“Wizard’s Wit and Wisdom” is a column devoted to conveying the precepts and proper applications of Deep Magic. Each column explores a facet of ancient and powerful magic to give some interpretation of its meaning and how it may be appropriately applied to modern magic life. Professor Opal Dragonfly is an instructor in Symbolism, Composition and Rhetoric, and Literature, as well as being a scholar of deep Magic. (No part of these columns may be reproduced without permission of the author!)
The Rule of Three: the Dangers of Hoarding vs. the Benefits of Generosity
We all remember King Midas, who so craved wealth that he rashly obtained a certain magical “touch of gold.” Of course, having everything he touched turn to gold, including his family, brought him only misery and loneliness. So, too, must we be aware of the mental and emotional torment that GREED will bring us. As magical beings, we are born with an intense attraction to “all that glitters,” and other diverse magical objects. Magical powers and treasures call to us and we call to them (we see this most evident in the wealth gathering propensities of dwarves, dragons, leprechauns, etc.)
However, we must strive to exert self-control over our inclinations to hoard such objects (or, even other beings!). Hoarding does no one any good. It denies assistance to others who are in need, it enslaves other beings, and it turns hoarders into miserably isolated creatures, just like King Midas. They become afraid to establish Friendships (whom could they trust?), they deny themselves Love (their wealth is all-consuming of their passions), and yet they are unable to use the treasures they have amasses (spending part of it would be like severing part of themselves).
To avoid this fate, a good rule of thumb from the body of Deep Magic to adhere to is The Rule of Three:
One to bear;
One to spare;
One to share.
“One to bear” means we have an item on us or in our room, etc., that is immediately available for us (“to bring to bear” on a situation, so to speak) when we need it. “One to spare” means we always have an extra item to replace the one just used. This gives us time to acquire another “spare.” (Don’t procrastinate!) “One to share” allows us to be GENEROUS—this is the greatest magic we can perform! To unselfishly give of our possessions and/or our talents and skills to help others is the most noble form of Love and Wisdom.
How may we apply this deeper magic guideline, The Rule of Three, in the magical world? First, try not to possess more than three objects of any one type, at one time. The exceptions to this rule are, of course, money and Chi (power units), both of which are needed by most magical folk to perform magical works. But, even so, if you hear of someone low on funds—donate some! Second, if you already have extra (beyond three) objects, then look for someone who needs one. Thus, the objects will benefit others and your generosity will return to you threefold. Third, if you meet younger magical folk, counsel them about the dangers of hoarding and the benefits of sharing. Give them the The Rule of Three so they can make that deeper magic their own.
Our greed or our generosity returns to us THREEFOLD—as “poor” King Midas remembered too late! Think carefully about which you want to rebound upon you!
May the heavens always find you well! Prof. Opal Dragonfly