Wiccan Prose

This page contains the Wiccan Rede and other reading materials which reflect the belief structure of many Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans. We, as witches, live our belief each and every day and have great respect for others who do the same, no matter which life-affirming path they choose to follow. I sincerely hope this material will give you some insight to and a better understanding of Wiccan spirituality and help you see that it is a way of life as well as a religion. Brightest Blessings.

Table of Contents

13 Wiccan Principles

The Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede (long version)

The Witches' Code Of Chivalry

The Charge of the Goddess

The God Charge

The Charge of the Crone

The Charge of the Dark Goddess

The Witches' Rune

The 13 Wiccan Principles

The following set of thirteen principles was adopted by the Council of American Witches, in April, 1974.

-- We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

-- We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

-- We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

-- We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity ~ as masculine and feminine ~ and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to each other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

-- We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. ~ and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

-- We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

-- We see religion, magick, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it ~a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft.

-- Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch - but neither does heredity itself, not the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

-- We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

-- Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way", and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

-- As American {Or World-Wide!} Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

-- We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as Satan or the Devil, as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the sufferings of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

-- We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

The Wiccan Rede

(the short version)

Bide ye Wiccan laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Form the circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, singing out ye Witches' Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss your hand to her times two.
When the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth ye'll know.
When ye have and hold a need, harken not with others' greed.
With a fool no seasons spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind ye 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.
In these eight words, the Wiccan Rede fulfill
"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt."

The Wiccan Rede

(the LONG version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But - Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolg shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lammas night power is brought to magick rite.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree By the Lady blessed you'll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend Lest you be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
True in love you must ever be unless your love is false to thee.
Eight words the Rede fulfil "An' ye harm none, do what ye wilt".

The Witch’s Code of Chivalry

- Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old ways.

- It must be understood that thoughts and intent put forth on this plane will wax strong in other planes, and return... bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth. Thus, you should exercise discipline, for "as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest".

- It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.

- Above all else, you must be true to yourself.

- A witches’ word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

- Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

- Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehoods.

- Be honest with others, and let them know that honesty is also expected of them.

- The heat of the moment plays havoc with the truth. To keep your head is a virtue.

- Contemplate always the consequences of your actions upon others. Strive not to harm.

- Different covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, you should always find out their practices and abide by them, or leave.

- Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

- As a witch, you have power, and your powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in their use.

- Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

- Pledge friendship and fealty to those who warrant it. Strengthen others of this path and they will strengthen you.

- You must not reveal the secrets of another witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them, and cherish them as a treasure.

- Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.

- Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

- The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for the most part they have been chosen with wisdom.

- Have pride in yourself and seek perfection in mind and body. For the Lady asks "How cast thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"

- Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the stars.

This information was taken from ‘Magical Rites from the Crystal Well’ by Ed Fitch.

The Charge of the Goddess

Whenever you have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall you assemble in some secret place, and adore the spirit of Me, Who am Queen of Heaven. There shall you assemble, you who want to learn arcane secrets, yet have not won the deepest ones; to these will I teach things as yet unknown.

You shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you are really free, you shall be naked in your rites; and you 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 on Earth; for My law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it, let nothing stop you or turn you aside; for Mine is the secret door which opens upon the land of youth, and Mine is the cup of 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 heart of humankind. Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.

I do not demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and My love is poured out upon the Earth. I am the beauty of the green Earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of humankind.

Call unto your 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 all peoples, let your innermost Divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.

Let My celebration be within the heart that rejoices; 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 within you.

You who think to seek for Me, know your seeking and yearning shall avail you not unless you know the mystery: that is... if that which you seek you find not within yourself, you will never find it without yourself. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Aradia de Toscano... researched and recorded by Doreen Valiente, with revisions

The God Charge

Come ye all and hark unto me, The Consort of the Lady, for I am your God. I was brought forth from the Goddess, empowered by the beauty and strength of Her song.

I am her Son, Lover, and King as I am also your Son, Lover and King. I am born at the Winter Solstice, a promise of life renewed. As the Sun waxes, so does my strength, and I become the Stag of the forest, roaming free and untamed, until in the Spring, I join with Her, who is the Spirit of Nature Herself, and I am rapt in Her beauty.

We join in a holy and sacred love, which brings life to the fields. I continue as the Stag, until at Summer Solstice, She who is Queen calls me to be her King, while I am at the Height of my power. I accept, knowing the responsibility this entails. I am a merciful King, who protects His creatures.

At the Harvest, I willingly sacrifice myself, so that my creatures, who I love dearly are provided for during the lean months ahead, when snow and cold blanket the Earth in sleep and Death. I become the sailor of the last seas.

As such, I become the Guardian of the Gate between worlds. I bring you to the Island Remembered where I give rest, so that you may become young and be born again as I must also, at Yule, to continue the Pattern.

I am the Lord of the Dance, who dances in honor of the Singer of the Song; the Song which brought me forth. I am the Sun, who shines brightly, bringing forth light and warmth of day to the Earth, who is our Mother.

I am also the flame, who brings light and warmth into the hearth of your homes, as well as the light and warmth in your hearts. Mine is the lightning which dances across the dark sky for Her favor.

Mine is the Seed which empowers Life, and Mine is the comfort between lives, Mine is the lust in your nature, Mine is the joy of the dance in your hearts, Mine is the inspiration in your minds, which fuels progress. Mine is the strength and power of your being, tempered with compassion and mercy.

I am your God, I was always here, always patient... waiting for you to return home again to me. I do not seek dominion over the Goddess who brought me forth, nor do I seek dominion over you my children. I do not threaten with damnation, hell, flood or plague, for I love my creatures far too much to do them such harm.

I am in you and around you. Turn inward my children and experience your Divinity. The Goddess and Myself joined together make up the Whole and Continuous One, Who is Infinity, which is Divine. As such, We contain you, making you Divinity Incarnate.

Know this and never forget this. You who are our creatures and children, are never dirty, but Divine. Strive to see this in each other, for even if you were to forget and forsake Me in this Life, remember the Law… "LOVE UNTO ALL BEINGS, LOVE IS THE LAW AND LOVE IS THE BOND".

Let My inspiration spawn power with and not power over. Seek not to have dominion over your fellow creatures who share this Time and Space with you. Defend the weak and the oppressed from those who would do this, for the corruption of power over others through fear is a cancer which has afflicted my children and makes me sad.

Mine is the joy of the wild forests and of pleasures of hearth, home and each other. But these things will be forfeit, if the destruction of the Mother continues. Reach into your souls and call forth Llugh with His mighty Spear, and Cernunnos mighty and ever-living defender of the Wild places.

Defend the Earth Mother from the rape and destruction brought forth by your kind, for if the Earth Mother should be killed, you my creatures, whom I love, will perish also. Know this in your hearts. The Time is now.

Know that I am always with you and in you, when ever you have need of me, look to the Sun, or go to some wild place and call my name, and I will come. I am your father, your son, your brother and your lover......You are mine and I am yours through eternity.

by Michael 29 August 1993

The Charge of the Crone

I am the Queen of Magick and the dark of the Moon,

hidden in the deepest night.
I am the mystery of the Otherworlds
and the fear that coils about your heart in the times of your trials.
I am the soul of nature that gives form to the universe;
it is I who awaits you at the end of the spiral dance.
Most ancient among gods and mortals,
let my worship be within the heart that has truly tasted life,
for behold all acts of magick and art are my pleasure
and my greatest ritual is love itself.
Therefore let there be beauty in your strength,
compassion in your wrath,
power in your humility,
and discipline balanced through mirth and reverence.

You who seek to remove my veil and behold my true face,
know that all your questing and efforts are for nothing,
and all your lust and desires shall avail you not at all.
For unless you know my mystery,
look wherever you will, it will elude you,
for it is within you and nowhere else.
Behold, I have ever been with you,
from the very beginning,
the comforting hand that nurtured you in the dawn of life,
and the loving embrace that awaits you at the end of each life,
for I am that which is attained at the end of the dance.
I am the womb of new beginnings,
as yet unimagined and unknown.
written by Jim Garrison

Charge of the Dark Goddess

© Lynne O'Connor

The Dark Goddess speaks to us,

through the mouths of Lilith, Kali, Tiamet, Hecate,
Nix, the Black Madonna, Nemesis and Morgaine.

I am the Darkness behind and beneath the shadows.
I am the absence of air that awaits at the bottom of every breath.
I am the Ending before Life begins again,
the Decay that fertilizes the Living.
I am the Bottomless Pit,
the never-ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied.
I am the Key that unlocks every Door.

I am the Glory of Discovery,
for I am that which is hidden, secluded and forbidden.
Come to me at the Dark Moon and see that which can not be seen,
face the terror that is yours alone.
Swim to me through the blackest oceans
to the center of your greatest fears--
the Dark God and I will keep you safe.

Scream to us in terror, and yours will be the Power to Forbear.
Think of me when you feel pleasure, and I will intensify it,
until the time when I may have the greatest pleasure
of meeting you at the Crossroads Between the Worlds.

The Witches' Rune

Darksome night and shining Moon,
harken to the Witches' rune
East and South, West and North,
hear me now I call thee forth!
By all the powers of land and sea,
Be obedient unto me.
Wand and pentacle, cup and sword,
hearken ye unto my word.
Cord and censer, totem and knife,
waken all ye unto life.
Powers of the Witches' Blade,
come ye now as the charge is made!
Queen of Heaven , Queen of Hel,
send your aid unto my spell.
Horned Hunter of the night,
work my will by magick rite.
By all the powers of land and sea,
as I do say, 'so mote it be!
By all the might of Moon and Sun,
as I will, it shall be done!

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