Listen to the Words of the Great Mother, She, who of old, was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athena, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride and by many other names...
Whenever ye have need of me, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore me, who am Queen of all the Wise.
There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets. To these I will teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye are truly free, ye shall be naked in your rites. And ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my presence.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine is also joy on Earth. Keep pure your highest ideal; Strive ever towards it; Let naught stop you or turn you aside. For I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace unutterable.
Nor do I demand aught in sacrifice. For behold, I am the mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the Earth. From me all things proceed, and to me all things must return.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; 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 thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest this mystery: That if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
(adapted from Doreen Valiente)
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