“Ever Mind The Rule Of Three
Three Times Your Acts Return To Thee
This Lesson Well, Thou Must Learn
Thou Only Gets What Thee Dost Earn.”
Religious tenant stating that whatever energy put out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times. It ties in as a literal reward or punishment tied to one’s actions in relation to the Wiccan Rede, particularly when working with magic – also called the Golden Rule.
The first published reference to the Rule of Three as a general ethical principle may be from Raymond Buckland, in a 1968 article for Beyond magazine. The Rule of Three later features within a poem of 26 couplets titled “Rede of the Wiccae”, published by Gwen Thompson in 1975 in Green Egg vol. 8, no. 69 and attributed to her grandmother Adriana Porter.