Many years past I had a conversation with a Lutheran minister on the subject of morality, the Christian 10 Commandments, and the Wiccan Rede. His argument being that if one did not have an objective list detailing what one could and could not do in life, that one could not be a moral person. He also argued that telling people to just do as they willed instead of what God willed, even with the harm none caveat, was just encouraging people to be selfish and not have any consideration for anyone but themselves.
We can know our will, we can give it away. We can be told to have more will power when trying to stop a bad habit, and in the same breath be told to follow a far off Deity’s will and not our own.
A wilful child is stubborn. Someone who doesn’t know what they will is indecisive.
Philosophers and theologians have been cussing and discussing for centuries the questions of whether or not we have free will, or if you lives are laid out before us in a pre-destined plan. Perhaps we only think we have free will and that is nought but illusion? You can end up in a maze of what ifs following this line of questioning.
To Will is a phrase that in many ways is the key spell casting. The Witch wills it to be, and it is done. But the word Will has been bandied about so much, and has so many nuanced meanings, it can sometimes be hard to figure out just why it’s been included in the 4 pillars of magic.