Wiccan Rede/short version
By: StarLord Jul 02, 2015
Post # 1
Abide the Wiccan law ye must
In perfect love and perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
?An? it harm none, do as ye will.?
And ever mind the rule of three:
What ye send out comes back to thee.
Follow this with mind and heart
And merry ye meet and merry ye part.
Bide within the Law ye should
To keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
For tread the Circle thrice about
In perfect love and perfect trust.
Live ye must and let to live
Fairly take and fairly give.
Light of eye, and soft of touch
Speak you little, listen much.
Honour the Old Ones in deed and name
Let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon
Chanting out the Wiccan Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon
Chanting out the Baneful Rune.
When the Lady's moon is new
Kiss the hand to her times two.
When the moon ridesat Her peak
Then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the Northwinds mighty gale
Lock the door and trim the sail.
When the wind blows form the East
Expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South
Love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers form the West
All hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes
To represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might
In the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power
Causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand
Ready to help us to the summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to puify
And to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel - the tree of wisdom and learning -
Adds it's strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of the Apple tree
That brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine
Giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen
To represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady's tree
Burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark
In the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane
The new begin; it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imblolc shows
watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn
Soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lammas night
Power is brought to magick rite.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall
Use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule
Light the log The Horned One rule.
In the spring, when night equals day
Time for Ostara to come our way.
When the sun has reached it's hight
Time for Oak and Holly fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all
When the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush and tree
By the lady Blessed you'll be.
Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need
Harken not to others greed
With a fool no season spend
Or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Law you should
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow
Wear the star upon your brow
Be true in love this you must do
Unless your love be false to you
Eight words the Rede fulfil
"An it harm none, do as ye will"
The Witches Rune
Darksome night and shining Moon
East then South then West then North
Harken to the Witchs' Rune
Here we come to call thee forth.
Earth and Water, Air and Fire
Wand and Pentacle and Cup and Sword
Work ye unto our desire
And harken ye unto our word.
Cords and Censer, Scourge and knife
Power of the Witch's blade
Waken all ye into life
And come ye as the charm is made.
Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell
Horned Hunter of the night
Lend you power unto our spell
And work our will by Magick rite.
By all the powers of land and sea
By all the might of the Moon and Sun
As we do will so mote it be
Chant the spell and it Be done.
I have always enjoyed reading this chant/poem, though by short version of the Wiccan Rede, you do know that would be "As in Harm None, do as ye Wilt" correct? I have always love the rhyming style of the first verse however.
Re: Wiccan Rede/short version
By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable Jul 02, 2015
Post # 3
Tadeshi, in this StarLord is correct. The line in the Rede is "An it harm none, do as ye will."
Put into modern English it would read, "If it harms none do as ye will". This is often interpretned as meaning that a Wiccan can do no harm, which isn't the case at all. The Rede is saying that those actions which will not cause harm we are free to do. The Rede is silent about actions that might cause harm, leaving that up to the ethics of the individaul and the situation they find themselves in.