Mediums can fail

Mediums can fail

Mediums can fail

Quite frequently the best medium utterly fails for the time to receive messages, or for a length of time loses his impeccability.


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It is the common experience to lose the capability, and have days and weeks go by without the least perception of spiritual influence.

A circle that has for many seances been successful, has not a sign of spirit presence. A great many causes may contribute to this result.
The medium may have overtaxed his strength. The spirits may have withdrawn for a purpose. Some unknown element of antagonism may have entered the circle. In all such instances the spiritual theory of the manifestations is strengthened, the absence of phenomena proving almost as much as their presence. If in a circle the manifestations are continuously withheld, new members should be added or old ones dropped out. The restoration of conditions which made mediumship possible in the first place, will restore it after loss by adverse circumstances, if the organization of the person remains the same.

It is somewhat rare for such cessation to take place, and when relieved of the depressing burdens, the old light will again burn as brightly as before.

A diversity of age in the members of a circle is desirable, but decrepit age, or the sick, should be most peremptorily debarred. Although such may receive great benefit from the circle it is at the expense of the vitality of the other members, for they act like sponges, absorbing the mesmeric current, and destroying thereby the essential means of spirit control.

Intense grief or anxiety shuts out the light of inspiration, as clouds the sunshine. The presence of one having their spirit thus agitated cuts off the magnetic thought-currents, as effectually as an opaque substance obstructs the waves of light. The smooth surface of a lake reflects the stars above, and the heavens above blend so completely with that below that they cannot be separated. But a passing wind agitates the waters I and though the stars shine on undisturbed, there is nothing but black waters, mingling with the night. The stars of the spirit heaven shine serenely forever and forever, and reflect in our own spirit, if like a clear mirror, we preserve it untarnished. Grief, anxiety, cares, these film its surface, and at best we catch fleeting and distorting reflections.

This sadness is projected to our spirit friends, who are thus made to bear a double grief—their own and ours.

They come to us and finding us in a receptive mood, impress us with their presence. With that impression comes their own regrets and disappointments; their longings to make their presence known; to guide and impart information for our advantage, which perhaps they failed to do in this life. The means they find inadequate. They only enter our sphere, and throw on us the shadow of their deep feelings. Intensely sensitive, our spirit is mantled in gloom. It may be well added as a consolation that this state unmistakably shows the sufferer to possess rare sensitiveness, and its cultivation, by enabling free communication, will give the cloudless sky for the thickening clouds.

Often at first while the table will move or raps be heard, there is no certainty, and when questions are asked, the responses are unreliable or fail altogether. It will be readily understood that it is far easier to produce a sound, than to time that sound to a question. The controlling spirit may not have acquired the knowledge and skill of responding, and must be allowed time to perfect by practice.

When the circle is first organized, sometimes members are strangely influenced. Their hands shake, or beat the table, or their bodies sway to and fro until they are out of breath.
They are unable to control these movements by the will.
These movements are not harmful, though at the time they may be unpleasant. They may arise from an attempt to bring the subject into harmony by a spirit wishing to control, or it may come from an effort to restore depleted vital force and eradicate disease. The disturbance comes from resistance to the control.

If perfect passivity was given it would soon accomplish its object, whatever it was, and the subject could go on to other uses.

The spasmodic action of the hands and arms usually indicates that the subject may become able to write automatically, and when the influence becomes able to thus use the hand the spasms cease. But if there is no advance after several trials, it is a damage to the others for such a member to sit, and his place should be supplied by another.

A subdued light is recommended, but not so low that all objects may not be plainly visible. The meaning has been asked of an explanation of a spirit, why he could not walk out of the cabinet; because moving the cabinet from one side of the room to the other had “destroyed the battery.” This talk of “batteries” is sheer nonsense, to give it the mildest name, and is as senseless as the hocus-pocus of the sleight-of-hand performer, the only object of which is to give an excuse and distract attention.

The moving of the cabinet could not vitiate any spiritual condition, but it might materially affect the transformation acts of the “medium.” There is one safeguard, and that is light—light sufficient to make all objects plainly visible. The senses are unreliable in darkness, yet I would not be understood as implying that all manifestations in darkness are deceptions, for the genuine may occur in the dark as well as in the light; but in the dark seance the known honesty and integrity of the medium and the internal evidence of the manifestations is all there is to rely on.

What effect is to be expected of a circle meeting, some of the members drinking wine and whisky, others smoking in the seance room tip to the time of holding the circle, so that the smell is sickening? What do you advise this circle?
Under the unalterable law of “like seeks like,” if the conditions of a low bar-room are furnished, spirits of that or a lower grade will be attracted, and spiritual intercourse will be presented in its most undesirable aspect.

We earnestly advise the members of such a circle to purify, and make themselves worthy of the presence of such departed ones as are able to instruct and spiritualize.


Thought for the day

In the ever-revolving kaleidoscope of nature the aspect of illusions continually changes its form. What is laughed at as a superstition by one century is often accepted as the basis of science for the next, and what appears as wisdom to-day may be looked upon as an absurdity in the great to-morrow. Nothing is permanent but the real ideal, the truth.


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Clairvoyance is a state of impeccability, presenting gradations from semi-consciousness to profound and deathlike trance.


Whether natural or induced by artificial means, the attending phenomena are similar. In its deepest form the body is insensible. A flame may be applied without producing a quiver of a nerve, and the most pungent substances have no effect in the nostrils.

The senses of the clairvoyant appear to be entirely independent of the organs of the body.

The muscular system is either relaxed or rigid; the circulation in some cases is impeded until respiration is imperceptible, and gives no stain of the breath on a mirror held over the nostrils.
In passing into this state, the extremities become cold, the brain congested, the vital powers sink and a dreamy unconsciousness steals over the faculties. There is a sensation of floating or sinking; after a time the perceptions become intensified as they become more and more freed from the influence of the mortal body. Death, the complete severance, is only one step beyond. The step preceding this, Is the so-called independent clairvoyance, wherein the senses of the spirit received impressions from spiritual sources, and the subject is brought into direct contact with the thought-atmosphere of the universe. Then as the aeolian harp responds to the waves of the wind, the mind of the clairvoyant subject responds to the waves of thought. He may receive from a distinct and individual mind, or from the grand reservoir or atmosphere in which thoughts are incessantly pulsating.

The words clairvoyance, trance and even cataleptic have been used as synonymous, although each has a distinct meaning, and confusion must arise from their indiscriminate use.

Catalepsy is a state of suddenly suspended vital function in which it is impossible to move, and its new meaning as clairvoyance is wholly unwarranted. When persons fall into a sleep resembling death, in which they may or may not be conscious, it is called trance. This applies when they are in a lethargy, resembling sleep. But when their spiritual perceptions are intensified to a degree exceeding their physical senses, it shows the presence of clairvoyance, which is a sensitive state, of all degrees of acuteness, from that wherein the personality predominates and modifies the perception, to that wherein the mind is independent of the physical body and its surroundings, and is in direct contact with superior intelligences.

Clairvoyance is the perception of the spirit, independent of all the physical organs of sense. It is seeing with the spiritual eyes, as clairaudience is hearing with the spiritual organs of hearing. In this the spirit while in the body approaches, for a brief time, a state which is thenormal with the freed spirit.
It may be developed without spirit aid, or it may be induced by spirit control. We are spirits while in the body with spiritual capabilities, latent, perhaps, but at times, unexpectedly breaking through the restraining walls of physical matter which environ it.

Clairvoyance may come spontaneously or be induced by the magnetism of those within or without the body. The process is identical in both cases. Independent clairvoyance is the freedom of the spirit from physical restraint, to that degree that it has the use of its spiritual senses and perceptions. Of course, the only independent clairvoyance is that of the freed spirit.

Dependent clairvoyance is the lower form of this state, when the physical body, the surroundings, and the persons near exert an influence perceptible. A magnetizer finds that he is able to control his subject. He makes that subject see and hear whatever he pleases. The subject is in a dependent magnetic or clairvoyant state. If instead of a magnetist, a spirit operated, the subject would depend for his knowledge on the spirit. He could know no more than the spirit impressed on his mind. This is passive or dependent sensitiveness. As this state deepens, a manifestation every experimenter has observed, the subject passes from control, and his perceptions are quickened. He no longer
depends on anyone for his knowledge. His spiritual faculties are alert. He sees to great distances, gains knowledge by observation, and this grows stronger, clearer, until the separation from the physical body is completed.

This is the independent state.

It is a very sensitive condition, and often the subject freely converses with the departed, whom he sees and hears as he would be he like them detached from the body. There is no arbitrary line between these two states, and to properly place any manifestation that may arise may appear difficult. It is yet more difficult for even the clairvoyant to distinguish what is observed by himself from what is impressed or given to him by spirit intelligences, for the impressions are often so vivid as to be accepted as objective and real. A great deal of mystery has unnecessarily been thrown around this subject, especially by interested charlatans who, with the methods of the juggler, have covered up the reality with the hocus pocus of words, “passes,” and other practices to distract attention. Mesmer set the bad example and the ludicrous operations he recommended and that have been invented by his followers have been the means of covering the subject with obloquy and mental censure. When it was shown that his “passes” and “magnetic” instruments were inconsequential, his conclusions were condemned, although not dependent thereon. Yet his followers continued in their practice, and gravely sat down before their subjects, touching thumbs, and staring fixedly into their eyes, afterwards going through a set form of “passes,” the direction of which was taught to be of utmost consequence. All the benefit derived was that of fixing the attention, and the most adroit performers dropped the ludicrous practice and gained their end by having the subjects fix their gaze on a bright object, as a coin, or light.

There is no necessity for anyone wishing to learn the art, or to enter this state, purchasing the “secret” of so-styled “professors,” for the means are simple and at hand.

If one wishes to enter this state there are certain conditions to be observed. Not all can enter it; probably not one in five of the more cultured can reach any marked success, and with the uncultured the proportion is less. There are few of the first class, however, who cannot partially enter it, for it is as much a common endowment of our organization as the senses, being a part of our spiritual being, differing only in degree, and is capable of culture. The stress laid on so-called temperament is quite misleading, for although those in whom the mental, or nervous, predominate are most sensitive, all temperaments, even the sluggish-lymphatic, furnish noteworthy subjects.
The “discs,” “medals,” “mirrors,” of “Egyptian” or other make, are, as advertised, deceptive, for the only advantage they give is the concentration of attention, which is quite as well attained by a coin, a bright light or any other object to which the eyes and the thoughts may be directed.


Thought for the day

Man represents Reason, and woman represents Will. If the will is in harmony with reason it will be as one. If they act against each other illusions come into existence.


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Pendulum what is it

Pendulum what is it

Pendulum what is it

Pendulum what is it you may ask. The pendulum is basically an amplifier.

It is a tool that helps you to access the collective unconscious and your Higher Self.

Pendulum what is it

You can get answers to anything you can come up with.

Everyone is basically capable of working with the pendulum. Learning to work with it is like learning to play an instrument.
It requires constant practice and experimentation Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
The results you get will reflect your stage of spiritual/mental development.

You should not use the pendulum for egoistic reasons. Use it only for the wellbeing of others or yourself.

REMEMBER: Swinging the pendulum requires that you be undivided and totally present in the moment.


Pendulum what is it

Depending what are they used for, they can be for: healing specific illnesses, for adjusting chakras, teleradiesthesia (distance healing, map dowsing).

They can also be: Simple: tear drop, ball-shaped, conical, spiral, made from brass, copper, crystal, wood, ceramic.

     Or with their own radiation: Universal Pendulum, Osiris, Isis, Karnak, Mer-Isis, Atlantis…


Pendulum what is it

You can make a pendulum yourself if you take a thread and hang a weigh on it which can be any object you like.
The thread can be 15 to 20 cm long. Tie a knot in the thread at the length where the swing of the pendulum feels the best.
When selecting a pendulum follow your intuition and choose one that you like.

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Thought for the day

The elementary forces of nature are blind and obey the law that controls them. If hailstones were wise, they would not indiscriminately destroy the crops; if the sun were a vehicle for intellectual labour, he might perhaps be persuaded sometimes to change the directions of his rays.


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Witch Zak Off Beat

Witch Zak Off Beat

Witch Zak Off Beat

It’s a bit of an offbeat rambling today for those who follow the high rise witch aKa witch Zak.

I’m coming to you this day from the bench on the local park… no I am not homeless lol.

Witch Zak Off Beat

I’m using my tablet and keeping an eye open for any muggers that may be lurking nearby.

Sad world we live in at times when we have to be on our guard against crack heads who would gladly turn you over for their next fix.
Anyway, it’s such a beautiful sunny day that I needed to temporarily distance myself from the High Rise block to maintain some sort of sanity. George the guy below me in the tower decided to hold a séance yesterday afternoon and ever since he believes he is possessed by evil spirits. Around eight o clock last evening he came and asked me to perform an exorcism on him and rid his flat of evil spirits. I ushered him into my kitchen sprinkled him with tap water placed a little in a small bottle I had handy to use around his flat and told him to piss off. He seemed quite pleased with that and I have not heard from him this morning. He’s probably tied to his bed with the local vicar in attendance.

And now a part from the heart: Tiss the beauty I see within your eyes that makes my heart beat so, your presence be with me ever more else emptiness I will knowSorted.

Later, today my pagan friend is coming around to have a chat. He has been a good friend over the years and struggled so much bless him. I do strongly believe that wicca has helped him greatly through his dark times as it has done so for many others following the path. We get on quite well as we both agree that no matter what sex, religion, colour or creed one maybe we are all still human and have only the one life to live. I frown upon people with closed minds for they miss out on so much in life I feel. I am not going to dwell on prejudice for I have no time or need of it in my life.
Well the clouds have just drifted across the sun once more as I sit here tapping the keys of the tablet, I wonder what they will bring out next in the world of technology? One thing is for sure that there will always be advancement in our world as long as there is a buck in it for the inventor. Like the man who invented cats eye for our roads. It came about when his vehicle light caught a cat crossing the road the reflection in the eyes of the cat gave him the brilliant idea and hence cats eyes down the centre of our roads was born. If the cat had been going the other way, he would have probably invented the pencil sharpener.

Talking about cats in case you did not know members of the craft class our feline friends as familiars with great spiritual value, alas I cannot own a cat in the high rise block but I have fond memories of days gone by.

Back to the tablet before the battery is drained on this demon machine which brings a thought to mind: Come the day when the internet cloud goes tits up and we are all doomed as in the film, such is life. I will sign off for now as the pigeons are gathering around me sort of like the film Alfred Hitchcock and the birds, there’s some weird shit going off here.


Thought-for-the-dayThought for the day

Every form in nature has a threefold constitution, every symbol a three-fold meaning, every perfect act is a trinity. To perform an action three factors are necessary: the actor, the act, and the object acted on.


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Landmarks Of The Craft

Landmarks Of The Craft

Landmarks Of The Craft

Landmarks Of The Craft for your book of shadows. A landmark is a prominent feature used to mark the boundaries of real estate.

Therefore, these landmarks of the Craft are prominent features of the American Rite, or Druidic Craft of the Wise. 

Just as departing from the landmarks in real estate signifies that one has departed from that piece of land, so does departure from the landmarks of our Craft signify such a person or organization has departed from the correct defines of the Craft. Other branches of the Craft sometimes call this their “Law”.

The Landmarks

The landmarks were given to man by The Great God, Pan.

In the dim, dark ages of the past
For the rule and regulation of the wise,
To advise and help them in their troubles
And relations, one with the other,
That all might work and love together.

They are the Bill of Rights of each member,
And the code of operation of the Coven.
And are to be honoured by all
Or else they become meaningless and of little use,
And departure therefrom by any person or Coven
Shall be a departure from the rest of the Covens
Which constitute the American Rite.

And they shall be shunned, they from the rest of us,
And no further communication shall be established
Concerning things of the Craft
With either He or They until
They shall return to the fold of the Craft
In love and cooperation.

For the Gods love the Wise, the Brethren of the Way,
And so should we return that love.
But this can only be done and made manifest by love expressed
In deeds for the Brethren of the Craft,
Not in pride, but in cooperation and sincerity.

The Fellows Of The Craft

Any person, be male or female, who is of good mind
And free to decide for himself in good faith,
Who shall learn of the Craft and its Tenets,
And shall desire to follow the Way,
Shall be permitted to do so,
And none may say him “Nay”.

And the Gods will love him and look after him,
And they shall bless him on all things,
And his needs shall always be satisfied,
As he shall show forth love and affection
For all the brethren and sisters of the Craft,
And he shall obey the Admonishments
Of the Craft as to secrecy and correct living.

And when he shall desire to join the Craft,
And to follow the Way to Perfection,
He shall make his desires known to any member
Of the Priesthood.
And they shall observe his readiness and sincerity,
And shall then administer the rites of
Secrecy, which is sacredness and brotherhood.

But a Priest shall accept the Sister,
And a Priestess the Brother,
As an eternal reminder of
The duality of the Universe.
And a new name and secret mark
Shall be given each new fellow.

By this name, and under this mark,
Shall they be known among the members
Of the Craft, in love and harmony,
And their old name and identity shall not be known
Even among the members of their own Coven,
And none shall inquire for his name or his house
And he shall inquire these of none.

But the Gods have decreed that in joining the Rite,
Free Will and independence shall not be in jeopardy.
And he shall have the right to follow the Way.
Walking alone if he wills it that way,
Or with a Coven of living brethren
If he so shall choose;

And he shall have the right
To withdraw from any coven at any time
Without the need to say why,
If he shall so choose.

And this either for the purpose of joining another
Or to become solitary for his own reasons,
And there will be none to censure;

And he shall have the right to remain
In a certain Coven, and none shall say him “Nay”,
Or to attempt to force him to leave and depart;
Except that should he lose harmony with them
Then they may so decide
And he shall depart;

But no man shall have the right
To speak for the Craft,
And leaving one Coven does not mean
Leaving the Craft, or
Leaving the Way
And each is free, then, or at any time later,
To remain solitary
Or to seek admission to another Coven.

But let him and each other fellow of the Craft
Keep a book, and this shall be of the colours of the Craft,
That it may be readily recognized,
And here he shall keep all the Laws and Landmarks,
And the tenets of the Craft,
That he might not forget,
And if he do forget, that his mind might be

And in this book, all things shall be the mark
Of his own hand, and in ink,
That it shall be long lived.

Let each of the brothers and sisters
Copy what they will from the book,
Providing that they are of sufficient worthiness,
To receive it, and are of sufficient rank,
Or that the writings are of sufficient nature
As pertain to their own rank.

Never suffer this book out of hand or possession,
And never borrow the writings of another
To keep, but merely to copy.
And each shall guard and keep these writings,
As his most sacred possession
And destroy them when danger threatens.

However, should one be of sufficient power,
To remember his past as a wise man,
This book and other Craft artifacts,
May be buried in a stone box
Prepared for them from time to time,
And this in view of immediate death,
And the desire to save them for a future life.

Otherwise, on notice of impending death,
This book should be destroyed by fire,
As well as other things of the Craft,
Which one may possess.

But the wise man will have nothing around
Which has only a Craft use or meaning,
But only things which can be used in daily affairs.

If there is no reason to own a sword,
Then do not own one;
The white wand is just as powerful,
And less distinctive in the minds of the infidels.

If a white wand is too distinctive,
Then any old wand will do for the purpose
Of the ceremonies.

Have no names written and signs drawn
On anything permanently,
When necessary these can be written
In charcoal or chalk
And erased immediately without the telling of tales.

Let the knife have the shape of,
And be stored with the kitchen knives;
Let the cord be seen around the house,
And be used for a vulgar purpose,
In order to fool the infidels.

Never boast, never threaten, never brag
Of your powers; not even to the Craft,
Above all, never harbour ill thoughts toward another
For the power may make it happen for harm;
And never wish ill to anyone.
As it will occur.

If anyone speaks of the Craft, to down it,
Remember the Craft needs no defence,
For it has the Father and
All things will be as He wishes
In the end.

The Coven

And it shall be that any Fellow of the Craft,
Finding himself in a place where he knows of no Coven,
Or other Fellow of the Craft
Shall have the right, nay, even the duty,
To seek out such a Coven,
Or other Fellow of the Craft
Without censure.

Provided that he shall not reveal secrets to jeopardize
His former Coven or the members of it,
Or the Craft itself.

And two or three Fellows shall have the right
To meet and discuss subjects of Craft interest,
And to help each other along
On the Way to Perfection,
Except that Craft ceremonies
Must be done by the Priesthood.
Any five fellows who shall desire
To form a Coven may do so,
And they shall apply for a charter
To any High Priest or Priestess,
And they shall then select and choose
A man and a woman to lead them.

And their elected leaders shall be ordained by their High Priest,
And they shall choose two more,
A woman to be the deputy; to learn to be a priestess,
And a Scribe for their Coven.

But these shall not be ordained to the Priesthood,
Unless also qualified for another reason.

And this Coven shall belong to the High Priest,
And shall be answerable to him in all their doings,
Because they did owe their Priesthood to him,
And he shall act at all times in their interest
As their Spiritual Father in the Craft
So that he may lead them as they walk
The way to perfection.

But the newly appointed Priesthood,
Should it be lacking in the knowledge and wisdom needed,
For the positions to which they have been set apart
Then it shall be his responsibility as their High Priest,
To lead and instruct them,
Or cause it to be done by another.

But should the new Coven refuse to follow
The teachings and instructions of their Spiritual Father,
Then he may, at his discretion and Judgment,
Recall their charter, and their right to work as a Coven.
For that which one can give he may also retrieve,
And they shall not again meet,
Unless they can find another High Priest,
Who will assume responsibility over them.

It is the bound duty of the High Priest to preside, for all things must be presided over by the High Priesthood;

And should any Coven desire to change,
Their allegiance from one High Priest to another,
For any reason, even the loss of harmony,
Or if, in their considered opinion, their Spiritual Father
Is no longer spiritual, or serving the Father
Then they shall be re-ordained in the Priesthood
By the New High Priest, and this shall then
Have superseded the original ordinations,
And there shall be for them
A new Spiritual Father.

And if any Priest or Priestess, or other member of the Priesthood,
Find themselves in a place wherein there is no Coven for them to lead,
Then it is their bound duly to try to the extent of their Power
To find Fellows of the Craft
And organize them into a Coven.

And should they find that there are no other Fellows of the Craft,
In that place, but there are some of the same good bend of mind,
It is then their duty to teach them by word and deed,
Until there be sufficient to form a Coven,
And this shall be done under the supervision,
And with the knowledge of their High Priest,
Through which they received their ordination
And their Powers.

And they shall obligate, teach and initiate all the members of their Coven,
And they shall be theirs and they shall be to them
As elder brothers and sisters,
And shall care for them in all their affairs,
And not just at meetings,
For it is in this that the Craft differs
From all man-made institutions.

Should any member be absent, and love of the Priestess is such
That she shall continue to contact them in any manner
And by any method possible,
To tender them her loving care
At all times of sickness or stress.

And should any member move to a far city
The Priestess will continue to care for them
In love, by whatever method is available,
Until such time as they shall,
Of their own free will,
Obligate themselves to another Priestess.

And the Priestess shall at all times remember
That she is the direct representative of the Goddess to her Coven,
And the Priest is the direct representative of
The unknown God, the Father,
And both must act as such at all times.

Yet the Priestess shall have whomever she shall choose
As her Priest, be he of that rank, or qualified to be,
Or else another Fellow, who shall be called
her Magister.

And she must remember at all times that the man provides the power,
For the woman to direct, and so it is,
That the Priest resigns all his power over to her,
Yet it is not his power, nor hers to keep,
It is the power of God to use in the performance
Of the Work.
The Power of God is only lent to be used,
Wisely and Justly.

Both the members of the Priesthood shall remember their Spiritual Father,
At all times with gratitude, love, veneration and cooperation,
keeping constantly in contact, and acting with him in utmost harmony,
For they must always remember that the power
And wisdom which they use,
Comes to them through him.

In the days of old, ere the coming of Christendom,
The Craft was free and open in its ceremonies,
And entire states and nations worshiped the Gods
Freely and without restraint;

But in these unhappy days, we must remain secret,
And hold our rites and ceremonies in secret,
And there are those who will talk, even without torture,
Which loosens any tongue.

Then let it be ordained, heeded and supported by all
That no Coven shall know wherein
The next Coven shall abide, or who its members be,
Except only the Priestess, Magister and Deputy,
And even they shall not remember
Except for good and sufficient reason.

But, and if only, it should be safe, may the covens meet
In some safe place for festivals, and while there,
None may say whence they came, nor give their true names,
Or tell of where or when their meetings are, and
No secret things shall be spoken of
At these festivals for fear of Cowans and Eavesdroppers.

Let each Priestess govern her own Coven in justice and love,
Ever heeding the advice and instructions of her High Priest.
She will ever heed the complaints of the brethren
And strive to settle all differences between them with love.

But there are those who, in pride, will ever strive
To force their will upon others
But these are not necessarily evil
And will think that they do rightly.
Oft they have good ideas and such ideas
Should be discussed in council with their brethren.

But if they will not agree with their brethren,
Or if they say “I will not work under this Priestess”,
Then they shall have the right to withdraw from that Coven,
And work Solitary.
Or if five or more of them shall withdraw,
They shall have the right
To form another Coven under another Priestess.

Even as it shall be the right of any five or more persons of a Coven
To withdraw, and form a new Coven, for any reason whatever,
But they shall then utterly avoid the old Coven
In all things, as it shall then have ceased to exist for them.

The Book Of Shadows

Let every Coven of whatever rank
Keep a record in a book of black and silver,
And it shall contain, first, the Landmarks and Tenets,
Then a collection of Wisdom of the Craft,
The Rites and Ceremonies of the Coven
As well as the History of the Coven,
And its charter empowering it to work.

And a record of every meeting shall be written therein,
Together with a record of the doings of any member thereof
With the other side, or the Father, or
Any other thing which is for the teaching of all,
Even unto the listing of herbs and medicines
Spells and incantations and Rites
Which contain power for the use of man.

This book shall be kept by the Scribe,
And it shall be kept and approved by the Priesthood
And also the High Priesthood, when it shall come,
But no names or Craft secrets shall be written therein
That he Craft should not be betrayed
Should the book be taken by force,
Or slyness, by the infidels.

And when the coven shall disband,
It shall be the duty of the High Priesthood
To secure this book and make suitable disposition
That it might not endanger the Craft
Or any brother within it
As if the Coven were a person or Fellow
And the book were his book,
So let it be burned.

The Priesthood

The Mother, The seven Elder Children, and all the worlds,
Draw their power from the Father.

But the children of the Father are like the sands of the sea,
And He has ordained and set apart certain of his older children,
To help and assist Him in caring for the younger children,
And has given them the Power and the Wisdom to do so,
And these children constitute the Priesthood.

The Father will bestow this power upon whom he will, and none may say him”Nay”
Yet also may the Priesthood choose workers and helpers
And shall share their power with them,
And this is called ordination.

The Power of the Priesthood is that of the Father
And it is love unfeigned and sincere,
Compassion and gentleness and meekness,
Persuasion and long-suffering and kindness,
And there is no authority over the free will of men
Inherent in the Priesthood,
Nor to be assumed by the members of it.

And the Power of the Priesthood is the Power of God,
And the Power of God can never be wielded by an ungodly man,
Nor an evil man; nor the love of God by an unloving man;
And when the man becomes evil, the Power of God is withdrawn from him.

Nor can a member of the Priesthood be inactive,
For inactivity without cause is lack of love for the Father,
And this man’s priesthood shall depart from him
At the end of a year and a day,
For it is truth eternal,
That the thing which is unused will be taken away.

So if any Fellow of the Craft shall desire the Priesthood,
First let him learn to be a leader of men,
For a Priest with no following is no Priest,
And his Priesthood is in vain.

So therefore let the Fellow who would be a Priest
First learn the knowledge and wisdom he will need in the new appointment,
Then let him learn to lead men, and
When he shall either have been selected
As leader for his Coven,
Or when he shall have gathered up a Coven of his own,
Then let him apply for ordination.

And he shall apply to a High Priest, for it is written
That only the higher can ordain the lesser,
That there shall be an unbroken line
Of power and authority extending
Back through the line of ordination,
To the Father Himself.

And no man can ordain his peers,
For the Lord’s House is not a house of confusion,
So let not the line be broken
For it is the cable tow by which
Men are drawn from the lower
Up to the greater;-
An impossibility without it.

And each must work within their line of ordination
In perfect love and perfect trust,
With perfect harmony in all things,
But should they find that they fall out of harmony
With their line of ordination,
Then let him seek another, to be ordained of him
To be their new spiritual Father.

Let the Priesthood be a leadership of fact; not of fancy,
For those who have no following to lead,
Why are they in the Priesthood?

And so it is that they who lose or give away their following,
Or they who through inactivity have lost their power,
Or they who are not in harmony and love with their Spiritual Father;
Shall be retired from a rank to which entitled
Other than by leadership of men.

But this can only be done by he who ordained them,
For only those who give can take away,
Yet each High Priest is responsible that this is done.

Should any Fellow fain the Priesthood, and use it wisely and well,
The Gods have decreed that those who serve them
Shall prosper and grow in this life,
And shall gain eternal perfection
To be freed from the Wheel of Life,
And to become like unto the angels
In that they should be perfect.

For perfection is to be gained by love,
And there is no greater love than to
Lay down one’s life for his brethren
In their service and for their sake,
And the Father will reward them for
Their labour of love, because
He is not unjust.

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