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Aradia

How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia (Herodias)



"It is Diana! Lo!

She rises crescented."

--Keats' Endymion



"Make more bright

The Star Queen's crescent on her marriage night."

--Ibid.



This is the Gospel (Vangelo) of the Witches:



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:



E vero che tu sei uno spirito,

Ma tu set nata per essere ancora.

Mortale, e tu devi andare

Sulla terra e fare da maestra

A donne e a' uomini che avranno

Volentà di inparare la tua scuola

Che sara composta di stregonerie.



Non devi essere come la figlia di Caino,

E della razza che sono devenuti

Scellerati infami a causa dei maltrattamenti,

Come Giudei e Zingari,

Tutti ladri e briganti,

Tu non divieni...



Tu sarai (sempre) la prima strega,

La prima strega divenuta nel mondo,

Tu insegnerai l'arte di avvelenare,

Di avvelenare (tutti) i signori,

Di farli morti nei loro palazzi,

Di legare il spirito del oppressore,

E dove si trova un contadino ricco e avaro,

Insegnare alle strege tue alunne,

Come rovinare suo raccolto

Con tempesta, folgore e balen,

Con grandine e vento.



Quando un prete ti fara del male,

Del male colle sue bene di'Zioni,

Tu le farei (sempre) un doppio male

Col mio nome, col nome di Diana,

Regina delle streghe...



Quando i nobili e prete vi diranno

Dovete credere nel Padre, Figlio,

E Maria, rispondete gli sempre,

"IL vostro dio Padre e Maria

Sono tre diavoli...



Il vero dio Padre non e il vostro--

Il vostro dio--io sono venuta

Per distruggere la gente cattiva

E la distruggero....



"Voi altri poveri soffrite anche la fame,

E lavorato malo e molte volte;

Soffrite anche la prigione;

Mapero avete una anima,

Una anima più buona, e nell'altra,

Nell'altra mondo voi starete bene,

E gli altri male."...



Translation.



'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,

As are the Jews and wandering Zingari,

Who are all thieves and knaves; like unto them

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),

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:



Quando io saro partita da questo mondo,

Qualunque cosa che avrete bisogna,

Una volta al mese quando la luna

E piena...

Dovete venire in luogo deserto,

In una selva tutte insieme,

E adorare lo spirito potente

Di mia madre Diana, e chi vorra

Imparare la stregonerie,

Che non la sopra,

Mia madre le insegnera,

Tutte cose....

Sarete liberi della schiavitù!

E cosi diverrete tutti liberi!

Pero uomini e donne

Sarete tutti nudi, per fino.

Che non sara morto l'ultimo

Degli oppressori e morto,

Farete il giuoco della moccola

Di Benevento, e farete poi

Una cena cosi:



Translation.



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 thus:



The Sabbat: Treguenda or Witch-Meeting--How to Consecrate the Supper



Here follows the supper, of what it must consist, and what shall be said and done to consecrate it to Diana.



You shall take meal and salt, honey and water, and make this incantation:



Scongiurazione della Farina.



Scongiuro te, o farina!

Che sei il corpo nostro--senza di te

Non si potrebbe vivere--tu che

Prima di divenire la farina,

Sei stata sotto terra, dove tutti

Sono nascosti tutti in segreti,

Maccinata che siei a metterte al vento,

Tu spolveri per l'aria e te ne fuggi

Portando con te i tuoi segreti!



Ma quando grano sarai in spighe,

In spige belle che le lucciole,

Vengeno a farti lume perche tu

Possa crescere piú bella, altrimenti

Tu non potresti crescere a divenire bella,

Dunque anche tu appartieni p. 9

Alle Strege o alle Fate, perche

Le lucciole appartengono

Al sol...

Lucciola caporala,

Vieni corri e vieni a gara,

Metti la briglia a la cavalla!

Metti la briglia al figluolo del ré!

Vieni, corri e portala a mé!

Il figluol del ré te lasciera andare

Pero voglio te pigliare,

Giache siei bella e lucente,

Ti voglio mettere sotto un bicchiere

E quardarti colla lente;

Sotto un bicchiere in staraí

Fino che tutti i segreti,

Di questo mondo e di quell'altro non mi farai

Sapere e anche quelle del grano,

E della farina appena,

Questi segreti io saprò,

Lucciola mia libera ti lascieró

Quando i segreti della terra io sapró

Tu sia benedetta ti diro!



Scongiurazione del Sale.



Scongiuro il sale suona mezza giòrno,

In punto in mezzo a un fiume,

Entro e qui miro l'acqua.

L'acqua e al sol altro non penso,

Che a l'acqua e al sol, alloro

La mia menta tutta e rivolta,

Altro pensier non ho desidero,

Saper la verissima che tanto tempo é

Che soffro, vorrei saper il mio avenir,

Se cattivo fosse, acqua e sol

Migliorate il destino mio!



The Conjuration of Meal.



I conjure thee, O Meal!

Who art indeed our body, since without thee

We could not live, thou who (at first as seed)

Before becoming flower went in the earth,

Where all deep secrets hide, and then when ground

Didst dance like, dust in the wind, and yet meanwhile

Didst bear with thee in flitting, secrets strange!



And yet erewhile, when thou wert in the ear,

Even as a (golden) glittering grain, even then

The fireflies came to cast on thee their light

And aid thy growth, because without their help

Thou couldst not grow nor beautiful become;

Therefore thou dost belong unto the race

Of witches or fairies, and because

The fireflies do belong unto the sun....



. . . . .



Queen of the Fireflies! hurry apace,

Come to me now as if running a race,

Bridle the horse as you hear me now sing!

Bridle, O bridle the son of the king!

Come in a hurry and bring him to me!

The son of the king will ere long set thee free!









And because thou for ever art brilliant and fair,

Under a glass I will keep thee; while there,

With a lens I will study thy secrets concealed,

Till all their bright mysteries are fully revealed,

Yea, all the wondrous lore perplexed

Of this life of our cross and of the next.

Thus to all mysteries I shall attain,

Yea, even to that at last of the grain;

And when this at last I shall truly know,

Firefly, freely I'll let thee go!

When Earth's dark secrets are known to me,

My blessing at last I will give to thee!



Here follows the Conjuration of the Salt.



Conjuration of the Salt.



I do conjure thee, salt, lo! here at noon,

Exactly in the middle of a stream

I take my place and see the water round,

Likewise the sun, and think of nothing else

While here besides the water and the sun:

For all my soul is turned in truth to them;

I do indeed desire no other thought,

I yearn to learn the very truth of truths,

For I have suffered long with the desire

To know my future or my coming fate,

If good or evil will prevail in it.

Water and sun, be gracious unto me!



Here follows the Conjuration of Cain.



Scongiurazione di Caïno.



Tuo Caïno, tu non possa aver

Ne pace e ne bene fino che

Dal sole 1 andate non sarai coi piedi

Correndo, le mani battendo,

E pregarlo per me che mi faccia sapere,

Il mio destino, se cattiva fosse,

Allora me to faccia cambiare,

Se questa grazia mi farete,

L'acqua al lo splendor del sol la guardero:

E tu Caïno colla tua bocca mi dirai

Il mio destino quale sarà:

Se questa grazia o Caïno non mi farai,

Pace e bene non avrai!



The Conjuration of Cain.



I conjure thee, O Cain, as thou canst ne'er

Have rest or peace until thou shalt be freed

From the sun where thou art prisoned, and must go

Beating thy hands and running fast meanwhile:

I pray thee let me know my destiny;

And if 'tis evil, change its course for me!

If thou wilt grant this grace, I'll see it clear

In the water in the splendour of the sun;

and thou, O Cain, shalt tell by word of mouth

Whatever this my destiny is to be.

And unless thou grantest this,

May'st thou ne'er know peace or bliss!



Then shall follow the Conjuration of Diana.

Scongiurazione a Diana.



You shall make cakes of meal, wine, salt, and honey in the shape of a (crescent or horned) moon, and then put them to bake, and say:



Non cuoco ne il pane ne il sale,

Non cuoco ne il vino ne il miele,

Cuoco il corpo il sangue e l'anima,

L'anima di Diana, che non possa

Avere ne la pace e ne bene,

Possa essere sempre in mezzo alle pene

Fino che la grazia non mi farà,

Che glielo chiesta egliela chiedo di cuore!

Se questa grazia, o Diana, mi farai,

La cena in tua lode in molti la faremo,

Mangiaremo, beveremo,

Balleremo, salteremo,

Se questa grazia che ti ho chiesta,

Se questa grazia tu mi farai,

Nel tempo che balliamo,

Il lume spengnerai,

Cosi al l'amore

Liberamente la faremo!



Conjuration of Diana.



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!



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.



And it came to pass that Diana, after her daughter had accomplished her mission or spent her time on earth among the living (mortals), recalled her, and gave her the power that when she had been invoked... having done some good deed... she gave her the power to gratify those who had conjured her by granting her or him success in love:



To bless or curse with power friends or enemies [to do good or evil].

To converse with spirits.

To find hidden treasures in ancient ruins.

To conjure the spirits of priests who died leaving treasures.

To understand the voice of the wind.

To change water into wine.

To divine with cards.

To know the secrets of the hand (palmistry).

To cure diseases.

To make those who are ugly beautiful.

To tame wild beasts.



Whatever thing should be asked from the spirit of Aradia, that should be granted unto those who merited her favour.



And thus must they invoke her:



Thus do I seek Aradia! Aradia! Aradia! 1 At midnight, at midnight I go into a field, and with me I bear water, wine, and salt, I bear water, wine, and salt, and my talisman--my talisman, my talisman, and a red small bag which I ever hold in my hand con dentro, con dentro, sale, with salt in it, in it. With the water and wine I bless myself, I bless myself with devotion to implore a favour from Aradia, Aradia.



Sconjurazione di Aradia.



Aradia, Aradia mia!

Tu che siei figlia del più peggiore

Che si trova nell Inferno,

Che dal Paradiso fu discacciata,







[paragraph continues] E con una sorella, te ha creata,

Ma tua madre pentita del suo fallo,

A voluto di fare di te uno spirito,

Un spirito benigno,

E non maligno!



Aradia! Aradia! Tanto ti prego

Per l'amore che por ti ha tua madre,

E a l'amor tuo che tanto l'ami,

Ti prego di farmi la grazia,

La grazia che io ti chiedo

Se questa grazia mi farei,

Tre cose mi farai vedere,

Serpe strisciare,

Lucciola volare,

E rana cantare

Se questa grazia non mi farai,

Desidero tu non possa avere,

Avere più pace e ne bene,

E che da lontano tu debba scomodarti.

E a me raccomodarti,

Che ti obri... che tu possa torrnar

Presto al tuo destino.



The Invocation to Aradia.



Aradia! my Aradia!

Thou who art daughter unto him who was

Most evil of all spirits, who of old

Once reigned in hell when driven away from heaven,

Who by his sister did thy sire become,

But as thy mother did repent her fault, p. 17

And wished to mate thee to a spirit who

Should be benevolent,

And not malevolent!



Aradia, Aradia! I implore

Thee by the love which she did bear for thee!

And by the love which I too feel for thee!

I pray thee grant the grace which I require!

And if this grace be granted, may there be

One of three signs distinctly clear to me:

The hiss of a serpent,

The light of a firefly,

The sound of a frog!

But if you do refuse this favour, then

May you in future know no peace not- joy,

And be obliged to seek me from afar,

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