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The Witches Creed

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 into light

Mysterious water and fire,
The earth and the wide-ranging air,
By hidden quintessense we know them,
And will and keep silent and dare.

The birth and rebirth of all nature,
The passing of winter and spring,
We share with the life universal,
Rejoice in the magical ring.

Four time in the year the Great Sabbat
Returns, and the witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,
On May Eve and old Hallowe'en.

When day-time and night-time are equal,
When the sun is at greatest and least,
The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,
Again witches gather in feast.

Thirteen siver moons in a year are,
Thirteen is the coven's array.
Thirteen times as Esbat make merry,
For each golden year and a day.

The power was passed down the ages,
Each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other,
Ere time and the ages began.

When drawn is the magical circle,
By sword or athame or power,
Its compass between the two worlds lies,
In Land of the Shades for that hour.

This world has no right then to know it,
And world of 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.

The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess,
Of this did our ancestors teach.

By night he's the wild wind's rider,
The Horn'd One, the Lord of the Shades,
By day he's the King of the Woodland,
The dweller in green forest glades.

She is youthful or old as she pleases,
She sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver lady of midnight,
The crone who weaves spells in the dark.

The master and mistress of magic,
They dwell in the deeps of the mind,
Immortal and ever-renewing,
With power to free or to bind.

So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,
And dance and make love in their praise,
Til Elphame's fair land shall receive us
In peace at the end of our days.

An Do What You Will be the challenge,
So be it in Love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment,
By Magic of old, be it done

Eight words the Witches' Creed fulfill:
If it harms none, do what you will.
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LVCIllustrations Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was taught that traditional witches don't really follow the creed...
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Jhannuzs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nature is my church
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:iconwhitebook:
WhiteBook Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
mine too :heart:
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lucerOlilith Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
precious!! [link]
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:iconwhitebook:
WhiteBook Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thank you so much :heart:
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analogycs Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
i like this layout book....
balancing...good work
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:iconwhitebook:
WhiteBook Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thank you so much :heart:
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PriestessIthiliel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Very beautifully done ^.^
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thank you so much :heart:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Brilliant!
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:iconwhitebook:
WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Thank you so much :heart:
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TheElegantE Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
wow this version is a lot different from the one in my book of shadows it's called the wiccan rede
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:iconwhitebook:
WhiteBook Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
thank you dear :heart: you don't have it edited, i would love to see it.
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TheElegantE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
here it is the one I am familiar of

Bide ye Wiccan laws ye must,

in perfect love and perfect trust.

Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.

Form the circle thrice about, to keep all evil spirits out.

To bind ye spell every time, let ye spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, singing out ye Witches’ Rune.

Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out ye Baneful Rune.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss your hand to her times two.

When the moon rides at her peak, then ye heart’s desire seek.

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, departed souls may have no rest.

When the wind blows from the East, except the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in ye cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.

When the wheel begins to turn, soon ye Beltaine fire’ll burn.

When the wheel hath turned to Yule, light the log the Horned One rules.

Heed ye flower, bush and tree, by the Lady blessed be.

Where the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth ye’ll know.

When ye have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend, nor be counted as his friend.

Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind ye threefold law ye should, three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is anow, wear the blue star upon thy brow.

True in love ye must ever be, lest thy love be false to thee.

In these eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,

‘An ye harm none, do what ye will.
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Beautiful...
Thanks for sharing :heart:
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TheElegantE Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
welcome! ^_^
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PenelopeT Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
wonderful marta... and my mom would love this...;)
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Thank you so much Pen, I'm really happy that your mom like it, give her a big kiss and thanks for me too :heart:
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Priscilla717 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
absoultly beautiful it has its own mystery! :love:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
thank you very much, glad you see the mistery :heart:
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Priscilla717 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yes very much! :love:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Thank you so much :heart:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Thank you so much :heart:
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absinthFenix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
Wonderful work :wow:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you honey :heart:
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Malibi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
:clap: excelente...
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
obrigada querida :heart:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Photographer
what an edit! :wow:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you dear :heart:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Photographer
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
:bow: :heart:
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FreeSpiritIris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
beautiful!!

TouchingLove
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you honey :heart:
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FreeSpiritIris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
your welcome dearest!!

TouchjingLove
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Birthstone Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Havent seen this before. Very beautiful
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you sweetheart, it's natural it's one of my first works here :heart:
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Birthstone Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
your welcome,friend:hug:
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Metalwolfe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
If it harm none, do as ye will,
For thou blessings be many,
on thy nights that are still. :heart:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
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VaggelisFragiadakis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
lovely composition:clap:
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VaggelisFragiadakis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
lovely composition:clap:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thanks ever so much dear :heart:
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dkl78594 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Photographer
Nice collage. I especially like the smoke in the image and the eyes thinly veiled behind it. The imagery really adds to the written words. :)
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you ever so much my friend :heart:
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dkl78594 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009   Photographer
My pleasure as always! :)
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GioBfree Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
A be-witched shot..indeed!

What about this one?
"Fair is foul and foul si fair"
(W.Shakespeare, MACBETH, Act I,sc, I, the three witches speech)
:-)

Thanks for the new year wishes and the comment.
Gio :hug:
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WhiteBook Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Thank you Gio :heart:
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