What is NROOGD?
NROOGD stands for New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn; it was named in honor of the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn, and especially of William Butler Yeats. It is not, however, even remotely associated with The Golden
Dawn. It was intended from the beginning to be a Craft coven, not a magical lodge.
The tradition has been in existence
for over 30 years. It has become one of the fastest growing traditions known. College students started NROOGD in 1967 as a
graduate class project on Rituals. They formed an occult study group, and later a coven, known as the Full Moon Coven. The
system that they put together was based on the writings of Gerald Gardner, Robert Graves, and the OTO system, but not on much
knowledge of the Witchcraft movement. When NROOGD started there were almost no public covens or groups. Most were in the closet,
and Witchcraft was just coming into public awareness as a religion. Since there were few books describing actual Witchcraft
rituals, everything was created fresh, and the system used by the NROOGD is very different from other traditions. The core
writings of NROOGD were by Aidan A. Kelly.
NROOGD is a tradition of its own, without the adulterated knowledge that many
Wiccan traditions have; it is one of the purest traditions, since it did not have many outside influences. NROOGD is not a
secret tradition; we started by hosting public rituals. The first ritual was on January 11, 1968, in Muir Beach, California.
We do not have secret names, secret passwords, or secret rituals in the way most traditions do.
The system of cords within
NROOGD was adapted after the release of Justine Glass book Witchcraft: The Sixth Sense. in this book Robert Cochrane* discussed
a cord system; this was then adapted into the NROOGD system. The cords are as follow:
Green Cord**: Dedicant , gained
only after the applicant has circled with the coven for minimum of 3 moons, and attended 4 classes.
White Cord: First
Degree, gained only after dedicant has completed all work assigned, and is ready for advancement, usually a year and a day
from making dedicant.
Red Cord: Second Degree, gained only after white cord has completed all work assigned, and is ready
for advancement, usually a year and a day from making white cord.
Black Cord/Green Garter: Third Degree, gained only after
a year and a day from starting his or her own coven. Not all people in NROOGD take their Black cord/garter. You must also
have a ritual that you written and feel is ready to have your coven perform.
The quarter system is very different from
that of many other traditions, in how elements, colors, tools, etc., are assigned to east, south, west, and north. This is
one of the keys of what makes NROOGD different from other traditions. Many other traditions are reversed. The NROOGD system
is logically complete and consistent. It is not based on imitating procedures in other traditions that may not work as well.
There are many NROOGD based covens, many centered in the Bay Area of Northern California, but you will find them springing
up all over at this point, including Michigan, New York, British Columbia, and Europe. Each NROOGD coven has a very different
feel, and we each have our own set of standards. Some training and standards are less rigorous than others, but all NROOGD
covens train using the core of the NROOGD rituals and correspondences. This is what sets us apart from other traditions,
and is the foundation of NROOGD.
*Robert Cochrane is the founder of Tubal Cain, in England. Through correspondence
with Joseph Wilson, 1734 was founded on the principles of Cochrane.
**This is only within the Witch Grass Coven, in