Charge of the Goddess

Here are the words of the Great Goddess, the Great Mother of the universe – Gaia, Yemaya, Spider Woman, Istar, Mary, Isis, Kwan Yin – known by thousands of names across geography and time:

Whenever you need anything, once a month and better when the moon is full, and eight times more in the year, you shall meet in some safe place to celebrate my spirit, who am queen of all woman. You shall meet in freedom, and as a sign of trust you shall be naked in your rites(*). Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in my presence, for mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and joy on Earth. My only law is love unto all. Mine is the secret that opens the door of birth, and mine is the mystery of life that is the Cauldron of Hecate, the womb of immortality. I give knowledge of the all-creative spirit, and beyond death I give peace and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I ask any sacrifice, for I am the mother of all things and my love is the breast milk that nourishes the Earth.

I who am the beauty of the green Earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon you souls to rise 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. Let 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. And you who seek to know me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail: for if that which you seek, you will find not within yourself, you will never find without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is obtained at the end of desire.

(*) = “as a sign of trust,you shall be naked in your rites” — I take this to mean you show trust in the Goddess and God to be naked in front of them. It can also mean if you have trust in your coven members, you all should practice naked. Not as something sexual mind you. We are all naked under the clothes, so our bodies shouldn’t be something we are ashamed of. Some covens do practice ritual in the nude. Just do what feels right to you!

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