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Wicca Basics

The Wiccan Rede
Threefold Law
The Charge of the Goddess
The Charge of the God

The Wiccan Rede

Bide these Wiccan laws ye must
with perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live,
fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about
to keep all evil spirits out;
to bind a spell every time
let the spell be spoke in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
speak ye little, listen much.
Deosil go by waxing moon
sing and dance ye wiccan rune.
Widdershins go by waning moon
chanting out the baleful tune.
When the Lady's moon is new,
kiss ye hands to her times two.
When the moon rides at her peak
then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the Northwind's mighty gale,
lock the door, and trim the sail.
When the wind comes from the South,
love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the West,
departed souls will have no rest.
When the wind blows from the East,
expect the new, and set the feast.
Nine wood 'neath in cauldron go.
Burn them fast, and burn them slow.
Elderwood, the Lady's tree,
burn it not, or cursed you'll be.
When the Wheel begins to turn,
soon the Beltaine fires will burn.
When the Wheel has turned to Yule,
light the log, the Horned One rules.
Teaching; flower bush and tree,
by the Lady, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go,
cast the stone, and truth you'll know.
When ye have and hold a need,
harken not to others' greed.
With a fool, no season spend,
or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part
bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the threefold law ye should
three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is anow,
wear the star upon thy brow.
True in love ye must ever be,
lest thy love be false to thee.
These eight words in rede fulfill:
And ye harm none, do what thou will.

The Threefold Law

What ye sends forth comes back to ye
So evermind the rule of three
Follow this with mind and heart
And Merry ye meet, and Merry ye part.

The Charge of the Goddess

Listen to the words of the Great Mother: She, Who was of old also called among mortals, Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arionrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other Names: Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month and better it be when the Moon is Full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, Who am Queen of all the Witches. There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that are as yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery, and as a token that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love all in My praise. For Mine is the ecstasy of the Spirit and Mine also is joy upon Earth, for My love is law unto all beings. Keep pure your Highest Ideals; strive ever toward them, let naught stop you nor turn you aside, for Mine is the secret door which opens upon the door of youth. And Mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality. I am the Gracious Goddess, Who gives the gift of joy unto the hearts of men and women. Upon Earth I give knowledge of the Spirit Eternal and beyond death I give peace, freedom and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all living and My love is poured out upon the Earth. Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess, She in the dust of Whose feet are the hosts of heaven, Whose body encircles the Universe... I am the beauty of the green Earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the Mysteries of the waters, and the desire in the hearts of humans. Call unto thy soul, arise and come unto Me, for I am the Soul of Nature, Who gives life to the Universe. From Me all things proceed and unto Me all things must return. And before My face, beloved of Gods and of humans, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in teh rapture of the Infinite. Let My worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence with you. And thou, who thinkest to seek for Me, know that the seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the Mystery: that if that which thou seekest, thou findest not within thee, thou shalt never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

The Charge of the God

Then you shall be taught to be wise, so in the fullness of time you shall count yourselves among those who serve the Ancients; And you shall grow to love the music of the Woodlands, to dance to the sound of His pipes in step with cloven hooves and the forest song... And you shall learn the Mystery of Rebirth, filling your heart with Her moonlight, growing in harmony with the Earth, as Her children, protective of your Mother... And you shall grow in wisdom; and you shall grow in compassion. And in love shall you heal the sick, pursuing the arts of healing, the lore of the Mother's herbs...learning the psychic cure, to nurture, to help Her children grow. And in wisdom you shall give counsel, knowing the skills of divination, seeing how the children best flow in Universal Harmony, understanding planetary cycles and knowing prophecy. Thus will you be the Wise Ones, knowing the lores of Nature; the Wiccans of the heaths, of the countryside, the pagans of the cities, knowing all are One to the Mother; knowing all are One to the Father. Let thy life and the lives to come be in the service of the Lord and the Lady.

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