The Charge of
The Charge of the Goddess is attributed to Doreen
Valiente, a student of Gerarld Gardner. The poem, originally found in the
Gardnerian Book of Shadows, is now loved by all witches as a statement of our
reverence for the Goddess and Nature.
to the words of the Great Mother, who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione,
Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arienrhod, Brigid, and by many other
you have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is
full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who is
Queen of all Witches.
shall you assemble, who have not yet won my deepest secrets and are fain to
learn all sorceries. To these shall I teach that which is yet unknown.
shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in
feast, dance, make music and love, all in My presence, for Mine is the ecstasy
of the spirit and Mine also is joy on earth.
My law is love unto all beings.
is the secret that opens upon the door of youth, and Mine is the cup of wine of
life that is the Cauldron of Cerridwen that is the holy grail of immortality.
am the Gracious Goddess who gives the gift of youth unto the heart of mankind.
give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond death I give peace and
freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.
do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the mother of all things and My
love is poured upon the earth.
Hear the words of the Star
Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles
who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the
mysteries of the waters,
call upon your soul to 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
My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold -- all acts of love and
pleasure are My rituals. Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,
honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within
yourself, you will never find it without.
behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained
at the end of desire.