Words of Wisdom
- The Wiccan Rede
- The Norse Rede of Honour
- Ten Fun Things to do Before you Die
- Norse Rede about The Afterlife
- Gospel of St. Thomas (excerpt)
The Wiccan Rede
- Bide the Wiccan laws we must
- In perfect love and perfect trust
- Live and let live
- Fairly take and fairly give
- Soft of Eye and Light of Touch
- Speak Little, listen much
- When the lady moon is new
- Kiss the hand to her, times two
- When the moon rules at her peak
- Then your heart's desire seek
- Heed ye flower, bush and tree
- By the Lady, Blessed Be
- Where the rippling waters go
- Cast a stone and truth you'll know
- Merry ye meet and merry ye part
- Bright the cheeks and warm the heart
- Mind the threefold law you should
- Threetimes bad and threetimes good
- Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
- An' it harm none, do what you will
The Norse Rede of Honour
- In all that you do, consider it's benefit or harm
upon yourself, your children and your people.
- All that which you do will return to you, sooner or
later, for good or for ill. Thus strive always to do
good to others or at least strive always to be just.
- Be honest with yourself and with others. "This
above all; to thine own self be true".
- Humankind and especially your own family and folk
has the spark of divinity within it. Protect and
nurture that spark.
- Give your word sparingly and adhere to it like
- In the world, your first trust and responsibility
should be to your own people. Yet be kind and proper
to others whenever possible.
- What you have, hold.
- Pass on to others only that which you have
- Be honest with others. Let them know that you
expect honesty in return, always.
- The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth.
To keep one's head is a virtue.
- Know which battles should be fought and which
battles should be avoided. Also know when to break off
a conflict. There are times when the minions of chaos
are simply too strong or when fate is absolutely
- When you gain power, use it carefully and use it
- Courage and honour endure forever. Their echoes
remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
- Pledge friendship and services to those who are
worthy. Strengthen others of your people. They will
- Love and care for your family always and have the
fierceness of a wolf in their protection.
- Honour yourself, have pride in yourself, do your
best and forgive yourself when you must.
- Try always to be above reproach in the eyes of the
- Those of our people should always endure to settle
any differences among themselves quietly and
- The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever
possible for in the main they have been chosen with
- Have pride in yourself, your family and your folk.
They are your promise for the future.
- Do not neglect your mate and children.
- Everyone of our people should work according to
the best that s/he can do, no matter how small or how
great. We are all in this world together thus we must
always help each other along.
- One advances individually and collectively only by
living in harmony with the natural order of the world.
- The seeking of wisdom is a high virtue. Love of
truth, honour and loyalty are hallmarks of the noble
- Be preprepared for whatever the future brings.
- Life with all its joys, struggles and ambiguities
is to be embraced and lived to the fullest.
Ten Fun Things To Do Before You Die
(from the book by the same title by Sister Karol
- Have more fun than anyone else.
- Get some insight
- Get some depth
- Find a place to escape reality
- Write something at the end of every day
- Make yourself interesting
- Live alone for awhile
- Study the lives of the Saints
- Treat yourself
- Live as though you have nothing to lose
Norse Rede about the Afterlife
there I see my father
there I see my mother
sisters and brothers
there I see the line of my people
to the beginning
they do beckon me to join them
the Halls of Valhalla
the brave may live
Gospel of St. Thomas
And Jesus said,
"The Kingdom of God is inside you and
all around you, not in mansions of wood and stone.
Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift a stone and
you will find me."
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