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A proverb is a short saying based on long experience. 

  Proverbs contradict each other.  Such is the wisdom of mankind.

 

General  

  • The witch belongs everywhere, but fits in nowhere.

  • All the Craft is in the catching.

  • The Craft is a kingdom.

  • The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for thy wits to grow sharper.

  • Neither so sinful as to sink, nor so godly as to swim.

  • One to rot, One to grow, One for the pigeon and one for the crow (for planting seeds).

Fate, Destiny, and Necessity

  • Just because it is difficult does not mean it is not your destiny.

  • Do not curse the fool; let his Fate be to bear himself.

  • He that is born to be hanged will never be drowned.

  • If a man is destined to drown, he will do so even in a spoonful of water.

  • The bound must obey.

  • The weak shape their own destiny.

  • The purpose of life is to experience life.

  • Grief and Joy revolve on the wheel of Fate.

  • Fate is met often on the road taken to avoid Her.

  • Never name the well from which you will not drink.

  • You must take Fate as your Master before you may take Her as your Mistress, for She is seduced only by submission to Her laws.

  • Many there are whom She sinks that they may rise the higher.

  • Granting one’s wish is one of Fate’s saddest jokes.

  • The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.

  • What you condemn, you will become.

  • Fate does not cease to exist because She is ignored.

Magic

  • A fool will put home in the morrow, but a witch will make use of the night.

  • Wish honestly, then conjure boldly.

  • A stroke of good luck is worth more than a spell.

  • A little wine is good for magic, but too much wine is not.

  • No need, no magic.

  • Concentration brings near the distant goal.

  • Practice not thine Arte, and it will soon departe.

  • A full belly conjures badly.

  • Magic never works too late.

  • Thoughts are things.

  • Believe you have it, and you have it.

  • Better to desist in spellmaking than be careless with it.

  • From a trivial spell badly done, great contests oft arise. 

  • A good cause makes stout the wand and strong the arm.

  • The best is to cast thy spell and say nothing.

  • Desire will pierce even a rock.

  • Grain by grain, the loaf; word by word, the charm.  

  • He who cannot attract Pan, approaches Proteus in vain.

Compasse and Spirits

  • Mark ye well the compasse round and keep the spirits honest.

  • The spirits will ignore you if you call too often or call too seldom.

  • Not every spirit who calleth should be served.

  • A good spirit does not fear the Hazel.  Var.  A good spirit does not fear the sword.

  • Raise no more spirits than you can conjure down.

  • The spirits hover but three feet above your head.

  • Be bold in your compasse, but not too bold.

  • Better outside the compasse than inside the stocks.

  • A spirit’s first counsel is the best.

  • The dead have few friends; be one of them.

  • The dead may open the eyes of the living.

  • Evil deeds done in secret are seen by the spirits as a flash of fire.

  • With the sun, without; against the sun, within.

  • To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

  • The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living.

Secrecy and Truth

  • Do not speak in the street by day what you have heard in the woods by night. Var.  Do not speak by sunlight what you have learned by moonlight.

  • Lies need adornment; truth goes naked.

  • Keep your vows, even when danger has passed.

  • Silence and secrecy are a witch’s greatest powers.  

  • Either be great and hold your tongue or be weak and depart.

  • The moving tide reveals the truth.

  • Secrets are best hid in plain sight.

  • What magic hides, magic may reveal.

  • Of what does not concern you, say nothing good or bad.

  • When a witch talks to a fool, two fools are talking.

  • The strong are strong, but the silent are stronger.

  • If you speak the truth, keep one foot on your broom.

  • No ear hath heard, no tongue can tell, the virtue of the pimpernel.

Mysteries and Wisdom

  • All mysteries may be experienced, but not all may be understood.

  • The advice of an aged witch never misleads.

  • Leave the stranger to his strangeness.

  • To learn what is good, a thousand days will not suffice; to learn what is evil, an hour is too long.

  • On the crooked path, there is neither brother nor friend.

  • The cauldron may appear half empty or appear half full depending on whether you are filling it or emptying it.

  • To those who know, it needs no explanation. to those who do not, there can be none.

Herbal

  • Both blessing and bane may grow on one stalk.

  • Three marks of the good herbwife:  she feeds the land before it hungers; she gives it rest before it tires; she weeds it before it crowds.

  • A witch who plants loves others besides herself.

  • A violet is always a violet, though it be among nettles.

  • Where the bee sucks honey, the spider sucks poison.

  • All witches have a secret garden.

  • More in the Garden grows, than the Witch knows.

  • Thus saith the Rowan:  Cross my arms and red wool wind, if thou wouldst wicked evil bind.

  • Why should a man die while sage grows in the garden?

  • Eat sage in May, and live for aye.

  • The witch may extract sweetness even from a bitter herb.

  • Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses.

  • Where rosemary grows, the missus is master.

Healing

  • There is a cure for everything but stark dead.

  • A little poison may cure; too much balm may kill.  Var.  A little bane may cure; too much boon may kill.

  • A witch that cannot curse, cannot cure.

  • If you brew well, you will heal the better.

  • A dry cough is the trumpeter of Death.

  • Haste in healing is rarely speed.

  • Past cure, past care.

  • The witch who cannot heal says the herb has no virtue.

  • To comfort the brain, smell chamomile, eat sage, wash measurably, sleep reasonably, delight to hear melody and wining.

Power

  • When the Sun rises, use your eyes; when the Moon rises, use your ears.  Var.  If it is too dark to see, cease looking.

  • The more powerful, the more humble.

  • If you would be powerful, first conquer yourself.

  • Never conjure up more than you can make good use of.

  • Do not honor those who merely have power; honor those who have both power and use it for good.

  • Names have power; be the thing you would be called.

  • Where there’s a wytch, there’s a way.

  • The witch of skill is not known by her means, but by her results.

  • To light a candle before you is to cast your shadow back.

  • Even a few witches may sink a fleet.

  • A book may give knowledge, but practice gives power.

  • Talk does not stir the cauldron.

  • As you call, so will you be answered.  Var. As ye dictate, so shall ye be governed.

  • Cannot has no craft.

  • What one witch cannot, another can.

  • Witchery is better than beauty.

  • Much chatter, little power.

  • Do not conjure the storm unless you can bear the rain.

  • The mind is more clever than force.

  • When someone shalt say to thee, “thou knowest naught”, and it bites thee not, then knowest thou that thou hast begun the work.

  • Behind a skillful witch are other skillful witches.

  • Witches and warlocks without any bother, like gypsies on meeting well know one another.  Var.  Power knows power.

Heredity

  • Power may be present from birth, but witchery must be learned.

  • Witch’s blood will not lie, nor can it be hid.

  • An ever-smiling child seldom makes a good witch.

  • Be not ashamed of your family’s craft.

  • The old custom will prevail.

  • Custom without reason is ancient error.

  • What’s born, will speak.

  • No moon, no man.  (A child born on the dark-of-the-moon amounts to little).

  • An old woman without learning; it is she will be doing charms.

  • The witch is born above the breath.  Var. Marked above the breath, a witch reborn from death.  

Danger, Evil, Trouble, and Cursing

  • A witch who sleeps with a sword must rise with wounds.

  • Evil never makes fair bargains.

  • Trouble follows all extremes.

  • Highest in the kingdom, closest to the scythe.

  • Keep the blackthorn hidden until you see your own blood.

  • Never banish something that may be freed by a blessing.

  • Evil often masquerades as good to those newly come to power.

  • If you bear the white wand, be patient; if you bear the black wand, strike hard.

  • Better a free witch than a captive king.

  • Better a brother’s curse than an enemy’s blessing.

  • A crooked branch has a crooked shadow.

  • To judge is to harm.

  • All evil deeds are repaid on earth.

  • Evil done returns to the sender thrice; good returns a hundredfold.

  • Do not trust the sparrow to do the raven’s work.

  • Catching is before hanging.

  • Curse without cause, be cursed without cause.

  • Company’s good if you are going to be hanged.

  • A clear conscience can bear any curse.

  • The corruption of one is the generation of another.

  • Courtesy is not incompatible with wickedness.

  • Cunning against cunning makes no living.

  • A red cap on the right road beats a green cap on the wrong road.

  • A curse is like a donkey:  tether it well or it will follow its master.

  • A curse without cause will not cross the victim’s threshold.

  • A danger foreseen is half avoided.

  • However long the night, dawn will break.

  • Invoke not evil; it will come fast enough unbidden.

  • Evil more willingly enters a house than leaves it.

  • Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

  • It is impossible to spoil what never was good.

  • She that courts injury shall obtain it.

  • If the witch dies by your blow, she will forgive you; if she lives, we shall see.

  • When scattering thorns, do not dance barefoot.

  • Don't use up all your arrows before you go to battle.

Tools

  • Even a young hand finds power in an old stang.

  • All’s lost that is put in a leaky cauldron.

  • Two witches may not wield one wand.

  • Not every forked stick is a stang; not every pot a cauldron.

  • Power, not tools, make the witch.

  • Precious tools make none the better witch.

  • A cracked bell will never sound well.

  • The used key is always bright.

  • Keep your knife sharp.

  • A bad broom leaves a dirty room.

  • Do not cast aside an old cauldron until you know whether the new one holds water.

  • Small and great, we all boil in the same cauldron.

  • Straddle your own besom, and leave others to straddle theirs.

  • No coin is too precious to liberate your own.

  • A witch is known by her knife.

  • The wand does not make the witch.

  • Both wand and gallows are made of wood.

  • The stang will protect thee in the forest whence it grew.

  • Do not light a candle, but speak a blessing first.

Service

  • Do not feed a hungry man with an empty spoon.

  • Neither beauty nor trickery shall ease pain.

  • A creature in distress is a sacred object.

  • Need not who needs not thee.

  • Doubt the witch who cackles often, but never lays an egg.

  • A candle lights others and consumes itself.

  • He that refuses to buy counsel cheap shall buy repentance dear.

  • Patience will kill sorrow.

  • Vice rules where gold reigns.

  • Do not be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use.

  • A witch is the hand of her Father on earth.

  • No sea refuses a river.

Prentices and Teachers

  • To know a prentice, winter him and summer him, then wait but one more day.

  • You can make a good witch of a rogue, but you will end up fighting him in the end.

  • A library of books does not equal one good teacher.

  • Practice is better than a teacher.

  • One teaches best what one most needs to learn.

  • Those who ask are foolish for a moment, those who do not ask are foolish forever.

Sabbats

  • The shortest Sabbat is where the company is good.

  • The Sabbat is a movable feast.

  • Best is the Sabbat from which comes peace.

  • Because all of Nature is our kin, we invite whomso we will to our table, and the company always outshines the meal.

Coven

  • A coven does not fail for want of a single witch.

  • Better to conjure alone than in bad company.

  • A headless coven conjures badly.

  • The will of a single witch is broken more easily than the will of a coven.

  • Shun evil company.

  • The coven is a conspiracy of witchcraft.

  • The more witches, the worse the potion.

  • Three witches, five opinions.

  • All are equal under the Moon.

Foretelling

  • The messenger of the Gods bears no blame.

  • What has been, may be again.

  • A pack of cards is a book of destiny.

  • Counsel before action.

  • Good counsel comes overnight.

  • A dream that has not been deciphered is like a letter unread.

  • Nothing is sudden; all things have a past.

  • Crouch to see; upright to command.

  • Forewarned, forearmed.

Familiars    

  • Faithfully serve your imp, and he shall faithfully serve you.

  • After dark, all hares are witches.

Out and About

  • A flying witch will sometimes fall.

  • However high your broom may soar, you must turn your hands to earth.

  • One body cannot perform two tasks, but two bodies can.

Death

  • Men fear death as children do to go in the dark.

  • Look upon death as a going home.

  • When the game is all done, both the King and the Pawn return to the same box.

Justice

  • Call Justice upon another, call it upon yourself.

  • Everyone loves justice, but shuts the door when he comes.

  • There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Weatherworking

  • Clap thrice for thunder, whistle thrice for winds, spit thrice for rain.

  • Dance in time to the crickets if you wish for rain.

  • Waves sell wind cheaply.

The Gods

  • The best way to know the Gods is to love many things.

 

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Compilation of Proverbs © An Arteful Anonymous Witch

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