The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows (Old Laws & Regarding HPS & HP)

The Laws

THE OLD LAW

The Law was made and ordained of old.
1. The Law was made for the Wicca, to advise and help in their troubles.
2. The Wicca should give due worship to the gods and obey their will, which they ordain, for it was made for the good of Wicca as the worship of the Wicca is good for the gods. For the gods love the brethren of Wicca.
3. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her,
4. So should the Wicca love the gods by being mastered by them.
5. And it is necessary that the Circle which is the temple of the gods, should be truly cast and purified. And that it may be a fit place for the gods to enter.
6. And the Wicca shall be properly prepared and purified to enter into the presence of the gods.
7. With love and worship in their hearts, they shall raise power from their bodies to give power to the gods.
8. As has been taught of old.
9. For in this way only may men have communion with the gods, for the gods cannot help man without the help of man.

Regarding the HPS & HP

And the High Priestess shall rule her coven as the representative of the Goddess.
11. And the High Priest shall support her as the representative of the God.
12. And the High Priestess shall choose whom she will, be he of sufficient rank, to be her High Priest.
13. For, as the God Himself kissed Her feet in the five-fold salute, laying His power at the feet of the Goddess because of Her youth and beauty, Her sweetness and kindness, Her wisdom and justice, Her humility and generosity,
14.  So He resigned all His power to Her.
15. But the High Priestess should ever mind that the power comes from Him.
16. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly.
17. And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that she recognize that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess.
18. So she will gracefully retire in favour of a younger woman should the Coven so decide in council.
19. For a true High Priestess realizes that gracefully surrendering pride of place is one of the greatest virtues.
20. And that thereby she will return to that pride of place in another life, with greater power and beauty.