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Und die Seelen der Unterdrücker sollst du fesseln mit deiner Macht.
Und du sollst all jene vergiften, die sich große Herren über alles dünken.
Ja, in ihren Palästen sollst du sie sterben lassen.
Denn ich bin gekommen, die Schlechten vom Angesicht der Erde zu fegen.
Die Männer des Bösen, sie alle werde ich vernichten.
Und wenn ein Priester dich kränken sollte, mit seinen Segenssprüchen,
dann sollst du es ihm doppelt zurückzahlen.
In meinen Namen, Diana, Königin aller Hexen!

Und wenn die Prieset oder der Adel zu dir sagen sollten, du sollst Vertrauen haben,
zum Vater, dem Sohn und der heiligen Jungfrau Maria, dann antworte:
’Euer Gott, der Sohn und Maria sind drei Teufel. Euer Vater ist nicht unser.’

Ihr, die ihr arm seid mit nagendem Hunger.
Und quält euch im Elend, und erduldet oft genug Gefangenschaft.
Schrecklich wird das Schicksal all derer sein, die euch Unrecht getan haben.

Zu Deinen Ehren will ich dieses Fest abhalten,
will feiern und den Kelch bis zum letzten Tropfen leeren.
Wir wollen tanzen und wilde Sprünge machen.
Und dann, wenn der Tanz am Höhepunkt,
dann sollen all die Lampen erlöschen
und in freier Liebe wollen wir uns ergehen!



Diana greatly loved her brother Lucifer, the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light (Splendor), who was so proud of his beauty, and who for his pride was driven from Paradise. Diana had by her brother a daughter, to whom they gave the name of Aradia [i.e. Herodias].

In those days there were on earth many rich and many poor. The rich made slaves of all the poor. In those days were many slaves who were cruelly treated; in every palace tortures, in every castle prisoners. Many slaves escaped. They fled to the country; thus they became thieves and evil folk. Instead of sleeping by night, they plotted escape and robbed their masters, and then slew them. So they dwelt in the mountains and forests as robbers and assassins, all to avoid slavery.

Diana said one day to her daughter Aradia:

"Tis true indeed that thou a spirit art,
But thou wert born but to become again
A mortal; thou must go to earth below
To be a teacher unto women and men
Who fain would study witchcraft in thy school

Yet like Cain's daughter thou shalt never be,
Nor like the race who have become at last
Wicked and infamous from suffering.
Ye shall not be....

And thou shalt be the first of witches known;
And thou shalt be the first of all i' the world;
And thou shalt teach the art of poisoning,
Of poisoning those who are great lords of all;
Yea, thou shalt make them die in their palaces;
And thou shalt bind the oppressor's soul with power;
And when ye find a peasant who is rich,
Then ye shall teach the witch, your pupil, how
To ruin all his crops with tempests dire,
With lightning and with thunder terrible thunder,
And the hall and wind...

And when a priest shall do you injury
By his benedictions, ye shall do to him
Double the harm, and do it in the name
Of me, Diana, Queen of witches all!

And when the priests or the nobility
Shall say to you that you should put your faith
In the Father, Son, and Mary, then reply:
"Your God, the Father, and Maria are
Three devils...'

For the true God the Father is not yours;
For I have come to sweep away the bad,
The men of evil, all will I destroy!

Ye who are poor suffer with hunger keen,
And toll in wretchedness, and suffer too
Full oft imprisonment; yet with it all
Ye have a soul, and for your sufferings
Ye shall be happy in the other world,
But ill the fate of all who do ye wrong!"

Now when Aradia had been taught, taught to work all witchcraft, how to destroy the evil race of oppressors she imparted it to her pupils and said unto them:

"When I shall have departed from this world,
Whenever ye have need of anything,
Once in the month, and when the moon is full,
Ye shall assemble in some desert place,
Or in a forest all together join
To adore the potent spirit of your queen,
My mother, great Diana. She who fain
Would learn all sorcery yet has not won
Its deepest secrets, them my mother will
Teach her, in truth all things as yet unknown.
And ye shall all be freed from slavery,
And so ye shall be free in everything;
And as the sign that ye are truly free,
Ye shall be naked in your rites, both men
And women also: this shall last until
The last of your oppressors shall be dead;
And ye shall make the game of Benevento,
Extinguishing the lights, and after that
Shall hold your supper."

(...) And thus shall it be done: all shall sit down to the supper all naked, men and women, and, the feast over, they shall dance, sing, make music, and then love in the darkness, with all the lights extinguished: for it is the Spirit of Diana who extinguishes them, and so they will dance and make music in her praise.

"I do not bake the bread, nor with it salt,
Nor do I cook the honey with the wine,
I bake the body and the blood and soul,
The soul of great Diana, that she shall
Know neither rest nor peace, and ever be
In cruel suffering till she will grant
What I request, what I do most desire,
I beg it of her from my very heart!
And if the grace be granted, O Diana!
In honour of thee I will hold this feast,
Feast and drain the goblet deep,
We, will dance and wildly leap,
And if thou grant'st the grace which I require,
Then when the dance is wildest, all the lamps
Shall be extinguished and we'll freely love!"

Maddelena / Charles G. Leland:
Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches. (1899).

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