Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also
called amongst men Artemis, Astarte, Diana, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride and by many other names.
At my altars, the youth of most distant ages gave love, and made
due sacrifice. Whenever you have need of anything, once in a
month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall you
gather in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me, who am
Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall you assemble ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet
have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that
are yet unknown. And you shall be free from slavery, and as a
sign that you be really free you shall be naked in your rites. And
you shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love all in my
praise; for mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy
on Earth, for my law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal, strive ever towards it; let naught
stop you or turn you aside, for mine is the secret door 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.

I am the gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy unto the heart
of man, upon Earth I give 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 sacrifice, for behold I am
the Mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the
Earth. Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess.

She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose body
encircles the universe. I who am 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, call unto thy soul. Arise and
come unto me, for I am the souls of Nature who gives life to the
universe.

From me all things procees, and unto me all things must return.
And before my face, beloved of Gods and men, thine inmost divine
self shall be enfolded in the rapture of the infinte.

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

And you who thinks to seek for me, know thy seeking and
yearning shall avail you not, unless you know the mystery, that
if that which you seek you find not within thee, you will never
find it without thee. Behold I have been with you from the
beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
                                  The Charge of the Goddess

                            Written by Doreen Valiente
The Charge of the Goddess is a traditional inspirational text.
Doreen Valiente, a student of Gerald Gardner, originally wrote a Charge in
verse, and later in prose: the prose version is the one known today. It has
since been modified and adapted by many others.    
The Charge of the Goddess
African American Wiccan Society Copyright © 2000 - 2017








Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also
called amongst men Artemis, Astarte, Diana, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride and by many other names.
At my altars, the youth of most distant ages gave love, and made
due sacrifice. Whenever you have need of anything, once in a
month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall you
gather in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me, who am
Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall you assemble ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet
have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that
are yet unknown. And you shall be free from slavery, and as a
sign that you be really free you shall be naked in your rites. And
you shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love all in my
praise; for mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy
on Earth, for my law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal, strive ever towards it; let naught
stop you or turn you aside, for mine is the secret door 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.

I am the gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy unto the heart
of man, upon Earth I give 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 sacrifice, for behold I am
the Mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the
Earth. Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess.

She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose body
encircles the universe. I who am 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, call unto thy soul. Arise and
come unto me, for I am the souls of Nature who gives life to the
universe.

From me all things procees, and unto me all things must return.
And before my face, beloved of Gods and men, thine inmost divine
self shall be enfolded in the rapture of the infinte.

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

And you who thinks to seek for me, know thy seeking and
yearning shall avail you not, unless you know the mystery, that
if that which you seek you find not within thee, you will never
find it without thee. Behold I have been with you from the
beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
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