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Charge of the Goddess

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old

also called Artemis; Astarte; Diana; Ishtar; Aphrodite;
Cerridwen; Danu; 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 is 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 from 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.
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 hearts 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,
honour 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 wilt never find it without thee.
Listen to the words of the Dark Goddess, who is known to us as
Kali, Hecate, Cerridwen, Lilith, Persephone, Fata,
Morgana, Ereshkigal, Arianhrod, Durga, Inanna,
Tiamat, The Morrigan, and by many other names:
Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon,
come together in love and trust and learn of Me,
who is the Wisest of CronesYe who search the mysteries of the Earth,
the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire,
the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto Me,
and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.
Ye shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that ye are free from fear,
your breast you shall bare to my blade,
for fear has no place in my mysteries

and that which you seek of Me will destroy you if you fear it.
I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream.
I am the womb from which all things are born.
I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled,
the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries.
I snip the threads that bring my children home to me.
I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless.
Swallow your fear and come to me,
and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.
I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.
I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power.
Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.
I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.
I am the fire that kisses the shackles away.
I am the Healer of all wounds,
the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time.
I make the weak strong. I make the arrogant humble.
I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised.
I am Justice tempered with Mercy.
I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth.
I am the web which connects all things.
I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself
merge together in a rainbow of union.
I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey.
After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.
I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me
and bare their breasts, to die and be reborn to the Whole.
I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity.
I am the silence before birth and after death. I am the clouded mirror
in which you scry your own soul. I am mist in the twilight,

the vast and starry sky of midnight, the shadows on the Moon.
I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you
and from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed.
All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all.
I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness,
my hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds.
To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction,
yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.
Seek me at the crossroads, and you shall be transformed,
for once you look upon my face, there is no return.
Seek me within and without, and you will be strong. Know me.
Venture into the dark so that you may awaken
to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness.
Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are,
and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am.
For my wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of my Secrets
is power over self, over fear, over death. Nor do I demand aught of you
which you cannot give. For I am the Mother of Mysteries,
and as you know Me, so shall you learn to know yourself.