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Author Topic: Oaths, secrecy, and the "Old Laws" in today's world  (Read 4835 times)
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« Reply #5: April 06, 2007, 07:56:34 pm »

My main question/concern is, would I still be accepted into a traditional coven after discussing these "secret things," or did I somehow manage to break the oath before I've even taken it by reading and discussing texts there were never "meant" to be public (but now readily are)?  I worry that I've broken the so-called "Old Laws" before I truly even become a dedicant to the religion.

My initial reaction was that since I have not taken any oath to this point and the information that I've shared is publically available that I am not in any danger of being "unable" to join a coven, but I just wanted to get some others' opinions on this.  When does this oath of secrecy "start"?  The moment one begins to explore Wicca or rather when their time of initiation comes?

You can't break an oath you didn't make.

Also, most *oathbound* stuff, as I understand from the edges they DO talk about, has more to do with keeping the members of one's religion and what happens there private.  It's not so much "don't EVER tell ANYONE that the staff is BLUE!" and much more "Don't tell anyone that Fred over there had a breakdown over the realization that he doesn't need to be perfect."  Now, that also includes the privacy of the gods in some cases.  (hence the restriction against giving the names of the gods).  But it's still stuff that IS private-style stuff, not public-information stuff.

I'd say, be upfront about what you've told other people if it comes up.  Don't lie about it, that's a bad way to set up any relationship.  But people that DO get wigged out about what you've said to other people from publicly available reaction?  You really don't want to deal with people that are going to get on your case about things you said before you were even involved with them.

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