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Rule of Three

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The Rule of Three ( also Three-fold Law or Law of Return) is a religious tenet held by some Wiccans/Pagans.
It states that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive to negative, will be returned to that personn three times. Some subscribe to a variant of this law in which return is not necessarily threefold.

The Rule of Three is sometimes described as 'karma' by Wiccans; however, this is not strictly accurate.
Both concepts describe the process of cause and effect and often encourage the individual to act in an upright way. In Hindu Vedanta literature, there is a comparable idea of 3-fold Karma referred to as Sanchita (accumulated works).

Prarabdha (fructifying works) and Kriyamana, Agami, or Vartamana (current works), which are associated with past, present and future respectively. According to some traditions, the rule of three is not literal but symbolises that our energy returns our way as many times as needed for us to learn the lesson associated with it.

According to John Coughlin, the Law posits "a literal reward or punishment tied to one's actions, particularly when
it comes to working magic", the law is not a universal article of faith among Wiccans, and "there are many Wiccans, experienced and new alike, who view the Law of Return as an over-elaboration in the Wiccan Rede," Some Wiccans believe that it is a modern innovation based on Christian morality.

The Rule of Three has a possible prototype in a piece of Wiccan liturgy which first appeared in print in Gerald
Gardner's 1949 novel High Magic's Aid:

"Thou hast obeyed the Law, But mark well, when thou receivest good, so equally art bound to return threefold."
(For this is the joke in witchcraft , the witch knows, though the initiate does not, that she will get three times
what she gave, so she does not strike hard.)

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However,The Threefold Law as an actual "law", was an interpretation of Wiccan ideas and ritual, made by noted witch Monique Wilson (1923-1982) and further popularised by Raymond Buckland, I his books on Wicca. Prior to this
innovation by Wilson and its subsequent inclusion in publications, Wiccan ideas of reciprocal ethics were less
defined and more often interpreted as a king of general karma.




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The Wiccans probably gain the impression that this is a modern Christian incursion into their creed because, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' taken from Epistle to the Galatians, 6:7 in the 1611, King James Version of the Bible, expresses that exact sentiment. Which is certainly the basis for the US coined proverbs 'What goes around, comes around,' and 'You get what you give'.

Interestingly along the same lines is the Russion version, 'As the call, so is the echo,' which I happen to find mellifluously vague and significantly more romantic.

It is however the built in expectation and fundamental thought process that is wrong, i.e. by doing good you should expect something good in return, you 'do it for love' as they say, or by doing bad you must expect a threefold apocalyptic response as a deterrent. If the latter doesn't occur then that individual becomes even more predisposed toward evil, and the moral compass continues askew.

Remembering that the underpinning sentiment is not disimilar to that of the more extreme, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' This phrase, along with the idea of written laws of moral behaviour and humam conduct, goes back to an ancient Mesopotamian culture that prospered long before the Bible was written or the civilisations of the Greeks or Romans rose and flourished.

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Alright then, opening discussion on the Three Month Rule, its continued existence, and in what form it should be applied to nations created by experienced micronationalists/revival of earlier nations that have not held land for some time.
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Good afternoon MariaMymn, sorry I'm late, welcome to the Oracle Forum community, you make a good point, I assume that by the Three Month Rule you are referring to the fact that, the first three months of knowing someone is a period of illusions, rather than seeing the person objectively, you see them for who you want them to be. Certainly applicable to politics and or any type of inter-humankind relationship, hopefully not your connection with us.

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If you truly wish to punish someone, make their life better. What you give you will receive threefold, and so you will be put ahead.
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The Wiccans probably gain the impression that this is a modern Christian incursion into their creed because, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' taken from Epistle to the Galatians, 6:7 in the 1611, King James Version of the Bible, expresses that exact sentiment. Which is certainly the basis for the US coined proverbs 'What goes around, comes around,' and 'You get what you give'. Interestingly along the same lines is the Russion version, 'As the call, so is the echo,' which I happen to find mellifluously vague and significantly more romantic. It is however the built in expectation and fundamental thought process that is wrong, i.e. by doing good you should expect something good in return, you 'do it for love' as they say, or by doing bad you must expect a threefold apocalyptic response as a deterrent. If the latter doesn't occur then that individual becomes even more predisposed toward evil, and the moral compass continues askew. Remembering that the underpinning sentiment is not disimilar to that of the more extreme, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' This phrase, along with the idea of written laws of moral behaviour and humam conduct, goes back to an ancient Mesopotamian culture that prospered long before the Bible was written or the civilisations of the Greeks or Romans rose and flourished. Snake-dragon, symbol of Marduk, patron god of Babylon; Iraq; a panel from the Ishtar gate; 604-562 BC in glazed earthenware bricks

Your kind words warmed my heart))
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