The Wiccan Rede itself is only eight words: “An ye harm none, do what ye will”. It is considered by most Wiccans something like a code of conduct, similar to the “Golden Rule” (the principle of treating others as you want to be treated).
This belief exists in almost all religions and is also present in Wicca: As long as you don’t harm anyone, do what you wish.
Who wrote the Wiccan Rede?
There is confusion as to who wrote the Wiccan Rede, because many different versions exist. Some are attributed to Lady Gwenny Thompson (who inherited it from Adriana Porter), others confuse her with “The Creed of the Witches” by Doreen Valiente.
In its best known form as the “eight words” couplet, the Wiccan Rede was first publicly recorded in a 1964 speech by Doreen Valiente.
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The Wiccan Rede
“Rede” is a medieval English word meaning “advice”. This poem by an unknown author introduces various aspects of neopaganism and was popularized by Wiccan priestess Doreen Valiente.