Orange County Local Council (OCLC) is the local council for Covenant of the Goddess (CoG), which is an international organization of cooperating, autonomous Witchcraft congregations and individual practitioners. You will find information about CoG’s organization and activities, as well as the religious beliefs and practices which comprise our faith. We want to share our mission and vision along with inspiration and support to those of like beliefs. We look forward to sharing new wonders as well as ancient ones.
A Spiritual and Ethical Overview
Wicca is a life-affirming, earth- and nature-oriented religion which sees all of life as sacred and interconnected, honors the natural world as the embodiment of divinity, immanent as well as transcendent, and experiences the divine as feminine and often as masculine, as well. Like the spiritual world view and practices of Native Americans and Taoists, Wiccan spiritual practices are intended to attune humanity to the natural rhythms and cycles of the universe as a means of personally experiencing divinity. Rituals, therefore, coincide with the phases of the moon, the change of the seasons, solstices and equinoxes and days which fall in between these such as May Day and Halloween. This calendar of celebrations is referred to as the Wheel of the Year. Most Witches consider their practice a priest/esshood, akin to the mystery schools of classical Greece and Rome, involving years of training and passage through life-transforming initiatory rituals.
Witches within Covenant of the Goddess generally agree on an ethical code known as the Wiccan Rede, “An it harm none, do what ye will,” which honors the freedom of each individual to do what she or he believes is right, but also recognizes the profound responsibility that none may be harmed by one’s actions.
This information can also be found at www.cog.org.