The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows
(Security & Disputes)
In the old days, when witchdom extended far, we were free and worshipped in all the greater temples.
- But in these unhappy times we must celebrate our sacred mysteries in secret.
- So be it ordained that none but the Wicca may see our mysteries, for our enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of man.
- So be it ordained that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide.
- Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and messenger.
- And there shall be no communication between them, save by the messenger of the gods, or the summoner.
- And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the great festivals.
- And while there, none shall say whence they came nor give their true names
- To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell if they do not know.
- So be it ordained that no one shall tell anyone not of the craft who be of the Wicca, nor give any names or where they bide, or in any way tell anything which can betray any of us to our foes.
- Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.
- Or the Covenstead.
- Or where the meetings be.
- And if any break these Laws, even under torture, THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS SHALL BE UPON THEM, so they may never be reborn on earth and may remain where they belong, in the hell of the Christians.
- Let each High Priestess govern her Coven with justice and love, with the help and advice of the High Priest and the Elders, always heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods if he cometh.
- She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them.
- But it must be recognized that there will always be people who will ever strive to force others to do as they will.
- These are not necessarily evil.
- And they oft have good ideas and such ideas should be talked over in council.
- But if they will not agree with their Brothers, or if they say,
- “I will not work under this High Priestess,”
- It hath ever been the Old Law to be convenient to the Brethren and to avoid disputes.
- Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven because they live over a league away from the Covenstead or are about to do so.
- Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven, shall tell the Elders of their intention, and on the instant avoid their dwelling and remove to the new Covendom.
- Members of the old Coven may join the new one when it is formed. But if they do, they must utterly avoid the old Coven.
- The Elders of the new and old Covens should meet in peace and brotherly love to decide the new boundaries.
- Those of the craft who dwell outside both Covendoms may join either but not both.
- Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the great festivals if it be truly in peace and brotherly love,
- But splitting the Coven oft means strife, so for this reason these Laws were made of old and may the CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO DISREGARD THEM. So be it ordained.