The Charge of the Goddess was written by Doreen Valiente. It is one of the most sacred pieces of writing in the pagan community. It is often read by the High Priestess after she has drawn down the moon. As part of my studies for second degree I was asked to take the Charge of the Goddess and make it my own. Below are both the beautiful original version and my modified version which is for me the Charge of the Dark Goddess. It is my prayer that you will take the Charge of the Goddess and make it your own. It is powerful! It is a guide for how to connect with Her. Enjoy!
The Charge of the Goddess
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 She, who is Queen of all witches. There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will She teach things that are 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 Her praise. For Hers is the ecstasy of the spirit, and Hers also is joy on earth; for Her law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For Hers is the secret door which opens upon the land of youth and Hers is the cup of wine of life, and the cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality. She is the gracious goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon earth, She gave the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, She gives peace and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor does She demand sacrifice, for behold, She is the mother of all living, and Her love is poured out upon the earth.
She who is the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, calls unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto Her. For She is the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe. from Her all things proceed, and unto Her all things must return; and before Her face, beloved of gods and men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let Her worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinkest to seek Her, 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, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, She has been with thee from the beginning; and She is that which is attained at the end of desire.
The Charge of the Dark Goddess
Listen to the breath of the Dark Mother: the Air, the Wind, the sighs of the poor. She was of old also called Isis, The Morrighan, Kali, Inanna, Hecate, Sekhmet and Lilith.
At my altars the warriors made love and sacrificed to bring victory to their battles. Whenever you have need of anything, better it be when the Moon is full, then shall you gather in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, who is the Battle Queen and Compassionate Mother.
There shall you gather, all who would learn the mysteries of my shadow side. And you shall be free from guilt, and as a sign that you are free, you shall be aware of your own feelings and acknowledge them openly. You shall trust yourself and not endure the enslavement of false friends. You shall sing, dance, feast, make music and love all in my priase, for mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy on Earth, for my love is law unto all beings.
Keep pure your honour, strive ever towards it; let nothing stop you or turn you away. Mine is the Earth beneath your feet, which absorbs your fears and releases you to Joy. Mine is the Fire that burns away regret and transforms you.
I am the Compassionate Goddess who gives peace to the heart of a woman. I am the Earth, I am the Spirit eternal, I am Death and I am Birth. I do not demand sacrifice; I ask for your loyalty and steadfastness when the battle comes. And that you will share with me in the celebration after the battle is won.
I am the blood stained battle field, I am your broken heart. I am the cleansing rain and the fires of change. Arise and come unto me, for I am the Dark Goddess whose creation came from the chaos that was the void and whose Spirit gives Life to the Universe.
Let my worship be with your fellow warriors in a spirit of strength and beauty, for behold, all acts of bravery and courage, love and compassion, are my rituals. Therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence with you.
And you who think to seek for me, know that thy seeking and yearning shall avail you not unless you know the mystery; that if that which you seek you find not within thee, you will never find it without thee. Behold I have been with you from the beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
~ Raven Skye