Charge of the Goddess

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was
of old also called among men Artimis: Astarte: Diane: Melusine: Aphrodite: Cerridwen:
Dana: Arianrod: Bride: and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month,
and better be it when the moon is full, then ye shall assemble in some secret
place and adore the spirit of me who am queen of all Pagandom.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn
all magick, yet have not 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 be 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 idea: Strive ever toward
it: Let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which opens upon the
door of youth: And mine is the cup of the water 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 of man: 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 amongst the stars: and the mystery of the waters of life: and the
desire of the heart of man 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 all things must return; and
before my face, beloved of gods and men, thine inmost divine self shall be enfolded
in the rapture of the infinite. 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 the mystery; that if that
which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without

For behold: I have been with thee from the beginning:
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.