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Complete Wiccan Rede
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Post # 1
I found this on www.wiccaspirituality.com/wiccan-rede.html
I copied it in my Kindle BoS and I thought this would interest you:
"Bide the Wiccan law ye must,
In perfect love and perfect trust;

Live ye must and let to live,
Fairly take and fairly give.
True in love, ever be,
Lest thy love be false to thee,

With a fool no season spend,
Nor be counted as his friend,
Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak ye little, listen much.

Ever mind the rule of three,
What ye send out comes back to thee.
This lesson well, thou must learn;
Ye only get what you do earn.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An it harm none, do as ye will.

Deosil go by waxing moon,
Sing and dance the invoking rune;
Widdershins go by a waning moon,
Chant ye then a freeing tune;
When the Lady's Moon is new, Kiss the hand to Her times two; When the Bow rides in the eve, Turn to what you would achieve; When the Moon rides at Her peak,
Then thy heart's desire seek;
When the Sickle shows Her face,
Release the old with proper grace.

Greet the days and greet the nights,
With joy and thanks for all delights.
Sing the seasons all around,
Till wondrous love and awe abound.

Heed the North wind's mighty gale,
Lock the door and trim the sail;
When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth;
When the wind blows from the West,
Hearts will find their peace and rest;
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them quick and burn them slow;
Birch and fir and apple tree,
Hawthorn is sacred to Thee;
Willow, hazel, rowan, grape,
And oak will shape the weave of fate;
Elder be the Lady's tree-
Burn it not or cursed ye'll be!
Birchwood in the fire goes,
To tell us true what Goddess knows,
Oak trees tower great with might,
Burn the oak for God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power,
Causing life and magic to flower.
Willows at the waters stand,
To help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn burn to purify,
And draw the faerie to your eye. Hazel tree, the wisdom sage,
Lends strength that comes with honored age.
White the flowers of Apple tree, The holy gift of fecundity. Grape grows upon the fruitful vine,
Sacred gifts of joy and wine.
Fir's ever greenness declares life,
Succeeds beyond any strife.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree, And by the Lady Blessed Be!

Where the rippling waters flow, Cast a stone and truth you'll know.

Four times the Major Sabbats mark,
In the light and in the dark: When the old year starts to wane,
The new begins with dark Samhain.
When flowers blossom through the snow,
Fair Brighid casts Her seeds to sow.
When winter yields to warmth's return,
Let the Beltane fires burn.
As summer turns to Lammas night,
First fruits and Grain Gods reach their height.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall,
Use the Sun to mark them all:
At Yuletide with feast and mirth,
We celebrate the God Child's birth.
Spring Equinox, Eostara's fest,
All newborn creatures will be blessed!
When the Sun has reached His height,
Celebrate the greatest Light!
Offer thanks at second reaping;
Mabon poised for winter's sleeping.

Cast the circle thrice about,
To keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell right every time,
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Follow this with mind and art,
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart,
Merry meet and merry part,
And merry meet again!

I broke it up into sections to show where it deals with different areas of Wiccan knowledge (such as moon magick and Sabbats).
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Re: Complete Wiccan Rede
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
That's one version of the complete Rede. There are quite a few. The original Wiccan Rede as written by Lady Gwen Thompson and published in "Green Egg" in 1976 goes as follows:

1. Bide the Wiccan laws ye must in perfect love and perfect trust.
2. Live and let live ? fairly take and fairly give.
3. Cast the Circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
4. To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
5. Soft of eye and light of touch ? speak little, listen much.
6. Deosil go by the waxing Moon ? sing and dance the Wiccan rune.
7. Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane, and the Werewolf howls by the dread Wolfsbane.
8. When the Lady?s moon is new, kiss the hand to her times two.
9. When the Moon rides at her peak, then your heart?s desire seek.
10. Heed the Northwind?s mighty gale ? lock the door and drop the sail.
11. When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
12. When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
13. When the West wind blows o?er thee, departed spirits restless be.
14. Nine woods in the Cauldron go ? burn them quick and burn them slow.
15. Elder be ye Lady?s tree ? burn it not or cursed ye?ll be.
16. When the Wheel begins to turn ? let the Beltane fires burn.
17. When the Wheel has turned a Yule, light the Log and let Pan rule.
18. Heed ye flower, bush and tree- by the Lady blessed be.
19. Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone an truth ye?ll know.
20. When ye have need, hearken not to other?s greed.
21. With the fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
22. Merry meet an merry part ? bright the cheeks an warm the heart.
23. Mind the Threefold Law ye should ? three times bad and three times good.
24. When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.
25. True in love ever be unless thy lover?s false to thee.
26. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill ? an it harm none, do what ye will.

Since Lady Gwen published her version there have been a number of different forms of the Rede created by others. There is an excellent website that discusses the Rede and its variations at http://web.archive.org/web/20031218001055/www.draknetfree.com/sheathomas/index.html
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Re: Complete Wiccan Rede
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Post # 3
Whatever, it is all pretty wonderful stuff. In a word:-

EVOCATIVE!
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