NorDCOG Oimelc Ritual

Welcome, New Fire: A Rite of Three Bredes

Saturday, February 6, 2010. Gather at 6:30 p.m. Ritual begins PROMPTLY at 7 p.m.
Newall Park, 900 N. Fairview, St Paul, MN, located at the intersection of Fairview and Pierce Butler Road.

Lighting up the dark nights of Oimelc will be visionary artist Paul B. Rucker's ritual honoring the Triple Goddess of Fire, Light, and Dawning Spring. Taking its inspiration from one of NordCoG's most successful Oimelc rituals ever (circa 1988), the Goddess of Fire shall come among us, and share Her Light with our people again.

"'Three Bredes' will be primal, experiential, and iconic: accessible to neophytes but with the depth to satisfy the experienced, " says Rucker.

Come prepared to chant and dance, and to make an offering to the Lady, as we honor Brede and the return of the Light!

BRING: One taper candle per attendant, offerings of flowers for Brede, and a dish to share for the Cauldron Luck. Traditional foods for this time include potato dishes, dairy, and baked goods (esp. if sweetened with or overlaid with honey.) Vegetable dishes, salads and greens are also appropriate and encouraged! We will need beverages as well.

DONATIONS between $5 and $20 are gratefully accepted!

It costs CoG roughly $250 per event to produce and stage quality public rituals, not counting materials and labor donated by ritual organizers. Contributions and donations of all kinds feed the community and its connections.

Tapers will be available at the ritual for a nominal fee.

On Sunday, February 7 (the day after the ritual) there will be a critique session at Tillie's Bean Coffee house on Franklin and Nicollet (Minneapolis) . All are welcome to share observations and suggestions, and to learn more about upcoming ritual events in 2010! We would particularly like to meet more people who are interested in taking an active role in ensembles for future rituals, or who have talents to contribute to the creation of ritual works.

Paul B. Rucker, Guest Ritualist
Steven Posch, Artistic Director

NorDCOG Ritual at Pagan Pride

Join the Northern Dawn Council of Covenant of the Goddess and community members on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm, for a ritual celebrating the great community of Paganistan and honoring our ancestors and descendants. Pagan Pride will be at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information and a complete schedule of Pagan Pride, go to

The new Northern Dawn line phone number is 612-913-7759. Our email is

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Northern Dawn COG

Everyone is invited to help plan, and perform, the NorDCOG ritual at Pagan Pride this year, the weekend of Oct 3-4. We've met once, and have a lot of ideas; now we need to work out the details and assign parts. The next Pagan Pride Planning meeting will be this Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 11:00 am. We'll be in the meeting room at the East Lake Library, 2727 E. Lake S. Minneapolis. For further information, you can call 651-458-7815 or email Or comment here, and I'll answer if I can.

Northern Dawn Beltaine this Saturday

Statement of Intent: Let us take the time to dance in celebration of the new, join to clear the detritus of the past, open the way to magical union, and seed the future with the joys of positive change.

The ritual is on Saturday, May 9th. The location is Newell Park in St. Paul at the intersection of Pierce Butler Route and Fairview Avenue. Gather at 2pm, those who would like to be ritual drummers meet at 2:30pm, and ritual starts at 3pm.

Dress up and prepare to dance! There will be a Maypole and a Balefire. All are welcome (although this is not a children’s ritual we encourage children and teens to attend with supervision).

Preparations have been made for those with mobility issues. The site is handicapped accessible with no stairs. You may drive up to the building for dropoff, but please return your car to the parking lot.

Please bring: Drums and noise makers, voices for singing, wood for the fire, pot-luck, a symbol of your vision for the future for the altar, and a donation to pay for space. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but Northern Dawn encourages donations to help offset our expenses. Northern Dawn operates under the Covenant of the Goddess 501(c)3, so all monetary donations are tax-deductible.

Check out Northern Dawn's website at


Let us take the time to dance in celebration of the new, join to clear the detritus of the past, open the way to magical union, and seed the future with the joys of positive change.

The Northern Dawn council of Covenant of the Goddess invites you to our Beltaine ritual. It will be held in Newell Park, 900 N. Fairview Ave, St Paul, Minnesota. We will gather at 2 pm, rituals drummers are asked to meet at 2:30 pm, and the ritual will begin at 3 pm.

Dress up, prepare to dance; we have a Maypole and a Balefire, All are welcome; although this is not a children’s ritual we encourage children and teens to attend with supervision.

Please bring: Drums and noise makers, voices for singing, wood for the fire, a symbol for the altar of your vision for the future, donation to pay for space. The feast is pot-luck, please bring a dish to share, and your own plates, bowls, tableware.

Next meeting

Northern Dawn Local Council of CoG will hold it's next business meeting on Saturday, April 4 at the Merriam Park Library in St Paul from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Merriam Park Library is located at 1831 Marshall Ave.

You can access the web page for a map to the Merriam Park Library at This page also lists bus routes that serve the general area and driving directions. This location is relatively close to the Sacred Paths Center where the benefit for Ken Ra will be held, so you can join us for the meeting and still make the benefit!

Northern Dawn Local Council of CoG welcomes and encourages the involvement of the community we serve. Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend. With the involvement of local individuals and groups, Northern Dawn hopes to be able to better serve our community. Without your feedback, we don't know what you like or what you would like to see changed, so we hope to see you at the meeting!

Please feel free to forward this message to other individuals or e-lists that may be interested in hearing about this opportunity.

Beltaine Planning meeting

The Beltaine planning meeting will be on Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. We will be meeting at the Linden Hills library in Minneapolis. Everyone is welcome to come and help us plan Beltaine.

The #6 bus route goes within one block of the library. There is parking on the street, but there is no parking lot. The Linden Hills library is two blocks from Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.

You can get directions via this map for either driving or public transportation:

If you need more information, you can ask in comments and we'll try to post the answer as soon as we can.
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Northern Dawn Local Council was founded by three local covens in 1983 to serve Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is affiliated with the national organization Covenant of the Goddess, which was founded in 1975 to increase cooperation among Witches and to secure for Witches and covens the legal protection enjoyed by members of other religions. Part of our mission is to hold public rituals on the cross-quarters.

Our next ritual will be Beltaine, which will be held on May 9th at Newall Park in St. Paul. The planning meeting will be on March 28th, and is open to all. More details will be posted as soon as they become available, or check our website at