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The Witch's Creed

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The Witch's Creed

Postby The Judge » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:23 pm

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 in the 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 magickal 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 the day-time and night-time are equal
when sun is at greatest and least,
the four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,
and again gather Witches in feast.

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

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

When drawn is the magickal circle,
by sword or athame of power,
its compass between the 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 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.

The dark and the light in succession,
the opposites each unto each
shown forth as a God and a Goddess:
of this did 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 s 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 magick,
they 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 in love that harms none,
for this is the only commandment.
By magic of old it be done!

Eight words the Witch's Creed fulfill:
If it harms none, do what you will!
Do not attempt, Achieve
Do not hear, Listen
Do not go blindly forward, See
Do not judge, Understand
Do not forget, for in this you shall learn nothing
-The Judge
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Soulsearcher01 » Thu May 03, 2012 9:48 pm

Thank you for the Creed * I made a copy of it for myself *
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Truthseeker » Sun May 06, 2012 2:36 pm

I copied this, The Rede and the Thirteen Goals of a Witch into my BOS at the very beginning. And then followed that with "What I Believe". To me these are so important to anyone who pratices the Craft, or they should be.
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby The Judge » Wed May 09, 2012 12:22 pm

They should. The Creed is essentially a statement of intent, a moral code. It's a very simple one if you break it down, which the Rede does very well.
Do not attempt, Achieve
Do not hear, Listen
Do not go blindly forward, See
Do not judge, Understand
Do not forget, for in this you shall learn nothing
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Starwitch » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:06 pm

Thank you for posting this, Judge.
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby MsMollimizz » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:30 pm


I also copied it for my BOS, thanks
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby lilmizsunshine727 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:39 pm

*copied*
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare
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Postby SylverSparro » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Copied. What is the rede?
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby The Judge » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:41 am

I stand corrected, the Rede is different from the Creed. >.< You can find the full Rede at this link the-wiccan-rede-t22733.html I forgot I even typed this up on here. lol
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Do not hear, Listen
Do not go blindly forward, See
Do not judge, Understand
Do not forget, for in this you shall learn nothing
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Vervain » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:10 pm

Not to seem rude, but I believe that (linked above, not the OP) is actually the "Rede of the Wiccae," a poem by Gwen Thompson, the founder of The New Englan Coven of Traditionalist Wicca--not the Wiccan Rede. The nomenclature can get confusing, but the rede is simply this: An it harm none, do what ye will (or slight variants thereof). "Rede of the Wiccae" actually admits this, saying "Eight words the Wiccan rede fulfill: An it harm none, do what ye will."

The Wiccan Rede is agreed upon by all Wiccans. The Rede of the Wiccae, not necessarily. I have the whole poem in my Book of Light and Shadow, though it is a slightly edited version to fit my preferences, but many Wiccans choose not to use that poem.
She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes.
We are changers, everything we touch can change.
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby seidkonacat » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:48 pm

Even though I'm not a neo-Pagan, I quite like this Creed. I may put it in my Fróðleikr-Bók--basically my book-of-shadows, if that's ok. Thanks so much!
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby CarlieMichelle » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:27 am

This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby gothmom76 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:13 am

thanks for this i am copying it into my bos definitely
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Aria_2193 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:03 am

I am so copying this. :)
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Re: The Witch's Creed

Postby Luna87 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:34 pm

The creed is written in my Bos in my native language of Norwegian. I think it is kmportant for every witch to have this one written down.
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