1. The Law was made and ardane of old by those whom art called, The Old Ones.

2. The Law was made for the Wicce, to advise and help comfort in their  troubles.

3. The Wicca should give due worship to the Gods and obey  Their will, which they ardane, for it was made for
    the good of Wicce,  as the worship of the Wicce is good for the gods. For the Gods love the brethren
    of the Wicce, and it is from this love that cometh the Power.

4. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her,

5.  So should the Wicce love the Gods by mastering them.

6. And it  is necessary that the Magick Circle, which is the temple of the Gods, should be duly cast and purified that
    it may be a fit place for the Gods to enter and dwell.

7. And the Wicce should be properly purified and prepared in heart to enter into the presence of the Gods.

8. With love and  worship in their hearts, they shall raise power from their bodies to give power to the Gods.  And
    in so doing the complete Circle is formed.

9. As has been taught of old.

10. For in this  way only may man have communication with the Gods, for the gods cannot  help men without the help of man.

11. And the High Priestess shall rule Her Coven as the representative  of the Goddess.

12. And the High Priest shall support and protect Her as the representative of the God.

13. And the High Priestess shall choose whom She will, if he have sufficient rank,  to be Her High Priest.

14. For, as the God Himself kissed Her feet in the Five-fold salute, laying His power at the feet of the Goddess,
    because of Her youth and beauty, Her sweetness and kindness, Her wisdom and Her justice, Her humility
    and gentleness and generosity,

15. So He resigned all His power to Her.

16. But the High Priestess should ever mind that the power comes from Him.

17. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly.

18. And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that She recognizes that youth is necessary
    to the representative of the eternal Goddess.

19. So she will gracefully retire in favour of a younger woman should the Coven so decide in council.

20. For the true High Priestess realizes that gracefully and humbly surrendering pride of place is one of the greatest virtues.

21. And it shal be that She thereby return to that pride of place in another life, with greater power and beauty.

22. In the old days, when Witches extended far, we were truly free and joyfully worshipped in all the greatest temples.

23. But, in these unhappy times of woe,  we must celebrate our Sacred Mysteries in secret.

24. So be it ardane, that none but the Wicce may see our Mysteries, for our enemies are
    many and torture loosens the tongue of men.

25. So be it ardane, that no Coven may know where the next Coven bide.

26. Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and Messenger.

27. And there shall be no communication between them, save only by the Messenger of the Gods, or the Summoner.

28. And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe and secret place for the Great Festivals.

29. And while there, none shall say whence they came, nor give their true names.

30. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell if they do not know.

31. So be it ardane, that no one shall tell anyone, not of the Craft, who be of the Wicce, nor give any names, or where
    any abide, or in any way tell anything which can betray any of us to our foes.

32. Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.

33. Nor the Covenstead.

34. Nor where the meetings be.

35. And if any break these Laws, without express permission, even under torture, the curse of the Goddess shall be
    upon them, so they may never be reborn on earth, and may remain where they belong, in the hell of the christians.

36. Let each High Priestess govern Her Coven with justice and love, and with the help and advice of the High Priest and
     the  Elders, always  heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods, if he cometh.

37. She  will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them in reason and justice.

38. But it must be recognized that there will  always be people who will ever strive to force others to do as they  will.

39. These are not necessarily evil.

40. And they oft have good  ideas, and such ideas should be talked over and decided in council.

41. But, if they  will not agree with their Brothers, or if they say,

42. "I will not  work under this High Priestess,"

43. It hath ever been the Old Law, to  be convenient to the Brethren, and to avoid disputes.

44. Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven, because they live  over a league away from the Covenstead or are
     about to do so.

45. Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven shall tell the Elders of their intentions and on the
    instant avoid  their dwelling and remove to the new Covendom.

46. Members of the old  Coven may join the new one when it is formed, but if they do so, they  must utterly, unless otherwise
    so bidden, avoid the old Coven.

47. The Elders of the new and old  Covens shall meet in peace and brotherly love to decide the new  boundaries.

48. Those of the craft who live outside both Covens may  join either indifferently, but certainly not both.

49. Though all may, if the Elders be in agreement, meet  for the Great Festivals, if it be truly in peace and brotherly love,

50. But it is known that the splitting the Coven often means strife, so for this reason  these Laws were made of old, and
    may the Curse of the Goddess be on any who disregard or take these Laws lightly!!

51. If ye would keep a Black Book, let it be in your own hand of write,  let  all Brothers and Sisters copy what they will, but
    never shall ye let the book out  of your hands, and ys shall never keep the writings of another.

52. For if it be  found in their hand of write, they may be taken and engained.

53. And let  each guard his own writings, and destroy them whenever danger  threatens.

54. Learn as much as you may by heart, and when danger is  past, rewrite your book an it be safe.

55. For this reason, if any  die, destroy their book, an they have not been able to.

56. For an it  be found, 'tis clear proof against them.

57. And our oppressors know  well "Ye may not be a Witch alone".

58. So all their kin and friends be  in danger of torture.

59. So destroy everything not necessary.

60. If  your book be found on you, 'tis clear proof against you alone.  You may  be engained. 

61. Under torture keep all thoughts of the Craft from your mind.

62. If the torture be too great to bear, say "I will confess.  I cannot  bear this torture.  What would you have me to say?"

63. If they try to  make you talk of the Brotherhood, do not.

64. But if they try to make  you speak of impossibilities such as flying through the air,  consorting with the christian devil, or
   sacrificing children or eating men's flesh,

65. To obtain relief from the torture, say, "I hold an evil  dream, I was beside myself, I was crazed."

66. Not all the magistrates are cruel;  if there be any excuse, they may show mercy.

67. If you have  confessed ought, deny it afterwards.  Say you babbled under the torture,  say you know not what you said.

68. If you are condemned, fear not.

69.Fear not, the Brotherhood is powerful, they will help you to escape if you, but stand steadfast in trust.

70. But if you betray any Secrets, and Bretheren, there is no hope for you in  this life or any that is to come.

71. Be sure, if steadfast you go to the  pyre, drugs will reach you, you will feel naught. You go but to death and
    that peace which lies beyond.

72. To avoid discovery, let the working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses.

73. Let the Pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or melted should danger threaten.

74. Have no sword, unless  your rank allows you one.

75. Have no names or signs on anything.

76. Write  the names or signs on them in ink immediately before consecrating them and wash it off immediately after all
    rites have ended.

77. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery.

78. Let the color of the hilts tell  which is which.

79. Ever remember, ye are the "Hidden Children of the Goddess",  so never do anything to disgrace them or Her.

80. Never threaten, never boast,  never say you would wish ill of anyone.

81. If any person, not in the Magick Circle, speak of the Craft, say, "Speak not to me of such, it frightens me.  'Tis
     evil luck speak of it."

82. For this reason:  the christians have their spies everywhere. These speak as if they were well affected to us, as if they
    would come to our meetings saying, "My mother used to go to worship the Old Ones.  I would I could go myself."

83. To such as these, ever deny all knowledge.

84. But to any others, ever say, "'Tis foolish talk of Witches flying through the air. To do so they must be light as
    thistle-down.  And men say that Witches all be so blear-eyed,  old crones, so what pleasure can there be at a Witch
    meeting such as folks talk on ?"

85. And say, "Many wise men now say there be no such creatures."

86. Ever make it a jest and in some future time, perhaps the persecution may die and we may worship our Gods in peace
      and safety again.

87. Let us all pray for that happy day.

88. May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on all those who keep these Laws which are ardane.

89. If the craft have any Appenage, let all guard it, and help to keep it clear and good for the Craft.

90. And let all justly guard all monies of the Craft.

91. But if any Brother truly wrought it, 'tis right they have their pay, and it be just.  And this be not taking of monies
      for the Art, but for good and honest work.  For money cheapens the Arts.

92. And even the christians say, "The laborer is worthy of his hire," but if any Brother work willingly for the good of the Craft
    without pay, 'tis to their greatest honor.

93.   If there be any dispute or quarrel among the Brethren, the High Priestess shall straightly convene the Elders
    and inquire into the matter and they shall hear both sides, first alone, then together.

94.   And they shall decide justly, not favouring the one side or the other.

95.   Ever recognizing there be always people who can never agree to work under any others.

96.   But at the same time, there be some people who cannot rule justly.

97.   To those who ever must be chief, there is but one answer.

98.   "'Void the Coven, or seek another one, or make a Coven of your own, if ye be of the third, taking with you those
    who will go."

99.   To those who cannot rule justly, the answer shall be, "Those who cannot bear your rule will leave you."

100.   For none may come to meetings with those with whom they are at variance.  For to so so angers the Gods and
    hinders the Brotherhood.

101.  So, an either cannot agree,  "Both get hence, for the Craft must ever survive."

102.  In the olden days, when the Old Ones walked amoungst us and we were blessed with full powers, we could use
    the art against wind and fire and any of those who ill-treated the Brotherhood.  But in these evil days, we must  not
    do so!  For our enemies have devised a burning pit of everlasting  fire, into which they say their God casteth all the
    people who worship  Him,  except it be the very few who are released by their priest's spells and masses.  And this
    be chiefly by giving monies and rich gifts to receive his favor, for their God is ever in need of money.

103.  But as our Gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops, so it is the God of the christians that is ever in
    need of man's help to search out and destroy us. Their priests ever tell them that any who get our help are damned to
    this hell forever, so men be mad with the terror of it.

104.  But they make men believe that they may escape this hell if they give up Witches to the tormentors.  So for
    this reason, all be forever spying, thinking, "An I catch but one of the Wicce, I will escape this fiery pit."

105.  So for this reason, we have our hidels, and men searching long and not finding us say: "There be none, or if
    there be, they be in a far country."

106.  But when one of our oppressors dies, or even be sick, ever is the cry, "This be Witches' malice", and the hunt is
    up again and though they slay ten of their own to one of ours, still they care not. They have countless thousands.

107.  While we are few indeed. 


108.  That none shall use the art in any way to do ill to any.

109.  However much they may injure us, HARM NONE  and now times there are many that believe we exist not.

110.  That this Law shall ever continue to help us in our plight, no one, however great an injury or injustice they
    receive, may use the art in any way to do ill or harm any.  But they may, after great consultations with all, use the art
    to restrain christians from harming us or tax others, but only to dismiss or to constrain them and never to punish.

111.  To this end, men will say: "Such an one is a mighty searcher out and a persecutor of old women whom they
    deemeth to be Witches, and none hath done him skith, so they be proof that they cannot, or more truly where be none."

112.  For all know full well that so many folk have died because someone had a grudge against them, or were persecuted
    because they had money or goods to sieze or because they had none to bribe the searchers.  And many have died
    because they were scolding old women.  So much that men say "only old women are Witches."

113.  And this be to our advantage, and turns suspicions away from us.

114.  In England and Scotland,  'tis now many a year since a Witch hath died the death. But misuse of the power
    might raise the persecution again.

115.  So never break this Law, however much you are tempted, and never consent to it being broken in the least.

116.  If you know it is being broken, you must work strongly against it.

117.  And any High Priestess who consents to its breach must immediately be deposed.  "For 'tis the
    blood of the Brethren they  endanger."

118.  Do good, an it be safe, and only if it be safe.

119.  And strictly keep to the Old Law.

120.  Never accept money for the use of the Art.  For money ever smeareth the taker.  " 'Tis sorcerors and conjurers
    and the priests of the christians who ever accept money for the use of their Arts.  And they sell dwale, and evil love
    spells and pardons, so letting men escape from their sins.

121.  Be not as these.   If you accept no money,  you will be free from temptation to use the Art for evil causes.