Sacred Texts
The Old Religion has no bible as such, our philosophies and tenets are not easily contained within the bindings of a book, rather they are written in the trees and whispered on the wind. the waves sing our songs and the fire lights our way. We are an ancient and proud faith that celebrates the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

Weather you are Wiccan, Pagan, or are walking one of the countless other paths that lead toward the Divine, may you find love and light to inspire and guide you down whatever path you choose to walk.
"What? Do you call us decadent, and
our whole nation, too?
My friend you are too stern hearted
for these times. These times are new.
Should you discern in us selfish introspection;
a powerful pride:
In actuality, self mockery and old age's wisdom
is all that you descry!"

 Invocation to the Horned God
The Wiccan Rede
The Charge of the Goddess
 The Wiccan Key
The Wiccan Rede of Chivalry
Before Time Was
The Pattern on the Trestle board
  The Witches Creed
The Devil Speaks
Principles of Wiccan Belief

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who
was of old also called among men Atrmis, Astarte,
Diane, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana,
Arianhod, Bride , and by many other names.
At mine alters the youth of Lacedemon in Sparta made
due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once
in the month, and better it be when the moon is full,
or new, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore
the spirit of me who am the Queen of all witcheries.
There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all
sorcery, yet who have not won its deepest secrets: to these
will I teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery. And as a sign that ye
be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites. And ye
shall dance, sing feast, make music, and love, all in
my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is
joy on earth for my law is love onto all beings.
Keep pure your highest idea, strive ever toward it,
let naught stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which opens upon the door of
youth, and mine is the cup of wine of life, and the cauldron
of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.
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.
Beyond Death I give peace and freedom and reunion
with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand
sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all living
and my love is poured out on the earth

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess. she
 in the dust of whose feet
are the hosts of Heaven, whose body encircleth the universe.
I am the beauty of the green Earth, and the white Moon amongst the
the stars, and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man call unto my soul
arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature who gives life to the universe.
From me all things precede, and onto me all things return.
Before my face the beloved of Gods and men
they inmost divine self shall be enfolded
in the rapture of the infinite.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoyceth
for behold all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefor let there be beauty and strength
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.
Thou who thinkest to seek for me: know
thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not:
unless thou know the mystery;
that if that which thou seekest thou findest not
within thee, 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

Invocation to the Horned God
By the flame that Burneth bright,
 Oh Horned One
We call your name into the night
 Oh Ancient One
 Thee we invoke by the moon lead sea
By the standing stone and the twisted tree
Thee we invoke where gather our own
By the nameless shore forgotten and lone
Come where the round of the dance is trod
Horn and Hoof of the  Goatfoot God!
By moonlit meadow on dusty hill
When the haunted wood is hushed and still
Come to the charm of the chanted prayer
As the Moon bewitches the midnight air
Evoke thy powers that potent bide
In shining stream and secret tide
In fiery flame, by starlight pale
In shadowed mist that rides the gale
And by firedrake, Faery haunted
Of forest wild and woods enchanted
Come, O come to the heart beats drum
Come to us who gather below
When the broad white moon is climbing slow
Through the stars, to the heavens height
We hear thy hooves on the wind of night!
As black tree branches shake and sigh
By joy and delight we know thee nigh
We speak the spell thy power unlocks
At Solstice Sabbat and Equanox
Bide the Wiccan law ye must,
in perfect love and perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan rede fulfill
and it harm none do as ye will.
'Lest in thy self defense it be
ever mind the rule of three.
Follow this in mind and heart
and merry we meet and merry we part

I am Evil in sofar as Evil can exist
In the best of all worlds.
In order to perceive me, one must see
crookedly, wrongly, and narrowly.
Three paths lead to me;
conceit, suspicion, and accusation.
My chief virtues are calumny,
and slander.
I complete this triangle,
the other two sides of which are
death and time.
In order to escape from this triangle
it is only necessary to see
it does not exist.
But how to do this
is not for me to tell.

For I am evil,
which men invented in order to have
a justification for themselves and in order to
regard me as the cause of all wrong doing of
which they themselves are guilty of.

I am called the King of lies and truly
I am the King of Lies for
I am the greatest product of human lies.


Our past forgotten hiding in shadows too
scared to leave. Like conjurers we
weave the lights of day through all hours of the night.
I call you now upon the rivers of wind, and heart beats.
I beckon you to me.
The ability to know, the strength to dare,
the fortitude to will and secrets kept.
I enter upon the path of light.
With strength and conviction the Gods await me.
I fear not what must come. Power be mine forever in time.
In this will I see the Wiccan key.
So mote it be!

Before Time Was 

Before time was, there was The One; The One was all & all was The One. And the vast expanse known as the Universe was The One, allwise, all-pervading, all-powerful, eternally changing.

And Space moved. The One molded energy into twin forms equal but opposite, fashioning
the Goddess and God from The One and of The One. The Goddess & God stretched and gave thanks to The One, but darkness surrounded them. They were alone, solitary save for The One.

So they formed energy into gases and gases into suns and planets and moons; They sprinkled the Universe with whirling globes and so all was given shape by the hands of the Goddess and God. Light arose and the sky was illuminated by a billion suns. and the Goddess and Gods, satisfied by their works, rejoiced and loved, and were one. From their union sprang seeds of life, and of the human race, so that we might achieve incarnation upon the Earth.

The Goddess chose the Moon as her symbol, and the God the Sun as his symbol to remind the inhabitants of Earth of their fashioners. All are born, live, die and are reborn beneath The Sun and Moon; all things come to pass thereunder, and all occurs with the blessings of The One, as has been the way of existence before time was

The Witch's Rede of Chivalry 

by Ed Fitch,

"Insofar as the craft of the wise is the most ancient and honorable creed of humankind,
it behooves all who are witches to act in ways that give respect to the old gods and goddesses,
to their sisters and brothers of the craft, and to themselves. Therefore be it noted that:

Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the old ways.

It must be learned that thoughts and intent put forth on this middle earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond, and return... bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth.
Thus one should exercise discipline, for "as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest."

It is by only preparing our minds to be as gods and goddesses that we can ultimately attain godhead.

"This above thine own self be true."

A witches word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehood

Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected from them.

The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth, to keep ones head is a virtue.

Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.

Diverse covens may have diverse views on love between members and others. When a coven clan or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

Dignity, a gracious manner and a good humor are much to be admired.

As a witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion thereof.

Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have fallen and crumbled to dust.

Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen those of the brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another witch or coven. Others have labored long and hard and cherish them as treasures.

Though there may be differences between those of the old ways, those who are once born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.

Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

Have pride in thy self and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the lady has said "How cans't thou honor another, lest they honor thy self first?"

Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves select of the gods and goddesses, for it is they who lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars."

“Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destinies pathway, That now we bring forth into the light.
Mysterious water and fire, the earth and the wide ranging air,
By hidden quintessence we know them, and will keep silent and dare.
The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of winter and spring.
We share with the life universal, rejoice in the magick ring.
Four times in the year the great Sabbat returns, and the witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing, on May Eve and Hallowe'en.
When daytime and night time are equal, when the sun is great and least,
The four lesser sabbats are summoned, and the witches gather in feast.
Thirteen full moons in a year are, thirteen in the covens array.
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each golden year and a day.
The power was passed down through the ages, each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other, Ere time and ages began.
When drawn is the magickal circle, By sword or Athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies, in the land of shades that hour.
This world has no right to know it, and the world beyond will tell naught.
The oldest of Gods is invoked there, the greatest of magick is wrought.
For two are the mystical pillars, that stand at the gate to the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature, the fore and the force of the divine.
The dark and the light in succession, the opposite each onto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess: this did our ancestors teach.
By night he’s the wiled winds rider, The Horned one, the lord of the Shades.
BY day he’s the King of the woodland, the dweller in green forest glades.
She is youthful or old as she pleases, she sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver Lady of midnight, the Crone who weaves spells in the dark.
The Master and Mistress of Magick, they dwell in the deeps of the main,
Immortal and ever renewing, With power to free or to bind.
So drink the good wine of the Old Gods, and dance and make love in their praise,
Till Elphanes’s fair land shall receive us in peace at the end of our days.
And Do What Thou Wilt shall be the challenge, So be it in love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment, By Magick of old, be it done!
Eight words the Witches Creed fulfill, if it Harms None, Do What Thou Will!
Principles of Wiccan Belief
(as adopted by the Council of American Witches, April, 1974)
1.We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and the Seasonal Quarters and Cross-Quarters.
   2.We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to  live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within a evolutionary concept.
   3.We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural", but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
   4.We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifest through polarity -- as masculine and feminine -- and that same Creative power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.
   5.We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds known sometimes as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. - and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
   6.We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who courageously give of themselves in leadership.
   7.We see religion, magic, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and live within it - a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as 'Witchcraft - the Wiccan Way'.
   8.Calling oneself "Witch" does not make one a Witch - but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within themselves that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.
   9.We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
  10.Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent  that its institutions have claimed to be 'the only way' and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
  11.As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
  12.We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil", as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
  13.We beleive that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
Though this is not a "Wiccan" piece I think that it reflects in its structure and verse some of the same truths that we as witches spend our life's trying to live by and understand. so thanks to the B.O.T.A
This Is Truth About The Self
All the Power that ever was or will be is here now.

I am a center of expression for the Primal Will-to-Good which eternally creates and sustains the Universe.

Through me its unfailing Wisdom takes form in thought and word.

Filled with Understanding of its perfect law, I am guided, moment by moment, along the path of liberation.

From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.

I recognize the manifestation of the Undeviating Justice in all the circumstances of my life.

In all things, great and small, I see the Beauty of the Divine Expression.

Living from that Will, supported by its unfailing Wisdom and Understanding, mine is the Victorious Life.

I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light.

In thought and word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being.

The Kingdom of Spirit is embodied in my flesh.