Saturday, May 4, 2013




Principles and Guidance: The inherent Worth and Dignity of every being.

¥      For Wiccans, compassion allows you to have true love, not only for others, but also for yourself.

¥      Human dignity is the fundamental principle of the German constitution.  Article 1, paragraph 1 reads: "Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority."

¥      Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them Do unto you...


Dignity is a term used in moral, ethical, and political discussions to signify that a being has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment.  It is an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights. Dignity is generally proscriptive and cautionary: for example in politics it is usually used to critique the treatment of oppressed and vulnerable groups and peoples, but it has also been extended to apply to cultures and sub-cultures, religious beliefs and ideals, animals used for food or research and plants.

In the 20th century, dignity became an issue for physicians and medical researchers.  It has been invoked in questions of the bioethics of human genetic engineering, human cloning, and end-of-life care.

The Eight Wiccan Virtues come to us from Doreen Valiente. These eight virtues were first revealed in her writing, "The Charge of the Goddess." They are presented in pairs of complementary opposites which balance each other and reflect a dualism that is commonly found in Wiccan philosophy. The Eight Wiccan Virtues are listed in the line, "Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you."

Compassion allows you to have true love, not only for others, but also for yourself. It allows you to forgive yourself when you make mistakes. It's also the ability to have deep feelings and concern for the misfortune and suffering of others. Compassion allows you to share another's pain, gives you the desire to relieve it, and the willingness to act on that desire.


The Nine Noble Virtues are derived from the ancient Norse teachings and the Asatru religion.  These virtues coincide with the virtues of warrior cultures throughout the world, and once again proves that true character and honor is universal. 

Hospitality is one of the Nine Noble Virtues.  Hospitality and/or the golden rule was definitely a Viking trait.  The warrior is expected to treat others with respect and dignity. You must see other people as people who deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy. The Vikings believed that sometimes the Gods would visit people in human form and that in being disrespectful to strangers they could also be disrespecting the Gods.

Gar G is a spear, not just any spear, but the mighty Gungnir, wielded by Odin, the very same spear which pierced him as he hung in the tree Yggdrasil for nine nights in order to find the runes and bring them back from beyond all realities.  Phonetically, gar represents the g-sound, sacrifice and dignity.

Laguz l represents Water in all its forms. Water is an essential ingredient to life. All living creatures rely on it to survive. Water is associated with emotions of all kinds, but predominantly with healing, peacefulness, love, truth, compassion, intuition and forgiveness .


Hlin, the one who takes pity, Goddess of compassion and consolation, Frigg's second attendant.  She was sent to kiss away the tears of mourners and pour balm into hearts wrung by grief.  She also listened to the prayers of mortals, carrying them to her mistress, and advising her at times how best to answer them and give the desired relief.  She protects people whom Frigg wishes to save from a danger.

Aegir is the God of the sea. He is also known as Hler. Aegir was often called the ruler of the sea in the Poetic Edda. Aegir brewed ale for the Gods. Every winter the Gods would drink beer at Aegir's home. He was, therefore, famed for his hospitality.


"We should behave to our friends as we
would wish our friends to behave to us."



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