Book of the Law
New Wiccan Book of the Law
A Manual for the Guidance of Groves, Covens, & Individuals
Compiled and edited by Lady Galadriel
(c) Copyright 1992 by Lady Galadriel
PO Box 13384
Atlanta, GA 30324 USA
The Laws were created to give our lives form and order, that all
might be balanced throughout all of the planes. In truth there are
two sets of laws which govern us -- one setting forth the ways of
the Wiccan, and the other the ways of the Universe. Both are important;
each should be observed with respect and treated with honor. The
Laws were shaped and molded to govern us, to teach us, to advise
us, and to counsel us during our time of mortal life on earth.
Honor the Gods, for They are the channels and the manifestations
of the Source. Honor yourself, for this divine Force also lies within
you. Love the Gods as They love you; for as you love yourself and
your brothers and sisters, so the Gods shall honor you. As the love
of a man and a woman flowers and grows when nurtured with respect
and cultivated with understanding and honor, so should you love
The Goddess is the Great Mother, the God is the Great Father, and
we are Their children; and we worship Them, because They are the
Rulers of the Universe and all that is therein. Therefore, O Children
of the Gods, try Them not, nor attempt to test Them, lest They show
you that the Ways of the Craft are not to be belittled or mocked.
Let the Power of the Craft flow from you only in love -- or not
at all. For it has always been known that the energy webs which
we weave and maintain shall eventually return to encircle their
creator. Thus our works become either the net which entangles and
binds us, or the web of light by which we are linked to the Gods.
Let the Rites of the Wicca be a way for the children of the Gods
to be as One -- for the Power flows only when the circle is unified.
Always should you revere the Earth, and heal and tend Her, for She
is our life, our Mother Ship, on which we navigate the dark currents
When you reap the harvests of your lands, then you shall not reap
one corner of the field, nor glean the herb gardens, nor the fallen
fruits of the orchards. These you shall offer to the Earth Mother,
in direct return, or through offerings made to your circle, or to
sustain its Priests and Priestesses.
Always be proud to be of the Wicca, but never allow your pride to
become vanity -- for those who are self-important become as stumbling
blocks, and like stumbling blocks, they are cast aside for their
Observe and listen, reserving your judgment, for until all the silver
is weighed, who can know the worth thereof?
9. As like breeds like, even more does
good beget love and joy. Your life will be full of love and joy
if you are honorable and happy.
Your teachers are the servants of the Gods. Their duty is to plant
the seeds of knowledge within the minds of their students, and they
shall use their power for the good of the Wicca. Yet it is each
student's duty to tend the seeds which are planted, and to make
the final harvest. Those who misuse the power and trust of the teacher's
position shall have to answer to the Lords of Karma, and adjust
the balance accordingly.
The Temples of the Gods, which are Their abode on Earth, shall belong
to all Their children, and each circle shall be as a special family.
Do naught against any of the Wicca, lest you do that thing against
the Gods, and against yourself.
You must not be a teller of tales amongst the children of the Goddess,
and you must hold no malice or evil thoughts towards others of the
You must not lie, nor give false testimony before your Elders, or
those who are of the Wicca -- for liars are fools, and a menace
unto themselves, and to the Wicca. Be truthful in all your works
and deeds, especially within the circle, for what you say within
the presence of the Gods becomes manifest.
You must not put stumbling blocks in the way of those who do not
follow the way of the Wicca. You must make no unrighteous judgments
of their ways, and you should aid them with an attitude of love
when it is asked for. Yet ever should you keep the Counsel of the
Elders, and reveal naught to others where our circles may be. Nor
may you reveal our ways without the consent of the Priestess.
When you make a vow to the Lord or the Lady, or you swear an oath
to another of the Wicca, then you must do all that has come forth
from your mouth, for a covenant with the Gods, or with the Wicca,
is your honor. Woe and trouble shall befall those who care not for
the fetters they attach to their souls by not keeping their word.
The Great Mother and Great Father would not have Their children
suffer the indignities of oppressors for Their sake, for what is
within the hearts of Their children is dear and true to Them. The
Ancient and Mighty Ones shall cause the balance to be made for those
who desecrate the worship of the Lord and Lady, Their Temples, or
Never shall you use Magick or the Craft to cause harm, for this
is misuse of the Power, and is not to be condoned. To cause pain
and death of another through the Craft shall require pain and death
of the self in sacrifice.
Never betray any of the brethren, nor the lore of our people, for
you are all servants of the Gods, and must live by the virtues of
love, honor, and wisdom. Let truth, loyalty and honor be your creed
and your guides, but let them ever be tempered by love and wisdom.
The order of the Gods shall you keep, and within Their Circles shall
you walk. You must not say "I believe" when in truth you doubt,
nor shall you claim to obey the Lord and Lady's word when you never
enter into their presence. You must not profess with your lips that
which is not within your heart.
Use not the names of the Gods in negative or evil ways, for They
love and cherish Their children above all others. All others They
love, even those who know Them not. Those who hate and curse in
Their name shall have the Mighty Ones take the measure of their
In any disputes between the children of the Goddess, no one may
invoke any laws but those of the Craft, or any tribunal but that
of the Priestess, Priest, and Elders.
22. No one of the Wicca may do anything
which shall endanger the Craft, nor bring any of the Wicca into
conflict with the law of the land, or with any of our persecutors.
Your magickal tools are channels to that which is most precious
and pure within you. Cheapen them not by haggling over their price
when you acquire them.
Never accept money for the use of the Power. It is sorcerers and
charlatans who accept money for their fraudulent spells and prayers.
If you accept no money, you shall be free from the temptation to
use the Craft for evil or unworthy causes.
You shall never take unduly from any human, animal, or elemental
that which is not yours to take: for if you steal from another,
in the end you shall have to sacrifice something dearer to you in
order to maintain the balance.
Show honor to all people, that they may look up to you, and respect
you; and their eyes shall become a mirror for your soul.
Those who are of the Wicca shall not own slaves. One person may
not own the spirit of another; for only the Great Mother and the
Great Father have our souls in Their keeping. Nor shall you take
as a pledge any person's life, for to do so is to place yourself
betwixt two grindstones.
If strangers sojourn with you, you shall do them no wrong; they
shall be treated as one of the Wicca, born amongst you, and you
shall deal with them as you would with yourself.
29. Just weights and just balances
shall you use, and just value shall you give, and thereby receive
30. Your altars must be kept clean,
pure, and holy; and all that is brought into Circle shall be cleansed
and blessed, for the joy of the Gods, and of the Wicca.
A clean mind requires a clean body. Keep clean your body, your clothes,
and your house, doing this in honor of the Mother, Who gives these
things to you.
Let none die without honor, without love, or without respect, unless
their actions have decreed otherwise.
Couple not together if it will cause pain, jealousy, or deprivation
to another by doing so. Union for malicious or evil reasons such
as these upsets the balance, and the Lords of the Universe shall
make adjustments accordingly.
Let those who would love one another, and would be as one and bear
child, be handfasted. For the sharing of love in this manner is
beauteous, and love's union shares in the energy of the Gods, and
brings good heritage to the child. It is important for children
to know and to identify with those who brought them here.
The Law of the Goddess is that they of the Wicca never take and
wed someone whom they do not love, whether it is to harm another,
or for some form of material gain.
Remember that your children are Goddess-spawned, and are free spirits.
You do not own nor control them. They are your brethren, come to
visit for awhile, that they may share in the vision of your love
and wisdom. Let each parent realize that we must teach and guide
with love, yet the child shall also teach the parents, and aid them
in their growth and development.
37. The etheric web and energy vortices
of the Earth are in constant flux and motion to adjust to the needs
of the planet. The sacred trust of the Wicca is to create and to
maintain centers of light and knowledge, using the Divine spark
within us to focus and channel the forces of the Universal fire.
These webs are the channels established between the worlds of the
stars and the realms of the Earth, bringing in and regulating the
Spirit flames which energize and activate all life forms. Thus we
tend and guard the threads of creation, and we weave the patterns
of life and manifestation in an ever-evolving tapestry.
Never use your heritage or position for self-glorification or gain.
Respect both your magick and our ways. We must always recognize
that while others may look to us to lead them, they too are our
Keep your body strong, your mind keen, and your purpose pure, for
within your being you shall channel the Power, and it needs to be
strong and pure. And these are the keys to the path of Oneness,
and to communication with the Gods. Yet first you must learn to
speak to Them in such a manner as They can comprehend. For the children
of the Wicca must aid the Gods, and work with Them, otherwise the
Gods cannot aid and work with us. Ever remember that the Priest
and Priestess are the living representatives of the God and Goddess
Forces, and likewise that all humans carry these forces within them,
though they may lie dormant and unawakened.
As the Great Mother and Father come unto one another and create
with pure vibration of Love-Wisdom, so should you strive to make
your Circle pure in vibration, a fitting place wherein you may invite
the Gods. Thus, your Circle should always be duly purified and cast;
and likewise, those who would use the gateways and travel the Circle
between the Earth and other Realms must also be duly prepared and
The Goddess hath said, "I shall not carry thee, yet neither shall
I hinder thee, nor keep thee from having the same opportunities
as all of My children. Thou art free, yet thou shalt not be coddled
like babes in the storm. If thou hast true devotion within thee,
then all obstacles may be overcome."
The laggard is but half a person -- and though half is better than
none, the whole is twice as good as the half. Those who work not,
or who lack the will and desire to learn the ways of the Gods, unto
them it is said, "The Ancient and Mighty Ones shall not keep you
within Their house, if ye learn not."
You shall make a sanctuary unto the Gods, that They may dwell amongst
you. And you shall fashion it to the best of your ability, according
to all that your Elders shall show you, and pure energy shall you
You shall make an altar unto the Lady, and you shall make due reverence
unto Her, for every place where She enters is exalted. She will
come to you and bless you. And you shall fashion your altar out
of wood or stone, and burn incense and candles thereon, at the proper
times, in observance of Her ways.
45. You shall set aside at least one
day during each Moon unto the Goddess. On that day you shall do
Her work; and on that day She will renew Her children and bless
Learn to build your own Temple, and to craft your own sacred Circle,
and all tools that are used therein -- for to be a person of the
Craft is to be a person of consequence.
47. Let each of you inscribe your own
record of our ways and teachings. For the course of all Wiccans
should be charted, that the patterns of their lifewebs may be made
known and utilized. Let all Wiccans keep their Book of Light with
the teachings and lore of their Tradition, yet let every Book of
Light contain the rites and ways of each individual, which are the
harvest of each child of the Wicca, to use the wisdom of their heritage
as the seeds of their own personal wisdom. Thus shall our lore and
knowledge continue to grow and unfold, like a beautiful flower.
It is right to study and to understand the sigils, statues and stories
of the Gods, for they shall guide your thoughts to Them, and They
shall hear you. Yet you must ever remember that you worship not
the sign nor the statue, but the Gods which inspired them.
If your Circle owns any land, let all guard it, and help to keep
it clean. Let all justly guard all monies of the Circle, as well
as the rights and property of all members of the Circle.
50. If any Wiccan truly labors, just
payment becomes a personal right. This is not considered the taking
of money for the Art, but good and honest work. Yet if any Wiccan
works willingly for the good of the Craft, or a brother or sister
without pay, then it becomes the cause of great honor.
If any Wiccan should willingly forswear some pleasure or material
indulgence in order to do service in the Circle, this person shall
be blessed and remembered. For the spirit shall be uplifted in any
who gives for the greatest good of all.
Know also that if you gift the Lady's Priests and Priestesses, or
Her Circles, this is an offering made unto the Mother Herself, for
a true Priest or Priestess strives always to do Her work, and to
be of service to Her children, so to honor and respect them is to
honor and respect the Queen of All.
And the offerings which are considered the most pleasing to the
Gods are these:
fruits of the orchards
the scents of the trees and herbs
the metals of the Earth
the waters of the Earth
the flowers of the meadow
and the milk of all mothers
offerings of labor or money are honest too, and these will also
be accepted -- more so if you work with love in your heart, for
always there is work to be done for the Gods, and service to be
given to the children of the Wicca.
54. If your offerings are made to restore
the balance, they must be of a nature that is not offensive to the
Gods. They must be of value, yet given with a free heart. Thus shall
the harmony be restored. If your offerings are given with a heart
filled with love and devotion, or are of service to the Gods, or
to the Craft, then shall you receive blessings manifold.
And when you make an offering unto the Gods, you should offer it
through the most proper medium, at the proper times, and in such
a manner as to make it acceptable. Any and all remains of the rituals
shall be consumed in the fire, or buried within the Earth, as a
way of returning to the Source all that we use in the observance
of our ways, thus ensuring the continuity of the cycle.
All may use the Craft to help and aid them, or for the advantage
of their Circle, or the Craft -- yet only if you are sure that you
harm none. Let each Wiccan and Circle always debate these matters
at length. Only if all be satisfied that none be harmed in any way,
may the Art then be used. If it is not possible to achieve your
ends one way, then perhaps the goal may be achieved by acting in
a different way, so as to harm none.
Throughout the world it has been many a year since Wiccans have
been burned. Yet misuse of the Power might raise the persecutions
once again. So never break the Laws, however much you might be tempted,
and never consent to their being broken. And if you know they are
being broken, then you must work strongly against it. 58. In days
of old it was decided by the Mighty Ones who came before us that
the Art might be used to restrain others from harming the Craft
or its children, yet only after great consultation with all members
of the Circle, and only then to deflect or to constrain them.
And such were the ways of the Lady that She brought us forth in
joy, and such were the ways of the Lord that His reign gave all
life pleasure. Offer love in your worship and all shall be joyous
In the dimly remembered dawn of ages past, the Wicca were truly
free. Then, in Atlantis came the Age of Misuse of Power, followed
by the Ages of Persecution and Suffering. So the people of the Wicca
hid themselves and cloaked their knowledge, and wove veils of secrecy
and silence. And this is how the Ways of the Wicca have been preserved
through the time of darkness. Yet much of the knowledge of our people
was lost in that darkness.
Yet the cycle ever revolves - and the Age of the Earth Mother once
again draws nigh. We must be strong - one with our birthright, and
one with our Gods, if we are to bring forth the balance. Those who
would harm us, or attempt to enslave us, we must overcome - yet
only through light and love, and never through violence or the evil
of chaos. And through our efforts the time of our people will come
into being once more. In the times which lie ahead, there is much
work to be done, so that once more the cycles of life are drawn
to the path of light, and the balance achieved through the power
In order to bring the ways of the Light and Love and Light to the
peoples of the Earth, our secrets are slowly becoming secrets no
more, and it is good that this is so - for the age of shadow and
secrecy is passing. Yet the sharing of our ways needs always to
be guided by wisdom and by love. Let our rites and our mysteries
always be sacred. Let no one defile our worship or our heritage,
for the defilement of our ways is loss of honor, both for self and
for the Craft.
Let each High Priestess govern her Circle with justice and love,
and with the help and advice of the Elders and the High Priest,
always heeding the messages of the Gods when they come.
remember that although the Priest is the force with which the Circle
is built, the Priestess is the ruler therein - for it is through
her that the Goddess created the world, and all things therein.
Let each Circle of Light decide how it shall be known -- whether
by earthly name or magickal one. For each child of the Wicca knows
best the safety or dangers of the chosen homeland.
Let each Circle of Light maintain and dedicate unto the Goddess
and the God all things that are required for Their rituals, for
what is blessed in the name of the Gods rightly belongs to Them,
and the Priest or Priestess shall be the caretakers thereof.
Any of the Circle, who are of sufficient rank, and wish to form
a new Circle, shall tell the High Priestess and the Elders of their
intentions. Members of the old Circle may join the new Circle when
it is formed, but if they do so they must leave the other Circle,
unless otherwise instructed. For it is an old law that while each
Wiccan may join the Circle of choice, no Wiccan's energy should
be divided between two or more Temples.
The Elders of the old and new Circles shall meet in peace and with
respect, to decide the level of interaction and connection between
the Circles. Yet it is known that the splitting of a Circle often
means strife. So only if it is truly in a spirit of peace and harmony
should the Circles meet for the celebration of the Great Festivals.
None shall enter the Circle with a sickness or an ailment which
may be passed on to the Lady's other children - for to do so causes
harm to yourself, as well as to others of the Circle. Rather should
the Elders go unto the sick one, that through the love of the Gods
they shall be made well and whole once more.
It has been judged that if any of the Craft need a house or land,
and none will sell, it shall be lawful to incline someone's mind
so as to be willing to sell, providing it harms none and the full
price is paid without haggling.
The High Priest or High Priestess shall heed all complaints of all
Pagans and Wiccans, and strive to settle any differences between
them, with reason and with justice.
In the matter of quarrels or disputes between the members of the
Circle, the High Priestess shall convene the Council, and inquire
into the matter. The Council shall hear each person privately, and
then both together. And they shall decide justly, not favoring one
side nor the other.
If an agreeable resolution cannot be reached, then the dissenting
Wiccan must void the Circle, for a Circle of Light cannot be properly
formed where there is disagreement and discord. And when a Circle
is not properly formed, the energy within is either dissapated,
or turns ugly, festering like a hidden sore. So let dissenters leave,
but only with love in their hearts and yours, for even though your
paths may diverge, you are still all children of the Wicca, and
there must be no violence between us. Bear no grudges, hold no thoughts
of vengeance, for this will rot away the foundation of your power.
It has ever been recognized that there are some people who can never
agree to work under any others. At the same time there are also
people who cannot rule justly. To those who must ever be chief there
is but one answer: "Void this Circle, and seek another one, or if
ye be of sufficient rank, then form a Circle of your own." To those
who cannot rule justly, the answer shall be: "Those who cannot bear
your rule will leave you". For none may circle with whom they are
at variance, because to do so angers the Gods, and hinders the Craft.
Those that do wrong without knowledge shall be held innocent; those
that do wrong through carelessness shall be judged lacking in wisdom,
and dealt with according to the nature of the transgression. Those
who do wrong with deliberation and forethought shall be thrice punished,
and the Lords of Karma shall lay low their pride.
Each person must make a balance between words and actions, and the
judgment of the Elders should incline toward making good come from
the injustice or wrong-doing. Many are the ways to restore the balance,
so let the judgments of the Elders and the Priestess be in keeping
Do not turn aside those who seek the ways of the Wicca for want
of an offering or lack of a robe. You are the servant of the Gods,
and the servants of Their people, and those that seek for the Gods
you must aid in their quest.
When you meet with those who would inquire as to the ways of the
Goddess, or who wish to become of the Wicca, you shall search their
hearts, and even into their spirits shall you look, as you are able.
For the Wicca do not look to acquire mere numbers. Let none be turned
away whose heart is true, and whose desire is earnest.
hidden children are like the strings of a harp; each one may give
a clear note, and when gathered together in sympathy and accord,
they give rise to a beautiful symphony. Yet when struck without
reason or thought, these notes may cause discord or disharmony.
Therefore the Gods decree to Their Teachers and Priests that all
must be taught to master their instruments, that there may be no
discord or imbalance.
Choose the Priests and Teachers of the Wicca with diligence and
with care. The qualities that you should search for within them
are Wisdom, Faith, Belief, Knowledge, Ability, Patience, Leadership,
Humility, and a loving nature - for they must lead and teach the
children of the Goddess, and will thereby have the power to do great
good, or to cause great imbalance.
Let the greatest of the Priests and Priestesses guide the rituals
within each of the Temples of the Old Gods, and let all worshippers
strive to be content with the advice and guidance given by them.
Yet each rite and ritual must be given so that it is clear and understandable,
for within the Temple of the Wicca there walk only free men and
free women who must be able to recognize and to understand our ways
and their implications. Therefore those Priests and Priestesses
who will not or cannot explain the inner workings, or give just
cause and reason for their decisions, may be questioned, and the
wisdom of the advice weighed.
Let the Priestess and Priest lead as long as they are able, and
let their leadership be wise and strong, and to the benefit of the
Wicca. Yet if their health is ill-favored, or if the next generation
needs to try its hand, then let them have the vision and the wisdom
to step away from their position, and pass the duties of the Circle
to another. Let them not become overly attached to the office, nor
too fond of the power.
If a Priestess or a Priest should tire of the Temple's duties and
charges, then she or he may step down, but only after having trained
and acknowledged a successor. But a Priest or Priestess who deserts
the Circle loses the right to lead again within this life, so great
is the trust that has been broken. If such a person returns to the
Circle within one turn of the Wheel, and shall be judged to have
true atonement, and gained new insight and growth, then she or he
may be forgiven, and allowed to return to the Circle. Yet that person
shall worship only, and hold no office or title. Leadership is a
sacred commitment and an honor, and it will not be committed twice
to those who have shown that they cannot be trusted with such responsibility.
Any Priestess, Priest, or Elder who consents to a breach of the
Laws regarding the use of the Craft to cause harm to others must
immediately be relieved of office, for it is the lives of the children
of the Goddess which they endanger, as well as the honor of the
The High Priestess may take a Sabbatical from her Circle, if her
personal life and duties require it, for up to a year and a day.
During that time, the Maiden shall act as High Priestess. If the
High Priestess does not return at the end of a year and a day, then
the Initiates of the Circle shall name a new Priestess. Unless there
is good reason to the contrary, the person who has done the work
of the Priestess should reap the reward. If someone else is named,
then the Maiden should continue in that office.
Each Priestess and Priest shall choose their own consorts, yet let
them select from those who are wise in the learning of our people,
and thus others shall abide by the wisdom of their choice. Yet if
the Circle feels the decision is ill-advised, or that they cannot
abide and work in honor and trust with that consort, then they may
request a gathering of all concerned to meet and to talk, and to
resolve the balance with love and honor. For only those who are
pure and strong, keen and wise, patient and loving, can effectively
and properly carry out the duties of a Keeper of the Circle.
Those of the Priesthood shall not neglect their mates, or their
children, or their house, nor anything which is in their possession;
nor shall the sick and the needy be neglected for the sake of the
Circle. Therefore let them adjust the one thing against the other,
that neither should suffer, and that which is given by the Gods
is treated with love and respect.
Long ago, at the time of Creation, it was deemed that the female
should hold the power of life-giving. So mightily was the male force
drawn to the love and beauty of the Creation of life, that he surrendered
unto her keeping the force of his powers in the furtherance of life.
Yet the Priestess must always remember that the flames which light
the fires within her come from the Priest. Therefore she must use
the force wisely, and only with love, and she must honor and respect
him, who is the activator of the Life Force.
ENDS A NEW WICCAN BOOK OF THE LAW.