Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_of_the_Goddess
Now listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other names. At her altars, the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice.
The Mother, the Earth and her motherly aspects have been worshipped and called many names in previous times but they are all the same. all acknowledging and worshipping the same principles.
Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place, and adore the spirit of me, I who am 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 I teach all things that are as yet unknown.
Some secret place can be within. What is more secret than the place of your own heart. She is called the Queen of all Witches but in fact she is the Queen of all growth and manifestation, the feminine principle. Farmers follow the phases of nature, of the moon as it is that time when the moisture rises to the surface, when the tide turns, when growth is right. It is the same principle as “To everything turn turn turn, there is a season turn turn turn and a time for every purpose under Heaven” This is exactly the same message. Sorcery really could be changed to source. These things are all known to you in your deepest being. You just need to remember them and that is what the Charge of The Goddess is all about. Re-membering who you are, Re-mmber, re-join yourself to your source. So the unknown would just mean those things that have not been in your conscious mind, unarticulated as sometimes it is hard to find words for them. But the knowledge and truth lie within you.
And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be truly free, you shall be naked in your rites; and yea shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of spirit, and mine also is joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings.
Slavery to me means tied to your roles and is the stuff of sociology, class, gender, etc. All of that stratification that makes us feel unequal to others. Society places great emphasis on your occupation, your postcode, your ancestry but nature does not make such distinctions. Naked can mean throwing off all of these humanmade labels and means of streaming people. Also it can mean the masks and personas that we present to the world. Just be yourself when interacting with nature as you have as much right to be joyful and celebrate as everyone else, royalty or what society would call the dispossessed. All beings are equally loved and accepted by nature. There is no guestlist or bouncer saying “Your name is not on the list, you are not coming in”
Keep pure your highest ideals; strive ever toward them, let nothing stop you or turn you aside.
Know what is in your heart. Be true to your own self and your calling. This is what I see all animal and human rights advocates doing. Keep them in mind no matter what or who tries to left ball you and divert you.
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 Vessel of Immortality.
Nature holds the rhythym of past, present and future. it is a natural cycle which includes what we call Death which is just another door, secret to us until we have gone through it.
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.
If you familiarise yourself with nature and its cycles you will come to understand that you are a part of it so the cyclic laws apply to you too.
Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.
Nature does not want you to sacrifice anything to petition her as everything is a part of nature and all is equal so no one has the right to consider themselves superior to another life form and sacrifice it.
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, 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 the desire of the heart of man. I call upon thy soul to arise and come unto me. For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the Universe.
This is who the Great Mother is .Every aspect of nature. When you look at it that all food, all materials for shelter, all metals etc come from the earth, are already there or at least the ingredients are. It is the soul of nature and as above, so below, as within, so without, it is the soul of you and me too.
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 rejoices for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
If you open your heart and love and enjoy nature then you are connected to the true source of life and you will be at peace within.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
Eight qualities in pairs which seem to imply opposite tendencies but it is essential to balance them within you and act from this place of moderation in your interactions.
And thou who thinketh to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knoweth the mystery; for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
This is the great mystery. People buy consumer goods, go on courses, go to therapy, read books, scour the internet to look for something. They are looking for the answer, for happiness for what will make their life go right, for the missing piece. If they could just find the missing piece…All answers, all you need to coonect with is your true self. Your true self knows what you need, and you need to learn to trust yourself as you are a part of nature, the Goddess or creative factor lies within you, your school is nature.