Witches Reed of Chivalry
Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves.
Therefore, be it noted that:
Chivalry is a high code of honour
which is of most ancient Celtic Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who
follow the Old ways.
It must be kenned that thoughts
and intent put forth on this Middle-Earth will wax strong in other worlds
beyond, and return... bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been
sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for "as ye sow, so shall
It is only by preparing our minds
to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.
"This above all...to thine
own self be true...."
A Witch's 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 thou honest with others, and
have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.
The fury of the moment plays
folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.
Contemplate always the
consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm another.
Though there may be differences
between those of the Old Ways, diverse covens and circles may well have diverse
views. These views, even if they are different than yours, should always be
given respect. When a coven, circle, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one
should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a
good humour are much to be admired.
As a Witch, thou hast power, and
thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion in
the use thereof.
Courage and honour endure
forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
Pledge friendship and fealty to
those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall
Thou shalt not reveal the secrets
of another Witch or another Coven. Others have laboured long and hard for them,
and cherish them as treasures.
Those who follow the mysteries
should be above reproach in the eyes of the world, and should always seek to
make this so.
The laws of the land should be
obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been
chosen with wisdom for the well-being of all.
Have pride in thyself, and seek
perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady hath said, "How canst thou
honour another unless thou give honour to thyself firstly?"
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 to the very stars.