I sat in a tent, carrying on a conversation at a small Pagan event. In the distance women were gathering for a women's ritual. At one point I heard a woman challenging the attendees as they entered the circle.
"Do you enter the circle in perfect love and perfect trust?" The challenging woman had a soft voice, and sounded very unconvinced as she asked this over and over.
Decades ago, I sat in a college classroom, listening to my beloved mentor, Professor Shaw, lecturing about Shakespeare. We were talking about Julius Ceasar I believe, and quoting some well known line, when from the back of the room, a young woman asked "why did Shakespeare write in so many cliches?" I giggled a little: Professor Shaw, hardly missing a beat, simply said "they weren't cliches when he wrote them," and moved right along with Ceasar. Now just bear with me, and keep this little tale in mind for a while.
Last week my lovely GF Lauren wrote me an email. She had seen something on a Facebook group (Pagan News Now) and wondered if I knew anything about it. It was a document which the poster claimed was the Wiccan Rede. Here is what Lauren sent me: