The Charge Of The Goddess
The Charge Of the Goddess
Written by: Doreen Valiente
Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the moon is full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am queen of all the witches. There ye shall assemble in a sacred place, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery; as a sign that ye be truly free ye shall be naked in your rites and ye shall dance, sing, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit eternal, and mine is also joy on Earth; for my law is love unto all things. Keep pure your highest ideals, strive ever tword them, let nothing stop you or turn you aside , for mine is the secret door that 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 vessel 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 things and my love is poured out upon the Earth. I am the beauty of the green Earth, the white moon among 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 soul of nature who gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed and unto me all things return; and before my face, beloved of the gods, and of men, let thine innermost self be unfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be; beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, and mirth and reverence, within you. And thou who thinketh to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knoweth the mystery; that if that which thou seekest, thou findest not within thee, thou will 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.