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|The New Book of the Law
by Lady Galadriel
[sources: The Book of The Law, The Old Laws for the Old Religion,
The Great Book of the Law, The Dragon Law]
Preface: In my years of teaching and running a group, I have
always had a dissatisfaction with the popular "Book of the Law"
available to most Seekers. I felt it to be too archaic in its
wording and perspective -- and while it was valuable in the
Burning Times, it simply does not deal with the concerns and
needs of "modern-day" Witches. Over the years I became familiar
with several other sets of Laws. Each of these had many good
points, yet they also had their disadvantages as well.
Recently, I decided to do something daring -- I took the four
different versions of the Laws which I had, and combined and
reworked them. I deleted what was no longer pertinent or
meaningful, rewording others to make them clearer and more
understandable, as well as throwing in a few new ones which I
felt had been lacking. I believe that what has evolved out of
this work is a set of Laws which are readable, usable, and most
importantly, pertinent to the needs of today's Witches and Neo-
Pagans. It is with these thoughts and hopes that I would like to
share them with you. If you should find merit or worth in them,
then I will feel as though I have accomplished something. The
material in this booklet has not been copyrighted, so you may
reproduce the Laws for students or friends, or reprint them in
your publication. It is my sincere hope that the New Book of the
Law will be of use to the Craft Community.
- 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 sets forth the
ways of the Wiccan, and the other the ways of the Universe. Both
are important, both should be observed with respect and treated
with honor. The Laws were shaped and molded to teach us, to
advise us, and to counsel us in our time of mortal life on earth.
- Honor the Gods, for They are the channels and the
manifestation of the Source. Honor yourself, for this force also
lies within you. Love the Gods as They love you, and by loving
yourself and your brothers and sisters, so the Gods shall honor
you. As the love and joy of a man and a woman flowers and grows
when nurtured with respect, and cultivated with understanding
and honor, so should you love the Gods.
- The Goddess is the Great Mother, and the God is the Great
Father, and we are Their children; and we shall worship Them, for
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, for They shall show you that he 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
intaglios and binds us, or the web of light by which we find the
- Let the Rites of the Wicca be a way for the children of the
Gods to be as One -- for Power only flows when unified. Always
should you revere the Earth, and heal and tend Her, for She is
our life, our Mothership, 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, or 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 do not allow your
pride to become vanity -- for those who are conceited are a
stumbling block at the door of the Temple, and they shall be cast
adrift, to swim within their own vanity.
- Observe and listen, reserving your judgment, for until all the
silver is weighed, who can know the worth thereof?
- As like breeds like, even more so does good beget love and
joy. Your life will be full of love and joy if you are joyful and
- Your teachers are the servants of the Gods, and they shall
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 individual's duty to tend the seeds which are planted,
and to make the final harvest. Those who misuse the power and the
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 Temple or any family of the
Wicca, lest you do that thing unto the Gods, and against
- 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 Wicca.
- You should 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 Path 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 of 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, and woe to those who care not for the
fetters they attach to their souls by not keeping their word.
- The Great Mother and 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 Lord and Lady, Their temples, or Their
- Never shall you use Magick, nor the Craft, to cause harm, for
this is misuse of the Power, and it is not to be condoned. To
cause the death of another through the Craft is to require the
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. Let them be your guides, tempered by love and
- The Order of the Gods shall you keep, and within Their
Circles shall you walk. You should not say "I believe" when you
doubt, nor claim to obey the Lord and Lady's word when you never
enter into the Temple. You must not profess with your lips that
which is not in your heart.
- Do not use 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. Yet those who
hate and curse in Their name shall have the Mighty Ones take the
measure of their worth.
- 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 Priestess, Priest, and Elders.
- No one of the Wicca may do anything which will 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. Do not cheapen them by haggling
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 spells and prayers. If
you accept no money, you will 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 will have to sacrifice something
dearer to you in order to attain 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, for one
person may not own the spirit of another, for only the Great
Mother and Father own our souls. Nor shall you take as a pledge
any person's life, for to do so is to take upon yourself both a
mill and a millstone.
- If a stranger sojourns with you, you shall do them no wrong;
they shall be as one of the Circle, born amongst ye, and you
shall deal with them as you would yourself.
- Just weights and just balances shall be given by you, and
just value shall you give, and thereby receive threefold.
- Your altars shall be kept clean, pure and holy, and all that
is brought into the Temple or the Circle shall be cleansed and
blessed, for the joy of the Gods, and of the Wicca.
- A clean mind should have a clean body. You should keep your
body, your clothes, and your house clean, in honor of the Mother,
who gives these things to you.
- Let none die without honor, without love, without respect,
unless their actions have decreed otherwise.
- You should not couple together if it shall cause pain,
jealousy or deprivation to another by doing so. Union for malice
or evil reasons such as these upsets the balance, and the Lords
of the Universe shall make adjustments accordingly.
- Let those who would love, and would be as one, and bear
child, be handfasted. For the sharing of love in this manner is
beauteous, and love's union in the energy of the Gods, and the
heritage of 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 none of the Wicca shall take
and wed someone who 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 a while, that they may share in the vision of
your love and wisdom. Let each parent realize that although they
may teach and guide with love, the child shall also teach the
parent, and aid them in their growth and lessons.
End of Part One
- The etheric web and energy vortexes 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 magick of the divine
spark within us to focus and channel the forces of the Universal
fire. And these 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
- Never use your heritage or position for self-glorification or
gain. Respect 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
you. For the children of the Wicca must aid the Gods, and work
with Them, otherwise the Gods cannot aid and work with you. 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 the pure vibration of Love-Wisdom, so should you
strive to make your Temple pure in vibration, and thus 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 should also be duly prepared and purified.
- 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 do
not work, or who lack the will and desire to learn the ways of
the Gods, unto them is said, "The Ancient and Mighty Ones shall
not keep thee within their house, if ye learneth not."
- A sanctuary you shall make 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 place therein.
- An altar shall you make to unto the Lady, and you shall make
due reverence unto Her, for every place where She 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.
- You should set aside at least one day during each moon unto
the Goddess, and on these days you shall do Her work; and on
those days She shall renew Her children and bless them.
- Learn to build your own Temple, and to craft your own sacred
Circle, and all the tools that are used therein -- for to be a
person of the Craft is to be a person of consequence.
- Let each of you inscribe your own record of our ways and
teachings. For the course of each Wiccan should be charted, that
the patterns of their life-web may be made known and utilized.
Let each Wiccan start their Book of Light with the teachings and
lore of their tradition, yet let it also 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 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 them. Yet you must ever remember that
you worship not the sign nor the statue, but the Gods which
- If your Circle owns any land, let all guard it, and help to
keep it clean. Let all justly guard all moneys of the Circle, as
well as the rights and property of all members of the Circle.
- If any Wiccan truly labors, then it is right that they should
have their just pay. 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 for their brothers and
sisters without pay, then it is to their greatest honor.
- If any Wiccan should deny themselves some pleasure or
material indulgence in order to do service in the Circle, this
person shall be blessed and remembered. For those who give for
the greater good of all shall have their spirit uplifted.
- 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:
the 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 meadows
and the milk of all mothers.
Yet 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.
- If your offerings are made to restore the balance, it must by
of a nature that it not offensive to the Gods. It 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 thru 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
- 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.
- 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 beauty.
End of Part Two
- In the dimly remembered dawn of ages past, the Wicca were
truly free. Then, in Atlantis came the Age of the Misuse of
Power, followed by the Ages of Persecution and Suffering. Thus
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 ways of our people were lost to the
ignorance of others.
- Yet the cycle spirals ever on -- 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 lies 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 of love.
- In order to bring the ways of Light and Love and Life 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
be kept sacred. Let no one defile our worship or our heritage.
For the defilement of our ways is an honor loss to self, and for
- 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.
- Ever 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
- The High Priestess will heed all complaints of all Pagans and
Wiccans, and strive to settle any differences between them with
reason and with justice.
- 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 their homeland.
- Let each Circle or Temple maintain and dedicate unto the
Goddess and the God all the things that are required for Their
rituals, for what is blessed in the name of the Gods rightly
belongs to Them, and the Priest and Priestess shall be the
- Anyone of the circle who is of sufficient rank, and wishes 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 the Old Law
that each Wiccan may join the Circle of their choice, yet their
energy should not 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 that have 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 the others of
the Circle. Rather should the Healers go unto the sick one, that
through the love of the Gods they shall be made well and whole
- It has been judged lawful that if any of the Craft need a
house, or land, and none will sell, to incline someone's mind so
as to be willing to sell, providing it harms none and the full
price is paid without haggling.
- 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 that
Wiccan must leave 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
dissipated, or turns ugly, festering like a hidden sore. So let
them 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
come to Circle with those with whom they are at variance, for 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 for their words and actions,
and the judgments of the Elders should incline to try to make
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 with this.
- Do not turn aside those who seek the ways of the Wicca for
the want of an offering or the lack of a robe. You are the
servants of the Gods, and the servants of Their people, and those
that seek for the Gods you must aid in their quest.
- Of those who would inquire as to the ways of the Goddess, or
who wish to become of the Wicca, ye shall search their hearts,
and even into their spirits you shall look, as you are able. For
the Wicca do not look to acquire mere numbers. Let none be turned
away if their hearts are true, and their desire earnest.
- The 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 shall 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 harp, and to
pluck their strings with care, that they cause no discord or
- Choose the Priests and Teachers of the Wicca with diligence
and with care. The qualities that you should search for within
them are 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.
- In practice it should be that the greatest of the Priests and
Priestesses should guide the rituals within each of the Temples
of the Old Gods, and truly you should be content with the advice
and guidance given by them. Yet ever it should be given so that
it is clear and understandable, for within the Temple each of the
Wicca is free, and thus they should be able to recognize and to
understand our ways and their implications. And those who cannot
explain the inner workings, or give just cause and reason for
their decisions, may be questioned, or the wisdom of the advice
- Let the Priestess and Priest lead as long as they are able,
and 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 their 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 their duties and
charges, then they may step down, but only after having trained
and acknowledged a successor. If a Priest or Priestess deserts
their Circle, then they have lost the right to ever lead again
within this life, so great a trust they have broken. If they
should return to the Circle within one turn of the Wheel, and are
judged to have true atonement in their hearts, new insight and
growth, then they may be forgiven, and allowed to return to the
Circle, yet they shall worship only, and hold no office or title.
Leadership is a sacred commitment and an honor, and they 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 their office, for it is the lives
of the children of the Goddess which they endanger, as well as
the honor of the Craft.
- 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 be 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
- 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. And such was the
male force drawn to the love and beauty of the Creation of life,
that he surrenders unto her keeping the force of his powers in
the furtherance of life. Yet the Priestess must always remember
that the fuel of the flames which light the fires within her
Temple comes from the Priest. Thus she must use the force wisely,
and only with love, and she must honor and respect he who is the
activator of the Life Force.
Here Ends the New Book of The Law.