The Witches Creed

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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 night.
Mysterious water and fire,
the Earth and the wide-ranging Air,
by hidden Quintessence
we know them,
and we will keep silent and dare.


The birth and rebirth of all nature,
the passing of Winter and Spring,
we shall with the life Universal,
rejoicing in the Magickal Ring.


Four times in the year the
Great Sabbot returns,
and the Witches are seen,
at Lammas and Candelas dancing,
on May Eve and old Halloween.


When daytime and nighttime are equal,
when the sun is at greatest and least,
the four lesser Sabbots are summoned,
again witches gather feast.


Thirteen silver moons in a year are,
thirteen is the covens array,
thirteen times at Esbat make merry,
for each golden year a day.


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


When drawn is the magickal circle,
by sword or athame of power,
it compass between two worlds lies,
in the land of shades 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 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.


And do what be the challenge,
so be it in love that harms none,
for this is the only commandment,
by Magick of old be it done.


Eight words the Witches Creed fulfil:
If it harms none, do what Thou Will!

3 comments:

Liz said...

Is this the same as the Rede?

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful poem, I am a charger , learning the pagan ways , so much to learn and so much time to do it in , I love it dearly ...my teacher will be so proud, my research is on going and I love your web site its taught me so much as well as my witch teacher, I have finally found my calling in life , I am so happy now , where before I was lost , so thank you witch sister , greatest of blessing, blessed be x

Hodoko Akina said...

I love the witches creed.
I still remember the first time I read it.

So pretty~ <3

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