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Author Topic: Oaths, secrecy, and the "Old Laws" in today's world  (Read 4834 times)
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« Reply #4: April 06, 2007, 07:55:54 pm »

I worry that I've broken the so-called "Old Laws" before I truly even become a dedicant to the religion.
Another thought - there are a couple of approaches to secrecy in magical traditions that might be confusing you.  I'm sure there are others who can elaborate, but to "keep secret" to mean can mean at least 3 different things.

1.  Don't let anyone know you're a witch or they'll burn you and your coven mates.  This is pretty much absurd in this day and age - at least in most of the world.  But there could be other consequences to consider when discussing your religion with others.

2.  Keep the details, or even the existance of, your magical workings to yourself.  Some believe that talking about a working diffuses it's power.  This kind of secrecy would begin whenever you felt it was appropriate.

3.  Don't reveal oathbound information to those outside of the faith.  This would begin with initiation, or depending on the coven, whenever it is that you actually take the oath in question.  Don't worry.  No oathbound tradition is going to give you access to that information before then anyway.

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