NEVER AGAIN THE BURNING

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NEVER AGAIN THE BURNING

It is always the morning of my execution……

….I know they will come for me today.
Last night the jailer, pulling up his trousers,
Sneered, “Perhaps you’ll fancy the poll
They give you in the morning more then mine,
Stubborn bitch.” I think
He liked it better when I had strength
And spirit enough to fight him.
He is too stupid to lie just to torment me.
I will welcome death, though the dying scares me…
I was a healer…. how long ago? Oh Gods,
I cannot think straight anymore! And I know
That their gross insults to my body will never mend.
And the pain is constant, and they have sworn me
That I will go to the fire conscious and aware.
My Goddess, I am sick to my very soul with shame;
At the last I gave them screaming what they wanted,
Mouthed any obscenity they asked, told them
What they told me to say. My sanity remains
Only because Your names to with me to the pyre,
And the grave beyond, and only there.
Oh, Beloved, if I could only see you
One last time, that your clean spirit’s fire
Could rid me of this filth and fear….
The crowd gathers now.
I hear them outside, laughing, festive….
Gods grant I will be entertaining enough….
I wonder if those pious souls who in the past
Have asked my help will mourn me?
Well, I shall be glad to quit this stinking cell…
The rats grow bolder as I decline…
Oh, Mother, give me strength!
I hear the guards outside.
“What,” I taunt, “three of you
All for one small half-starved wench?
Indeed, terrible I must be!”
They have the grace to look ashamed,
The youngest one grown pale and horrified
At the light of me; I delivered his wife
Of a fine strong one not many weeks ago.
But now I dare not ask how the child fares.
“Nay, you must carry me or drag me,
My fine bravos….these ruined feet will never
Bear my weight again. I fear I danced too long
With your good priest and his fine Spanish boots.”
They haul me to my feel and the pain….
I will not scream again for their amusement!
I must go naked, then, to my death before these fools?
I would not have them see me so, who danced
Naked for the Goddess, graceful and free,
On winged feet without a trace of shame.
Their avaricious eyes defile me; as their
Twisted priests defiled my body’s temple….
There are many strangers here in the square,
Churchmen and villagers from all the country round….
I am to be a marvelous, far-felt lesson, I see.
They bind me to their stake, too tight, more agony…
The splintering pole claws my raw back,
My shoulders wrenched and cramping, the rough rope
Burning my wrists. My legs will not support me,
And I sag in my bonds, and I fill with terror,
As a pitcher with muddy water. A priest approaches….
Oh, Goddess, must I suffer them even now?
The crowd protests the cup in his hands.
He exhorts them gently; his sect bears mercy towards all,
Malice towards none, and might not even such as I
Be saved at the bitter end?
I don’t know this one. I fight to raise my head,
To spit in his face, for one last shred of defiance….
Mother of All, no! Not you…. here!
How have you come, Beloved,
To trade your green robes for their black,
Your antlered crown for their cross?
Surely I dream, I dream…..
But now I smell your clean scent,
And your dear presence cloaks me in peace.
Rage fires in your eyes, but your pure love
Sustains me, strengthens me and warms me.
You brush the hair back form my face….
The cup you hold gently to my bruised lips I gave you
At our handfasting…. softly you whisper,
“Drink deep of salvation, my dear love,”
And your voice, harsh with unshed tears,
Rips at my soul and my own tears begin, and fully
Do I drink of your deep eyes and the chalice,
And the taste of the flying herbs bursts upon my tongue,
Belladonna, aconite, dark sweet dreams….
They are coming now with the fire.
Almost you linger too long, haunted eyes on mine,
But as sleep steals over me, I see you melt
Safely into the throng.
I am drifting now; I hear my mother singing, far away….
The pain is gone. I am a little girl again…I am safe,
My mother is calling me and I run gladly into her arms….
But in the room I have left behind, someone has been careless
With the supper, Mother, they must turn the spit faster,
For I can smell the roasting meat burning,
And the dinner guests are shouting….

I wake in cold sweat, and cannot drink
From the glass you bring me. Oh, sisters, hear:
Our daughters must not dream these dreams!
We must defend ourselves, stand with out brothers,
And make the arsonists let us be.
Oh, sisters, hear: Never again,
Never again the burning.

Gale Perrigo (1985)

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NEW BOOK OF THE LAW

THE NEW BOOK OF THE LAW
[sources: The Book of The Law, The Old Laws for the Old Religion, The
Great Book of the Law, The Dragon Law]

Preface: In my years of teaching and running a group, I have always
had a dissatisfaction with the popular “Book of the Law” available to
most Seekers. I felt it to be too archaic in its wording and perspec-
tive — and while it was valuable in the Burning Times, it simply does
not deal with the concerns and needs of “modern-day” Witches. Over
the years I became familiar with several other sets of Laws. Each of
these had many good points, yet they also had their disadvantages as
well.

Recently, I decided to do something daring — I took the four dif-
ferent versions of the Laws which I had, and combined and reworked
them. I deleted what was no longer pertinent or meaningful, rewording
others to make them clearer and more understandable, as well as
throwing in a few new ones which I felt had been lacking.

I believe that what has evolved out of this work is a set of Laws
which
are readable, usable, and most importantly, pertinent to the needs of
today’s Witches and Neo-Pagans. It is with these thoughts and hopes
that I would like to share them with you. If you should find merit or
worth in them, then I will feel as though I have accomplished some-
thing. The material in this booklet has not been copyrighted, so you
may reproduce the Laws for students or friends, or reprint them in
your publication. It is my sincere hope that the New Book of the Law
will be of use to the Craft Community.

Blessed Be, Lady Galadriel

PART ONE

1. The Laws were created to give our lives form and order, that all
might be balanced throughout all of the planes. In truth there are
two sets of laws which govern us — one sets forth the ways of the
Wiccan, and the other the ways of the Universe. Both are important,
both should be observed with respect and treated with honor. The
Laws were shaped and molded to teach us, to advise us, and to counsel
us in our time of mortal life on earth.

2. Honor the Gods, for They are the channels and the manifestation of
the Source. Honor yourself, for this force also lies within you.
Love the Gods as They love you, and by loving yourself and your
brothers and sisters, so the Gods shall honor you. As the love and
joy of a man and a woman [or “lover and beloved” — LAH] flowers and
grows when nurtured with respect, and cultivated with understanding
and honor, so should you love the Gods.

3. The Goddess is the Great Mother, and the God is the Great Father,
and we are Their children; and we shall worship Them, for They are
the rulers of the Universe, and all that is therein. Therefore, O
Children of the Gods, try Them not, nor attempt to test Them, for
They shall show you that he Ways of the Craft are not to be belittled
or mocked.
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4. Let the Power of the Craft flow from you only in love — or not at
all. For it has always been known that the energy webs which we
weave and maintain shall eventually return to encircle their creator.
Thus our works become either the net which entagles and binds us, or
the web of light by which we find the Gods.

5. Let the Rites of the Wicca be a way for the children of the Gods to
be as One — for Power only flows when unified. Always should you
revere the Earth, and heal and tend Her, for She is our life, our
Mothership, on which we navigate the dark currents of space.

6. When you reap the harvests of your lands, then you shall not reap
one corner of the field, nor glean the herb gardens, or the fallen
fruits of the orchards. These you shall offer to the Earth Mother,
in direct return, or through offerings made to your Circle, or to
sustain its Priests and Priestesses.

7. Always be proud to be of the Wicca, but do not allow your pride to
become vanity — for those who are conceited are a stubling block at
the door of the Temple, and they shall be cast adrift, to swim within
their own vanity.

8. Observe and listen, reserving your judgement, for until all the
silver is weighed, who can know the worth thereof?

9. As like breeds like, even more so does good beget love and joy.
Your life will be full of love and joy if you are joyful and happy.

10. Your teachers are the servants of the Gods, and they shall plant
the seeds of knowledge within the minds of their students, and they
shall use their power for the good of the Wicca. Yet it is each
individual’s duty to tend the seeds which are planted, and to make
the final harvest. Those who misuse the power and the trust of the
teacher’s position shall have to answer to the Lords of Karma, and
adjust the balance accordingly.

11. The Temples of the Gods, which are Their abode on Earth, shall
belong to all Their children, and each Circle shall be as a special
family. Do naught against any Temple or any family of the Wicca, lest
you do that thing unto the Gods, and against yourself.

12. You must not be a teller of tales amongst the children of the
Goddess, and you must hold no malice or evil thoughts towards others
of the Wicca.

13. You should not lie, nor give false testimony before your Elders,
or those who are of the Wicca — for liars are fools, and a menace
unto themselves, and to the Wicca. Be truthful in all your works and
deeds, especially within the Circle, for what you say within the
presence of the Gods becomes manifest.

14. You must not put stumbling blocks in the way of those who do not
follow the Path of the Wicca. You must make no unrighteous judge-
ments of their ways, and you should aid them with an attitude of love
when it is asked for. Yet ever should you keep the Counsel of the
Elders, and reveal naught to others of where our Circles may be, nor
may you reveal our ways without the consent of the Priestess.
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15. When you make a vow to the Lord or the Lady, or you swear an oath
to another of the Wicca, then you must do all that has come forth from
your mouth, for a covenant with the Gods, or with the Wicca, is your
Honor, and woe to those who care not for the fetters they attach to
their souls by not keeping their word.

16. The Great Mother and Father would not have their children suffer
the indignities of oppressors for their sake, for what is within the
hearts of Their children is dear and true to Them. The Ancient and
Mighty Ones shall cause the balance to be made for those who desecrate
the Lord and Lady, Their temples, or Their creations.

17. Never shall you use Magick, nor the Craft, to cause harm, for this
is misuse of the Power, and it is not to be condoned. To cause the
death of another through the Craft is to require the death of the Self
in sacrifice.

18. Never betray any of the brethren, nor the lore of our people, for
you are all servants of the Gods, and must live by the virtues of
love, honor and wisdom. Let truth, loyalty and honor be your creed.
Let them be your guides, tempered by love and wisdom.

19. The Order of the Gods shall you keep, and within Their Circles
shall you walk. You should not say “I believe” when you doubt, nor
claim to obey the Lord and Lady’s word when you never enter into the
Temple. You must not profess with your lips that which is not in your
heart.

20. Do not use the names of the Gods in negative or evil ways, for
They love and cherish Their children above all others. All others
They love, even those who know them not. Yet those who hate and curse
in Their name shall have the Mighty Ones take the measure of their
worth.

21. In any disputes between the children of the Goddess, no one may
invoke any laws but those of the Craft, or any tribunal but that of
Priestess, Priest, and Elders.

22. No one of the Wicca may do anything which will endagner the Craft,
nor bring any of the Wicca into conflict with the Law of the Land, or
with any of our persecutors.

23. Your magickal tools are channels to that which is most precious
and pure within you. Do not cheapen them by haggling their price
when you acquire them.

24. Never accept money for the use of the Power. It is sorcerors and
charlatans who accept money for their spells and prayers. If you
accept no money, you will be free from the temptation to use the Craft
for evil or unworthy causes.

25. You shall never take unduly from any human, animal or elemental
that which is not yours to take — for if you steal from another, in
the end you will have to sacrifice something dearer to you in order
to attain the balance.

26. Show honor to all people, that they may look up to you, and
respect you, and their eyes shall become a mirror for your soul.
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27. Those who are of the Wicca shall not own slaves, for one person
may not own the spirit of another, for only the Great Mother and
Father own our souls. Nor shall you take as a pledge any person’s
life, for to do so is to take upon yourself both a mill and a mill-
stone.

28. If a stranger sojourns with you, you shall do them no wrong; they
shall be as one of the Circle, born amongst ye, and you shall deal
with them as you would yourself.

29. Just weights and just balances shall be given by you, and just
value shall you give, and thereby receive threefold.

30. Your altars shall be kept clean, pure and holy, and all that is
brought into the Temple or the Circle shall be cleansed and blessed,
for the joy of the Gods, and of the Wicca.

31. A clean mind should have a clean body. You should keep your body,
your clothes, and your house clean, in honor of the Mother, who gives
these things to you.

32. Let none die without honor, without love, without respect, unless
their actions have decreed otherwise.

33. You should not couple together if it shall cause pain, jealousy or
deprivation to another by doing so. Union for malice or evil reasons
such as these upsets the balance, and the Lords of the Universe shall
make adjustments accordingly.

34. Let those who would love, and would be as one, and bear child, be
handfasted. For the sharing of love in this manner is beauteous, and
love’s union in the energy of the Gods, and the heritage of the child.
It is important for children to know and to identify with those who
brought them here.

35. The Law of the Goddess is that none of the Wicca shall take and
wed someone who they do not love, whether it is to harm another, or
for some form of material gain.

36. Remember that your children are Goddess-spawned, and are free
spirits. You do not own nor control them. They are your brethren,
come to visit for a while, that they may share in the vision of your
love and wisdom. Let each parent realize that although they may teach
and guide with love, the child shall also teach the parent, and aid
them in their growth and lesson

37. The etheric web and energy vortexes of the earth are in constant
flux and motion to adjust to the needs of the planet. The sacred
trust of the Wicca is to create and to maintain centers of light and
knowledge, using the magick of the divine spark within us to focus and
channel the forces of the Universal fire. And these are the channels
established between the worlds of the stars and the realms of the
earth, bringing in and regulating the spirit flames which energize and
activate all life forms. Thus we tend and guard the threads of
creation, and we weave the patterns of life and manifestation in an
ever-evolving tapestry.
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38. Never use your heritage or position for self-glorification or
gain. Respect your magick and our ways. We must always recognize that
while others may look to us to lead them, they too are our guides.
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39. Keep yor body strong, your mind keen, and your purpose pure, for
within your being you shall channel the Power, and it needs to be
strong and pure. And these are the keys to the path of Oneness, and to
communication with the Gods. Yet first you must learn to speak to
Them in such a manner as They can comprehend you. For the children of
the Wicca must aid the Gods, and work with Them, otherwise the Gods
cannot aid and work with you. Ever remember that the Priest and
Priestess are the living representatives of the God and Goddess
Forces, and likewise that all humans carry these forces within them,
though they may lie dormant and unawakened.

40. As the Great Mother and Father come unto one another and create
with the pure vibration of Love-Wisdom, so should you strive to make
your Temple pure in vibration, and thus a fitting place wherein you
may invite the Gods. Thus, your Circle should always be duly purified
and cast, and likewise, those who would use the gateways and travel
the Circle between the earth and other realms should also be duly
prepared and purified.

41. The Goddess hath said, “I shall not carry thee, yet neither shall
I hinder thee, nor keep thee from having the same opportunities as all
of my children. Thou art free, yet thou shalt not be coddled like
babes in the storm. If thou hast true devotion within thee, then all
obstacles may be overcome.”

42. The laggard is but half a person — and though half is better than
none, the whole is twice as good as the half. Those who do not work,
or who lack the will and desire to learn the ways of the Gods, unto
them is said, “The Ancient and Mighty Ones shall not keep thee within
their house, if ye learneth not.”

43. A sanctuary you shall make unto the Gods, that They may dwell
amongst you. And you shall fashion it to the best of your ability,
according to all tha your Elders shall show you, and pure energy shall
you place therein.

44. An altar shall you make to unto the Lady, and you shall make due
reverence unto Her, for every place where She is exalted, She will
come
to you and bless you. And you shall fashion your altar out of wood or
stone, and burn incense and candles thereon, at the proper times, in
observance of her ways.

45. You should set aside at least one day during each moon unto the
Goddess, and on these days you shall do Her work; and on those days
She shall renew Her children and bless them.

46. Learn to build your own Temple, and to craft your own sacred
Circle, and all the tools that are used therein — for to be a person
of the Craft is to be a person of consequence.

47. Let each of you inscribe your own record of our ways and teach-
ings. For the course of each Wiccan should be charted, that the
patterns of their life-web may be made known and utilized. Let each
Wiccan start their Book of Light with the teachings and lore of their
tradition, yet let it also contain the rites and ways of each in-
dividual, which are the harvest of each child of the Wicca, to use the
wisdom of their heritage as the seeds of their own wisdom. Thus shall
our lore and knowledge continue to grow and unfold, like a beautiful
flower.
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48. It is right to study and to understand the sigils, statues and
stories of the Gods, for they shall guide your thoughts to Them, and
They shall hear them. Yet you must ever remember that you worship not
the sign nor the statue, but the Gods which inspired them.

49. If your Circle owns any land, let all guard it, and help to keep
it clean. Let all justly guard all monies of the Circle, as well as
the rights and property of all members of the Circle.

50. If any Wiccan truly labors, then it is right that they should have
their just pay. This is not considered the taking of money for the
Art, but good and honest work. Yet if any Wiccan works willingly for
the good of the Craft, or for their brothers and sisters without pay,
then it is to their greatest honor.

51. If any Wiccan should deny themselves some pleasure or material
indulgence in order to do service in the Circle, this person shall be
blessed and remembered. For those who give for the greater good of
all shall have their spirit uplifted.

52. Know also that if you gift the Lady’s Priests and Priestesses, or
Her Circles, this is an offering made unto the Mother Herself, for a
true Priest or Priestess strives always to do Her work, and to be of
service to Her children, so to honor and respect them is to honor and
respect the Queen of All.

53. And the offerings which are considered the most pleasing to the
Gods are these: the fruits of the orchards the scents of the trees and
herbs the metals of the earth the waters of the earth the flowers of
the meadows and the milk of all mothers. Yet offerings of labor or
money are honest too, and these will also be accepted — moreso if you
work with love in your heart, for always there is work to be done for
the Gods, and service to be given to the children of the Wicca.

54. If your offerings are made to restore the balance, it must by of a
nature that it not offensive to the Gods. It must be of value, yet
given with a free heart. Thus shall the harmony be restored. If your
offerings are given with a heart filled with love and devotion, or are
of service to the Gods, or to the Craft, then shall you receive
blessings manifold.

55. And when you make an offering unto the Gods, you should offer it
thru the most proper medium, at the proper times, and in such a manner
as to make it acceptable. Any and all remains of the rituals shall be
consumed in the fire, or buried within the Earth, as a way of retur-
ning to the Source all that we use in the observance of our ways, thus
ensuring the continuity of the cycle.

56. All may use the Craft to help and aid them, or for the advantage
of their Circle, or the Craft — yet only if you are sure that you
harm none. Let each Wiccan and Circle always debate these matters at
length. Only if all be satisfied that none be harmed in any way, may
the Art then be used. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one
way, then perhaps the goal may be achieved by actng in a different
way, so as to harm none.
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57. Throughout the world it has been many a year since Wiccans have
been burned. Yet misuse of the Power might raise the persecutions
once again. So never break the Laws, however much you might be temp-
ted, and never consent to their being broken. And if you know they
are being broken, then you must work strongly against it.

58. In days of old it was decided by the Mighty Ones who came before
us that the Art might be used to restrain others from harming the
Craft or its children, yet only after great consultation with all
members of the Circle, and only then to deflect or to constrain them.

59. And such were the ways of the Lady that She brought us forth in
joy, and such were the Ways of the Lord that His reign gave all life
pleasure. Offer love in your worship and all shall be joyous in
beauty.

60. In the dimly remembered dawn of ages past, the Wicca were truly
free. Then, in Atlantis came the Age of the Misuse of Power, followed
by the Ages of Persecution and Suffering. Thus the people of the
Wicca hid themselves and cloaked their knowlege, and wove veils of
secrecy and silence. And this is how the Ways of the Wicca have been
preserved through the time of darkness. Yet much of the ways of our
people were lost to the ignorance of others.

61. Yet the cycle spirals ever on — and the Age of the Earth Mother
once again draws nigh. We must be strong — one with our birthright,
and one with our Gods, if we are to bring forth the balance. Those
who would harm us, or attempt to enslave us, we must overcome — yet
only through light and love, and never through violence or the evil of
chaos. And through our efforts the time of our people will come into
being once more. In the times which lie ahead, there lies much work
to be done, so that once more the cycles of life are drawn to the path
of light, and the balance acheived through the power of love.

62. In order to bring the ways of Light and Love and Life to the
peoples of the Earth, our secrets are slowly becoming secrets no more,
and it is good that this is so — for the age of shadow and secrecy is
passing. Yet the sharing of our ways needs always to be guided by
wisdom and by love. Let our rites and our mysteries be kept sacred.
Let no one defile our worship or our heritage. For the defilement of
our ways is an honor loss to self, and for the Craft.

63. Let each High Priestess govern her Circle with justice and Love,
and with the help and advice of the Elders and the High Priest, always
heeding the messages of the Gods when they come.

64. Ever remember that although the Priest is the force with which the
Circle is built, the Priestess is the ruler therein — for it is
through
her that the Goddess created the world, and all things therein.

65. The High Priestess will heed all complaints of all Pagans and
Wiccans, and strive to settle any differences between them with reason
and with justice.

66. Let each Circle of Light decide how it shall be known — whether
by earthly name or magickal one. For each child of the Wicca knows
best the safety or dangers of their homeland.
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67. Let each Circle or Temple maintain and dedicate unto the Goddess
and the God all the things that are required for Their rituals, for
what is blessed in the name of the Gods rightly belongs to Them, and
the Priest and Priestess shall be the caretakers thereof.

68. Anyone of the circle who is of sufficient rank, and wishes to form
a new Circle, shall tell the High Priestess and the Elders of their
intentions. Members of the old Circle may join the new Circle when it
is formed, but if they do so they must leave the other Circle, unless
otherwise instructed. For it is the Old Law that each Wiccan may join
the Circle of their choice, yet their energy should not be divided
between two or more Temples.

69. The Elders of the old and new Circles shall meet in peace and with
respect, to decide the level of interaction and connection between the
Circles. Yet it is known that the splitting of a Circle often means
strife. So only if it is truly in a spirit of peace and harmony should
the Circles meet for the celebration of the Great Festivals.

70. None shall enter the Circle that have a sickness or an ailment
which may be passed on to the Lady’s other children — for to do so
causes harm to yourself, as well as to the others of the Circle.
Rather should the Healers go unto the sick one, that through the love
of the Gods they shall be made well and whole once more.

71. It has been judged lawful that if any of the Craft need a house,
or land, and none will sell, to incline someone’s mind so as to be
willing to sell, providing it harms none and the full price is paid
without haggling.

72. In the matter of quarrels or disputes between the members of the
Circle, the High Priestess shall convene the Council, and inquire into
the matter. The Council shall hear each person privately, and then
both together. And they shall decide justly, not favoring one side
nor the other.

73. If an agreeable resolution cannot be reached, then that Wiccan
must leave the Circle, for a Circle of Light cannot be properly formed
where there is disagreement and discord. And when a Circle is not
properly formed, the energy within is either dissipated, or turns
ugly, festering like a hidden sore. So let them leave, but only with
love in their hearts and yours, for even though your paths may div-
erge, you are still all children of the Wicca, and there must be no
violence between us. Bear no grudges, hold no thoughts of vengeance,
for this will rot away the foundation of your power.

74. It has ever been recognized that there are some people who can
never agree to work under any others. At the same time there are also
people who cannot rule justly. To those who must ever be chief there
is but one answer: “Void this Circle, and seek another one, or if ye
be of sufficient rank, then form a Circle of your own.” To those who
cannot rule justly, the answer shall be “Those who cannot bear your
rule will leave you.” For none may come to Circle with those with
whom they are at variance, for to do so angers the Gods, and hinders
the Craft.
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75. Those that do wrong without knowlege shall be held innocent; those
that do wrong through carelessness shall be judged lacking in wisdom,
and dealt with according to the nature of the transgression. Those
who do wrong with deliberation and forethought shall be thrice punish-
ed, and the Lords of Karma shall lay low their pride.

76. Each person must make a balance for their words and actions, and
the judgements of the Elders should incline to try to make good come
from the injustice or wrong-doing. Many are the ways to restore the
balance, so let the judgements of the Elders and the Priestess be in
keeping with this.

77. Do not turn aside those who seek the ways of the Wicca for the
want of an offering or the lack of a robe. You are the servants of
the Gods, and the servants of Their people, and those that seek for
the Gods you must aid in their quest.

78. Of those who would inquire as to the ways of the Goddess, or who
wish to become of the Wicca, ye shall search their hearts, and even
into their spirits you shall look, as you are able. For the Wicca do
not look to acquire mere numbers. Let none be turned away if their
hearts are true, and their desire earnest.

79. The hidden children are like the strings of a harp: each one may
give a clear note, and when gathered together in sympathy and accord,
they shall give rise to a beautiful symphony. Yet when struck without
reason or thought, these notes may cause discord or disharmony.
Therefore the Gods decree to Their Teachers and Priests that all must
be taught to master their harp, and to pluck their strings with care,
that they cause no discord or imbalance.

80. Choose the Priests and Teachers of the Wicca with diligence and
with care. The qualities that you should search for within them are
Faith, Belief, Knowledge, Ability, Patience, Leadership, Humility, and
a loving nature — for they must lead and teach the children of the
Goddess, and will thereby have the power to do great good, or to cause
great imbalance.

81. In practice it should be that the greatest of the Priests and
Priestesses should guide the rituals within each of the Temples of the
Old Gods, and truly you should be content with the advice and guidance
given by them. Yet ever it should be given so that it is clear and
understandable, for within the Temple each of the Wicca is free, and
thus they should be able to recognize and to understand our ways and
their implications. And those who cannot explain the inner workings,
or give just cause and reason for their decisions, may be questioned,
or the wisdom of the advice weighed.

82. Let the Priestess and Priest lead as long as they are able, and
their leadership be wise and strong, and to the benefit of the Wicca.
Yet if their health is ill-favored, or if the next generation needs to
try their hand, then let them have the vision and the wisdom to step
away from their position, and pass the duties of the Circle t o
another. Let them not become overly attached to the office, nor too
fond of the power.
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83. If a Priestess or a Priest should tire of their duties and char-
ges, then they may step down, but only after having trained and
acknowledged a successor. If a Priest or Priestess deserts their
Circle, then they have lost the right to ever lead again within this
life, so great a trust they have broken. If they should return to the
Circle within one turn of the Wheel, and are judged to have true
atonement in their hearts, new insight and growth, then they may be
forgiven, and allowed to return to the Circle, yet they shall worship
only, and hold no office or title. Leadership is a sacred commitment
and an honor, and they have shown that they cannot be trusted with
such responsibility.

84. Any Priestess, Priest, or Elder who consents to a breach of the
Laws regarding the use of the Craft to cause harm to others must
immediately be relieved of their office, for it is the lives of the
children of the Goddess which they endanger, as well as the honor of
the Craft.

85. The High Priestess may take a Sabbatical from her Circle, if her
personal life and duties require it, for up to a year and a day.
During that time, the Maiden shall act as High Priestess. If the High
Priestess does not return at the end of a year and a day, then the
Initiates of the Circle shall name a new Priestess. Unless there is
good reason to the contrary, the person who has done the work of the
Priestess should reap the reward. If someone else is named, then the
Maiden should continue in that office.

86. Each Priestess and Priest shall choose their own consorts, yet let
them be wise in the learning of our people, and thus others shall
abide by the wisdom of their choice. Yet if the Circle feels the
decision is ill-advised, or that they cannot abide and work in honor
and trust with that consort, then they may request a gathering of all
concernted to meet and to talk, and to resolve the balance with love
and honor. For only those who are pure and strong, keen and wise,
patient and loving, can effectively and properly carry out the duties
of a Keeper of the Circle.

87. Those of the Priesthood shall not neglect their mates, or their
children, or their house, nor anything which is in their possession;
nor shall the sick and the needy be neglected for the sake of the
Circle. Therefore let them adjust the one thing against the other,
that neither should suffer, and that which is given by the Gods is
treated with love and respect.

88. Long ago, at the time of Creation, it was deemed that the female
should hold the power of life-giving. And such was the male force
drawn to the love and beauty of the Creation of life, that he sur-
renders unto her keeping the force of his powers in the furtherance of
life. Yet the Priestess must always remember that the fuel of the
flames which light the fires within her Temple comes from the Priest.
Thus she must use the force wisely, and only with love, and she must
honor and respect he who is the activator of the Life Force.

HERE ENDS THE NEW BOOK OF THE LAW.

Published by: The Grove of the Unicorn

THE LAWS from Lady Sheba

THE LAWS

from Lady Sheba
Your High Priestess

In the Magic Circle, the words, commands, and every wish of the High
Priestess are law.
She is the earthly, living representative of our Gracious Goddess. She
must be obeyed and respected in all things. She is Our Lady and above all
others, a queen in the highest sense of the word.
All female coveners must curtsy whenever they come before her and say,
“Blessed Be.” All male coveners must bend the knee and give her a kiss on
the right cheek and say, “Blessed Be.”

Your High Priest

He is the earthly, living representative of the Great Horned God and in the
Magic Circle, He commandeth the respect due to one who is a Magus, a Lord
Counselor, and father.

The Laws

1. The Law was made and ardane of old.
2. The Law was made for the Wicca to advise and help in their troubles.
3. The Wicca should give due worship to the Gods and obey Their will, which
They ardane, for it was made for the good of the Wicca, as the worship of
the Wicca is good for the Gods. For the Gods love the brethren of the
Wicca.
4. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her,
5. So the Wicca should love the Gods by mastering them.
6. And it is necessary that 0 (Magic Circle) which is the temple of the
Gods, should be duly cast and purified that it may be a fit place for the
Gods to enter.
7. And the Wicca should be properly prepared and purified to enter into the
presence of the Gods.
8. With love and worship in their hearts, they shall raise power from their
bodies to give power to the Gods.
9. As has been taught of old.
10. For in this way only may man have a communion with the Gods, for the
Gods cannot help men without the help of man.
11. And the High Priestess shall rule Her Coven as the representative of
the Goddess.
12. And the High Priest shall support Her as the representative of the God.
13. And the High Priestess shall choose whom She will, if he have
sufficient rank, to be Her High Priest.
14. For, as the God himself kissed Her feet in the Fivefold salute, laying
His power at the feet of the Goddess, because of Her youth and beauty, Her
swetness and kindness, Her wisdom and Her justice, Her humility and
gentleness and generosity,
15. So He resigned all His power to Her.
16. But the High Priestess should ever mind that all power comes from Him.
17. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly.
18. And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that She recognizes that
youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess.
19. So will She gracefully retire in favor of a younger woman, should the
Coven so decide in council.
20. For the true High Priestess realizes that gracefully surrendering the
pride of place is one of the greatest virtues.
21. And that thereby will She return to that pride of place in another
life, with greater power and beauty.
22. In the old days, when Witches extended far, we were free and worshipped
in all the greatest temples.
23. But, in these unhappy times, we must celebrate our Sacred Mysteries in
secret.
24. So be it ardane, that none but the Wicca may see our mysteries, for our
enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of men.
25. So be it ardane, that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide.
26. Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and the
Messenger.
27 And there shall be no communication between them, save only by the
Messenger of the Gods, or the Summoner.
28. And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the
Great Festivals.
29. And while there, none shall say whence they come, nor give their true
names.
30. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell
if they do not know.
31. So be it ardane, that no one shall tell anyone, not of the Craft, who
be of the Wicca, or give any names, or where any abide, or in any way tell
anything which can betray any of us to our faces.
32. Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.
33. Or the Covenstead.
34. Or where the meetings be.
35. 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
they remainm where they belone, in the Hell of the Christians.
36. 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 comes.
37. She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all
differences among them.
38. But it must be recognized that there will always be people who will
ever strive to force others to do as they will.
39. These are not necessarily evil.
40. And they oft have good ideas, and such ideas should be talked over in
council.
41. But, if they will not agree with their Brothers or if they say:
42. “I will not work under this High Priestess.”
43. It hath ever been the Old Law, to be convenient for the Brethren, and
to avoid disputes.
44. Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven, because they live over
a league from the Covenstead or are about to do so.
45. Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven shall
tell the Elders of their intentions and on the instand avoid their dwelling
and remove to a new Covendom.
46. 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.
47. The Elders of the old and new Covens should meet in peace and brotherly
love to decide the new boundaries.
48. Those of the Craft who live outside both Covens may join either
indifferent, but not both.
49. Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the Great Festivals, if
it be truly in peace and brotherly love.
50. 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 ARDANE.
51. If you would keep a book (your Black Book) let it be in your own hand
of write, let Brothers and Sisters copy what they will, but never let the
book out of your hands and never keep the writings of another.
52. For if it be in their hand of write, they may be taken and engained.
53. Le each guard his own writings, and destroy them whenever danger
threatens.
54. Learn as much as you may by heart, and when danger is past, rewrite
your book when it be safe.
55. For this reason, if any die, destroy their book, an they have not been
able to.
56. For, an it be found, ’tis clear proof against them.
57. And our oppressors know well: “Ye may not be a Witch alone.”
58. So all their kin and friend be in danger of torture.
59. So destroy everything not necessary.
60. If your book be found on you, ’tis clear proof against you alone. You
may be engained.
61. Keep all thoughts of the Craft from your mind.
62. If the torture be too great to bear, say: “I will confess. I cannot
bear this torture. What do you want me to say?”
63. If they try to make you talk of the Brotherhood, do not.
64. But if they try to make you speak of impossibilities such as flying
through the air, consorting with the Christian Devil, or sacrificing
children or eating men’s flesh,
65. To obtain relief from the torture, say, “I hold an evil dream, I was
beside myself, I was crazed.:
66. Not all the magistrates are bad; if there be any excuse, they may show
mercy.
67. If you have confessed ought, deny it afterwards. Say you babbled under
the torture, say you do not know what you said.
68. If you are condemned, fear not.
69. Fear not, the Brotherhood is powerful, they will help you to escape if
you stand steadfast.
70. But if you betray ought, there is no hope for you in this life or that
to come.
71. Be sure, if steadfast you go to the pyre, drugs will reach you, you
will feel naught. You but go to death and what lies beyond.

The Ecstasy of the Goddess

72. To avoid discovery, let the working tools be as ordinary things that
any may have in their houses.
73. Let the Pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or
melted.
74. Have no sword, unless your rank allows you one.
75. Have no names or signs on anything.
76. Write the names or signs on them in ink immediately before consecrating
them, and wash it off immediately afterwards.
77. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery.
78. Let the color of the hilts tell which is which.
79. Ever remember, ye are the “Hidden Children of the Goddess,” so never do
anything to disgrace them or her.
80. Never boast, never threaten, never say you would wish ill of anyone.
81. If any person, not in the magic circle, speak of the Craft say, “Speak
not to me of such, it frightens me. ‘Tis eveil luck to speak of it.”
82. For this reason: the Christians have their spied everywhere. These
speak as if they were well affected to us, as if they would come to our
meetings saying, “My mother used to go worship the Old Ones. I would I
could go myself.”
83. To such as these, ever deny all knowledge.
84. But to others, ever say, “‘Tis foolish talk of Witches flying through
the air. To do so they must be light as thistledown. And men say that
Witches all be so bleary-eyed, old crones, so what pleasure can there be at
a Witch meeting such as folks talk on?”
85. And say “Many wise men now say there be no such creatures.”
86. Ever make it a jest and in some future time, perhaps, the persecution
may die and we may worship our Gods in safety again.
87. Let us all pray for that happy day.
88. May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on all who keep these Laws
which are ardane.
89. If the Craft have any Appenage, let all guard it, and help to keep it
clear and good for the Craft.
90. And let all justly guard all monies of the Craft.
91. But if any brother truly wrought it, ’tis right they have their pay,
and it be just. And this be not taking money for the Art, but for good and
honest work.
92. And ever the Christians say, “The laborer is worthy of his hire” but if
any brother work willingly for the good of the Craft without pay, ’tis to
their greatest honor.

SO BE IT ARDANE

93. If there be any quarrels or disputes among the brethren the High
Priestess shall straightly convene the Elders and inquire into the matter
and they shall hear both sides, first alone, then together.
94. And they shall decide justly, not favoring the one side or the other.
95. Ever recognizing there be people who can never agree to work under
others.
96. But at the same time, there be some people who cannot rule justly.
97. To those who ever must be chief, there is one answer.
98. Void the Coven, or seek another one or make a Coven of your own, taking
with you those who will go.
99. To those who cannot rule justly the answer be, “Those who cannot bear
your rule will leave you.”
100. For none may come to meetings with those with whom they are at
variance.
101. So, an either cannot agree, “Get hence, for the Craft must ever
survive.”

SO BE IT ARDANE

102. In the olden days, when we had power, we could use the Art against any
who ill-treated the Brotherhood. But in these evil days, we must not do so!
For our enemies have devised a burning pit of everlasting fire, into which
they say their God casteth all the people who worship Him, except it be the
very few who are released by their priest’s spells and masses. And this be
chiefly by giving monies and rich gifts to receive His favor, for their God
is ever in need of money.
103. But as our Gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops, so
it is the God of the Christians ever is in need of man’s help to search out
and destroy us. Their priests ever tell them that any who get our help are
damned to this Hell forever, so men be mad with the terror of it.
104. But they make men believe that they may escape this Hell if they give
Witches to the tormentors. So for this reason, all be forever spying,
thinking, “An I catch but one of the Wicca, I will escape this fiery pit.”
105. So for this reason we have our hidels, and men searching long and not
finding say, “There be none, or if there be, they be in a far country.”
106. But when one of our oppressors dies, or even be sick, ever is the cry,
“This be Witches’ malice,” and the hunt is up again and though they slay
ten of their own to one of ours, still they care not. They have countless
thousands.
107. While we are few indeed.

SO BE IT ARDANE

108. That none shall use the Art in any way to do ill to any.
109. However much they injure us, HARM NONE and now times many believe we
exist not.

SO BE IT ARDANE

110. That this Law shall ever continue to help us in our plight. No one,
however great an injury or injustice they receive, may use the Art in any
way to do ill or harm any. But they may, after great consultations with
all, use the Art to restrain Christians from harming us or tax others, but
only to let or constrain them.
111. To this end, men will say: “Such a one is a mighty searcher out and a
persecutor of old women whom they deemeth to be Witches, and none hath done
him skith, so they be proof they cannot, or more truly where be none.”
112. For all know full well, that so many folk have died because someone
had a grudge against them, or were persecuted because they had money or
goods to seize, or because they had none to bribe the searchers. And many
have died because they were scolding old women. So much that men now say
that “only old women are Witches.”
113. And this be to our advantage, and turns suspicions away from us.
114. In England and Scotland, ’tis now many a year since a Witch hath died
the death. But the misuse of the power might raise the persecution again.
115. So never break this Law, however much you are tempted, and never
consent to it being broken in the least.
116. If you know it is being broken, you must work strongly against it.
117. And any High Priestess who consents to its breach must immediately be
deposed. “For ’tis the blood of the Brethren they endanger.”
118. Do good, an it be safe and only if it be safe.
119. And strictly keep to the old Law.
120. Never accept money for the use of the Art. For money ever smeareth the
taker. “‘Tis sorcerers and conjurers and priests of the Christians who ever
accept money for the use of their Arts. And they sell dwale, and evil loves
spells and pardons, so let men escape from their sins.”
121. Be not as these. If you accept no money, you will be free from
temptation to use the Art for evil courses.
122. All may use the Art for their own advantage, or for the advantage of
the Craft, only if you are sure you harm none.
123. But ever let the Coven debate this at length. Only if all be
satisfied and none be harmed may the Art be used.
124. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one way, perchance the aim
may be achieved by acting in a different way, so as to harm none. May the
Curse of the Goddess be on any who breaketh this Law.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

125. ‘Tis judged lawful if any of the Craft need a house or land and none
will sell, to incline the owner’s mind so as to be willing to sell,
providing it harmeth it not in anyway and the full price is paid, without
haggling.
126. Never bargain or cheapen anything whilst you live by the Art.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

127. ‘Tis the old Law and the most important of all Laws that no one may do
anything which will endanger any of the Craft, or bring them into contact
with the law of the land, or any of our persecutors.
128. In any disputes between the brethren, no one may invoke any Laws but
those of the Craft.
129. Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess, Priest and Elders. And may
the Curse of the Goddess be on any who do so.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

130. It is not forbidden to say as Christians do: “There be Witchcraft in
the land,” because our opressors of old make it heresy not to believe in
Witchcraft, and so a crime to deny it, which thereby puts you under
suspicion.
131. But ever say “I know not of it here, perchance there may be, but afar
off – I know not where.”
132. But ever speak of those as old crones, consorting with the Devil and
riding through the air.
133. But ever say: “But how many men may ride through the air an they be
not light as thistledown?”
134. But the Curse of the Goddess be on any who cast any suspicion on any
of the Brotherhood.
135. Or who speaks of any real meeting place where any abide.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

136. Let the Craft keep books with the names of all herbs which are good
for men, and all cures, so all may learn.
137. But keep another book with all the Bales and Apies and let only the
Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

138. Remember the Art is the secret of the Gods and only may be used in
earnest and never for show or pride, or vainglory.
139. Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying, “You have no power. Do
magic before our eyes. Then only will we believe.” Seeking to cause us to
betray our Art before them.
140. Heed them not. For the Art is holy, and may only be used in need. And
the Curse of the Gods be on any who break this Law.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

141. It ever be the way with women, and with men also that they ever seek
new love..
142. Nor should we reprove them for this.
143. But it may be found to the disadvantage of the Craft.
144. As, so many a time it has happened that a High Priest or High
Priestess impelled by love, hath departed with their love, that is, they
have left the Coven.
145. Now if a High Priestess wishes to resign, they may do so in full
Coven.
146. And this resignation is valid.
147. But if they should run off without resigning, who may know if they may
not return within a few months.
148. So the Law is: If a High Priestess leaves her Coven, but returns
within rthe space of a year and a day, then she shall be taken back and all
shall be as before.
149. Meanwhile, if she has a deputy, that deputy shall act as High
Priestess for as long as the High Priestess is away.
150. If she returns not at the end of a year and a day, then shall the
Coven elect a new High Priestess.
151. Unless there be a good reason to the contrary, the person who has done
the work should reap the benefit of the reward.
152. If somebody else is elected, the deputy is made maiden and deputy of
the High Priestess.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

153. It hath been found that practicing the Art doth cause a fondness
between aspirant and tutor, and it is the cause of better results if this
be so.
154. But if for any reason this be undesirable, it can easily be avoided by
both persons from the outset firmly resolving in their minds that if any
such ensure, it shall be that of brother and sister, or parent and child.
155. And it is for this reason that a man may be taught by a woman and a
woman by a man and that woman and woman and man and man should never
attempt these practices together.
156. And may all the Curses of the Mighty Ones be on any who make such an
attempt.

SO BE IT ARDANE.

157. Order and discipline must be kept.
158. A High Priestess or a High Priest may and should punish all faults.
159. To this end: all the Craft must receive their correction willingly.
160. All, properly prepared, the culprit kneeling, should be told his
fault, and his sentence pronounced.
161. Punishment should be the $ followed by something amusing such as
several S S S S, or something of this nature.
162. The bulprit must acknowledge the justice of the punishment by kissing
the hand of the Priestess and by kissing the $ on receiving sentence; and
again thanking for punishment received.

WOTC Podcast for Wednesday, Feb. 15th – Laws, Rules & The Burning Times

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Let’s Talk With the Witch – Laws, Rules & The Burning Times

Tonight’s podcast includes a reading from Scott Cunningham’s work, “Before Time Was.” Then Lady A concludes the Laws of the Witches tonight so we can move on to our history. And to give you a taste of our history to come, we conclude with a poem about the Burning Times. It is a very emotional and powerful poem that looks back in time and let the listener understand what our ancestors suffered and when through so we may have a religion today.