1...Chivalry is a high code of honour which is of most Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
2...It must be known that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond, and return-bringing unto creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth.Thus one should exercise discipline, for "as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest"
3...It is only by preparing our minds to be Gods can we can ultimately attain godhead.
4..."This above all, to thine own self be true....."
5...A Witch's word must have the validness of a signed and witnessed oath.Thus, give your word sparingly, and adhere to it like iron.
6...Refain from speaking ill of others, for not all the truths of the matter may be known.
7...Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehoods.
8...Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.
9...The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.
10...Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others.Strive not to harm.
11...Diverse covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others.When a coven, clan or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
12...Dignity, a gracious manner and a good humour are much to be admired.
13...As a Witch thou has power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases.Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof.
14...Courage and honour endure forever.Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
15...Pledge friendship and fealty to those who warrant it.Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
16...Thou shall not reveal the secrets of another Witch or another Coven.Others have laboured long and hard for them,and cherish them as treasures.
17...Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.
18...Those who follow the Mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
19...The laws of the land should be obeyed wherever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
20...Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and mind.For the Lady has said, "How canst thou honour another unless thy give honour to thyself first?"
21...Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who shall lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.
Origin.....Ed Fitch...A Grimoire of Shadows
Think about the Rede of Chivalry...
Remember the film??..."Dances with Wolves"...
Remember how the "savage" indians were in fact a people of honor??...
Remember how you felt when you saw the slaughtered buffalo??...
Look at the picture again...
The warrior astride a dragon,a man of courage and honour,
riding a powerful, misunderstood beast.....
As witches, you will ride "the beasts" of magic and power,
but you must also tread the Path of Honor, as the noble Indian in "Dances with Wolves",
as the Warrior,
as the Healer,
as the Embassador of your Faith,
of OUR Faith.
Your actions reflect on us all...
Remember this as you read the Code of Chivalry again.......