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Charge of the Goddess
The Charge of the Goddess, a Wiccan inspirational text written and
placed into the public domain by Doreen Valiente (prose version is from
Eight Sabbats for Witches by Janet and Stuart Farrar)
Listen to the words of the Great Mother; she who of old was also called
among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other names.
Whenever ye have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be
when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and
adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witches. There shall ye
assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its
deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that are yet unknown. And
ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye
shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make
music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy upon earth; for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop
you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret door which opens upon the
Land of Youth, and mine is the cup of the wine of life, and the Cauldron
of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality. I am the gracious
Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon earth, I
give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give
peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do
I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and my
love is poured out upon the Earth.
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess; she in the dust of whose feet are
the hosts of heaven, and whose body encircles the universe.
I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the
stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of
man, call unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto me. For I am the soul of
nature, who gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed, and
unto me all things must return; and before my face beloved of Gods and
of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of
the infinite. Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for
behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let
there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility,
mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinkest to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest
the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within
thee, thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with
thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of
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