I have finished reading Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. He has to be my favorite pagan author. I love how he is open, honest, and doesn’t put forth his view as being right. I try hard to always understand where an author is coming from. There is something he said about Karma that I cannot grasp.
“Karma is often misunderstood. It is not a system of rewards and punishments, but a phenomenon that guides the soul toward evolving actions. Thusly, if a person performs negative actions, negative actions will be returned. Good brings good. With this in mind, there’s little reason to act negatively” (The Spiral of Rebirth Chapter, page 70, paragraph 3)
I definetly get the idea of negativity being returned with negativity. But would it not be considered a punishment? I would think that during times full of negativity, one could easily look back and see how negative they were being. Then they can see that they were being “punished” and be encouraged to do good. At the same time if someone is doing alot of good, would it not be a reward to be receiving that good in return? This is honestly how I have viewed Karma. Maybe that is due to Christian influence or just something that I need personally in my life. I just can’t see how it would not be reward/punishment.
So any pagans reading this I would love some input! I am not struggling over this or anything, I know exactly how I feel in terms of Karma. I would just like to be able to understand his viewpoint.
I have moved on to Living Wicca. I am working on spring cleaning this next week, getting the plants in our garden and getting our family altar set up. I also will have Molly start reading Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, then Claire. Hopefully if I get enough hours this week I can order the book on Tameran Wicca so that I can get going on that. If not I have plenty of other books to read. Raven Grimassi’s Wiccan Magick would be my next I think.
~ by alegna75 on May 13, 2009.
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