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PostSubject: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:54 pm

The Witches' Creed

Hear Now the words of the witches,
The secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destiny's pathway,
That now we bring forth into light.

Mysterious water and fire,
The earth and the wide-ranging air,
By hidden quintessence we know them,
And will and 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 Candlemas dancing,
On May Eve and old Hallowe'en.

When day-time and night-time are equal,
Whensun is at greatest and least,
The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,
And Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen silver moons in a year are,
Thirteen is the coven's array.
Thiteen times at Esbat make merry,
For each golden year and a day.

The power that was passed down the age,
Each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other,
Ere time and the ages began.

When drawn is the magical circle,
By sword or athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies,
In land of the shades for that hour.

This world has no right then to know it,
And world of beyond will tell naught.
The oldest of Gods are invoked there,
The Great Work of magic is wrought.

For the two are mystical pillars,
That stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature,
The forms and the gorces divine.

The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess:
Of this our ancestors teach.

By night he's the wild wind's rider,
The Horn'd One, the Lord of the Shades.
By day he's the King of the Woodland,
The dweller in green forest glades.

She is youthful or old as she pleases,
She sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver lady of midnight,
The crone who weaves spells in the dark.

The master and mistress of magic,
Thet dwell in the deeps of the mind,
Immortal and ever-renewing,
With power to free or to bind.

So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,
And Dance and make love in their praise,
Till Elphame's fair land shall receive us
In peace at the end of our days.

And Do What You Will be the challenge,
So be it Love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment.
By Magic of old, be it done!

Doreen Valiente,
"Witchcraft For Tomorrow"
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:57 pm

The Witches' Rede


 
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 eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the Witches' 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 mighty 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 them 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 One rules.
Heed ye flower, Bush and Tree, by the Lady, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you'll know.
When ye have a true need, hearken 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 Threefold Law you should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be, lest thy lover's false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:

An ye harm none, do what ye will.
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:58 pm

The Witches Rede of Chivalry


 


 

In so far as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behoves 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:

 

1.         Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.

2.         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 has been set forth.  Thus one should exercise discipline, for “as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest.

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

4.         “This above all…to thine own self be true…”

5.         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.

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

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

8.         Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.

9.         The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keeps one’s head is a virtue.

10.     Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others.  Strive not to harm.

11.     Diverse covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others.  When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

12.     Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired.

13.     As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases.  Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof.

14.     Courage and honour endure forever.  Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

15.     Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant.  Strengthen others by the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

16.     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.

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

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

19.     The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

20.     Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind.  For the Lady has said, “How canst thou honour another unless thou gives honour to thyself first?”

21.     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 very stars.
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:59 pm

The Charge Of The Goddess



Written by Doreen Valiente




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 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 all things that are as yet unknown. 

 

And ye shall be free from slavery; 

and as a sign that ye be truly free, 

you 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 on earth; 

for my law is love unto all beings. 

 

Keep pure your highest ideals; 

strive ever towards them, 

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 the wine of life, 

and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, 

which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality. 

I am the gracious Goddess, 

who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. 

 

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. 

 

Nor do I 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 man.

 

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 men,

let thine innermost divine self be enfolded, 

in the rapture of the infinite. 

 

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest, 

for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. 

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, 

power and compassion, honor and humility, 

mirth and reverence within you. 

 

And thou who thinketh to seek for me, 

know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, 

unless thou knoweth the mystery; 

that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, 

thou wilt 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.
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:00 pm

The Charge Of The God



Listen to the Words of the Horned God,

Who was of old called among men:

Adonis, Tammuz, Dianus, Herne,

Bran, Beli, Lugh, Gwyn,

Dionysus, Osiris, Cernunnos, Pan,

And by many other Names.

 

O Secret of Secrets,

That art hidden in the being of all that lives,

Not Thee do we adore,

For That which adoreth is also Thou.

Thou art That, and That am I.

 

I am the Flame that burns in the heart of every being,

And in the core of every Star.

I am Life, and the Giver of Life,

Yet therefore is the Knowledge of Me

The Knowledge of Death and Resurrection.

 

I am alone, the Lord within ourselves,

Whose Name is Mystery of Mysteries.

I am the Horned God.

 

I am the Lord of the Universe,

The Father of all living,

The All-Devourer and the All-Begetter.

 

I am He Whose Seed lies strewn

As glittering Gems across velvet darkness

Within the Womb of the Mother.

 

I am the Lord of the Shadows

In the darkness of the Underworld,

For I am the Midnight Sun.

 

I am the Light of the Stars,

And the Spark of the Spirit Eternal,

For I am the God Within.

 

I am the Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air,

The Leader of the Wild Hunt,

The Judge of Gods and of Men.

 

I am the Hidden God,

Who ever yet remains,

For I dwell within the secret seed.

 

I am the seed of grain,

I am the seed of flesh,

I am the Seed of the Stars.

 

I am the Lord of the Heights,

I am the Lord of the Depths,

God of forest, of flock, and of field.

 

I am the Hunter and Hunted,

I am the wolf and the Shepherd,

I am the vine and the grain.

 

I am a Guiding Star above you,

I am a bright Flame before you,

I am a smooth Path beneath you.

 

I am the Light of Life.

I am the Flame of Love.

I am the Horned God!

 
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:01 pm

The Three-Fold Law



The Three-Fold Law is the belief and principle on which magick is used.  This law relates to the use of power and energy, for when used, power is returned to the sender, three times the level it was sent out.

Used in relation with the ethos, “Do what thy wilt, though it harm none” (as stated in the Wiccan Rede), witches take great care when preparing and casting spells that no harm should come to others because of it.


The nature of this three-fold return can perhaps be better understood when considering the cause and effect principle of a spell.  Let’s take an example – someone comes to you in distress with a problem, you help by sending out positive energy and the problem is successfully resolved.  This automatically makes you feel good about yourself and influences your thoughts; thus your state of consciousness is altered.  In turn your thoughts stir the emotions, which has a physical effect in the body by causing glandular secretions to enter into the blood stream.  The resulting state of mind and body lifts your spirit, which is what makes you feel good.  Thus with the act of a single good deed, you have been effected three times, in mind, body, and spirit.  This then is your three-fold response to the return of positive energy.  Now consider your response had you sent out negative energy or something went drastically wrong?

  The Law of Power

1.  The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or to control others.  But if the need arises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.


2.  The Power is used only as need dictates.             

3.  The Power can be used for your own gain; as long as by doing so you harm none. 

4.  It is unwise to accept money for the use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker.  Be not as those of other religions. 

5.  Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and Magick. 

6.  Ever remember that the Power is a sacred gift of the Goddess and the God, and should never be misused or abused. 

7.     And this is the Law of the Power.



 The Four Powers of the Magus 


The Four Powers of the Magus are the personal attributes traditionally necessary and required for the successful use and practice of magick. 

These are - To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent. 

Without these four attributes combined, the individual will never be successful in magick. 

The reasoning is quite simple; none of the attributes mentioned are enough in themselves, as all four attributes must be present to balance each other out.

For instance:  

To Know - Knowledge is no good, without the will and audacity to see magick done.  

To Dare – Audacity is no good, without the knowledge and will to see magick done. 

To Will – Will power is no good, without the knowledge and audacity to see magick done.   

To Be Silent – What good are the above, without the discretion to remain silent until the magick is done? 

To reveal your magick before it is done, dissipates it’s power and effectiveness. 

So, anyone aspiring to use magick, he/see needs a knowledge of what he/see is doing, the audacity to use it, the will power to control it, and the discretion to remain silent till the work is done.

Sources:  


Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  - By Raven Grimassi  

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present - By Doreen Valiente

Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner  - By Scott Cunningham
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:06 pm

The Witches’ Chant

By Lady Sheba – 1974


Darksome night and shining moon,

Hearken to the witches’ rune.

East then South, West then North,

Hear! Come!  I call thee forth!

 
By all the powers of land and sea,

Be obedient unto me.

Wand and Pentacle and Sword,

Hearken ye unto my word.

 
Cords and Censer, Scourge and Knife,

Waken all ye into life.

Powers of the witch’s Blade,

Come ye as the charge is made.

 
Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell,

Send your aid unto the spell.

Horned Hunter of the night,

Work my will by magic 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 do will, it shall be done.
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:18 pm

Descent of the Goddess



 

In ancient times, our Lord, the Horned One, was (and still is) the Consoler, the Comforter.  But men know him as the dread Lord of Shadows, lonely, stern, and just. But our Lady the Goddess would solve all mysteries, even the mystery of death; and so she journeyed to the Underworld.  The Guardian of the Portals challenged her: “Strip off thy garments, lay aside thy jewels; for naught mayest thou bring with thee into this our land”.  So she laid down garments and jewels, and was bound, as all living must be who seek to enter the realms of Death, the Mighty One.
Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt, and laid his sword and crown at her feet, and kissed her feet, saying: “Blessed Be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways.  Abide with me; but let me place my cold hands on thy heart. And she replied: “I love thee not.  Why dost thou cause all things that I love, and take delight in, to fade and die?
“Lady,” replied Death, “it is age and fate, against which I am helpless.  Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace and strength, so that they may return.  But you, you are lovely.  Return not, abide with me.
But she answered: “I love thee not.”   
Then said Death: “An you receive not my hand on your heart, you must kneel to Death’s scourge.”
“It is fate, better so,” she said, and she knelt.
And Death scourged her tenderly.  And she cried: “I know the pangs of love.”
And Death raised her, and said: “Blessed be.”  And gave her the fivefold salute, saying: “Thus only may you attain to joy, and knowledge.” 
And he taught her all of his mysteries, and he gave her the necklace which is the circle of rebirth.  And she taught him all her mystery of the sacred cup which is the cauldron of rebirth. 
They loved, and were one: for there be three great mysteries in the life of man, and magic controls them all.  To fulfill love, you must return again at the same time and at the same place as the loved ones; and you must meet, and know, and remember, and love them again.
But to be reborn, you must die, and be made ready for a new body.  And to die, you must be born; but without love, you may not be born.
And our Goddess ever inclineth to love, and mirth, and happiness; and guardeth and cherisheth her hidden children in life, and in death she teacheth the way to her communion; and even in this world she teacheth them the mystery of the magic Circle, which is placed between the world of men and of the gods.  

Sources

 What Witches Do  - By Stewart Farrar
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:21 pm

Drawing Down the Moon


By Lady Sheba.


All ye assembled at mine shrine, Mother Darksome and Divine.

Mine the Scourge and mine the Kiss, Here I charge you in this sign.

All you assembled in my sight, Bow before my spirit bright.

Aphrodite, Arianhod, Lover of the Horned God.

 
Mighty Queen of Witchery and night,

Morgana, Erione, Nisene, Diana, Bridgid, Melusine,

Am I named of old by men, Artemis and Cerridwen,

Hell's dark mistress, Heaven's Queen.

 
Ye who ask of me a rune, Or would ask of me a boon,

Meet me in some secret glade, Dancing round in greenwood shade.

By the light of the Full Moon.

 

In a place wild and lone, Dance about mine altar stone,

Work my holy mystery, Ye who are feign to sorcery.

I bring ye secrets yet unknown.

 
No more shall ye know slavery, who give true worship unto me.

 
Ye who tread my round on Sabbat night, 

come ye naked to my rite, in token that ye be really free.

I teach ye the mystery of rebirth, work ye my mysteries in mirth.

 
Heart joined to heart and lip to lip, 

five are the points of fellowship, 

that bring ye ecstasy on earth, 

for I am the circle of rebirth.

 
I ask no sacrifice, but do vow,

no other Law but love I know,

By naught but love may I be known.

All things living are mine own,

from me they come, to me they go.


I invoke Thee and call upon Thee Mighty Mothers of us all.

Bringer of Fruitfulness by seed and by root.

 
I invoke Thee by stem and bud.

 
I invoke Thee by life and love

and call upon Thee to descend into the body

of this Thy Priestess and Servant.

 

Hear with her ears, speak with her tongue,

touch with her hands, kiss with her lips,

that thy servants may be fulfilled.
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PostSubject: Re: Redes & Creeds   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:22 pm

The Great Rite Invocation.


By Stewart and Janet Farrar

 

Assist me to erect the ancient altar

At which in days past all worshipped

The great altar of all things

For in times of old, woman was the altar

Thus was the altar made and placed

And the sacred place was the point within the center of the circle

As we have of old been taught

That the point within the center is the origin of all things

Therefore should we adore it

Therefore whom we adore we also invoke

O circle of stars

 

Whereof our Father is but the younger brother

Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space

Before whom time is ashamed

The mind bewildered, and the understanding dark

Not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be love

Therefore by seed and root, and stem and bud

And leaf and flower and fruit, do we invoke thee

O Queen of Space, O Jewel of Light

Continuous One of the Heavens

 

Let it be ever thus

That man speak not of thee as One, but as None

And let them not speak of thee at all

Since thou art continuous

For thou art the point within the Circle, which we adore

The point of life without which we would not be

And in this way truly are erected the holy pillars

In beauty and in strength were they erected

To the wonder and glory of all men

 

Altar of mysteries manifold, the sacred circle’s secret point

Thus do I sign thee as old, with kisses of my lips anoint

Open for me the secret way, the pathway of intelligence

Beyond the gates of night and day, beyond the bounds of time and sense

Beyond the mysteries aright, the five true points of fellowship

Here where the Lance and Grail unite

And feet, and knees, and breast, and lip
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