The Wiccan Rede

We have seen two differences of the Wiccan Rede, which are both printed here.  Very similar, but the contents have changes.  Maybe you have seen these versions in the Gardnerian and Alexandrian works.  Look into the changes and see what actually has changed and what it might mean.

The Wiccan Rede (One version)

Bide ye the Wiccan laws ye must,
in perfect love, in perfect trust.
Ye must live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about, to keep unwelcome spirits out.

To bind the spell well every time,
let the spell be spoken in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
speak ye little and listen much.

Deosil go by waxing moon,
chanting out the Wiccan Rune.
Widdershins go by waning moon,
chanting out the baneful tune.

When the Lady’s moon is new,
kiss the hand to her times two.
When the moon rides at her peak,
then the heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North wind’s 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 Moor wind blows from the West,
departed spirits have no rest.
When the wind blows from the East,
expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
burn them quick and burn them slow.
Elder be the Lady’s tree,
cut it not or cursed you’ll be.

When the wheel begins to turn,
let the Beltane fires burn.
When the wheel has turned to Yule,
light the log and 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 to know.

When ye have and hold a need,
hearken not to others’ greed.
With a fool no seasons spend,
or 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,
where the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ye must ever be,
lest thy love be false to thee.

These words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none, do what ye will.

Bide the Wiccan Rede ye must,
In perfect love & perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,
An it harm none, do as ye will.

Ever mind the rule of three,
What you send out comes back to thee.
Follow this with mind & heart,
And merry meet & merry part!

Another version of the Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan Redes ye 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;
Bind fast the spell every time,
Let the words be spoke in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak ye little, listen much;
Deosil go by waxing moon,
Sing and dance the Witches’ Rune;
Widdershins go by waning moon,
Chant ye then a baleful tune;
When the Lady’s moon is new,
Kiss hand to her times two;
When the moon rides at peak,
Heart’s desire then ye seek.

Heed the North wind’s mighty gale,
Lock the door & trim the sail;
When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss them on the mouth;
When the wind blows from the West,
departed souls have no rest;
When the wind blows from the East,
Expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
Burn them quick, burn them slow;
Elder be the Lady’s tree,
Burn it not or curs’d ye’ll be;
When the wind begins to turn,
Soon Beltane fires will burn;
When the wheel has turned to Yule,
light the log, the Horned One rules.
Heed the flower, bush or tree
By the Lady blessed be’
When the rippling waters flow
cast a stone – the truth you’ll know;
When ye have & hold a need,
Hearken not to others’ greed;
With a fool no seasons spend,
Or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks, warm the heart;
Bright the cheeks, warm the heart;
Mind the threefold law ye should,
Three times bad and three times good;
Whene’er misfortune is enow,
Wear the star upon your brow;
True in troth ever ye be
Lest thy love prove false to thee.

‘Tis by the sun that life be won,
And by the moon that change be done;
If ye would clear the path to will,
Make certain the mind be still;
What good be tools without Inner Light?
What good be magic without wisdom-sight?
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill –
An it harm none, do what ye will.

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