Thursday's Child: Honor Codes


Honor

Definition: Regard with great esteem; respect. A good name or reputation.

Generally, people like the idea of honor. They like to be considered honorable. But, what does it mean when we say that? Society tends to dictate how we see honor, and in western society, those who serve in the military or emergency services are viewed as having the highest of honor codes.

What about those of us who don't really fall into the mainstream of society in our spiritual paths, beliefs, and way of life?

For many who follow the Heathen path (Asatru, Heathenry, etc...), there are The Nine Noble Virtues.

They are as follows:

Courage
Truth
Honor
Fidelity
Discipline
Hospitality
Industriousness
Self Reliance
Perseverance

The Druids (particularly, the ADF) have a code of 9 Virtues as well:

Wisdom: Good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response

Piety: Correct observance of ritual and social traditions; the maintenance of the agreements, (both personal and societal), we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty

Vision: The ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future

Courage: The ability to act appropriately in the face of danger

Integrity: Honor; being trustworthy to oneself and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect, self-confidence

Perseverance: Drive; the motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit becomes difficult

Hospitality: Acting as both a gracious host and an appreciative guest, involving benevolence,
friendliness, humor, and the honoring of “a gift for a gift”

Moderation: Cultivating one’s appetites so that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health, (mental or physical), through excess or deficiency

Fertility: Bounty of mind, body and spirit, involving creativity, production of objects, food, works of art, etc., an appreciation of the physical, sensual, nurturing


In Scott Cunningham's book, "Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner," he cites the 13 goals of a witch:




Here are some other honor codes to review:

http://www.northernpaganism.org/rokkatru/rokkatru-ethics.html

https://sites.google.com/site/mypaganinfo/the-pagan-code-of-honor

In the practice of any path, it's good to know one's self. One way of exploring Witchcraft is to consider your own "code of ethics." What does honor mean to you? Do any of the codes above resonate? 

As an exercise: Create your own honor code. Print it up on parchment paper. Place it in a space that helps remind you of who you want to be. Try using the code as a mantra for the next 3 weeks. Let me know how it goes.

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