Covenant of the Goddess, or COG, is a Wiccan tradition that formed in the mid-1970s as a response to the rise in public interest in witchcraft, as well as the increasing awareness of feminist spirituality. COG began as a collection of elders from a variety of Wiccan and witchcraft traditions, who got together with the idea of creating a central religious organization for people of varied backgrounds.
COG is not a true tradition in and of itself, but a group of several member traditions all operating under an umbrella set of bylaws and guidelines. They hold annual conferences, work to educate the public, hold rituals, and work on community outreach projects. COG members have often spoken out to help correct public misconceptions about Wicca and modern witchcraft. COG offers scholarships and educational opportunities to qualified individuals, and will help with legal aid in religious discrimination cases.
From the Covenant of the Goddess website, the group has a Code of Ethics which must be followed in order for one to obtain membership. Memberships are available to groups and solitaries alike. Their Code of Ethics includes, but is not limited to:
- An ye harm none, do as ye will.
- All persons have the right to charge reasonable fees for the services by which they earn a living, so long as our religion is not thereby exploited.
- All persons associated with this Covenant shall respect the traditional secrecy of our religion.
- Members of this Covenant should ever keep in mind the underlying unity of our religion as well as the diversity of its manifestations.
COG is one of the largest multi-traditional groups in modern Wicca, and maintains strict autonomy for member covens. Although they are incorporated as a non-profit religious group in the state of California, the Covenant of the Goddess has chapters all over the world.