Darksome night and
Harken to the Witches
Here come I to call thee forth.
and Pentacle and
Work ye unto my desire,
unto my word.
Cords and Censer, Scourge and Knife,
the Witches Blade,
Waken all ye into life,
Come ye as the Charm
Heaven, Queen of
Hunter of the Night,
Lend your power unto the Spell,
Work my will by
Neopaganism is based on the
ancient worldwide religion of Mother
It is unlikely that much of
the original thought
structure truly remains.
devise their own belief systems and
Rituals will be largely
dependent on environmental conditions.
Belief systems will be
dependent on the thought
process' and mindsets.
As Nature takes a central role
easily identified aspects of Nature are used.
True Neopaganism springs from
outside Abrahamic religious
thought and attempts to free the
female psyche from the psychic bonds of Yahweh.
uses magik ritual to
change internal perception through
recognition of unseen aspects and
patterns within Nature.
Neopaganism has no use for the complex rituals devised by Ordo Templi Orientis
of Theodor Reuss, the Grand Lodge
Freemasons of the Theosophical Society of Aleister Crowley
renacted in a temple
"Our aim is to
gain the inner sight in the most natural and easy way.
Our opponents' aim is
ever to prevent man and
woman from loving, thinking that
everything that helps or even
permits them to love is wicked and vile.
To us it is natural. If it
aids the Great Work it is good." - Gerald Gardner
1954 Gerald Gardner releases
Intention: participants must know that success is
Preparation: participants must be appropriately
Circle: the Circle must be properly formed and
participants must be
Tools: participants must have adequately
The Circle, the Temple of the Gods, should be truly cast and
purified, that it may be a fit place for the Gods to enter.
Circle nine feet across on the floor with chalk.
Have a bowl of water,
a table as an altar and some salt.
Trace the Circle on the lines you
have marked out, starting at the East and returning to the East.
Always go round the Circle with your
right hand to the altar.
Put the salt into the water and go round
the circle again, sprinkling purity.
Go round the Circle again censing
while inducing an esoteric atmosphere of suggestibility.
aromatic rush roots, cinnamon bark, musk, juniper, sandalwood, and ambergris in
combination are all good, but patchouli is best of all.
If you may have cannabis, 'tis
Everyone in the circle is then sprinkled and censed.
Draw an invoking pentacle in the Air, starting at the top and going to
the lefthand corner, saying, "I summon, and call thee up, O Ye Mighty ones of
the East, to guard the Circle and witness our rites."
Holding the point
of Athame upwards, do the same to the South, West, and North, and return to the
center, to the south of the altar.
Power is latent in the body and may
be drawn out but unless confined in a circle it will be swiftly dissipated.
Hence the importance of a properly constructed circle.
exudes from the body; hence you should be properly prepared.
slightest dirt spoils everything, the importance of thorough
attitude of mind has great
effect, so only work with a
spirit of reverence.
Wine taken and repeated during the ceremony
helps to produce power.
Strong drinks or drugs may be used, but
if you become confused,
even slightly, you cannot control the power you evoke.
way is by dancing and singing monotonous chants, slowly at first and
gradually quickening the
tempo until giddiness ensues.
The scourge is a far better
way, for it stimulates and excites both body and soul, yet one easily
Each woman should
bind her man, hands behind back and cable tow to neck.
He should kneel at the altar,
and be scourged with light, steady, monotonous,
slow strokes (the scourge has eight tails and five knots in each tail).
The scourgings are 3, 7, 9 (thrice three), and 21 (thrice seven) 40 in
all. It is not meet to make offerings [scourgings] of less than two score to
the female deification of Nature, for here be a
fortunate numbers be: 3 and 5.
For three added to two (the Perfect
Couple) be five.
And three and five be eight; eight and five be
thirteen; thirteen and eight be twenty-one.
The Fivefold Kiss is called
5, but there are 8 kisses, for there be 2 feet and 2 knees and genitals and 2
breasts and the lips.
And 5 times 8 be two score.
fortunate numbers be 3, 7, 8, and 21, which total 40, or two score.
each man and woman hath ten fingers and ten toes, so each totals a
And a perfect couple be two score.
So a lesser number
would not be perfect prayer.
If more are required make it an even
number, as four score or six score.
If the perfection of the Knights
Templar is required make it eight score.
When all men are thus
"purified," they purify the women in turn.
No one may be in the circle
without being thus purified.
A man may only be taught by a
woman and a woman by a man, and that
man and man, and
woman and woman, should never
attempt these practices together.
Remember, the Circle,
properly constructed, is ever necessary to prevent the power released from
It is also a barrier against any
disturbances by mischievous
forces, for to obtain
good results you must be free from all distractions.
darkness, points of light gleaming amid the surrounding dark, incense, and the
steady passes by a white arm are not
They are the mechanical
implements which start the suggestions, which
later unlocks the
knowledge that it is possible to obtain the divine ecstasy, and so attain
true knowledge and
communion with the divine
female deification of Nature.
When once you have attained this,
ritual is not needed, as you may attain the state of
ecstasy at will, but till then, or if you having attained this yourself,
and wish to bring a companion to this state of joy,
Only if it be safe, may the Covens meet, in some safe place, for
the Great Gathering.
Naked all, the High Priestess leads
the Dance with Magus, both
hands on her waist, standing behind her.
Alternate men and women should
do the same, the High Priestess leading and they following her in the
The High Priestess at
last leads them into a right-hand spiral.
When the center is reached,
she suddenly turns and dances back, kissing each man as she comes to
All men and women
turn likewise and dance back,
each man kissing each
woman and each woman kissing each man.
None shall say whence they
come, or give their true names.
This cometh to different people
in diverse ways.
'Tis seldom it cometh
naturally, but it can be induced in
Deep and prolonged
meditation may do
or prolonged fasting.
Of old monks and nuns
obtained visions by long vigils, combined with fasting,
flagellation till the blood came, and
other mortifications of the
flesh, and so undoubtedly had
In the East it is tried with
at the same time
sitting in cramped postures, which retard the flow of blood, these
torments, long continued, give good results.
In the Craft we are taught
an easier way to intensify the imagination, at the same time
controlling the blood supply, and this may best be done by using the
of the senses serves to increase the concentration of another.
Shutting the eyes aids the
binding of the initiate's hands
increases mental perception, while the
scourge increaseth inner
Now the mind
must seize and mold the power generated, and
redirect it to the desired
end with all the force and frenzy of the imagination.
It is important to work naked
from the start, so it becometh as
second nature, and no
thought of "I have no clothes" shall
ever intrude and take your attention from the work.
Naked, tie hands behind back, pull
up to small of back, and tie ends in front of throat, leaving a cable-tow to
lead by, hanging down in front.
Arms thus form a triangle at
purpose of initiation
ritual it is good that the initiates be bound firmly enough
to feel they are absolutely helpless but without discomfort.
the aspirant complains of pain, the bonds must be loosened slightly; always
remember the object is to
retard the blood flow enough to induce a
This involves slight discomfort as great discomfort prevents
the trance state.
To make the anointing ointment,
take some glazed pans filled half full with
Put in one sweet mint, marjoram in another, ground thyme in a 3rd, and
if you may have it, patchouli, dried leaves pounded.
Place pans in hot
Stir and cook for several hours, then pout into linen bags,
and squeeze grease through into pans again, and fill up with fresh
After doing this several times, the grease will be highly
Then mix all together and store in a well-corked jar.
Anoint behind ears, throat, armpits, breasts, and labia.
all ceremonies where the feet are kissed, they should also be anointed.
Magus: Listen to the
words of the Great mother, who was of old also called among men, Artemis,
Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Arianrhod, Bride, and by
many other names.
High Priestess: "My Law is compassion
toward all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideals.
is the secret which opens upon the door of youth; and mine is the cup of the
Wine of Life: and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the
Holy Grail of Immortality.
the Gracious Goddess who gives the gift of Joy unto the heart of Man.
Upon Earth I give the knowledge of the Spirit Eternal, and beyond death
I give peace and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand
aught in sacrifice, for behold,
I am the Mother of all
things, and my
compassion is poured out upon Earth."
Magus: Hear ye the words of
the Star Goddess, She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose
body encircleth the universe.
High Priestess: "I who am
the beauty of the green earth; and
the White Moon amongst the Stars;
and the mystery of the Waters; and the
desire of the heart of man.
I call unto thy
arise and come unto me.
I am the Soul of Nature
who giveth Life to the Universe.
Thine innermost divine self shall be enwrapped in
who thinkest to seek me, know that thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee
not unless thou know the mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest
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
All tools must be consecrated by
a man and a woman, both as naked as drawn swords; they must be purified, clean,
and properly prepared.
tool should be kept against the naked body for at least a month.
When not in use, all tools should be put away in a secret place; and it
is good that this should be near your sleeping place, and that
you handle them each night before
Do not allow anyone to
lay hands any of your
tools until they are
impregnated with your aura.
To avoid discovery,
let the working tools be as ordinary
Let the Pentacles be of wax, so
they may be broken at
The best substances for making tools are those that have once
had life in them.
Thus wood or ivory is better for a wand than metal.
Virgin parchment is better than manufactured paper for talismans.
Things made by hand are
good, as there is life
The High Priestess shall rule her Coven as representative
of the female deification of Nature, and the
Magus, shall support her as
With compassion and worship in their
hearts they shall raise power from their bodies to give power to the gods,
as has been taught us of old.
For in this way only may man have
communion with the gods, for
the gods cannot help man
without the help of men.
Form a mental image of what is
desired, and force yourself to
see that it is fulfilled, with the fierce belief and knowledge that it can
and will be fulfilled, and that you will go on willing till you force it to be
Remember magical operations are useless
unless the mind can be brought to the proper attitude, keyed to the utmost
The High Priestess stands
in front of the altar,
assumes Goddess position (arms crossed).
Magus, kneeling in front of
her, draws pentacle on her body with phallus-head
and beseech Thee, O mighty Mother of all life and
fertility. By seed and root, by stem and bud,
by leaf and flower and fruit, by
Compassion, do I invoke Thee to
descend into the body of thy
servant and High Priestess [name]."
Moon having been drawn down,
i.e., link established, Magus and other men give Fivefold Kiss:
(kissing feet) "Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these
(kissing knees) "Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at
the sacred altar";
(kissing labia) "Blessed be thy labia, without which we would not be";
(kissing breasts) "Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty and in
(kissing lips) "Blessed be thy lips, that shall speak the
Women all bow.
High Priestess:" Whenever ye have
need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the
Moon is full, ye shall assemble in
some secret place and adore the
spirit of Me who am Queen of all Witcheries and Magics.
There ye shall
assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest
To these will I teach things that are yet unknown.
ye shall be free from
slavery, and as a sign that ye be really free,
ye shall be naked in your
rites, both men and women, and
ye shall dance, sing, feast,
make music and love,
all in my praise.
There is a Secret Door that I have made to establish
the way to taste even on Earth the Elixir of
ecstasy be mine, and
joy of Life given to me, for I am the Gracious Goddess. I give unimaginable
joys in Life! And upon death, peace unutterable,
nor do I demand aught in
Magus: "Hear ye the words of
the Star Goddess."
"I love you: I yearn for you: pale or purple,
veiled or voluptuous. I who am all
pleasure, and purple and drunkenness of the innermost senses, desire you.
Put on the
wings, arouse the coiled splendor within you.
Come unto me, for I
am the flame that burns in the heart of every man, and the core of every Star.
Let it be your inmost divine self
who art lost in the constant
rapture of infinite joy.
Let the rituals be rightly performed
with joy and beauty.
all acts of
compassion and pleasure are my
So let there be beauty and strength,
leaping laughter, force
and fire within you."
Ever remember the promise of the Gracious
"For ecstasy is mine and joy on Earth" so let there ever be
joy in your heart.
Greet people with joy, be glad to see them.
If times be hard,
think, "It might have been worse. I at least
have known the joys of the Gathering, and
I will know them again."
Think of the grandeur, beauty, and poetry of the rites, of the loved
ones you meet through them.
If you dwell on this inner joy,
your health will be better.
You must try to banish all fear, for it will really touch you.
It may hurt your body, but your soul is beyond it all.
remember, that if you help others it makes you forget your own woes.
If another be in pain,
do what you may to
distract his attention from it.
Do not say "You have no pain!" but if you may,
administer the drugs which sooth
as well as cure.
make them believe they are getting better.
Install joyful thoughts into their
inner mind so that it be
If you give him one of the
drugs and then say;
"The pain is growing
less. Soon it will be gone."
"Breathe gently and concentrate on
After a few minutes as the pain begins to
recede, you say;
"The pain is nearly gone."
"Breathe gently and
concentrate on breathing."
"The pain is
will believe you and the pain will really be less.
You must ever
say so with conviction, and this conviction must come from your believing it
yourself, because you
yourself know that if you can fix his mind so that he believes you, it is
Look exactly between
their eyes, looking as if your eyes pierced their heads, opening your eyes
as wide as you may and never blink.
This continued gazing oft causes
the patient to grow sleepy.
If they show signs of this, say "You are
growing sleepy. You will sleep, you are tired. Sleep. Your eyes grow tired.
If they close their eyes, say "Your eyes close, you are tired,
you cannot open your eyes."
If they cannot, say "Your arms are tired,
you cannot raise them."
If they cannot, say "I am master of your mind. You
must ever believe what I tell you. When I look like this into your eyes you
will sleep and be subject to my will," then tell them they will sleep and wake
up refreshed, feeling better.
Continue this with soothing and healing
drugs, and try to infuse into them the feeling of ecstasy that you feel at the
They cannot feel it in full, but
you can command them to feel
what is in your own mind, and try to
concentrate on this
think compassion, try
to help others and bring joy into their lives.
naturally easier to influence
than grown people.
Ever strive to work through people's existing
Way to the Center
each High Priestess govern her Coven with justice and compassion, with the help
of the Elders, always heeding the advice of the messenger of the gods, if he
She will heed all complaints of brothers, and strive to settle
all differences among them, but it must be recognized that there be people who
will ever strive to force others to do as they will.
If there be any disputes or quarrels
among the brethren, the High Priestess shall straight convene the Elders
and enquire into the matter, and they shall hear both sides, first alone, then
together, and they shall decide justly, not favoring the one side or the other,
ever recognizing that there be people who can
never agree to work under others, but at the same time
there be many people who cannot
Ever remember, ye are the Hidden Children of the Gods.
So never do anything to disgrace them.
Never boast. Never
Never say you would wish ill to anyone.
If you or any
not in the Circle speak of the Craft, say, "Speak not to me of such. It
frightens me. 'Tis evil luck to
speak of it."
If you would keep a Book let it be in your own hand
Let brothers and sisters copy what they will, but never let
the Book out of your hands, and never keep the writings of another, for if it
be found in their hand, they well may be taken and enjoined.
Book be found 'tis clear proof against you alone.
If taken keep all
thoughts of the Craft from your mind.
Say you had bad dreams; a demon
made you write without your knowledge.
If they try to make you
speak of the Sisterhood, DO NOT, 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, to obtain relief from torture,
say, "I had an evil dream. I was not myself. I was crazed."
If you are condemned, fear not, unless you
of the Goddess shall be upon any that betray the Sisterhood, so they are
never reborn on Earth, and instead
remain where they belong - in
the Hell of the Christians.
if steadfast when you go to the
pyre, you will feel naught.
If the worst comes, and you go to the
pyre, wait till the flames and smoke
spring up, bend your head over, and breath in with long breaths.
You will choke and die swiftly, and
wake in the arms of the Goddess.
You go to Death and what lies
beyond, the ecstasy of the Goddess.
The Law shall still continue to help
us in our plight.
No one, however great an injury or
injustice they receive, may use the Craft to do ill or harm any.
Craft may be used to prevent or restrain Christians from harming
pagans or others, but only to constrain them and
never to punish.
Strictly keep to
the Law, never accept
Money for the use
of the Craft.
sorcerers sell pardons to let men escape from their sins.
use the Craft for your own advantage, or for the advantage of the Craft, only
if you be sure you harm none. Let the Coven debate the matter at length.
Only if all are satisfied that none may be harmed may the Craft be
If it is not possible to
achieve your ends one way without harming any,
perchance the aim may be achieved by acting in a different way, so as to harm
Let the Craft keep books with the names of all Herbs which are
good for man, and all cures, that all may learn.
Keep another book with
all the Banes [poisons] and let only the Elders and trustworthy people have
High Priestess in
Goddess position says, arms crossed:
Mother, Darksome and
Mine the Scourge and Mine the Kiss,
The Five-point Star
of Compassion and Bliss;
Here I charge ye in this Sign.
(Opens out arms to pentacle position)
Bow before my
Spirit bright (All bow)
Lover of the Horned God,
Queen of Witchery and Night.
Diana, Brigid, Melusine,
Am I named of old by men,
Artemis and Cerridwen,
Hell's dark mistress, Heaven's Queen.
Te who ask of me a boon,
Meet ye in some hidden shade,
Lead my dance in greenwood glade
By the light of the full
mine altar stone,
Work my holy magistry,
Ye who are fain of
I bring ye secrets yet unknown.
No more shall ye know slavery who
tread my Circle the gathering night.
Come ye all naked to the rite
in sign that ye are truly free.
Keep ye my
mysteries in mirth,
to heart and lip to lip.
Five are the points of fellowship
bring ye ecstasy on Earth.
No other law but assumption I
By naught but
I be known,
liveth is my own: From me they come, to me they
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