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D.2. The Verse Charge (1961)
I the Mother, darksome and divine,
Say to thee, Oh children mine
(All ye assembled at mine Shrine),
Mine the scourge and mine the kiss
The five-point star of love and bliss
Here I charge ye in this sign.
(Assume Goddess position.)
All ye assembled here tonight
Bow before my spirit bright
Aphrodite, Arianrhod,
Lover of the Horned God,
Mighty Queen of Witchery and night
Astarte, Hecate, Ashtaroth, Dione,
(Morrigan, Etain, Nisene),
Diana, Brigid, Melusine,
Am I named of old by men,
Artemis and Cerridwen,
Hell’s dark mistress, Heaven’s Queen.
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(Whene’er trouble comes anoon)
All who would learn of me a Rune
Or would ask of me a boon,
Meet ye in some secret glade
Dance my round in greenwood shade,
by the light of the full moon.
(In a place wild and lone)
With the comrades alone
Dance about my altar stone.
Work my holy Magistry,
Ye who are fain of sorcery,
I bring ye secrets yet unknown.
(Whate’er troubles come to thee),
No more shall ye know slavery
Who give due worship unto me,
Who tread my round on Sabbat-night.
Come ye all naked to the rite,
In token ye be truly free.
I teach the mystery of rebirth,
Keep ye my mysteries in mirth
Heart joined to heart, and lip to lip,
Five are the points of fellowship
That bring ye ecstasy on Earth.
I ask no offerings, do but bow,
No other law but love I know,
By naught but love I may be known,
All that liveth is mine own
From me they come, to me they go.
D.3. Casting and Charging (1961)
[1] Forming Circle. Light candles.
1. Draw Circle with Magic Sword or Athame.
2. Sprinkle with consecrated water.
3. Cense.
4. Say, “I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou be a Boundary and a Protection and a meeting place between
the world of men and the realms of the Mighty Ones, A Guardian and a Protection that shall preserve and
contain the Power which we shall raise within thee, Wherefore do I Bless and Consecrate thee.”
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5. Say “I summon, Stir, and Call Thee up, Ye Mighty Ones of the (East, South, West, North) To witness the Rites
and to guard the Circle.”
[2] Closing Circle. Say, “Mighty Ones of the (East, South, West, North), I thank you for attending, and ere you
depart for your lovely realms, I say Hail and Farewell.”
[3] Consecration of Water and Salt. Touch water with Athame, saying, “I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that
thou cast out from thee all the impurities and uncleannesses of the spirits of the World of Phantasm, In the
names of Aradia and Cernunnos.”
Touching Salt with Athame, say, “Blessings be upon this creature of Salt. Let all malignity and hindrance be cast
forth hencefrom and let all good enter herein. Wherefore I bless thee that thou mayest aid me, In the names of
Aradia and Cernunnos.”
[4] Drawing Down the Moon.
“I invoke Thee and call upon Thee, Oh Mighty Mother of us All, Bringer of all Fruitfulness. By Seed and Root,
by Stem and Bud, by Leaf and Flower and Fruit, by Life and Love, Do We invoke Thee to descend upon the body of
Thy servant and Priestess (name).”
High Priest and other men give Fivefold Kiss. Women all bow.
D.4. Forming the Circle. (1961)
Forming The Circle.
[1] Must have a man and a woman, properly prepared, i.e., naked.
[2] Mark a circle nine feet across on the floor with chalk, etc. The best way is to get a string. Tie 2 loops four
foot, six inches apart. Put one loop over a nail or something in the center. Put chalk in the other and run it
round. If you can’t make marks on the floor, put furniture, etc., round to form it. Have a table, etc., as an Altar,
with all tools, etc., on it. Have a bowl of water, and some salt.
[3] Place Athame on the bowl of water. Say, “I exorcise thee, O creature of Water, that thou cast out from Thee
all the impurities and uncleannesses of the Spirits of the World of Phantasm in the name of Aradia and
Cernunnos. But ever mind that Water purifies the body, but the scourge purifies the soul.”
[4] Then place Athame on the salt. Say, “Blessings be upon this creature of Salt. Let all malignity and hindrance
be cast forth hencefrom, and let all good enter herein. Wherefore I bless thee that thou mayest aid me, in the
name of Aradia and Cernunnos.
[5] Then trace Circle on the lines you have marked out, starting at the East and returning to the East. (Always go
round the circle with your Right hand to the Altar. Never go Widdershins.) Then put the Salt into the water.
and go round the circle again, sprinkling it to purify it. Then go round again censing it. (Everyone in the circle
must be sprinkled and censed.)
[6] Then go to the East, Sword or Athame in hand. Draw an invoking pentacle in the Air, starting at the top and
going to the lefthand corner, saying, “I summon, and call thee up, O Ye Mighty ones of the East, to guard the
Circle and witness our rites.”
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Then holding the point of sword or Athame upwards, do the same to the south, west, and north, and return to the
center, to the south of the Altar.
[7] Then each girl should bind her man, hands behind back and cable Tow to neck. He should kneel at altar, and be
scourged. When all men are thus “purified,” they purify the girls in turn. No one may be in the circle without
being thus purified.
[8] Then do whatever work wanted.
[9] When closing the Circle, the High Priestess, or whoever she tells to do it, saying, “Hail, ye mighty ones of the
East. I thank you for attending, and ere ye depart for your lovely realms, We say, Hail and Farewell.”
These are books you should read in order to see the sources Gardner used to create these rituals.
Crowley, Aleister. Magick in Theory and Practice. Castle, n.d. [ca. 1930]
Gardner, Gerald B. High Magic’s Aid. Michael Houghton, 1949.
——. Witchcraft Today. Jarrolds, 1954.
——. The Meaning of Witchcraft. Aquarian Press, 1959.
Glanvil, Joseph, and Henry More. Saducismus Triumphatus: or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and
Apparitions. London: Lowndes, 3d ed., 1689. Scholar’s Facsimiles, 1966. One of Murray’s major sources of
Leland, Charles Godfrey. Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches of Tuscany. Scribner’s, 1897. Buckland Museum
reprint, 1964.
Mathers, S. L. MacGregor, ed. and trans. The Greater Key of Solomon. De Laurence, Scott, 1914.
Murray, Margaret A. The Witch-Cult in Western Europe. Oxford University Press, 1921. Oxford paperback, 1962.
——. The God of the Witches. Oxford University Press, 1934. Doubleday Anchor, 1960.
Regardie, Israel. The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden
Dawn. 1937-1940. Hazel Hills, 2d ed., 1969.
* Gardner appended this paragraph to the Craft Laws in the early 1960s.
* Gardner appended this paragraph to the Craft Laws in the early 1960s.
* These are shown by a drawing to be: genitals, left foot, right knee, left knee, right foot, and back to genitals.
* My Lady Epona points out that this is precisely what Charles Cardell had claimed; that is, this paragraph is a
response to Cardell, and so it was probably inserted into the Craft Laws after the run-in with the Cardells and
Olive Green in 1959. This again is an indication that Gardner did not promulgate the Craft Laws as a document for
the Book of Shadows until about 1960, when Mr. Q was initiated.
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Appended Note:
Although the information in regard to cource books is
very correct, it should be noted that additionally Gardner is known to
have also drawn from non-publically available books of Masonic Ritual
accessable only to members of FreeMasonry Lodges.