Spell: Balance the elements within

5 candles, one white, one blue, one red, one yellow, and one green.
A Lighter or matches.

Moon Phase: Full
Moon in the sign of : Cancer or Libra

First step: Gather up the items you need, and choose a area where you will not be disturbed.

Second Step: Cast a circle, call the quarters (elements).

Third Step: Place all 5 candles in front of you, and light them one by one.. and say the following as each one is lit:

1. Green Candle:
“Elements of Earth, I call you near,
Balance within me,
For unbalance I fear”

2. Yellow Candle:
“Elements of Air, I call you near,
Balance within me,
For unbalance I fear”

3. Red Candle:
“Elements of Fire, I call you near,
Balance within me,
For unbalance I fear”

4. Blue Candle:
“Elements of Water, I call you near,
Balance within me,
For unbalance I fear”

5. White Candle:
“Elements of Akasha, I call you near,
Balance within me,
For unbalance I fear”

Fourth Step: Sit in front of the 5 lit candles and put your arms around yourself as if you were giving yourself a hug. Visualize a white light sweeping from your hands and into your body, balancing everything within you, the good and the bad (be honest with yourself). And Say this chant 3 times:
“Five Elements I’ve called,
Within me they brawled.
Balance once more,
Akasha fix these four!”

Fifth Step: Remove your arms from around yourself (out of the hugging position), and meditate in front of the candles, 5 minutes at least! Think to yourself of all your positive and negative qualities. Be completely honest with yourself, no matter how much you rather NOT think of your negative qualities.

Sixth Step: During this meditation Accept yourself completely, the good, the bad, and even the ugly. Balance cannot be attained when within yourself their is a unbalance of yourself, when you do not accept your negative qualities you end up accepting more of your positive qualities. Think of it like having Good on one side of a scale, and bad on the other, and you pushing your finger on the good side to make it win in weight. Let these two equal out, because without one, there is no other. So Unless you plan on completely cancelling out your good and bad qualities, this spell is a keeper! Besides if you cancelled them all out.. You’d well, be a Veggie.. (No emotion, no nothing).

Seventh Step: Let the candles burn themselves out or use a candle snuffer to put them out, release the quarters and close the circle.



Charge of the Crone

Hear the words of the Grandmother of Time:
She who has been known as
Hecate, Erishkagel, Cerridwen, Kali-Ma,
Anna, Perenna, Spider Woman,
and many other names
– some feared, and some loved,
but none ever ignored.
She it is who brings wisdom and
the awareness of eternity.

She has been the Maiden, and remembers that joy.
She has been the Mother, and recalls that pleasure.
But age has changed her,
and taught her the mysteries of
the Wheel that is ever turning,
the Wheel that is life, death, and rebirth.
She is the whirling tornado, the erupting volcano,
the rising tidal wave, the trembling of the
earth’s crust.

With age comes an understanding of the past,
and a glimpse of the future.
For, in the turning of the Wheel,
the past is the future,
and the future is the past.
She is the Learned One, the Teacher,
the Bringer of Inevitable Change.

She is the Dark of the Moon, the Hidden One,
the invisible unknown that lies ahead.
But do not fear her for she is not malicious,
and her touch, however harsh, is love.

Only in ignorance is she scorned and reviled.
Those who do not know her,
parody her as the ugly old woman
whose powers were said to blight crops
and sour the milk in the cow.
It is fear that turns her age into abomination,
her wrinkles into hideous deformity,
and her voice into an evil and manipulative cackle.
For those who sought power over the earth were afraid
to face her wisdom and her unalterable truth.

But in the old days, we sat at her feet to learn the most ancient lore.
From her came the knowledge of the healing herbs, and the chants and songs that shaped our lives.
She sat in honour at our councils, our marketplaces, in our homes.
She governed our governing, and interpreted our laws.
She gave focus to our changing seasons.
She was our teacher, our oracle, our promise of rebirth.

Come, honour her as of old,
listen now to the words of Wise One,
the ancient Seer, the Crone!


Legend of the Descent of the Goddess

By Gerald Gardner

Now the Goddess had never loved, but she would solve all mysteries, even the mystery of Death, and so she journeyed to the nether lands. The guardians of the portals challenged her, “Strip off thy garments, lay aside thy jewels, for nought may ye bring with you into this our land.” So she laid down her garments and her jewels and was bound as are all who enter the realms of Death, the mighty one.

Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying: “Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me, but let me place my cold hand on thy heart.” And she replied: “I love thee not. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?” “Lady,” replied Death, “’tis age and fate, against which I am helpless. Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace and strength so that they may return. But you, you are lovely. Return not; abide with me.” But she answered: “I love thee not.” Then said Death: “As you receive not my hand on your heart, you must receive Death’s scourge.” “It is fate, better so,” she said, and she knelt. Death scourged her and she cried: “I know the pangs of love.” And Death said: “Blessed be,” and gave her the fivefold kiss, saying: “Thus only may you attain to joy and knowledge.”

And he taught her all the mysteries, and they loved and were one; and he taught her all the magics. For there are three great events in the life of man — love, death and resurrection in the new body — and magic controls them all. To fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved ones, and you must remember and love her or him again. But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new body; to die you must be born; without love you may not be born, and this is all the magic.


The Charge of the God

by Janet and Stewart Farrar

Listen the words of the Great Father,
Who of old was called Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Cernunnos,
Herne, Lugh and by many other names:

“My Law is Harmony with all things.
Mine is the secret that opens the gates of life
And mine is the dish of salt of the Earth,
That is the body of Cernunnos,
That is the eternal circle of rebirth.
I give the knowledge of life everlasting,
And beyond death I give the promise of regeneration and renewal.
I am the sacrifice, the father of all things,
And my protection blankets the earth.”

Hear the words of the dancing God,
The music of whose laughter stirs the winds,
Whose voice calls the seasons:

“I who am the Lord of the Hunt and the Power of the Light,
Sun among the clouds and the secret of the flame,
I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me.
For I am the flesh of the earth and all it’s beings.
Through me all things must die and with me are reborn.
Let my worship be in the body that sings,
For behold all acts of willing sacrifice are my rituals.
Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness,
Joy and peace, awe and longing within you.
For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself, within me,
All beginnings have endings, and all endings have beginnings.”

The Charge of the Goddess

by Doreen Valiente

This piece is clearly influenced by Leland’s Aradia: Gospel of the Witches, which is familiar to many Wiccans. It has been suggested however, that other sections were equally influenced by Aleister Crowley, of whom the following is attributed:

I give unimaginable joys on earth; certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.

I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death.

This is the oldest of the “Charges”. Other pieces with similar names have been modeled upon the Charge of the Goddess.

The Charge of the Goddess has been re-written many times by many authors. This, however, is the original. Many Wiccans consider it to be a central piece of liturgy.

Now listen to the words of the Great Mother,
Who was of old also called among men
Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride
And by many other names.
Whenever ye have need of any thing,
Once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full,
Then shall ye assemble in some secret place,
And adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witcheries.

There shall ye assemble,
Ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets;
To these will I teach things that are as yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery;
And as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites;
And ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love,
All in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy on earth;
For my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideal;
Strive ever towards it, let naught stop you or turn you aside;
For mine is the secret door which opens upon the land of youth,
And mine is the cup of wine of life,
And the cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.

I am the gracious Goddess,
Who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
And beyond death, I give peace, and freedom,
And reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
And my love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
She in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven,
whose body encircles the universe.
I, Who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars,
And the mystery of the waters, and desire of the heart of man.
Call unto thy soul.

Arise and come unto me;
For I am the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed, and unto me all things must return;
And 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 rejoiceth;
For behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,
Honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me,
Know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not
Unless thou knowest the mystery:
That if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,
Thou wilt never find it without thee.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning;
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Law of Power

by Scott Cunningham, Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, 1988
1. The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if the need rises, The Power shall be used to protect you life or the lives of others.
2. The Power is used only as need Dictates
3. The Power can be used for you own gain, as long as by doing so you harm none. It is unwise to accept money for use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions.
4. Use not the Power for Prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and Magic.
5. Ever remember that the Power is the Sacred gift of the Goddess and God, and should never by misused or abused.

The Law

by Scott Cunningham, Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, 1993
This is one of the most mis-represented pieces I know of, portrayed on many websites as ancient and immutable wisdom and commandment. In fact, this list was created as an example of laws a new coven might draw up. Cunningham was never one for teaching doctrine, believing we should find our own paths.

1. We are of the Old Ways, among those who walk with the Goddess and God and receive Their love.
2. Keep the Sabbats and Esbats to the best of your abilities, for to do otherwise is to lessen your connection with the Goddess and God.
3. Harm none. This, the oldest law, is not open to interpretation or change.
4. Shed not blood in ritual; the Goddess and God need not blood to be duly worshipped.
5. Those of our ways are kind to all creatures, for hurtful thoughts are quite draining and aren’t worth the loss of energy. Misery is self-created; so, too, is joy, so create joy and disdain misery and unhappiness. And this is within your power. So harm not.
6. Teach only what you know, to the best of your ability, to those students who you choose, but teach not to those who would use your instructions for destruction or
control. Also, teach not to boost pride, forever remember: She who teaches out of love shall be enfolded in the arms of the Goddess and God.
7. Ever remember that is you would be of our way, keep the law close to your heart, for it is the nature of the Wicca to keep
the law.
8. If ever the need arises, any law may be changed or discarded, and new laws written to replace them, so long as the new
laws don’t break the oldest law of all: Harm None.
9. Blessings of the God and Goddess on us all.