors in the situation which cause the doing of a spell to be against rules of the road.
7. Take your time, think it through, and do it right!
You’ll notice that the rules and ethical laws speak more about what not to do rather than what to do. What does this tell you about free will and choice in this Universe?
We hope these rules and laws are useful for you in your explorations and studies. We encourage you to verify these rules and laws yourself through your own life experience, or through your observation of other people and beings in this Universe. A trained practitioner always verifies information through his or her own observation and experience. Good luck!