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  • The Witches' Creed

    Hear now the words of 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 witches are seen
    At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,
    On May Eve and Hallowe'en.

    When day-time and night-time are equal,
    When the sun is greatest and least,
    The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,
    Again witches gather in feast.

    Thirteen silver moons in as year are,
    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 magical circle,
    By sword or athame or power,
    Its compass between the two worlds lies,
    In the Land of the Shades for the hour.

    This world has no right then to know it,
    And the world of beyond will tell naught,
    The oldest of Gods are invoked there,
    The Great Work of magic 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 light in succession,
    The opposite 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 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,
    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 challenge,
    So be it in Love that harms none,
    For this be the only commandment,
    By Magic of old,be it done!

    Eight words the Witches' Creed fulfill;
    If it harms none,do what you will!


    Doreen Valiente,Witchraft for Tomorrow