Our Lady of Celestial Fire, E.O.C.T.O, is a GLBT-friendly lodge serving the Pagan community in Minnesota. We are a lodge of Ecclesia Ordinis Caelestis Templum Olympicus (translated as the Celestial Order and Temple of Olympus), a church incorporated in the state of Minnesota. Another E.O.C.T.O. lodge is in Florida.
Our Lady of Celestial Fire is devoted to promoting witchcraft in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. It works in multiple traditions and its primary tradition is Hellenic Alexandrian Wicca. This tradition has roots in the Hellenic religion of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and in western esotericism. The lodge also holds rituals in the Ganymede-Chthonian stream of Alexandrian Wicca, which emphasizes the balance between the genders within the Alexandrian Wiccan tradition. All traditions in Our Lady of Celestial Fire are GLBT-friendly.
Our Lady of Celestial Fire is also a teaching and initiatory lodge. It offers classes and hands-on instruction ranging from the seeker level all the way to the thirteenth degree. The church also offers ministerial training and legal ordination.
Sacramental rites including marriage (all types), funeral rites, naming, baptism, confirmation and others are offered as needed by the community. Pagan chaplain services are provided to people in prisons and hospitals upon request.
Our Lady of Celestial Fire holds regular full and dark moon services, and eight sabbats per year. All regular services are open to the public and occur in various locations around the Twin Cities, including parks in the summer. Most services occur on the Saturday nearest the actual day of a celestial event (such as full or dark moons) to accommodate busy schedules.
Sabbats are performed in the Hellenic Alexandrian tradition of Wicca and occur on the Saturday nearest the customary Pagan dates. The traditional dates and names are as follows, starting with the beginning of the calendar year: Brunalia (February 2), Vernalia (Vernal Equinox), Floralia (May 1), Solstitium (Summer Solstice), Panathenia (August 1), Vertumnalia (Autumnal Equinox), Pomonalia (October 31), and Saturnalia (Winter Solstice). All sabbats are open to the public.