Whether you are interested in the Wicca religion or are new to the modern Pagan religion, chances are that you have come across the Wiccan Rede. When we talk about the laws of Wicca, the Wiccan Rede holds priority. It is impossible to ignore it. Most magical practitioners today use it. It is important to note that the Wiccan Rede serves as a guideline. Today’s Pagans have no ethical standards or universal rules to adhere to.
The earliest version of the Wiccan Rede was popularized by Doreen Valiente during the early 60s. Then, Lady Gwen Thomspon published a new version of the Rede in the 70s in a Pagan magazine called “The Green Egg.” She credited Adriana Porter, her grandmother, for the work. Aleister Crowley also produced a similar guideline wherein he advised readers to love without any limitations. He has admitted to being influenced by Homilies on the First Epistle of St. John, a much older text of St. Augustine. Lady Gwen Thompson’s version is prevalent today among Wiccans. It would be unreasonable for you to assume that every Pagan follows the Wiccan Rede. Besides, not every Pagan is a Wiccan. There is significant room for interpretation.