Lady Sheherazahde Lachesis (sheherazahde) wrote in _wicca_,
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Charge of the Goddess

I didn't see this in the tags so I thought I'd post it.
Charge of the Goddess

(High Priest)
Listen to the words of the Great Mother,
Who of old was called:
Artemis, Astarté, Dioné,
Melusiné, Aphrodité, Kerridwen,
Diana, Aranrhod, Breed,
and by many other names:

(High Priestess)
Whenever you have need of anything,
once a month, and better it be
when the moon is full,
you shall assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of Me
Who is Queen of all the Wise.

There shall you assemble,
you who whould learn the mysteries,
yet have not won their deepest secrets;
to these will I teach things
that are yet unknown.

You shall be free from slavery,
and as a sign that you be free
you shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance,
make music and love,
all in My Presence,

for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit
and Mine also is joy on earth.
For My law is love unto all.

Keep pure your highest ideal;
strive ever towards it;
let nothing stop you or turn you aside.

Mine is the secret door
to the Land of Youth,
and Mine is the cup of the wine of life,
that is the cauldron of Kerridwen,
that is the holy grail of immortality.

I am the gracious Mother,
who gives the gift of joy
unto the hearts of My children.

In Life 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 any sacrifice,
for behold, I am the Mother of all things
and My love is poured out upon the earth.

(High Priest)
Hear now the words of the Star Goddess,
the dust of Whose feet
are the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the universe:

(High Priestess)
I who am the beauty of the green earth
and the white moon among the stars
and the mysteries of the waters,
and the desire of the human heart,

I call upon your soul
to 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 they must return.

Before My face, beloved by all,
let your innermost divine self be enfolded
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,
mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me,
know that your seeking and yearning
will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery:
if that which you seek,
you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without.

For 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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