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The Wiccan Creed


Hear now the word of the Witches, the secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destinys pathway, That now we bring forth in the light.

Mysterious Water and Fire, The Earth and the wide-ranging Air,
By hidden Quintessence we know Them, and we will keep silent and dare.

The birth and rebirth of all Nature, the passing of Winter and Spring,
We share with the life Universal, rejoice in the Magical Ring

Four times in the year the Great Sabbat, returns, and the Witches are seen,
At Lammas and Candelas dancing, on May Eve and old Halloween

When daytime and nighttime are equal, when sun is at greatest and least,
The four lesser Sabbats are summoned, again Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen silver moons in a year are, thirteen is the Covens array,
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each golden year and a day.

The power has passed down the ages, each time between woman and man
Each century unto the other, ere times and the ages began.

When drawn is the Magickal circle, by sword or athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies, in the land of shades of that hour.

Our world has no right to know it, and the world beyond will tell naught,
The oldest of Gods are invoked there, the great work of Magic is wrought.

For two are the mystical pillars, that stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of Nature, the forms and the forces divine.

And do what thou wilt be the challenge, so be it in love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment, By Magick of old be it done.

Eight words the Witches Rede fulfill:
If it Harms none, Do what Thou Will


The Wiccan Rede (full version)

Bide within the Law ye must,
in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live ye must and let ye live,
fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about
to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell every time,
let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch,
speak ye 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 Witches' rune.
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 thine 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 ye 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 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.
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 Imbolc shows
watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn
Let the Beltane fires 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, and 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 doth fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree
by the Lady blessed you'll be.

Where the rippling waters go
cast a stone, the truth ye will know.
When ye have and hold a need,
harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend
Lest ye 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 thy brow.

Be true in love this ye must do
unless thy love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill:
"An ye harm none, do what ye will"


Long Version


Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In perfect love, and perfect trust.
Live and let live, Fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about, To keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time, Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of an eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much.
Deosils go by the waxing moon, Chanting out the witch’s rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon, Chanting out the baneful rune.
When the lady’s moon is new, Kiss the hand to her, times two.
When the moon rides at her peak, Then your hearts desire seek.
Heed the north wind’s might gale, Lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the south, Love will kiss thee 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 woods in the cauldron go, Burn the fast and burn them slow.
Elder be the lady’s tree, Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
When the wheel begins to turn, Let the Beltane fires burn.
When the wheel has turned to Yule, Light the log and the horned ones rule.
Heed ye flower, bush, and tree, By the lady’s blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, Cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
When ye have a true need, Harken not the other’s greed.
With a fool no season spend, Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part, Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the threefold law you should, Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow, Wear the blue the star on thy brow.
True in love ever be, Lest thy lovers false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede Fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.

A Shorter Version

Bide the Wiccan Laws ye must In perfect love, in perfect trust
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do as ye will
An ever mind the Rule of Three What ye sends out comes back to thee
Follow this with mind and heart; An merry ye meet, an merry ye part.

The Very Short Version

An ye harm none, do as ye will

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