There is a long poem or teaching that is sometimes called the Wiccan Rede, but to avoid confusion is more specifically known as the Rede of the Wiccae.
This Rede of the Wiccae is much more detailed than the Wiccan Rede, and deals with various aspects of the Craft, beyond the basic "harm none" . . .
It was published by Gwen Thomson in Green Egg Magazine in 1975, and attributed to her grandmother. Originally specific to her New England Coven of the Traditionalist Witches (NECTW), it has been widely circulated among Wiccans, and there are now many versions of it floating around.
This reflects the tradition of Wiccans to adapt things to their specific needs. This can be a little upsetting to the original authors, yet seems inevitable as Wicca evolves.
And in that tradition, I have compiled here what I consider the best parts of the various forms, along with some modifications and additions of my own. I think of this as the complete version of the Wiccan Rede, a brief guide to the practice of Wicca.
(This has been revised, as of April 2010)
The Rede of the Wiccae
(The Counsel Of The Wise Ones)
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
Resources for the Complete Wiccan Rede:
Loving the Goddess Within: Sex Magick for Women - Nan Hawthorne
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, (Includes Author's Book of Shadows) - Scott Cunningham
Sharing the good stuff with other seekers is a way of paying it forward. Thanks a lot! :-)
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