Monday, December 20, 2010

Witch's and Wiccan Redes

The word REDE means to give advice, or to counsel.
The Wiccan Rede provides Wiccans and witchcraft-based religions with a key moral system. It contains a good set of basic principles and is a liberal code of morality.

Wicca is generally described as being eclectic and non-dogmatic, however, many have adopted the theology of the Rede, especially the final lines "an it harm none, do what ye will". I believe this line is mainly about intent; it is usually interpreted as a declaration of freedom, along with the necessity of taking responsibility for what follows from one's actions and minimising harm to oneself and others.


Wiccan Rede

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 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 soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas 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 or 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.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:
"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"   


Witch's Rede

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 the night.

The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of Winter and Spring. We share with the Life Universal, rejoice in the Eternal Magickal Ring.

Four times a year the Great Sabbats, return, and the Witches are seen, At Lammas and Candlemas dancing, on May Eve and ‘ole Halloween.

When daytime and nighttime are equal, when the Sun is at it’s greatest and least, the four Lesser Sabbats are summoned, again, the Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen Silver Moons in a year there are. Thirteen is the Coven’s array. Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each year and a day.

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

When drawn is the Magickal Circle, by sword or Athame’s power, It’s a compass between two worlds lies in the Land of Shadows 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 works of magick 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 done.

1 Thoughts:

  1. For me rhythms don't quite work out when creating spells ^^; - i don't think they need to rhythm to work its just easier to remember them when they rhythm

    I really like the wind symbolism - its something i will try to remember

    "When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow." like a pentacle?