Eight Values of the Witch

For your studies and consideration:

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.”

-Charge of the Goddess (Doreen Valiente)

Beauty

  1. The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
  2. A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
  3. A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.

Strength

  1. The quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.
  2. Power to resist force: SOLIDITY, TOUGHNESS
  3. Power of resisting attack: IMPREGNABILITY
  4. Legal, logical, or moral force.
  5. a) Degree of potency of effect or of concentration b)Intensity of light, color, sound or odor c) Vigor of expression
  6. Force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization
  7. One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness: SUPPORT
  8. Maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level: firmness of prices

Power

  1. a) possession of control, authority, or influence over others b) One having such power: a sovereign state c) archaic: force of armed men d) a large number or quantity
  2. a) i. ability to act or produce an effect ii. capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right
  3. a) physical might b) mental or moral efficacy c) political control or influence
  4. an angel of the fourth lowest rank
  5. a) the number of times as indicated by an exponent a number occurs as a factor in a product; also: the product itself b) cardinal number 2
  6. a) a source or means of supplying energy; esp: electricity b) motive power c) the time rate at which work is done or energy emitted or trasferred
  7. magnification 2b
  8. scope, comprehensiveness

Compassion

  1. sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Honor

  1. a) good name or public esteem: reputation b) outward respect: recognition
  2. privilege
  3. a person of superior standing – now used esp. as a title for a holder of high office
  4. one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
  5. an evidence or symbol of distinction
  6. chastity, purity
  7. a) a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY b) one’s word given as a guarantee of performance

Humility

  1. the quality or state of being humble

Mirth

  1. gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter

Reverence

  1. honor or respect felt or shown: DEFERENCE; esp: profound adoring awed respect
  2. a gesture of respect (as a bow)
  3. the state of being revered or honored
  4. one held in reverence – used as a title for a clergyman

Source:

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.

Bright blessings,

S.

Charge of the Goddess

There have been many iterations of this, the majority of which originally comes from Aradia (Gospel of the Witches) by Charles G. Leland, but I prefer this version, created by Doreen Valiente. I have put in bold the portion that I recite during my Full Moon ritual.

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called Artemis; Astarte; Diana; Melusine; Aphrodite; Cerridwen; Diana; Arianrhod; Isis; Bride; and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not yet won its deepest secrets: to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.

And ye shall be free of slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye 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 toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which 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 Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. 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 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 encircleth the Universe; I, who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the heart’s desire, call unto thy soul. Arise and come unto me.

For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.

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

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this 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.”

Blessed be,

S.