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The Wiccan Rede Bide ye wiccan laws you must,
in perfect love and perfect trust:
Live ye must and let to live,
fairly take and fairly give

Form the circle thrice about
to keep unwelcome spirits out
To bind your spell will every time,
let the spell be spake in rhyme

Soft of eye and light of touch,
speak ye little, listen much
Deosil go by the waxing moon,
chanting out ye baleful tune

When ye Lady's moon is new,
kiss your hand to her times two
When ye moon rides at her peak,
then your heart's desire seek

Heed the north winds mighty gale,
lock the door and trim 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 wind blows from the west
Bardic words be at their best!

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
burn them fast and burn them slow
Elder be ye Lady's tree,
burn it not or cursed ye'll be.

When the wheel begins to turn,
soon ye Beltane fires will burn
When the wheel hath turned a Yule
light the log the Horned One rules.

Heed ye flower, bush and tree,
by the Lady blessed be
Where the rippling waters go,
cast a stone, the truth ye'll know.

When ye have and hold a need,
harken not to others greed
With a fool no season spend,
or be counted as his friend.

Merry meet and merry part,
bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind ye threefold law ye should
three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow,
wear the star upon thy brow
True in love ye ever be,
lest thy love be false to thee.

Bide ye wiccan laws you must,
in perfect love and perfect trust:
These eight words the wiccan rede fulfill;
An harm ye none, do what ye will.

A Rede variant. Note the differences...

The Rede of the Wicca, Being known as the Counsel of the Wise Ones:

Bide the Wiccan laws ye must
in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust
Live and let another live
Freely take and freely 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 and light of touch
Speak thou little, listen much.

Deosil go by waxing moon
Sing and dance the Wiccan rune
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane
And 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 fast and 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 Beltain fires burn
When the wheel has turned to Yule
Light the log and let Pan rule.

Heed ye flower, bush and tree
By the Lady, Blessed be
Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone and truth ye'll know.

When ye have a need
Hearken not to others' greed
With the fool no season spend
Nor be counted as his friend.

Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart
Mind the Threefold Law ye should
Three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow
Wear the blue star on thy brow
True in love must ever be
Unless thy lover's false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
An it harm none, do what ye will

WITH THESE EIGHT WORDS THE WICCAN REDE FULFILL:
"AN IT HARM NONE, DO WHAT YE WILL."

THE VOCABULARY OF THE WICCAN REDE.
As mentioned above, the Rede appears to be presented in a pseudo-archaic or "phony ancient" form of English. Is this simply harmless foolishness, or is there some excellent reason for the vocabulary selected? Let's take a look at the Rede, word by word.

  1. AN: This word is commonly mistranslated as "IF", which is a significant error. The word "AN" is more accurately translated "JUST SO LONG AS".
  2. IT: This pronoun refers to whatever it is that you are thinking of doing.
  3. HARM:This refers to anything which either you or any other person involved or affected by "it" would regard as loss, damage, pain, discomfort, injustice, invasiveness, or prevention, relative to the situation existing before "it" was done. Anything which goes against another person's free will, even if it intends them good, would constitute serious harm.
  4. NONE:This ought to be self-explanatory. "None" is an all- exclusive word. If you harm anyone or anything, including yourself, including a small rock in Trenton, New Jersey, you have harmed "some", not "none".
  5. DO: To perform whatever working is contemplated by "IT", above.
  6. WHAT:The meaning here is "Whatever", and refers forward.
  7. YE: The archaic PLURAL form of "you". The current word "you" denotes both the singular and the plural; the archaic word "YE" is always plural.
  8. WILL:To will something is to exercise your intellectual decision-making power to determine the course of action which you feel to be the best. "Will" has little or nothing to do with "wish" or "want" or "desire". It is not an emotional inclination or feeling. It is the employment of reason to make a decision based upon your best judgment.