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Rede of the Wiccae
(a.k.a. The Wiccan Rede)
Various versions of a poem usually titled "The
Wiccan Rede" appear all over the net and in many books, usually with no
author credit. To my knowledge, the earliest version of it ever published
was the following one, which appeared in Green Egg #69, as part of an
article by Gwen Thompson entitled "Wiccan-Pagan Potpourri". Lady Gwen
stated in the article that this version came from Adriana Porter, "who
was well into her nineties when she crossed over into the Summerland in
the year 1946". Thank you to Moondancer for this information, and sorry
it took me so long to find the time to put it up!
REDE OF THE WICCAE
(Being knowne as the counsel of the Wise Ones)
- Bide the Wiccan laws ye must in perfect love an perfect trust.
- Live an let live -fairly take an fairly give.
- Cast the Circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
- To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake In rhyme.
- Soft of eye an light of touch - speak little, listen much.
- Deosil go by the waxing Moon - sing an dance the Wiccan rune.
- Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane, an 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 Northwind’s mighty gale - lock the door and drop the
- When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the
- When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the
- When the West wind blows o’er thee, departed spirits restless
- Nine woods in the Cauldron go - burn them quick an burn them slow.
- Elder be ye Lady’s tree - burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.
- When the Wheel begins to turn - let the Beltane fires burn.
- When the Wheel has turned a Yule, light the Log an let Pan rule.
- Heed ye flower, bush an tree - by the Lady blessed be.
- Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone an truth ye’ll know.
- When ye have need. hearken not to other’s greed.
- With the fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
- Merry meet an merry part - bright the cheeks an warm the heart.
- Mind the Threefold Law ye should - three times bad an three times
- When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.
- True in love ever be unless thy lover’s false to thee.
- Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill - an it harm none, do what
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