Charge of the Goddess Pins

Whenever ye have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of She, who is 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 She teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in Her praise. For Hers is the ecstasy of the spirit, and Hers also is joy on earth; for Her law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For Hers is the secret door which opens upon the land of youth and Hers is the cup of wine of life, and the cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality. She is the gracious goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon earth, She gave the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, She gives peace and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor does She demand sacrifice, for behold, She is the mother of all living, and Her love is poured out upon the earth.

She who is 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, calls unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto Her. For She is the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe. from Her all things proceed, and unto Her all things must return; and before Her face, beloved of gods and men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let Her worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, She has been with thee from the beginning; and She is that which is attained at the end of desire.

–Charge of the Goddess, by Doreen Valiente

This is a clothes pin craft project.  The pins, once made, can be used in ritual in several different ways.

What you’ll need:

  • 53 wooden spring clothes pins that are big enough to write on (you can use the plastic ones if you wish)
  • Fine tipped Sharpie or other permanent marker, or carving set or wood burner
  • a paper plate or string

Once you have your materials assembled, please read the “Pinterest” section in “BDSM Rituals” for more ideas and safety measures–

Procedure:  Above is a copy of Doreen Valiente’s “Charge of the Goddess”.  You don’t have to use this version for this craft.  Please feel free to use a version that you like.  I’ve highlighted 53 key words and phrases in red.  These words and phrases, to me, embody the essence of the Goddess.  Feel free to choose other words and phrases to suit your needs.  With your pins, write one of the words or phrases on one side and the number in which it appears in the Charge on the other.  The numbers will come in handy later.  So for example: “Need” would be on one side of the clothes pin and “1″ would be on the other.

You can write this with the fine tipped permanent marker, or you can carve or wood burn it onto the pin.  As you complete each pin, attach it to the paper plate or string in order for easy storage and use.

How to use the pins:  Once completed, the pins can be used in solitary ritual, partnered ritual, or group ritual.  As the Charge is read and a key word or phrase is recited, the corresponding pin should be attached to your body or somebody else’s body.  The fleshier the area the better.  As the pins are attached, the person doing the pinning and the person being pinned should think about the word or phrase that is being pinned to them.  The person being pinned can use this experience as a meditation to call the Goddess into him or her, or the pain of the pins can be used as a sacrifice for magical work to be done later in ritual.  At the end of ritual, the pins should be removed.  The removal of the pins (which will hurt worse than the adding of the pins) can be used as a way to release the Goddess from the pinned person or as extra energy behind a spell.