Wicca is a nature based religion. Along with other pagan religions, it
recognizes a divine duality reflecting the masculine and feminine principles.
Most pagans celebrate eight major holidays, or sabbats, marking the "Wheel
of the Year," as well as the changing phases of the moon. The sabbats
coincide with the solstices, equinoxes, harvests, and changing seasons.
For more information, follow the links below.
of Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone is full of information and lore. You
could say they "wrote the book." Well, some of the books, anyway :)
Witchvox is an
infomation and networking source for the neopagan community.
Covenant of the Goddess is a worldwide
organization of Wiccan groups and solitary practioners.
The Grove of the Unicorn The
Unicorn Tradition was founded by our friends Lady Galadriel and Lord Athanor.
They are fun people as well as excellent leaders of their community who
really "walk the talk."
The Wiccan Rede
Bide the Wiccan Redes ye must,
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust;
Live ye must and let to live,
Fairly take and fairly give;
Form the Circle thrice about,
To keep unwelcome spirits out;
Bind fast the spell every time,
Let the words be spoke in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak ye little, listen much;
Deosil go by waxing moon,
Sing and dance the Witches' Rune;
Widdershins go by waning moon,
Chant ye then a baleful tune;
When the Lady's moon is new,
Kiss hand to her times two;
When the moon rides at peak,
Heart's desire then ye seek.
Heed the North wind's mighty gale,
Lock the door & trim the sail;
When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss them on the mouth;
When the wind blows from the West,
departed souls have no rest;
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them quick, burn them slow;
Elder be the Lady's tree,
Burn it not or curs'd ye'll be;
When the wind begins to turn,
Soon Beltane fires will burn;
When the wheel has turned to Yule,
light the log, the Horned One rules.
Heed the flower, bush or tree
By the Lady blessed be'
When the rippling waters flow
cast a stone - the truth you'll know;
When ye have & hold a need,
Hearken not to others' greed;
With a fool no seasons spend,
Or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks, warm the heart;
Mind the threefold law ye should,
Three times bad and three times good;
Whene'er misfortune is enow,
Wear the star upon your brow;
True in troth ever ye be
Lest thy love prove false to thee.
'Tis by the sun that life be won,
And by the moon that change be done;
If ye would clear the path to will,
Make certain the mind be still;
What good be tools without Inner Light ?
What good be magic without wisdom-sight
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill -
it harm none, do what ye will.
See also The
Wiccan Rede Project website
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