origin unclear, but sometimes attributed to
Lady Gwen Thompson and her grandmother Adriana Porter
The Wiccan Rede (also know as The Wiccan Credo) is often shortened to the last line or a more modern version: “Do what you will as long as it harms none.”
The Wiccan Rede is the governing canon of Wiccan life. As long as your actions are carefully considered and harm no one (including your self), then you may do as you will. It is reinforced by the Threefold Law, which is the belief that all you do, whether good or harm, returns to you magnified three times over.
Rede Of The Wiccae
Being known as the counsel of the Wise Ones:
Bide the Wiccan Laws ye must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Live an’ let live
Fairly take an’ fairly give.
Cast the Circle thrice about
To keep all evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye an’ light of touch
Speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing Moon
Sing and dance the Wiccan rune.
Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane
An’ the Werewolf howls by the dread Wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s Moon is new,
Kiss thy hand to Her times two.
When the Moon rides at Her peak
Then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the Northwind’s mighty gale
Lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the South
Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the East
Expect the new and set the feast.
When the West wind blows o’er thee,
Departed spirits restless be
Nine woods in the Cauldron go
Burn them quick an’ burn them slow.
Elder be ye Lady’s tree
Burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.
When the Wheel begins to turn
Let the Beltane fires burn.
When the Wheel has turned a Yule
Light the Log an’ let Pan rule.
Heed ye flower bush an’ tree
By the Lady Blessèd Be.
Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone an’ truth ye’ll know.
When ye have need,
Hearken not to others greed.
With the fool no season spend
Or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet an’ merry part
Bright the cheeks an’ warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law ye should
Three times bad an’ three times good.
When misfortune is enow,
Wear the Blue Star on thy brow.
True in love ever be
Unless thy lover’s false to thee.
Eight words ye Wiccan Rede fulfill
An’ it harm none, Do what ye will.
Originally published in Green Egg magazine in 1975. However, the true source of the poem is disputed as Porter died in 1946, well before Gardner published The Old Laws, and no evidence for Porter’s authorship exists other than Thompson’s word. Also, the poem refers to Wiccan concepts that are not known to have existed in her lifetime