Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

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

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!

Editorial: Rights and Responsibilites

I spent this past Friday and Saturday at the Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice  Festival- this was a pleasant, peaceful event that gained a lot of attention when local Pastors threatened to protest the presence of Pagans in their small rural town.

This weekend Kyrja Withers of New Port Richey posted pictures of her flourishing garden, but only 2 months ago, she was experiencing pellets being shot through her windows and bottle bombs being thrown at her house.

Just a few weeks ago, the new Grand Lodge of Florida elected a new Grand Man, who overturned the ban on Pagan Masons that had been issued earlier this year by his predecessor.

It’s been a rough 6 months for Pagans in Florida, hasn’t it?  And Florida is just one small corner of our country.  Sadly, religious discrimination still exists.

There are gifts that come with these hurdles, though. Communities rally to support, education occurs, interfaith dialogue takes place, organizations collaborate. Change. Progress.  From dark comes the light, we are taught, and the Light is so bright right now, at the time of Summer Solstice, that we can strive to see clearly and light our path for the journey forward.

After all, we have rights to preserve and protect, don’t we?! In the year 2013, discrimination on the basis of religious practice should not happen. Hatred based on misinformation must be battled. We feel outrage, don’t we?! We have a right to practice what we want, where we want! We have a right to feel safe in our own homes and communities, no matter what our spiritual path is! Let them try to stop us! Go ahead and protest! We have as much right to wear or display our symbols as anyone else! Yes! We’re angry!

When we feel these rights have been violated, to whom do we turn? We are so fortunate that within our greater Pagan Community, we have access to media like Pagan Newswire Collective and The Wild Hunt to inform when incidents like this occur, and organizations, most notably Lady Liberty League, to advocate for us, speak to community leaders, law enforcement and media on our behalf.  How blessed we are to have those who assist us in defending our rights!

I would ask you to consider that, in addition to rights, we also have responsibilities. And that our responsibilities are great.

We have the responsibility to walk our talk. That means that if we expect religious tolerance and acceptance, we should be ready with acceptance and tolerance ourselves, treating even those who misunderstand us with respect. It also means to display the same respect for each other.  For a Druid to ridicule a piece of literature about Wicca demonstrates the same intolerance as the fundies on the other side of the gate.

It also means that to someone who does not know the Craft, each one of us represents all of us. So, the person with the pent bumper sticker who displays a vulgar gesture at the traffic light, or the neighbor having disruptive parties in the name of Sabbats, or the individual who insults a reporter leaves misconceptions for everyone else to correct.

Most importantly, though, it means we have a responsibility to pay it back and pay it forward. Organizations like Lady Liberty League operate on small budgets and huge volunteer manpower.  Gods bless Lady Liberty League volunteer Peter Dybing who no doubt got to know the dark roads that cross the state of Florida as he traveled to New Port Richey and Pahokee to assess, educate, collaborate, mentor, and network. What happens when there is a need in a state where there is no volunteer available, or a volunteer without the resources to stay out of town for a few days?  I don’t know what Lady Liberty League has in the bank for situations like that, but I’d bet it’s not as much as they’d like.

We all live knowing that if our home catches fire, we can call 911 and help will be on the way. We have been so fortunate that when members of our spiritual community have been in need of assistance, Lady Liberty League has been right there.  As Witches and Pagans, we need to support our Pagan Rights 911 system, and it needs to start right here in Florida.

So, if you have benefited from the work of Lady Liberty League, or may someday benefit from the work of Lady Liberty League, I encourage you to consider making a donation.  Go to the Circle Sanctuary Donation page  and scroll down to the Lady Liberty League box, and donate any amount.   I also encourage you to share this link with your covens, e-lists, MeetUp groups, festival pages, and any other way of reaching Pagans who can support this organization.  Even small donations by many people make big dollars.

Hopefully soon, we won’t worry about religious discrimination, but until then, I am thankful for the work that Lady Liberty League does, and I want them to have no problem assisting with any issue should it arise with my (and your) festival, MeetUp, job, school, Sabbat celebration, or any other right granted to any other religious person in this country.

Kasha, EMLC First Officer

Let’s remember our Rights, and let’s not forget our Responsibilities!

Update on Kyrja Withers – She Did It!

For those of you who do not know who Kyrja Withers is, she is a Pagan Author who has been the subject of multiple attacks against her home.  We have previously discussed the situation and how you can help.

She recently started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds to install a security system at her home – in part to dissuade future attacks, but in case they occur, to document them.  We are so happy to report that she has not only met, but SURPASSED the goal she set! Way to go, good guys!  She has asked that people stop contributing to the fund, as she had a goal and met it.

Kyrja was also interviewed by ABCActionNews in Tampa with regards to the attacks on her. There is a $200 reward currently posted for information leading to identifying who is responsible for these attacks.

For those concerned that local police may not have been taking this situation seriously, Detective Greg Williams hopes to put those fears to rest, saying, “They are really good people and they don’t deserve to be treated like this. We are going to do whatever we can to prevent anything further from happening.”

You can watch the interview with Kyrja from ABCAction News here:

Update on Kyrja Withers – What You Can Do

As you might remember from our posting last week, there’s been a series of attacks on the home of Kyrja Withers, a Pagan Author who lives in New Port Richey, FL.  We provided a few ways that you could help.  Recently, a new way to help has been added and we believe you’d like to know about it!

Kyrja has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money to help purchase and install a security system for her home.  This will not only give the family confidence and security, but should help deter future attacks (or, if ones occur, document the people who commit these crimes).  If you’re unfamiliar with IndieGoGo, they are very similar to KickStarter, which is a crowdfunding site. Instead of one person giving a lot of money, a lot of people contributing a little money can help make things happen.  For as little as $1.00, you can help make Kyrja’s home just a little more secure.  Click the button below to head over to IndieGoGo and help out!

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