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                                         THE LAWS
                                        from Lady Sheba

                                      Your High Priestess

          In the Magic Circle, the words, commands, and every wish of the High
          Priestess are law.
                  She isthe earthly,living representativeof our GraciousGoddess.
          She must be obeyed  and respected in all things.  She is Our Lady  and
          above all others, a queen in the highest sense of the word.
                  Allfemale coveners must curtsywhenever they comebefore her and
          say, "Blessed Be." All male coveners must bend the knee and give her a
          kiss on the right cheek and say, "Blessed Be."

                                       Your High Priest

          He is the earthly, living  representative of the Great Horned God  and
          in the  Magic Circle, He  commandeth the respect due  to one who  is a
          Magus, a Lord Counselor, and father.

                                           The Laws

          1. The Law was made and ardane of old.

          2. The Law was made for the  Wicca to advise and help in their troubl-

          3. The Wicca should  give due worship to the Gods and obey Their will,
          which They ardane, for it was  made for the good of the Wicca,  as the
          worship of  the Wicca  is good  for the Gods.  For the  Gods love  the
          brethren of the Wicca.

          4. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her,

          5. So the Wicca should love the Gods by mastering them.

          6.  And it is necessary that  0 (Magic Circle) which  is the temple of
          the Gods, should  be duly cast and purified that it may be a fit place
          for the Gods to enter.

          7. And  the Wicca should  be properly prepared  and purified to  enter
          into the presence of the Gods.

          8. With love and worship in their hearts, they shall  raise power from
          their bodies to give power to the Gods.

          9. As has been taught of old.

          10. For  in this way only may man have  a communion with the Gods, for
          the Gods cannot help men without the help of man.

          11.  And the High Priestess shall rule Her Coven as the representative
          of the Goddess.

          12. And the High Priest shall support Her as the representative of the

          13. And the High Priestess shall choose whom She will, if he have
          sufficient rank, to be Her High Priest.


          14. For,  as the God himself  kissed Her feet in  the Fivefold salute,
          laying His power at  the feet of the Goddess, because of Her youth and
          beauty, Her swetness  and kindness,  Her wisdom and  Her justice,  Her
          humility and gentleness and generosity,

          15. So He resigned all His power to Her.

          16. But the High Priestess should ever mind that all  power comes from

          17. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly.

          18. And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that She recognizes
          that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess.

          19. So  will She gracefully retire in favor of a younger woman, should
          the Coven so decide in council.

          20. For the true High Priestess realizes  that gracefully surrendering
          the pride of place is one of the greatest virtues.

          21. And that thereby will She return to that pride of place in another
          life, with greater power and beauty.

          22.  In the  old days,  when Witches  extended far,  we were  free and
          worshipped in all the greatest temples.

          23.  But, in these  unhappy times, we  must celebrate  our Sacred Mys-
          teries in secret.

          24. So be  it ardane, that none  but the Wicca may  see our mysteries,
          for our enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of men.

          25. So be  it ardane, that  no Coven shall know  where the next  Coven

          26. Or who its members be, save only the Priest  and Priestess and the

          27 And  there shall be no communication between them, save only by the
          Messenger of the Gods, or the Summoner.

          28. And only if  it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for
          the Great Festivals.

          29. And while there, none  shall say whence they come, nor  give their
          true names.

          30. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not
          tell if they do not know.

          31. So be  it ardane, that no one shall tell anyone, not of the Craft,
          who be of the Wicca, or give any names,  or where any abide, or in any
          way tell anything which can betray any of us to our faces.

          32. Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.

          33. Or the Covenstead.


          34. Or where the meetings be.

          35. And if any break these Laws, even under  torture, the Curse of the
          Goddess  shall be upon them, so they may never be reborn on earth, and
          may they remainm where they belone, in the Hell of the Christians.

          36. Let each  High Priestess govern  Her Coven with justice  and love,
          with the help  and advice of  the High Priest  and the Elders,  always
          heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods if He comes.

          37. She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and  strive to settle
          all differences among them.

          38. But it  must be recognized  that there will  always be people  who
          will ever strive to force others to do as they will.

          39. These are not necessarily evil.

          40. And they oft have good ideas, and such ideas should be talked over
          in council.

          41. But, if they will not agree with their Brothers or if they say: 

          42. "I will not work under this High Priestess."

          43. It hath ever been the Old  Law, to be convenient for the Brethren,
          and to avoid disputes.

          44. Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven, because they live
          over a league from the Covenstead or are about to do so.

          45. Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form  a new Coven
          shall tell the  Elders of their  intentions and  on the instand  avoid
          their dwelling and remove to a new Covendom.

          46. Members of the old Coven  may join the new one when it  is formed,
          but if they do they must utterly avoid the old Coven.

          47. The  Elders of  the old and  new Covens should  meet in  peace and
          brotherly love to decide the new boundaries.

          48. Those  of the Craft who  live outside both Covens  may join either
          indifferent, but not both.

          49. Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the Great Festivals,
          if it be truly in peace and brotherly love.

          50. But splitting the Coven oft means strife, so for this reason these
          Laws were made of  old, and may the Curse of the Goddess be on any who
          disregard them!
                                     SO BE IT ARDANE.

          51. If you would keep  a book (your Black Book) let it be  in your own
          hand of write, let Brothers and Sisters copy what they will, but never
          let the book out of your hands and never keep the writings of another.

          52.  For if it be  in their hand  of write, they may  be taken and en-


          53. Le each guard  his own writings, and destroy them  whenever danger

          54.  Learn as  much as  you may  by  heart, and  when danger  is past,
          rewrite your book when it be safe.

          55. For this  reason, if any die, destroy their book, an they have not
          been able to.

          56. For, an it be found, 'tis clear proof against them.

          57. And our oppressors know well: "Ye may not be a Witch alone."

          58. So all their kin and friend be in danger of torture.

          59. So destroy everything not necessary.

          60. If your book be found on  you, 'tis clear proof against you alone.
          You may be engained.

          61. Keep all thoughts of the Craft from your mind.

          62. If  the torture  be too  great to  bear, say:  "I will confess.  I
          cannot bear this torture. What do you want me to say?"

          63. If they try to make you talk of the Brotherhood, do not.

          64.  But if  they try  to make  you speak  of impossibilities  such as
          flying  through the  air,  consorting  with  the Christian  Devil,  or
          sacrificing children or eating men's flesh,

          65.  To obtain relief from the torture, say,  "I hold an evil dream, I
          was beside myself, I was crazed.:

          66. Not all the magistrates are bad; if there be any excuse, they  may
          show mercy.

          67. If you  have confessed ought, deny it afterwards.  Say you babbled
          under the torture, say you do not know what you said.

          68. If you are condemned, fear not.

          69.  Fear not,  the Brotherhood  is powerful,  they will  help you  to
          escape if you stand steadfast.

          70. But if you  betray ought, there is no hope for you in this life or
          that to come.

          71.  Be sure, if steadfast  you go to the  pyre, drugs will reach you,
          you will feel naught. You but go to death and what lies beyond.


                                  The Ecstasy of the Goddess
          72. To  avoid discovery, let  the working tools be  as ordinary things
          that any may have in their houses.

          73. Let the Pentacles  be of wax so that they may be broken at once or

          74. Have no sword, unless your rank allows you one.

          75. Have no names or signs on anything.

          76. Write  the names or signs  on them in ink  immediately before con-
          secrating them, and wash it off immediately afterwards.

          77. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery.

          78. Let the color of the hilts tell which is which.

          79. Ever remember,  ye are the  "Hidden Children of  the Goddess,"  so
          never do anything to disgrace them or her.

          80.  Never boast,  never threaten,  never say  you would  wish ill  of

          81.  If any person, not in  the magic circle, speak  of the Craft say,
          "Speak not to me of such, it frightens me. 'Tis eveil luck to speak of

          82. For this reason: the Christians have their spied everywhere. These
          speak as if they were  well affected to us,  as if they would come  to
          our meetings  saying, "My mother  used to go  worship the Old  Ones. I
          would I could go myself."

          83. To such as these, ever deny all knowledge.

          84. But  to others,  ever say, "'Tis  foolish talk  of Witches  flying
          through the  air. To do so they must  be light as thistledown. And men
          say  that Witches all be so bleary-eyed,  old crones, so what pleasure
          can there be at a Witch meeting such as folks talk on?"

          85. And say "Many wise men now say there be no such creatures."

          86. Ever make it a jest and in some  future time, perhaps, the persec-
          ution may die and we may worship our Gods in safety again.

          87. Let us all pray for that happy day.

          88. May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on  all who keep these
          Laws which are ardane.

          89. If the Craft have any Appenage, let all guard it, and help to keep
          it clear and good for the Craft.

          90. And let all justly guard all monies of the Craft.

          91. But  if any brother truly  wrought it, 'tis right  they have their
          pay, and it be just. And this be not taking money for the Art, but for
          good and honest work.


          92. And ever  the Christians say, "The laborer is  worthy of his hire"
          but if  any brother work willingly  for the good of  the Craft without
          pay, 'tis to their greatest honor.

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE

          93. If there  be any quarrels or disputes among  the brethren the High
          Priestess shall  straightly convene  the Elders and  inquire into  the
          matter and they shall hear both sides, first alone, then together.

          94.  And they shall  decide justly, not  favoring the one  side or the

          95. Ever recognizing there be people who can never agree to work under

          96. But at the same time, there be some people who cannot rule justly.

          97. To those who ever must be chief, there is one answer.

          98. Void the Coven, or  seek another one or make a Coven  of your own,
          taking with you those who will go.

          99.  To those who cannot rule justly  the answer be, "Those who cannot
          bear your rule will leave you."

          100. For none  may come to meetings  with those with whom  they are at

          101.  So, an either cannot agree, "Get  hence, for the Craft must ever

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE

          102.  In  the olden  days, when  we had  power, we  could use  the Art
          against any who ill-treated  the Brotherhood. But in these  evil days,
          we  must not do  so!  For  our enemies  have devised a  burning pit of
          everlasting fire, into which they say their God casteth all the people
          who worship Him, except it  be the very few who are released  by their
          priest's spells and masses. And  this be chiefly by giving monies  and
          rich gifts  to receive  His favor, for  their God  is ever in  need of

          103. But as our Gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops,
          so it is the  God of the Christians ever  is in need of man's  help to
          search out and  destroy us. Their priests ever tell  them that any who
          get our help are  damned to this Hell forever, so men  be mad with the
          terror of it.

          104. But they make men  believe that they may escape this Hell if they
          give  Witches to the  tormentors. So for  this reason,  all be forever
          spying, thinking, "An I catch but one of the Wicca, I will escape this
          fiery pit."

          105. So for this reason we have our hidels, and men searching long and
          not  finding say, "There  be none, or  if there be,  they be in  a far

          106. But when one of our oppressors dies, or even be sick, ever is the
          cry, "This  be Witches' malice," and  the hunt is up  again and though


          they slay  ten of their own to one of  ours, still they care not. They
          have countless thousands.

          107. While we are few indeed.

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE

          108. That none shall use the Art in any way to do ill to any.

          109. However much they injure us, HARM NONE and now times many believe
          we exist not.

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE

          110. That this  Law shall ever continue to  help us in our  plight. No
          one, however great an  injury or injustice they  receive, may use  the
          Art  in any  way to  do ill  or harm  any. But  they may,  after great
          consultations with  all,  use  the Art  to  restrain  Christians  from
          harming us or tax others, but only to let or constrain them.

          111. To this end, men  will say: "Such a one is a  mighty searcher out
          and a  persecutor of old  women whom they  deemeth to be  Witches, and
          none hath done him skith, so they be proof they cannot, or more  truly
          where be none."

          112.  For all  know full  well, that  so many  folk have  died because
          someone had a grudge against them, or were persecuted because they had
          money or  goods to seize, or because they had  none to bribe the sear-
          chers.   And many have died  because they were scolding  old women. So
          much that men now say that "only old women are Witches."

          113. And this be to our advantage, and turns suspicions away from us.

          114. In England  and Scotland, 'tis now many a year since a Witch hath
          died the  death. But the misuse  of the power might  raise the persec-
          ution again.

          115. So  never break this Law, however much you are tempted, and never
          consent to it being broken in the least.

          116. If  you know it is  being broken, you must  work strongly against

          117. And any  High Priestess who consents to its  breach must immedia-
          tely be deposed. "For 'tis the blood of the Brethren they endanger."

          118. Do good, an it be safe and only if it be safe.

          119. And strictly keep to the old Law.

          120. Never accept money for the use of the Art.  For money ever smear-
          eth  the taker.  "'Tis  sorcerers and  conjurers  and priests  of  the
          Christians who ever accept money  for the use of their Arts.  And they
          sell dwale, and evil loves spells and pardons, so let  men escape from
          their sins."

          121.  Be not as these.  If you accept no money,  you will be free from
          temptation to use the Art for evil courses.


          122. All may use the Art for their own advantage, or for the advantage
          of the Craft, only if you are sure you harm none.

          123. But ever let the Coven debate this at length. Only if all be
          satisfied and none be harmed may the Art be used.

          124. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one way, perchance the
          aim may be achieved by acting in a different  way, so as to harm none.
          May the Curse of the Goddess be on any who breaketh this Law.


                                        SO BE IT ARDANE.

          125. 'Tis judged  lawful if any of the Craft need  a house or land and
          none  will sell, to  incline the owner's  mind so as to  be willing to
          sell, providing  it harmeth it  not in  anyway and the  full price  is
          paid, without haggling.

          126. Never bargain or cheapen anything whilst you live by the Art.

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE.

          127. 'Tis the old  Law and the most important of all  Laws that no one
          may do  anything which will endanger  any of the Craft,  or bring them
          into contact with the law of the land, or any of our persecutors. 

          128. In any disputes between the  brethren, no one may invoke any Laws
          but those of the Craft.

          129. Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess, Priest and Elders. And
          may the Curse of the Goddess be on any who do so.

                                        SO BE IT ARDANE.

          130. It is not forbidden to say as Christians do: "There be Witchcraft
          in  the land,"  because our  opressors of  old make  it heresy  not to
          believe in Witchcraft, and so  a crime to deny it, which  thereby puts
          you under suspicion.

          131. But ever say "I  know not of it here, perchance there may be, but
          afar off - I know not where."

          132. But  ever speak of those as old crones, consorting with the Devil
          and riding through the air.

          133.  But ever say: "But how many men may ride through the air an they
          be not light as thistledown?"

          134. But the Curse of the Goddess be on any who cast any  suspicion on
          any of the Brotherhood.

          135. Or who speaks of any real meeting place where any abide.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.

          136. Let the  Craft keep books with  the names of all  herbs which are
          good for men, and all cures, so all may learn.

          137. But keep another book  with all the Bales and Apies  and let only
          the Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.

          138. Remember the Art is the secret  of the Gods and only may be  used
          in earnest and never for show or pride, or vainglory.

          139. Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying, "You have no power.
          Do magic before our eyes. Then only will we believe." Seeking to cause
          us to betray our Art before them.


          140. Heed them not. For the Art is holy, and may only be used in need.
          And the Curse of the Gods be on any who break this Law.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.

          141.  It ever be the way with women,  and with men also that they ever
          seek new love..

          142. Nor should we reprove them for this.

          143. But it may be found to the disadvantage of the Craft.

          144. As, so  many a time  it has happened that  a High Priest  or High
          Priestess  impelled by love, hath  departed with their  love, that is,
          they have left the Coven.

          145. Now if a High Priestess wishes to resign, they may do so  in full

          146. And this resignation is valid.

          147. But  if they should  run off without  resigning, who may  know if
          they may not return within a few months.

          148. So the Law is: If a High Priestess leaves  her Coven, but returns
          within rthe space  of a year and  a day, then she shall  be taken back
          and all shall be as before.

          149.  Meanwhile, if she  has a deputy,  that deputy shall  act as High
          Priestess for as long as the High Priestess is away.

          150. If she returns not at the end of a year and a day, then shall the
          Coven elect a new High Priestess.

          151. Unless there be a good reason to the contrary, the person who has
          done the work should reap the benefit of the reward.

          152. If somebody else is elected, the deputy is made maiden and deputy
          of the High Priestess.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.

          153. It hath been found that  practicing the Art doth cause a fondness
          between aspirant and tutor, and  it is the cause of better  results if
          this be so.

          154.  But if  for any  reason this  be undesirable,  it can  easily be
          avoided  by both  persons from  the outset  firmly resolving  in their
          minds that if any such ensure, it shall be that of brother and sister,
          or parent and child.

          155. And it is for this reason that a man may be taught by a woman and
          a woman by a man and that woman and woman and man and man should never
          attempt these practices together.

          156. And may all the Curses of the Mighty Ones be on any who make such
          an attempt.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.


          157. Order and discipline must be kept.

          158.  A High  Priestess or  a High  Priest may  and should  punish all

          159. To this end: all the  Craft must receive their correction willin-

          160.  All, properly prepared, the culprit kneeling, should be told his
          fault, and his sentence pronounced.

          161. Punishment should be the $ followed  by something amusing such as
          several S S S S, or something of this nature.

          162. The bulprit  must acknowledge  the justice of  the punishment  by
          kissing the  hand of the Priestess  and by kissing the  $ on receiving
          sentence; and again thanking for punishment received.

                                       SO BE IT ARDANE.


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