The Witches Rede
Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and
most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who
are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old
Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to
themselves. Therefore, be it noted that: Chivalry is a
high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin,
and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
It must be penned that thoughts and intent put forth on
this middle-Earth will wax strong in otherworlds beyond,
and return...bringing into creation, on this world, that
which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise
discipline, for "as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest."
It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we
can ultimately attain godhead.
"This above all...to thine own self be true..."
A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and
witness oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere
to it like iron.
Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of
the matter may be known.
Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is,
in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.
Be thou honest with others, and have them known that
honesty is likewise expected of them.
The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to
keep one's head is a virtue.
Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon
others. Strive not to harm.
Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love
between members and with others. When a coven, clan or
grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their
practices, and abide thereby.
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to
As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax
strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise
discretion in the use thereof.
Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain
when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant.
Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall
Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or
another coven. Others have labored long and hard for
them and cherish them as treasures.
Though there may be differences between those of the
Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing,and
must hear nothing.
Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach
in the eyes of the world.
The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible
and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen
Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in
mind. For the Lady has said, "How can thou honor another
unless thou give honor to thyself first?"
Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves
as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of
humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very
Copied from Silverbroomsticks who copied it from
Magical Rites from the Crystal Well by Ed Fitch .