Modern:

 

And you who seek to know me,

know that your seeking and yearning avail you not,

unless you know the mystery:

for if that which you seek you find not within yourself,

you will not find it without.

 

 

The Charge of the Goddess

Traditional:

 

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;

she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts

of heaven, and whose body encircles the universe

I who am the beauty of the green earth,

the white moon among the stars, and the mystery

of the waters call unto thy soul;

Arise, and come unto me.

 

I am the soul of nature who gives life to the universe.

From Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return.

Before My face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine

innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.

 

Let My worship be within the heart that rejoices,f

or behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,

honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

 

To thou who thinkest to seek Me, know that thy seeking and

yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the Mystery.

If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,

thou wilt never find it without.

 

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and

I am that which is attained at the end of desire."

 

- from Doreen Valiente's "Charge of the Goddess"

Art by Helena Nelson Reed