night and Shining Moon,
then South, then West, then North,
Harken to the Witches Rune:
come I to call thee forth.
Wand and Pentacle and
Work ye unto my
Harken ye unto my word.
Cords and Censer, Scourge and knife,
Powers of the Witches Blade,
Waken all ye into life,
Come ye as the
Charm is made:
Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell, Horned Hunter of the Night,
Lend your power unto the Spell, Work my will by Magic
Neopaganism is based on the ancient worldwide
religion of Mother Nature.
It is unlikely that much of the original
thought structure truly remains of the ancient worldwide religion of Mother
There is no set dogma
in Neopaganism as each cell of Nature worshipers devises its own belief systems
Rituals will be largely dependent on environmental conditions
within which the cult resides and ritual takes place.
Belief systems will be dependent on
the thought process' and mindset of the members of each unique coven, in turn,
dependent on local Goth.
Since Nature takes a
central role in these groups dogma is modeled more closely on easily identified
aspects of Nature.
Neopaganism springs from outside Abrahamic religious
thought and attempts to free the female
psyche from the psychic bonds of Yahweh.
True Neopaganism uses magik
ritual to change internal perception through recognition of unseen aspects and
patterns within Nature.
True Neopaganism has no
use for the complex rituals devised by Ordo Templi Orientis of Theodor
Reuss or the Theosophical
Society of Aleister Crowley to be enacted in a temple setting no
different than that of the typical cathedral.
"Our aim is to gain the inner sight in the most
natural and easy way. 1954 Gerald Gardner
releases Witchcraft Today.
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
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 Dance.
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 him.
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
know that you can and will succeed.
Preparation: participants must
be properly prepared.
Circle: the Circle must be properly formed and
Participants: participants must be properly
Tools: participants must have properly consecrated
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.
Mark a 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.
round the Circle with your right hand to the altar.
Put the salt into
the water and go round the circle again, sprinkling it to purify it.
round the Circle again censing it.
Incense induces relaxation and helps
to build up the atmosphere which is necessary to suggestibility.
mastic, aromatic rush roots, cinnamon bark, musk, juniper, sandalwood, and
ambergris in combination are all good, but patchouli is best of all.
you may have cannabis, 'tis better still.
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."
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
Hence the importance of a properly constructed circle.
Power exudes from the body;
hence you should be properly prepared.
The slightest dirt spoils
everything, the importance of thorough cleanliness.
The attitude of
mind has great effect, so only work with a spirit of reverence.
taken and repeated during the ceremony helps to produce power.
drinks or drugs may be used, but if you become confused, even slightly, you
cannot control the power you evoke.
The simplest 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 retains control.
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 mystery.
numbers be: 3 and 5.
For three added to two (the Perfect Couple) be
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
And 5 times 8 be two score.
Also, fortunate numbers be 3,
7, 8, and 21, which total 40, or two score.
For each man and woman hath
ten fingers and ten toes, so each totals a score.
And a perfect couple
be two score.
So a lesser number would not be perfect prayer.
If more are required make it a perfect number, as four score or six
Also there be Eight Elemental Weapons.
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.
the Circle, properly constructed, is ever necessary to prevent the power
released from being dissipated.
It is also a barrier against any
disturbances of mischievous forces, for to obtain good results you must be free
from all disturbances.
Remember that darkness, points of light gleaming
amid the surrounding dark, incense, and the steady passes by a white arm are
not stage effects.
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, ritual is best.
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
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 various tortures, at the same
time sitting in cramped
postures, which retard the flow of blood, and these torments, long and
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 ritual.
Limiting and constraining any of the senses serves to
increase the concentration of another.
Shutting the eyes aids the
So the binding of the
initiate's hands increases the mental perception, while the
scourge increaseth the 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
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 back.
the purpose of initiation
ritual it is good that the initiates be bound firmly enough to feel
they are absolutely helpless but without discomfort.
If 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 trance state.
This involves slight discomfort as great
discomfort prevents the trance
So the initiate goeth through it proudly, like a princess,
knowing it but serves to increase her glory.
This can only be done by
the aid of another intelligence and in a circle, to prevent the power thus
generated being lost.
To make the anointing ointment, take some glazed pans filled half
full with grease or olive oil.
Put in one sweet mint, marjoram in
another, ground thyme in a 3rd, and if you may have it, patchouli, dried leaves
Place pans in hot water bath.
Stir and cook for
several hours, then pout into linen bags, and squeeze grease through into pans
again, and fill up with fresh leaves.
After doing this several times,
the grease will be highly perfumed.
Then mix all together and store in
a well-corked jar.
Anoint behind ears, throat, armpits, breasts, and
For all ceremonies where the feet are kissed, they should also
Magus: Listen to the words of
the Great mother, who was of old also called among men, Artemis, Astarte,
Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Bride,
and by many other names.
High Priestess: "My Law is Compassion unto all
Keep pure your highest ideals.
For mine 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
Eternal Soul: arise and come unto me.
For I am the Soul of Nature who
giveth Life to the Universe.
Thine innermost divine self shall be
enwrapped in Synchronicity.
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
The tool should be kept in as close connection as
possible to the naked body for at least a month.
When not in use, all
tools and weapons 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
Do not allow anyone to touch or handle any of your
tools until they are thoroughly impregnated with your aura; say, six months or
as near as possible.
To avoid discovery, let the
working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses.
Let the Pentacles be of wax, so they may be broken at once.
best substances for making tools are those that have once had
life in them.
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 in
Priestess shall rule her Coven as representative of the female
deification of Nature, and the
Magus, shall support her as
the representative of Yaweh.
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
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 fulfilled.
magical operations are useless
unless the mind can be brought to the proper attitude, keyed to the utmost
Drawing Down the
Priestess stands in front of the altar, assumes Goddess position (arms
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]."
The Moon having been drawn
down, i.e., link established, Magus and other men give
(kissing feet) "Blessed be thy feet, that have brought
thee in these ways";
(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 compassion, all in my
There is a Secret Door that I have made to establish the way to
taste even on Earth the Elixir of
Say, 'Let 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 sacrifice."
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
Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and
Remember that 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 Goddess:
ecstasy is mine and joy on Earth" so
let there ever be joy in your heart.
Greet people with joy, be glad to
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
It may hurt your body, but your soul is beyond it all.
Ever remember, that if you help others it makes you forget your own
another be in pain, do what you may to distract his attention from
Do not say "You
have no pain!" but if you may, administer the drugs which sooth as
well as cure.
Strive to make them believe they are getting better.
Install joyful thoughts into their inner mind so that it be always
If you give him one of the drugs and then say, "The pain is growing
Soon it will be gone," because
the pain goes, the next time
you say, "The pain is going,"
he will believe you and the pain
will really get 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 true.
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.
they show signs of this, say "You are growing sleepy. You will sleep, you are
tired. Sleep. Your eyes grow tired. Sleep."
If they close their eyes,
say "Your eyes close, you are tired, you cannot open your eyes."
they cannot, say "Your arms are tired, you cannot raise them."
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
Continue this with soothing and healing drugs, and try to infuse
into them the feeling of ecstasy
that you feel at the Gathering.
They cannot feel it in full, but
you can command them to
feel what is in your own mind, and try to
think compassion, try to help others and bring joy into their
Children are 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 rule
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 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, for if it be found in their hand, they well may be taken
If your Book be found 'tis clear proof against you alone.
If taken keep all thoughts of the Craft from your mind.
had bad dreams; a demon made you write without your knowledge.
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
If you are condemned, fear not, unless you betray the
The Curse 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.
Be sure, 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
You will choke and die swiftly, and wake in the arms of
You go to Death and
what lies beyond, the ecstasy of the
The Law shall still continue to help us in
No one, however
great an injury or injustice they receive, may use the Craft to do ill or harm
The Craft may be used to prevent or restrain Christians from
harming pagans or others, but only to constrain them and never to
Strictly keep to the Law,
never accept Money for the use
of the Craft.
Christian sorcerers sell
pardons to let men escape from their sins.
You may 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 used. 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 none.
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 this
High Priestess in Goddess
position says, arms crossed:
Mother, Darksome and Divine,
the Scourge and Mine the Kiss,
The Five-point Star of Compassion and
Here I charge ye in this Sign.
arms to pentacle position)
Bow before my Spirit bright
Lover of the
Queen of Witchery
Am I named of old by men,
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 moon.
Dance about mine altar stone,
Work my holy magistry,
are fain of sorcery,
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
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