NorDCOG Lammas Ritual – Editorial and Interviews

I attended the Northern Dawn Covenant of the Goddess (NorDCOG) Lammas Ritual with about 45 other people on Saturday July 23rd in Hidden Falls Park in St Paul, MN.  The ritual was written by  Veronica Cummer and presented by Veronica and Janus, with a cast assembled from the community. Titled “LAMASU: SACRIFICE AND BLISS” , the ritual was concise and powerfully presented. A variation of classic Lammas stories, this ritual was described as invoking, “the age-old themes of Life, Death and Rebirth, and will contain both Wiccan elements and elements of the Sorgitzak Path. Sorgitzak is based on interaction with and the teachings of a pantheon of Gods from the Old Forest.” The ritual told the story easily, and seemed to translate clearly to those present.

I remembered back to a time when, to many folks, public events like this might be their only Sabbat ritual experience. I wondered whether that has changed. I asked two questions:

Why was it important to come to a public (open to all) ritual?

Do you also celebrate Sabbats in private?

The Dark Lady of Mercy photo:Paul Rucker

Rachael Goodman,

Personally I think it is important for the community to come together publicly in a situation where maybe some people don’t understand exactly what we are doing in a ritual, but to let them experience it.

In private? I do.

Janus,

To build and share community and get to know each other. To know and worship together with those of like minds.

In private? Yes.

Jack Green,

To serve the community. To help present this sequence of Sabbats that are important to us, That help us relate to the cycles of nature. I like ritual outdoors, and don’t mind Non-Pagans witnessing it. They need to know that we are out here.

In private? Oh yes.

The Green Lady of the Land photo:Paul Rucker

Veronica Cummer,

To make a higher profile for the community. To let people know it is not just small groups out there but that we actually have a community. To share something in common.

In private? Yes.

Hillary,

Because if in fact we are making it up as we go along, which is what I honestly believe, we have to be able to self correct as we do it. Otherwise we may as well be attending the Presbyterion Church, and having the the spirituality corrected by somebody else. It is important that rituals are not all private events, that some of it is open to public feedback, criticism, and other points of view. It is too easy when you have a small group of people to fall into group think.

In private? Yes.

The White Lady of Rebirth

The White Lady of Rebirth photo:Paul Rucker

Mistress Judy,

I like to support this marking of seasonal energy in the larger community. I also like to network and visit people that I might not often see elsewhere.

In private? Yes. I establish the personal continuity of the sacred cycles through practice with my coven.

Masha,

It is important for the ‘public’ part to increase awareness, and for people to be exposed to other options. For the ritual part, is is just wonderful to recreate old traditions, and also make them up as go. It is important to write your own story, and discard what doesn’t work.

In private? Yes.

The Three Ladies and the Sacrificial King photo:Paul Rucker

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2 thoughts on “NorDCOG Lammas Ritual – Editorial and Interviews

  1. Jack Green says:

    I was one of the quarters and it was a beautiful rite! The themes of Sacrifice and rebirth were wonderfully portrayed.

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