Witches’ Reed of Chivalry

Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the craft, and to themselves.

Therefor, 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 known that thoughts and intent put forth on this earth will wax strong in the otherworlds beyond, and return…bringing into creation, in this world, that which has been sent for. Thus one should exercise discipline for “As ye do plant, so shall ye harvest.” It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can obtain godhead.

“This above all…to thine own self be true.” A Witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus they give their word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may not be known. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods. Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected from them. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one’s head is a virtue. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.

When a coven, clan or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices and abide thereby. Dignity, a gracious manner and good humor are much to be admired.

As a Witch thou hast power, and powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefor exercise discretion in the use thereof. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust. Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch to another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.

Those who follow the Mysteries should live beyond reproach in the eyes of the world. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and with reason, for the main, they have been chosen with wisdom.

Have pride in thyself and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, “How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?” Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods; it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest thrones and beyond the very stars.