Crafty… in the Right Way – Update

7 04 2008

My check about the Pagan blogsphere this morning brings up a nice little coda to the above discussion, which I got into last week.

New British legislation will now require those charging for esoteric services such as spiritual healing, mediumship, charms, and so forth to provide disclaimers for their work if they receive payment. They will also have the burden of proof laid upon them if they are legally challenged and accused of fraud – if, for example, their spells don’t ‘work’.

There’s clearly two issues here; people are worried that their livelihoods might be taken away from them, and see it as yet another manifestation of the Nanny State (as the ruling has actually come across from the EU), but in my heart it looks like the Universe might be trying to tell these people something.

The other question is one of religion – we don’t ask the Christians to prove that Christ will save their souls, even though they go to Church and pay the company of the Church of England reasonable sums per year for upkeep on the buildings and so forth. We don’t ask Catholics to prove that wine and bread really do turn into flesh and blood during the Communion. So where’s the line? Many pagans believe their talents in this regard to be as a result of their spiritual faith – and so how does one regulate the results?

I expect there to be a healthy and lively debate on this; good. Perhaps it will serve to further the understanding of Paganism in general, and witchcraft in particular, with the masses. Perhaps that’s overly optimistic, but it’s sunny outside and I’m feeling upbeat! 🙂

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Here we go – sane and reasoned commentary on this matter from Matthew Parris. I agree.

 

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13 responses

7 04 2008
fox

You see similar disclaimers on astrology readings as well. I have already seen disclaimers on several websites that do sell these types of things. They are probably US sites, so I am not sure if it is by law that they have to post that notice or if it is done out of self preservation from the Sue Happy people of the world.

I personally think that there are already way too many laws in place that control what we can say and do and something like this is just another one that goes way too far. If people would just open their eyes and live their own lives in a halfway decent way, we wouldn’t have a need for them to begin with. That goes for those that are only out to sue you to get a quick buck and those that want to sell you a few drops of creek water for $20 to get a quick buck. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

7 04 2008
The Green Witch

Fox, you’re right. Personal responsibility and learning through doing it and doing it wrong are the only way you can grow and improve as a person. PP and I were only discussing this yesterday in the car! We cannot litigate to protect everyone, least of all from themselves.

8 04 2008
Crystal

Why is it that we are constantly trying to idiot-proof the world? They just come back with better idiots. I sometimes think that personal responsibility is all but dead.

8 04 2008
The Green Witch

Amazing isn’t it – I would have thought personal responsibility was the cornerstone of a moral life, wouldn’t you??

9 04 2008
Crystal

Well … it is to me. 🙂

9 04 2008
The Green Witch

Me too! 🙂

10 04 2008
Sarasvati

I am a fairly new solitary practitioner who just started her own blog (http://newmoonwriter.blogspot.com), and I am alarmed at the amount of misinformation out there. I believe freedom of religion is always being threatened. I am so happy that there are sites like this! Great job!

10 04 2008
derique

I third the motion, which is thee charm! 😀 Personal responsibility just isn’t what it used to be sadly. Moral fiber people, MORAL FIBER. 😀 I hope and wish the debate to be a fruitful one and to be an enlightening experience for the demagogueries, bigots, charlatans and just plain “idiots” of the world. A healthy dose of intelligent (and parliamentary) debate is always beneficial. I wish this the very best winds of fortune!
namaste.

10 04 2008
The Green Witch

Sarasvati, thanks for coming by! I’m glad you like the site!

You’re right – there’s a lot of information out there, some good, some terrible, some completely wrong but presented in a way that looks right. Us bunch are really just trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff. I’ll check out your blog!

derique, too right. Moral fibre. Where did all this stuff go? Luckily, there are still people who think it’s important! Good to see you again!

14 04 2008
Solaire

The EU hasn’t stopped there …. they are also trying to get us Reiki practitioners ‘legalized’ … in the same way as acupuncturists are registered… but we Reiki people do not actually do anything physical to the body as in acupuncture and also massage … perhaps they will say we have to provide them with some kind of ‘proof’ that Reiki works … if so I will invite them to a free session !! … Val

14 04 2008
The Green Witch

Reiki’s a great deal different isn’t it – no drugs, no physical manipulation. I have only had hands-on (I guess as opposed to distance!) Reiki once and it was a revelatory experience. Amazing.

19 04 2008
Solaire

If you ever want a distant healing sent – let me know … Val

22 04 2008
The Green Witch

Thank you Val – this is much appreciated!

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