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Why All New Witches Need to Know About The Witches Rede

Before we begin I’d like to clarify that this post is about the Witches Rede, not the rules of practicing witchcraft.  There are lots of ‘rules’ about witchcraft published (usually 13 of them) but as you might have gathered by now, I’m not really into ‘rules’ when it comes to my spirituality.  However, the rede is about the simple concept of what you put out in to the word is what you get back.

The rede itself is quite long (and a bit tedious) but it’s worth a read and the last phrase captures it’s meaning perfectly:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

Always remember when practicing your craft that any malicious intent you send out towards another in the form of spell work and ritual will come back to you.  Always make sure your spell work comes from a place of love or is justified.

The Witches Rede

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.

Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.

To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.

Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.

Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.

When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.

When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.

When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s

insight.   Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.

Hawthorn is burned to purify and 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 tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.

Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.

When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.

As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.

When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.

When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.

Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.

When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.

Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

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2 thoughts on “Why All New Witches Need to Know About The Witches Rede”

  1. There is no such thing as a Witch’s Rede. Only a wiccan rede and that literally only applies to those who practice wicca. Not all witches are wiccan.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m aware that not all witches are Wiccan – I’ve said that in numerous posts. The rede can apply to anyone that it resonates with – not just Wiccans. I’m not Wiccan but I abide by the rede because I believe in karma. I published this post because In my opinion the rede is useful reading for all witches. Blessed be.

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