Evil is only excess, good is simply balance. All things are subject to abuse.
All things are susceptible to beneficial use. And balance does not consist in denial, or excess of indulgence. Since blood represents life, it is believed in many religions that by offering up blood or using blood in some rituals, it has the power of passing on this principle of life, giving power to protect, heal and create.
Jung theorized that potentials for creation are actualized when they enter the consciousness as images. Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force.
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But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny,. Aleister Crowley. The real serious damage done by curses comes much less directly and much more sinisterly. As mentioned earlier, a fair amount of the correspondence we get at Spirit Walk Ministry comes from individuals wanting to know about magical spells and curses because they are convinced someone has cursed them as a result of some unfortunate event that has occurred in their life.
The vast majority of the time it is because someone, claiming to have the power to know this, has told them that they have been cursed. That is a weakness we all have and it is the doorway through which the unscrupulous may enter. It may be some psychic trying to scam money from you or some religious zealot trying to convert you to their way of thinking by telling them they are under attack from Satan and need to be saved.
As bad as these examples may be, the most evil of the all are the individuals whose sick and twisted motive is to destroy others psychically and emotionally for the perverse pleasure they derive from torturing others or even to feed, like energy vampires, off the pain they inflict. Do not take this lightly, as a psychic attack can cause far more damage, far more easily, than any curse or curse could.
The negative energy of that attack becomes part of your energy field setting up a continual cycle of psychic torture and pain within the victim, while the perpetrators themselves fall ever deeper into the darkness from which they themselves may never escape. Part 3: The Science of Magick. Spirit Walk Ministr y. The punishment for law-breakers would often include the entire family, thus it was expected to not bring any disgrace upon the family.
In order to be honourable, it was expected that people followed both the laws and the social expectations from the society. A man of honour was, and still is, a man of principles. These principles were noticeable through social behaviour, and a person's honour keeps on living long after death has taken over. Much like today's society, there were differences between various of places in all over Norway. Nevertheless, there are some common views on what it meant to be honourable. Some of the honourable customs were to follow what was expected by the Gods, ancestors, laws and society in general.
Revenge was actually a big part of social customs. It was seen as honourable and was expected for someone to take revenge. There was an old saying that a slave takes revenge immediately, while a fool don't take revenge at all.
Thus, a wise and honourable person would wait for the right moment, which preferably took years. Through waiting for the right time, a person showed a strong character, as the threat of blood vengeance was a very effective punishment. Which brings us to the next important principle; family. Family was very important to the norse people. There was a strong connection between the living and the dead, it was a custom for ancestors to be buried close to the home of the families, where the family members would perform different rites to uphold the connection between the worlds.
People would also seek guidance from ancestors regarding important decisions, all of which was seen as an honourable act. Women was obligated to follow the principles too, even if a woman's work and place in the society was different from man's. She would have the main responsibility for the house, but also for religious rites performed in households. As mentioned above, honour was an important principle, specially to honour and be loyal to your family.
Thus no man wanted to put his family in disgrace or dishonour, which brings us to the next important principle. A man of honour never forgot to be loyal, both to his ancestors, his King and Earls, and most importantly to his friends and family. This included to be true to ancestors, family, religion, friends, travellers, and also the various of social customs that was expected.
To show both loyalty and hospitality is another important principle for norse pagans. Through this act you proved that you were honourable, which again served your family a good reputation. Loyalty was also seen through the acts of oaths, which was a highly respected act for norse pagans, granted they didn't break it. Oathbreaking would have big consequences for the person themselves, and also to their family, as oathbreaking would even put shame on ancestors.
The consequences are so big even a oathbreakers weapon will fail him. Oaths was a way to show a dedicated loyalty; to family, such as between brothers, a particular cause, or to the Gods. This brings us to the religious aspect of the ethics.
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Runes shalt thou find, and fateful signs, That the king of singers colored, And the mighty gods have made; Full strong the signs, full mighty the signs That the ruler of gods doth write. As mentioned before, the old norse people didn't have a specific name for their religion, as it was simply their traditions and customs. Thus it is easy to understand the important role faith played in their lives. This was the Gods they knew, the stories, the cosmos, even their principles was combined between the Gods and social behaviour. The connection between the Gods and the people was strong, In larger official and bigger events, they honoured and reached out the main Gods, such as Odin.
But in their private homes they often honoured and prayed to whom they preferred or liked the most.
Thus, sacrifices was seen as a significant traditional act towards honouring the Gods, ancestors and the land. Another custom which was seen as prestigious regarding religion was learning runes, the higher social class, the more it was expected that they knew the runes. There are several archeogical findings telling us that when Christianity started to appear in Scandinavia, some norse people began to slowly combine the religions.
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However, it's easy to understand the conflict that involved in this diversity. Where Christian doctrine told them to "turn the other cheek", that was to an honourable and strong norse man seen as cowardly. Which brings me to the next important ethical principle; strength.
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Strength, both physical and mental, is most definitely a prominent principle when looking back at the old norse people. Being weak was not an option for the norse people, as that would put yourself and your family in disgrace. No matter what social class you belonged to, it was vital to show strength, courage and bravery.
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However, as strong as they should appear, a gloating behaviour was not any act of an honourable norse person. Nevertheless, it was important to find the acceptable balance, because they should never let someone make a fool out of them. It was required to stand your ground, but not act like you are smarter and better than everyone. There was no excuses to not show physical or mental strength. For an honourable man it was better to face death than to face a life in shame, as that would also put shame to the family. Each man was responsible for acting according to the principles, which brings us to responsibility.
Being responsible for their own actions and behaviour, was very essential.
This could be regarding following the laws, honouring the Gods and customs, be strong, and loyal etc. This would only prove the determination and dedication a norse person had for the ethical principles. These varied from how to act among friends, enemies, how much to drink, how to converse and all the daily principles. It is mentioned that you must drink mead, but not too much of it, as drunkenness makes many men act foolish. For a norse pagan it was best to always act knowledgeable and honourable. As it was said "the more he drinks the less does man Of his mind the mastery hold.
A norse person was himself accountable to follow the ethical principles, thus to take responsibility for his own actions was indeed seen as honourable. As you can see, all this proves that finding a balance for their actions was vital. Social appearance and reputation follows a man through everything, even after life. Thus act responsible and determined to do whatever it takes to meet the expectations of ethics.