Group Ethics Rules: Opening Suggestions!
By Raven

Too often I had seen the Craft used as a personal power-trip, or with a disregard for the effects on others. This time it happened in my home.

I introduced two guests, acquaintances of mine, to each other. One was interested in learning about the Craft; the other offered to teach him.

The would-be teacher went on about his skills, describing the would-be student's aura and psychic shields; leaned back in his chair, said, "I really shouldn't do this, I really shouldn't" -- then leaned forward and, with no warning or other preliminary, SLICED the student's shields "open" (as he said), leaving the student feeling naked and exposed.

To prove a point, I suppose, but what point I can't guess.

I was outraged. Guests in my home are not to be abused -- by anyone. Even to a complete materialist, it would be clear that the student had had his personal space invaded, his emotional consolation removed, with no informed consent involved, and with no feeling of other protection.

I already knew the would-be teacher himself was taught by people of no great concern for ethics. His was chiefly a fault of poor training, added to which he had never stopped to think that "occult" dealings with people might involve the same ethical issues as "mundane" dealings.

One of the several outcomes of that event was that I wrote the following guidelines for those two specific people, and suggested (NOT ordered) that they adopt these -- if they did still decide to work together. After that, well, several other people did express an interest.
Note! This was written as a PROPOSAL; no-one has enacted it as a LAW. The hope is for it to be used by, and among, those who like the ideas. (Really, all it does is put the concept of "Harm ye none" in practice.)

RULES OF THE CIRCLE

THE RULES OF INFORMED CONSENT:

THE RULES OF PRIVACY:
THE RULES OF SHIELDING:
COVENANT

THE TEACHER PROMISES THE STUDENT:
THE STUDENT PROMISES THE TEACHER:
A CIRCLE IS NOT A LINE: IT HAS NO BEGINNING AND NO END.
A CIRCLE IS NOT A PYRAMID: IT HAS NO TOP AND NO BOTTOM.
A CIRCLE IS NOT AN ASTERISK: IT IS NOT RUN FROM JUST ONE POINT.