The Wiccan Rede

(-Anonymous - but mostly attributed to Doreen Valiente
Tune: "Leatherwing Bat" aka "Celtic Circle Dance")

Bide the wiccan laws you must,
In perfect love and perfect trust:
Live you must and let to live,
Fairly take and fairly give

Tread the circle thrice about
to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind ye spell well every time,
let the spell be spake 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,
Sing and dance ye Wiccan Rune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
And the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane

When the Lady's moon is new,
Kiss your 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 thee on the mouth.
When the West wind blows over thee,
departed souls will restless be.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow
Birch into 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 thine 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;
Harm it not or cursed ye'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark,
Both 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
When the wheel hath turned a Yule
Light the log the Horned One rules

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall;
Use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel hath turned a Yule,
light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day,
'Tis time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached its height,
'Tis 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 ye'll be.

Where the rippling waters go,
cast a stone, the truth ye'll know.
When ye 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.

When misfortune is enow,
Wear the star upon thy brow.
True in love ye must e'er be,
Lest thy love be false to thee.

Mind ye threefold law ye should,
three times bad and three times good.
What ye send forth comes back to ye,
So ever mind the rule of three.

These eight words the wiccan rede fulfill;
An harm ye none, do what ye will.
Follow this with mind and heart,
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part.



(You'll find that there are several versions of this rede, and nobody seems to know which one is the original, the version I present here seems to be the most complete. ~J)



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