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The Wiccan Rede1

The Wiccan Rede1



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The Wiccan Rede
Also known as the
 Advice of the Wise
Commentary written by Lady Bridget 
Bide the Witches' Law ye must,In perfect Love and perfect Trust.
 Basically, this refers to Perfect Love and Trust in the Lord and Lady, not necessarily in ahuman person. Remember, all witches are human first, and they will have the same faults and  shortcomings as everyone else. Honor them for their knowledge and experience, but don't expect them to be saints!
Live and let all else live,Fairly take and fairly give.
 Pretty self-explanatory...
First tread the Circle thrice aboutTo keep unwelcome spirits out.
This refers to casting the circle first with your athame, sword, staff, or whatever tool you use,then casting again around fully with salt & water, then a third casting is done with the Incense. (Not necessarily in that order - it goes by tradition)
To bind the spell well every time,Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
This refers to your "younger self" or subconcious mind, which hears and reacts more quicklyand more fully to rhymes and chants. It also makes it fun for your inner child, and this will enhance your magickal workings.
Light of eye and soft of touch,Speak ye little, listen much.
"Light of eye" is an injuntion against staring forcefully at another, and comes from the Stregan "evil eye". And the second line has always been sage advice.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,Let love and light be our guides again.
 Similar to "Honor thy father and mother", but this means anyone elder, not just family. Somehow politeness is being lost in today's society.
Deosil go by the waxing moon,Sing and Dance the joyful rune.
"Deosil" means clock-wise, or sun-wise, and the waxing moon is from New Moon to just before the Full Moon, while the moon is "filling out". This is the time to ask for what youwant to have joyful in your life. "Rune" is another name for spell, but specifically a rhymed,chanted, spell working. This is evolved from the use of a single rune (such as today are used  for divination) to represent the person's desire.
Widdershins by the waning moon,Chanting out the baneful rune.
 Now "widdershins" is counter clockwise, and the waning moon is after the full moon, when it is "dwindling". This is the time to get rid of unwanted habits, weight, bad feelings, or anything you wish to be rid of. "Baneful" comes from "banish" and that's what it means.
When the Lady's moon is new,Kiss the hand to Her times two.
 It was the custom in days gone before to send kisses to the New Moon. It must have been avery wide spread custom as I have seen references to the Inquition warning people that thosewho did it would be closely watched for signs of heresy and witchcraft!
When the moon rides at Her peak Then your heart's desire seek.
This of course is the Full Moon, and the time when the magick of the Moon is at full power.
Heed the North winds' mighty gale,Lock the door and trim the sail.
These next four verses are "wind wisdom" and refer to the times when the wind comes fromthe four directions, and also refers to the four seasons. The North wind is well known for thewinter storms it brings. Lock everything up tight!
When the Wind blows from the East,Expect the new and set the feast.
The second line refers to the tendency the East wind has to bring changes, and unexpected visitors.
When the wind comes from the South,Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
The warm southern wind brings Springtime, when young fancies turn to romance.
When the wind blows from the West,Departed souls will have no rest.
The West is the direction that the souls of those passing on to the Summerland will take. (I  suppose they have to work harder when the wind is against them!)
Nine woods in the Cauldron go,Burn them fast and burn them slow.
 Nine woods are placed in the Beltain fires and each one is significant.
Birch in the fire goesTo represent what the Lady knows.Oak in the forest towers with mightIn the fire it brings the God's insight.Rowan is a tree of powerCausing life and magick to flower.Willows at the waterside standReady to help us to the Summerland.Hawthorn is burned to purifyAnd to draw faerie to your eye.Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning-Adds its strength to the bright fire burning.White are the flowers of Apple treeThat brings us fruits of fertility.Grapes grow upon the vineGiving us both joy and wine.Fir does mark the evergreenTo represent immortality seen.Elder is the Lady's treeBurn it not or cursed you'll be.
Count them, Elder is the 10th tree, and the Balefire only gets Nine. This is a warning to thosewho would burn the elder, and refers to the English elder, but I don't burn the American oneeither.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark In the light and in the dark.
 I want to clear up a point: "Major" doesn't refer to the Sabbats' importance, all are equallyimportant. Rather, it refers to us celebrating these Sabbats at the height of the Season, when

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