Welcome to my new blog feature:
'Bella's Book of Shadows'
Over the years I've researched a number of things whilst writing my novels and one of those things was Witch Craft or Wicca. It's an immensely fascinating subject and I thought I'd share a few things I'd learnt and put them into an online book format called Bella's Book of Shadows.
Before we begin, this is most important. If you don't want to abide by these simple rules, then my Book of Shadows is not for you.
If you want to live a magickal life, the Wiccan Rede is the first thing you want to read before you start dancing around your cauldron under the full moon naked, so here it is.
~ The Wiccan Rede ~
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the Circle thrice about to keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the speel every time let spell be said in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch, speak little, listen much.
Honour the Old Ones in deed and name, love and light shall be our guides again.
Deosil go by the Waxing Moon, chanting out the Witches’ Rune.
When the Maiden Moon is new, kiss the hand to Her, times two.
When the Mother Moon rides at Her peak then let your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North Winds mighty gale, lock the door and drop the sail.
When the Wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the Wind blows from the West, departed souls will have no rest.
When the Wind whispers from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn then fast or burn them slow.
Birch into the fire goes represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire, it brings the Gods in sight.
Rowan is the tree of power, making life and magick flower.
Willows at the waters edge stand ready to help us in the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify, and to draw the Faerie to your eye.
Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning, adds its strength to the fire burning.
White are the flowers of the Apple tree, that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes which grow upon the vine, give us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen, to represent immortality seen.
Elder be the Goddess Tree, burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark, in the light and in the dark.
Soon the new year will begin, say farewell to the old, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc starts to show, watch for flowers through the snow.
When the wheel begins to turn, let the Beltane fire burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night, power is brought to magick rite.
As the wheel turns to Lughnasadh, watch for Harvest Moon among the stars.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall, use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule, light the log as the Horned One Rules.
In the Spring, night equals day, it’s time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached His height, it’s time for the Oak and Holly Kings to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all, when he Mabon Sabbat does fall.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree, by the Goddess, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law you should, three times bad or three time good.
When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be, lest thy lovers false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fufills:
‘And ye harm none, do what ye will’