Domum Novam Nativitatem
The Hermetic Oath
The text of the Oath, for reference
The Hermetic Oath
I, Bonisagus, hereby swear my everlasting loyalty to the Order of Hermes and its members.
I will not deprive nor attempt to deprive any member of the Order of his magical power. I will not slay nor attempt to slay any member of the Order, except in justly executed and formally declared Wizard’s War. I hereby understand that Wizard’s War is an open conflict between two magi who may slay each other without breaking this oath, and that should I be slain in a Wizard’s War, no retribution shall fall on he who slays me.
I will abide by the decisions made by fair vote at the Tribunal. I will have one vote at the Tribunal, and I will use it prudently. I will respect as equal the votes of all others at the Tribunal.
I will not endanger the Order through my actions. Nor will I interfere with the affairs of mundanes and thereby bring ruin upon my sodalis. I will not deal with devils, lest I imperil my soul and the souls of my sodalis as well. I will not molest the faeries, lest their vengeance catch my sodalis also.
I will not use magic to scry upon members of the Order of Hermes, nor shall I use it to peer into their affairs.
I will train apprentices who will swear to this Code, and should any of them turn against the Order and my sodalis, I shall be the first to strike them down and bring them to justice. No apprentice of mine shall be called magus until he first swears to uphold this Code.
[Non-House Bonisagus only] I concede to Bonisagus the right to take my apprentice if he should find my apprentice valuable to him in his studies.
[House Bonisagus only] I shall further the knowledge of the Order and share with its members all that I find in my search for wisdom and power.
I request that, should I break this oath, I be cast out of the Order. If I am cast out, I ask my sodales to find me and slay me that my life may not continue in degradation and infamy.
The enemies of the Order are my enemies. The friends of the Order are my friends. The allies of the Order are my allies. Let us work as one and grow hale and strong.
This oath I hereby swear on the third day of Pisces, in the nine hundred and fifth year of Aries. Woe to they who try to tempt me to break this oath, and woe to me if I succumb to the temptation.