Bide the wiccan rede ye must,In perfect love in perfect trust
Eight words the wiccan rede fufill,An ye harm none do as ye will
What ye sends forth returns to thee
So ever mind the rule of three
Follow this with mind and heart
and merry ye meet and merry ye part
Wicca has a simple ethical code which is expressed in eight words`An ye harm none do as ye will'. it was first used publically by a well known wiccan calledDoreen Valiente in 1964.
The word `Rede' is said to be an old word for `council' or `advice' which is exactly what the rede is.
The rede provides wiccans with a personal guideline on how to behave and treat people,we use the rede whenever we need to make an important decision.
The rede places emphasis on personal responsibility and asks the wiccan, do you need to do that?,are you sure you want to go ahead? How will your actions affect you?
The wiccan rede helps us tothink of cause and effect, if you follow the rede you should strive ever towards giving careful consideration to all your actions.
The wiccan rede can be summed up in four simple words:
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT.