Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

Everglades Moon Local Council - Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

It’s Pagan Pride Day Season!

It’s Pagan Pride Day season, and members of Everglades Moon Local Council are ready to represent! It seems that each year, there’s new Pagan Pride Days (PPD) for EMLC’ers to attend, and members are always happy to man a table, chat with other pagans and witches, and just have a fun time.  These events tend to include good food, reconnection with old friends, introductions of new friends, amazing vendors, community building rituals, and more.

Here’s a break-down of the PPD events going on in Florida. If you know of one that’s not listed, please let us know in the comments! To find a PPD in your area, head over to the Pagan Pride Site and type in your zip code.

We invite you to connect with EMLC members at these events. You’ll be able to find us manning vendor tables and probably laughing very loudly with each other!

Saturday, September 13 – Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day
This is the first year of PPD on the Treasure Coast! TCPPD will be held at the lovely Savannas Recreation Area on Midway Road in Ft. Pierce. Doors open at 10:00am and the event ends at 6pm.  In between will be great workshops, including Oghams – Reading the Staves, Poppets – Not your Grandma’s Voodoo Dolls, and an Introduction to Polytheistic Practice. At 1:30 will be the Harvest Ritual, which everyone is invited to attend.  Be sure to stick around for Mama Gina’s concert at 3pm! And, of course, spend lots of money with the local vendors.

Admission is free, though donations are welcome. You can support TCPPD in a variety of ways, including a teacup auction, photo shoot, book sale, or getting a one-on-one reading.

You are also asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.  The Treasure Coast Food Bank serves 100,000 people each week, including 35,000 children. Your donations will definitely make a difference!

Head over to the Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day site, or visit their Facebook Page, for more details. Be sure to check in, take lots of pictures, and send them our way! We’d love to see and hear your experiences at this awesome event.

Saturday, September 20 – Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day
This is a perennial PPD, held each year at the United Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale on NW 21st Ave.  Sponsored as always by the Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS, this all-day event is always a hit.  Doors open at noon and the event runs until 7pm.  In it’s 11th year, this event is always one of the best places to meet new Pagans in South Florida.

This year will include an open mic Pagan Poetry hour, the very popular Labyrinth, a Sacred Movement Ritual Class, and family time for the kids.  The Autumn Equinox Ritual will start at 5:30pm.  And there will be yummy food available and plenty of local vendors for you to support!

Admission to this event is free.  Your non-perishable food donation and clothing donations will be donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink and have a picnic!  Bring your drums and percussion instruments to lend your energies to ritual.

Visit the Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day site for more details. We look forward to hearing all about your day at this event!

Sunday, September 21 – Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day
The 14th Annual Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day is coming your way! Sponsored by the Jacksonville Pagan Pride Alliance, this celebration is held at the Garden Club of Jacksonville on Riverside Avenue. Festivities will include spiritual workshops, music, charity drives, a community ritual, and more.

Like all other Pagan Pride Day events, this is a 100% family friendly day, and everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be an 11am opening blessing ritual, workshop by Mama Gina (she loves her Florida pagans!), and workshops on chakra balancing, crystals, the Right Use of Anger Magic, and so much more. If you have little ones, make sure they check out the Bean Spirit Animal Craft workshop and the Leave Silhouette Craft workshop, too! The Autumn Equinox/Harvest Ritual will be at 4pm.

Admission to this event is free, though donations are greatly appreciated to help JPPA keep this popular event going. Your donation of non-perishable food items will benefit Waste Not Want Not Florida.  And bring your Pet Supplies, as those will be donated to First Coast No More Homeless Pets!

Their Website is filled with TONS of information, so be sure to check it out. Connect with them also via their Facebook page, and be sure to join their Meetup so that you can be sure to meet all the fabulous pagans in the area!

Saturday, October 11 – Volusia County Pagan Pride Day
The PPD fun does not end once the calendar flips to October! Volusia is holding it’s PPD the 2nd weekend of October. This fun event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Halafax Drive in Ormond Beach, FL.

Doors open at 10am and the event runs through 4pm.  This event is sponsored by Our Sacred Circle Ormond Beach CUUPS.

Non-perishable food donations will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Be sure to check out their Facebook Page for more details!

Covenant of the Goddess Votes In New Board

Each year, Covenant of the Goddess holds its annual meeting. At Grand Council, decisions are made that impact the whole of the Covenant.  During this consensus-based meeting, offers are elected.  We’re so pleased to welcome in the new board, who will take the reigns at Samhain, 2014.  May Coventina guide you as you do the work of the Covenant!

National Board 2014-2015. Front Row: Stachia Ravensdottir, Lady Emrys. Back Row: Zenah Smith, Jack Prewett, Gordon Stone, Kathy Lezon, Lady Annabelle, Cat Perron, Lady Mehurt

National Board 2014-2015. Front Row: Stachia Ravensdottir, Lady Emrys. Back Row: Zenah Smith, Jack Prewett, Gordon Stone, Kathy Lezon, Lady Annabelle, Cat Perron, Lady Mehurt

And here’s who’s who:
First Officer: Kathy Lezon (Everglades Moon LC)
Second Officer: Zenah Smith and Stachia Ravensdottir (Touchstone LC)
Public Information Officer: Gordon Stone (Northern Dawn LC)
Pursewardern: Lady Mehurt (Dogwood LC)
Correspondence Officer: Lady Annabelle (Hills and Rivers LC)
National Membership Officer: Cat Perron (Everglades Moon LC)
Recorder: Lady Emrys (Hills and Rivers LC)
Publications: Jack Prewett (Touchstone LC)

We’d like to also extend a big THANK YOU to the outgoing board. We do appreciate all the hard work you did in the past year!

For a full review of the 2014 Grand Council, visit The Wild Hunt’s review of a Very Southern Merry Meet.

The 2015 Grand Council/Merry Meet will be hosted by Touchstone Local Council. It will be held in Ontario, CA from August 13-16th.  This will coincide with CoG’s 40th Anniversary!

Reflections on Merry Meet

EMLC’s own Cat Perron, who will be serving the Covenant as National Membership Officer on the National Board from 2014-2015, provides us with her reflections on this year’s Merry Meet and Grand Council.  This year’s Merry Meet was held in Atlanta, GA, and our gracious hosts Dogwood Local Council, did an amazing job!

My first Merry Meet was fabulous!  Particularly because I had one of my BFFs, Deborah, with me.

Where do I start?

On Thursday, The Leadership Institute was not only informative, with various people in leadership roles from different faiths, it was in a gorgeous setting:  the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  We had a lovely walk through the wooded areas surrounded by trees and wildlife on our way to the meeting.  All the people involved do really wonderful work on behalf of their paths AND interfaith issues.

Friday had some wonderful workshops:  the medicinal uses of mushrooms (amazing!), Shamanic Trance Work (my favorite—I met a dolphin!), and Sacred Dance (fun!), to name a few.  Plus I was glad to get more information on the Faerie Seership in Canu’s informative class.  The food was very good as well, particularly some of the desserts (the pecan pie came in HUGE pieces!).  I also attended part of the Grand Council meetings, particularly since I was up for NMO.  When I went up to talk/answer questions there was much friendly jesting, like “Are you SURE you want to do this?” etc. and since I was unopposed, I got stuck . . . I mean, I have the privilege of being the next CoG NMO.

I also got to hear all about the NEXT Merry Meet!  Selena Fox was wonderful as the keynote speaker at Friday night’s dinner, she speaks so clearly and succinctly and has such positive energy as well.  And did I spend more money than I had intended with the vendors?  Of course I did!  I think it is a tradition.  I got a couple of lovely wish balls, a gorgeous poppet, a beautiful ebony wand (and got to meet the engaging and adorable Gypsy Teague!) plus some toiletries from our own Christina Wilson.  Oh, and I got a copy of “How to Become a Witch” by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K signed by both of them!

Finally, the masquerade part was a blast!  Although we were told it was masks only, most people came with the most interesting and creative costumes:  a little steampunk, a little Game of Thrones with some beautiful masks, too.  Canu looked particularly handsome in his suit and top hat with a black swirly mask and Sirona was lovely with rhinestones in her hair and a beautifully done makeup job—she just “painted” her mask on her face.  There was lots of laughing, group dancing and singing along with the music.  Yes, a good time WAS had by all, but particularly—me!

Covenant of the Goddess establishes an educational Abuse Advisory Committee

Covenant of the GoddessNEWS OUT OF GRAND COUNCIL: During Grand Council, 2014, Covenant of the Goddess established an Abuse Advisory Committee to “advise, educate, and support the Covenant on issues of physical and sexual violence.” The new committee will consist of members who have professional expertise and training in this field.

The primary duties of the committee “include the provision of education to COG members on issues of abuse, consultation to the National Board when needed, and consultation to COG coven and solitary members when their community is impacted by physical or sexual violence.”

For more information about the formation of this committee, it’s goals and members, please visit the Covenant’s NPIO blog!

Turning the Tide 2013 – Workshop Listings!

Turning the Tide 2013 Workshop List Announced!


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There is always an exciting array of workshops offered at our Turning the Tide Yule celebration, and this year is no different! Our cups runneth over with informative and fun workshops for our Tides participants. Here’s a brief glimpse at what’s in store. Head over to our workshops page for a full description of each one.


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Water and the Well of Mimir ~ Presented by Ash the Silent

Explore the role that Water and the Well of Mimir plays in the Northern Tradition. Meet the Norns, the 3 guardians of this scared well, The World Tree, whose roots drink from the Well, and find out why Odin sacrificed his eye to the Well. – Read More!


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The Old Ones Let Us Sing To Them: Ritual Invocations and Chants ~ Presented by Canu

Come and learn how to create this basic element of ritual so you can inspire your Gods and ritual attendees! – Read More!


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Fae Lines and Family Lines: Exploring our Ancestral Seers ~ Presented by Rayna

This roundtable discussion will explore the intersection of our ancestors and our fae companions.- Read More!


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Faery Seer Breath with Coyote and the FL Branch of House of Brigh ~ Presented by Coyote Morningstar

This workshop is an introduction to the principles and language of Faery Seership, which inspires the Main Ritual. – Read More!


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Enhancing Your Magical Practice with Astrology ~ Presented by Aequitas

We will explore how you can use the art of astrological timing to aid your magical spellwork and rituals. – Read More!


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The Care and Watering of your Tree of Life ~ Presented by Sage

Like Chakras, The Tree of Life is used to represent the way energy flows from the divine, through our bodies, and out into the world around us. – Read More!


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Tokens, Amulets and Signs ~ Presented by Spelcastor

Good luck, bad luck, any luck at all? What do we do to bring good fortune to ourselves and others? Come and share that which is not a deep, dark secret. – Read More!


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Coven Craft ~ Presented by Minos Ceos

This workshop will focus on sharing ideas about how to form and grow covens. Come and join us for a constructive and open dialogue. – Read More!


EMLC Podcast: Episode 6 – Samhain

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Samhain episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! As the veil thins and the energies shift towards winter, we go a bit more introspective this time around. Big thanks to everyone in Everglades Moon Local Council for contributing and sharing with us. In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Changes  How the change of Seasons is Unique to Florida, by Lady Bridget
  • Invocations : Invocation to Dis and Umbria by Alpandia
  • Book Review:  A review of Christian Day’s “The Witch’s Book of the Dead” by Kasha
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin discusses uses of Ginger, Horseradish and Molasses
  • Wordsmithing:  Raven read “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Workshop: Part 1 of Skip Kent’s Rootwork Workshop from the 1st Annual Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival
  • Music: Sink Down, by Aradia, from Songs for All Seasons

You can subscribe to our podcast using this link for iTunes, using your favorite Podcast listening device from this download link, or right here from our site by clicking the grey PLAY button below!

Are you in touch with us? Be sure to subscribe to our podcast to stay in-the-know with what’s going on down here with Everglades Moon LC. But our podcast is not the only way to keep up with us! You can LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter! We’ll be live tweeting from Turning the Tide 2013. If you’re there, use #TTT2013 to be included in our discussion!

If you have suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear them! If you’d like to contribute something to our podcast, whether it’s your music, an article, or something else, please leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you to help make that happen! Please be sure to leave us feedback on iTunes. It’s a great way to help other pagans find us, and makes us feel awesome when we see those 5-Stars!

You may have noticed that we’ve got some really nice music between our segments now. This great music was supplied by JewelBeat. Download your free music and free sound effects at www.jewelbeat.com.

Blessed be!  We are EMLC, and We are CoG!

Turning the Tide 2013 Registration Now Open!


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EMLC is happy to announce that registration for Turning the Tide, 2013, is now OPEN!! Head over to the Turning the Tide information page to download the registration form.  This weekend of Yuletide bliss will be held Friday, December 6-Sunday, December 8.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY MAMA GINA!!!!

We are also so excited to announce that Turning the Tide 2013 will feature a special concert by Mama Gina. If you attended the Florida Summer Solstice festival this past year at Lake Okeechobee, you heard her perform! Her performance is INCLUDED with your registration fee! Head over to her website to sample the amazing music you’ll be treated to at TTT.

Take advantage of our early registration rate!!

REGISTER TODAY FOR ONLY $45

Your registration fee includes:

  • Cabin or tent space
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Admission to all workshops
  • Opening, Closing, and Main Ritual
  • Pot-Luck Dinner Saturday
  • Drum Circle
  • Entrance to a Special Concert by Mama Gina

As always, we will have a packed schedule of workshops and activities for you during the weekend, but that will not interfere with your ability to commune with the spirits of the land. We will also be featuring caroling, community building, and general fun! Register today as prices go up November 15th!

CoG News: New Board and Successful Grand Council

Covenant of the GoddessThe 2013 Covenant of the Goddess Grand Council in Salem, MA has now come and gone.  Many EMLC’ers were able to make it up for the event and represent the great state of Florida (and the great Witches and Wiccans who call it home)!

For those who do not know, Grand Council is when the members of Covenant of the Goddess get together to do the Covenant’s work. It’s when budgets are decided upon, bylaws are reviewed, proposals are made, and a new board is chosen.  The new board will be sworn in for their term starting at Samhain. The 2013-2014 Board Is:

Kasha Lezon – National First Officer (Everglades Moon LC)
Lady Mehurt – National Second Officer (Dogwood LC)
Lady Bridget – National Membership Officer (EvergladesMoon LC)
Lady Emrys – National Recorder (Hills and Rivers LC)
Garth Garrett – National Pursewarden (National Solitary)
Jennifer Bennett – National Correspondence Officer (Weavers LC)
Lady Miraselena – National Public Information Officer (Dogwood LC)
Jack Pewett – National Publications Officer (Touchstone LC)

The 2013-2014 CoG National Board

The 2013-2014 CoG National Board

We’d like to extend a huge EMLC CONGRATULATIONS to this new board, and a giant THANK YOU to the outgoing board.  To the new board, may your hands be deft, your minds be clear and your hearts be compassionate. To the outgoing board, thank you for your kind service to the Covenant. To all, may Coventina bless you!

EMLC would also like to send a big THANK YOU to Weavers LC, who put on a fabulous Grand Council! Congrats on a job well done! And, of course, a big Moonie THANKS to those Florida witches who trecked up to Witch City USA to represent us.  We love you guys!

2013 EMLC'ers at Grand Council

2013 EMLC’ers at Grand Council

If you missed it, and want to learn more about what happened during Grand Council in Salem, our National Public Information Officer provided an in-depth write-up for our friends at The Wild Hunt.  Head over to their site via this link to read her thoughts (spoiler alert: she had a blast!).

SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s Merry Meet and Grand Council will be in Atlanta, GA, hosted by Dogwood LC.  It will be held August 21-24th. See you there!

EMLC Podcast: Episode 5 – Lammas

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Lammas (or Lughnassadh) episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! We’ve got so many exciting things to share with you this go-round. It’s a veritable cornucopia of information and contributions!! As our Local Council continues to share with us, we continue to share them with you! In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • SAVE THE DATE! Turning the Tide 2013 will be Dec 6-Dec 8!
  • Music: Live music by Mama Gina from the Summer Solstice Festival
  • Pagan Parenting: How to talk about religion with your child’s new teacher
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: Pretty Lammas candles for your altar
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin discusses uses of Cayenne Pepper and Garlic
  • News from EMLC: CoG’s Upcoming Grand Council – see you there! Follow us on our @EMLCTweets twitter with #GrandCouncil2013
  • Music: Riekin’s Brew, by Lady Bridget
  • Interview: An interview with Amber Moon of Officers of Avalon
  • Workshop: Part 2 of Kasha’s Money workshop, Candle Magic!
  • Music: Magical Child, by Lady Bridget

You can subscribe to our podcast using this link for iTunes, using your favorite Podcast listening device from this download link, or right here from our site by clicking the grey PLAY button below!

Are you in touch with us? Be sure to subscribe to our podcast to stay in-the-know with what’s going on down here with Everglades Moon LC. But our podcast is not the only way to keep up with us! You can LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter! We’re LIVE TWEETING Grand Council 2013 live from SALEM this year!  If you’re there, use #GrandCouncil2013 to be included in our discussion!

If you have suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear them! If you’d like to contribute something to our podcast, whether it’s your music, an article, or something else, please leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you to help make that happen! Please be sure to leave us feedback on iTunes. It’s a great way to help other pagans find us, and makes us feel awesome when we see those 5-Stars!

You may have noticed that we’ve got some really nice music between our segments now. This great music was supplied by JewelBeat. Download your free music and free sound effects at www.jewelbeat.com.

Blessed be!  We are EMLC, and We are CoG!

EMLC Podcast: Episode 4 – Litha

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Litha episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! We’ve got so many exciting things to share with you this go-round. The contributions from many members of our amazing Local Council continue to come in, and we continue to share them with you! In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Sharing Our Traditions – Sirona shares a lovely way that many of our EMLC witches celebrate Litha by singing up the Sun on the Beach
  • Music: Earth and Ocean, by Aradia
  • It’ll Grow On You - our herb segment by Lord Riekin.  With summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to discuss the many uses of Aloe Vera! It’s not just for burns!
  • Music: Apollo, by Lady Bridget
  • A Crafty Sabbat – project by Alpandia – making your own Faery Star
  • Music: Hail, Mananan by Lord Coyote Morningstar
  • In the News – Sirona recaps all the latest pagan news, including the latest with regards to the Freemasons and Wiccans, and Kyrja Withers, as well as the protests against an upcoming Summer Solstice festival!
  • Poetry: Priestess by Lord Gwydion
  • Workshop: We present Part One of Kasha’s Money workshop from FPG Beltane
  • Closing by Sirona
  • Music: Conjuring the Summer In, by Aradia

You can subscribe to our podcast using this link for iTunes, using your favorite Podcast listening device from this download link, or right here from our site by clicking the grey PLAY button below!

Are you in touch with us? Be sure to subscribe to our podcast to stay in-the-know with what’s going on down here with Everglades Moon LC. But our podcast is not the only way to keep up with us! You can LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter!

If you have suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear them! If you’d like to contribute something to our podcast, whether it’s your music, an article, or something else, please leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you to help make that happen! Please be sure to leave us feedback on iTunes. It’s a great way to help other pagans find us, and makes us feel awesome when we see those 5-Stars!

You may have noticed that we’ve got some really nice music between our segments now. This great music was supplied by JewelBeat. Download your free music and free sound effects at www.jewelbeat.com.

Blessed be!  We are EMLC, and We are CoG!