The Charge of the Goddess

These are the words of the Goddess:

Whenever ye have need of anything and once in a month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall ye assemble in a magical place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witches. There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all witchery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will be thought, and taught things that are yet unknown.

Ye shall be free from bondage; ye shall dance, sing , feast, make music and love all in my praise. For mine is the ecstacy of the spirit, and mine is also joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideals; strive ever towards them; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the Secret Door which opens upon the Land of Youth, and mine is the Cup of the wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the hearts of men. Upon earth I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death , I give peace and freedom, and reunions with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and my love is poured upon the earth.

I, who am the green earth, and the white Moon, the mystery of the waters and the desire of the spirit, call unto your soul. Arise and come unto me.

Let my worship be within the heart, for behold all acts of love are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who think to seek for me, know thy seeking will avail thee not, unless thou knowest the mystery; if that which thou seek thou find not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

So speaks the Goddess.

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