The Charge of the Goddesses

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who of old was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Ceridwen, Dana, Arionrhod, Bride and by many other names:“Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me who am Queen of all witches.There ye shall assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its greatest 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. 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 towards it, let nought stop you nor turn you aside. For 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 Ceridwen, 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 that 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, and whose body encircles 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 desire of the heart of man. Call unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto me. For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed and unto me they must return. And before my face, beloved of gods and of man, let thy inner most divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be in 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 knowest the mystery: for hat which thou seekest, thou findest not within thee, then thou will never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

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