The Wiccan Rede
- Bide the Wiccan Rede, ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
- Live and let live,
- Fairly take and fairly give.
- Soft of eye and light of touch,
- Speak thou little and listen much.
- Heed ye flower, bush and tree, and by the Lady, blessed you’ll be.
- When-so-ever ye have need, harkin not to other’s greed.
- With a fool, no season spend, nor be counted as his friend.
- Merry meet and merry part,
- Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
- True in love forever be, unless thy lover’s false to thee.
- Cast the circle thrice about, to keep all evil spirits out.
- To bind the spell every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
- Deosil go by Waxing Moon, chanting out the Wiccan Rune.
- Widershins go by Waning Moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
- When the Lady’s Moon is new, kiss the hand to Her time two.
- When the Moon rides at Her peak, then your hearts desires seek.
- Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
- When misfortune is now, wear the Blue Star on thy brow.
- Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An’ it harms none, do what ye will.
Above, you see the poem that is called the Wiccan Rede. The Rede was written to be a record of rules to live by for witches. I have formatted it here as a list instead of a poem so that it is easier to read each “rule” for what it actually says. For anyone that has never studied it before; or are just doing research, I will elaborate on some of the lines a little further.
The first few lines of the Rede, “Bide the Wiccan Rede, ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust. Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give. Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak thou little and listen much.” It is pretty obvious that what this is saying is simply that you are supposed to try to be nice. Follow what the Rede says honestly and with faithful love of your Goddess and yourself. And of course, always listen to what others are telling you. Don’t just listen, but to really HEAR what they are saying. This is the only way to learn what you should be each and every day.