THE REDE
Bide the Witches' Rede you must
In perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live
Fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about
Keep the evil spirits out.
To bind your spell every time
Always speak it in a rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch
Speak little but listen much.
Deosil go by the waning moon
Chanting out the witches' rune.
Widdershins go by the waxing moon
Chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady's moon is new
Kiss the hand to her times two.
When the moon rides at the peak
Then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the north wind's mighty gale
Lock the doors and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the south
Love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the west
Departed souls will find no rest.
When the wind blows from the east
Expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go
Burn them fast or burn them slow.
The Elder is the Lady's tree
Burn in not or cursed you'll be.
When the wheel begins to turn
Let the Beltaine fires burn.
When the wheel has turned to Yule
Light the log -- the Horned Ones rule.
Heed the flower, bush and tree
By the Lady, Blessed Be.
Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone and truth you'll know.
When you have a true need
Harken not to others' greed.
With a fool no season spend
Lest you be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law you should
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is anow
Wear the blue star on the brow.
True in love ever be
Lest your lover be false to thee.
Eight words the Witches' Rede fulfill:
As ye harm none, do what ye will.
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