Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

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

Turning the Tide 2014 – Battle of the Witches on Sunday Morning!

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Come play Battle of the Witches Sunday Morning!

Battle of the Witches!We have revived Quartz’s famous Battle of the Witches, a “Family Feud” style game where two teams of five contestants each try to guess the answers to survey questions. “100 Witches surveyed and the top answers are on the board!”

Be the high-scoring team and win the game! We will have up to 3 rounds – 10 people per round.

Battle of the Witches was first created by Quartz of Witch & Famous Coven, and played at Merry Meet 2006. It was such a hit that folks were standing in the hallways to watch! Do not miss this fantastic and fun game, presented by Witch & Famous coven once more.

Battle of the Witches can ONLY be played this year at
Turning the Tide 2014!

Be sure to get your registration in by November 25th to take advantage of our early-bird discount.  Battle of the Witches, 11 workshops, 3 rituals, cabin or tenting space, and much more are all included with your $45 registration fee. Space is limited so register today!

The lovely image of Mad Madame Mimm and Merlin is courtesy of RavenSavage!

Turning the Tide 2014 – Workshops are Announced!

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What’s that you say? You haven’t sent in your registration yet because you’re waiting to see what workshops are being offered? Well, your wait is over…

The 2014 Workshop Listing is Live!

Here’s a small sampling of the nearly dozen workshops and workings that are included with your registration. Head over to the workshop page for the full listing.

Celtic Tree Calendar and the Healing Power of Trees: We would take a walk thru the year, talking about the trees that govern each “month.” Their magical and healing properties will be discussed. After that, we will all make and consecrate twigs marked with either our calendar tree, or the Ogham sign for a tree that can help or heal us.

Fixed Stars: Magic in the Astrological Sky: Come learn about the “fixed stars” in astrology, used by the ancients long before the advent of tropical system we have today. Also, explore the 8 “power points” in the sky and how they relate to the Sabbats and how to harness these energies in your magickal practices.

The Magic of Tea: “The Magic of Tea” will encompass a little history and information about that wonderful and popular beverage as well as some sampling and some ways to use tea in magical spells!

Witch Crafting: Creating Your Own Amulets and Talismans: In this workshop you’ll learn how to design, make and charge your own amulets and talismans. No previous experience needed. Just an open heart to create. Metal bezel and clay will be provided. Additional components will be available to add to piece created however, participants are encouraged to bring their own components.

These are just some of the workshops that will be offered during Turning the Tide. For a complete list, head over to our Workshop page.

Your registration fee includes admissions to all of the workshops at Turning the Tide, plus cabin or tent space, all the rituals, and so much more. Remember! Space is limited, so be sure to register today and take advantage of early bird pricing.

There is also still time to order your festival t-shirt! T-shirt orders must be received by November 15th to ensure we have your shirt when you check in. We cannot guarantee availability or sizes after the 15th.

Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

We will be updating our site as we get closer to festival time, so keep checking back! Don’t be left out – get your registration in today!

Turning the Tide 2014 – Order Your Festival T-Shirt!

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Turning the Tide 2014 is right around the corner. Have you gotten your registration turned in yet? We’re proud to announce that we will be having a festival t-shirt this year! Our pre-order period has ended. Thank you to everyone who placed an order! Your t-shirt will be waiting for you when you check in on Friday!

Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

 

Giving Back: EMLC at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members Lady Circe and Kasha participated in the second annual Children’s Hunger Summit in Brevard County FL . This was an Interfaith event aimed at educating clergy about the pediatric hunger problem in this Central Florida county, and this project to provide meals for kids to take home on weekends.

EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children's Hunger Project

EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members have supported this program with donations and manhours to pack the meals in the past year, and plan to continue being involved with the project.  For more information, please visit the Children’s Hunger Project site.

Turning the Tide 2014 – Registration is Now Open!

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Everglades Moon Local Council is excited to be holding our 8th Annual Yuletide Celebration – Turning the Tide! In celebration of the number 8, our festival this year will center around how we are Dancing the Wheel down here in Florida.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here

This three-day celebration will feature an array of workshops as well as a ritual by the Temple at the Crossroads. Celebrate the Mysteries of the Keys and how they dance their way through the cycle of the Year.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY REGISTRATION RATE!
Register Today for Only $45

For the 8th year in a row, our registration fees have not increased! 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

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 25th!

DOWNLOAD YOUR REGISTRATION FORM TODAY!

Please download and complete the registration form, and mail it in with a check or money order by November 25th to take advantage of our discounted early rate.  Remember, space is limited, so do RSVP ASAP!

Our festival this year will be held once more in South Miami. Doors open Friday, December 5th. Watch this space for registration and other announcements!

We will be updating you as we get closer to festival time of new workshops and presenters. We can’t wait to meet you in ritual space once more and dance with you beneath the trees!

SPREAD THE WORD!

Feel free to download our Save the Date Flyer and help spread the word about Turning the Tide.

EMLC Podcast: Episode 8 – Samhain

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Samhain episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! The Wheel continues to turn, the night time hours grow longer, and the veil beings to thin. At this time, we’re celebrating the last of the harvests and looking towards the winter tide while remembering those who have passed before us. Big thanks to everyone in Everglades Moon Local Council for contributing and sharing with us, and for helping us get our podcast back up and going. In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Author Interview Sirona interviews Gypsey Teague about her new book, “Steampunk Magic
  • Book Review: Kasha reviews “Make Magic of your Life” by T. Thorn Coyle
  • Workshop: Aequitas’ workshop entitled “How to Use Planetary Days and Hours in your Magic” from the Turning the Tide festival in December, 2013″Mother of the Corn” by Aradia, from the album Songs for All Seasons
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin shares tips for planting on November 1st
  • Poetry: Lady Mari of Sacred Forest Coven shares her poetry, “Samhain Poem
  • Music: “Samhain” by Aradia from her album, “Songs for All Seasons”

In Aequitas’ workshop, he references several sources for information regarding calculating planetary hours and days. These include:

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!

EMLC Elects New Board

Everglades Moon Local Council logoAt our annual meeting this past weekend, Everglades Moon LC members elected our new board.  This board will take over at Samhain.

We thank you all for volunteering for these positions! May Coventina guide you in working to make our Local Council even better in the coming year.

Giant thanks to those EMLC members who were part of this past year’s board. Thank you for your continued service to the Covenant!

Please help us welcome some fresh faces and some old favorites:

First Officer – Coyote Morningstar
Second Officer – Aequitas
Membership Officer – Athena
Purse Warden – Lady Circe
Pubic Information Officer – Amber Moon
Publications Officer – Alpandia
Recorder – Chloe

 

EMLC Podcast: Episode 7 – Mabon

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Mabon episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! As the night and day reach equal balance, it’s a good time for us to seek balance in our lives as well. Big thanks to everyone in Everglades Moon Local Council for contributing and sharing with us, and for helping us get our podcast back up and going. In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Book Review Kasha reviews “Merry Meet Again: Lessons, Life, and Love on the Path of a Wiccan High Priestess” by Deborah Lipp
  • Workshop: Canu’s Workshop “The Old Ones Let Us Sing to Them” from the Turning the Tide festival in December, 2013
  • Music : “Mother of the Corn” by Aradia, from the album 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!

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!

More Memories of Merry Meet

This week we have another EMLC member sharing her memories of the most recent Grand Council/Merry Meet in Atlanta. Lady Bridget Sidhe-Lyric, HPS of Witch and Famous, and our outgoing National Membership Officer, shares her experiences at Merry Meet below.

This year’s annual meeting of Covenant of the Goddess (called Merry Meet for the festival side and Grand Council for the business meeting) took place in Atlanta, GA at the Crown Ravinia Hotel from Aug. 21-24. As usual, events started off with the Leadership Institute the day before the meeting. We were treated to a visit to the Nature Conservancy in Atlanta where they rescue and return to the wild many animals and birds, and also caring for those that cannot be released. We hiked the trails watching for signs of wildlife, visited the Aviary where owls, eagles, hawks, and other birds are in recovery, and walked through the nature exhibits designed to educate and entertain.

The latter part of the morning and early afternoon were devoted to a panel discussion on Interfaith work with many of the Covenant’s own National Interfaith Representatives and a special guest, Selena Fox from Circle Sanctuary. I was surprised to find myself very engaged and fascinated listening to their experiences, information, and advice for those interested in doing this work. I think all who were there agreed that we learned a lot and were inspired to see so many people of such varied backgrounds and faiths discussing this topic. The theme of this year’s Merry Meet was “Common Ground” and I think that this presentation beautifully illustrated that theme.

The business meeting of the Covenant got off to a great start on Friday morning, as we knew we already had quorum since enough members had registered to be present or to represent other members. The meeting was started off with a remembrance of so many of our Elders who have passed away, many of them having passed recently this year, and who have given of their time and love to forward our faith. Their names were said aloud, and then there followed a minute of silent prayer for all who had passed.

Later on that day, we also honored our Veterans in an historic first with Circle Sanctuary and Covenant of the Goddess both together in a joint ceremony for the first time ever. Veterans both present, and represented by others or family members, were given a medal from CoG presented by Kasha, and a ribbon from Circle presented by Selena. I was asked to accept on behalf of Lady Incendia Apollonaris of Dragonwhisper Coven of EMLC for her service in the Army Reserve, Army Nursing Corps. Although I didn’t really want to be in the picture because I thought that people might be confused thinking that it was I who had served, I decided not to duck out as it seemed disrespectful. So if you see pictures of the presentation with me at the end of the line, that’s why. I was honored to be entrusted to give this medal and ribbon to our own Lady Incendia and hopefully will be able to do the presentation justice at our annual meeting.

The rest of the business meeting went similarly as it has in past years, with reports first from the National Officers (of which I was one this year serving as membership officer) and then with reports from the Local Councils, from the National members, from the Interfaith representatives, and then from the Committees. The one report that stands out in my mind was from the CoG Survey which was done just prior to the meeting and the tabulated results that were presented were an eye opener for a lot of people. Over 60% of the respondents identified themselves as solitary practitioners, and about 36% identified themselves as working within a coven structure. That tells me that our organization, in order to grow, needs to be focusing more on the needs of Solitary members. Additionally another statistic that struck me was the large number of people who said that they became Wiccan while in their 20’s, which tells me that we are not serving the younger generations as well as we could. I am hoping that the full results of the survey will be up on the CoG’s main website very soon. We can learn a lot from those results and use them to focus our services and our membership on what is needed by the Wiccan Community.

If you haven’t been to the Grand Council annual meeting of CoG before, here is a brief description of how it works. Members submit proposals to the Council as a whole and these proposals are discussed and debated by those present with input from the members that they represent. Discussions can get passionate and a little heated at times, but since our organization works by consensus process, everyone who has something to say gets a say. These things do take time, but it can become fairly clear early on if there is too much contention around a proposal, and then there are several ways it can go. The person or people who presented it can withdraw it. The proposal can go to committee for development over the next year, and those involved will hone it and hopefully present a more unified idea next year. The proposal can also go to a short committee, which will discuss and hone the ideas over lunch, dinner, etc, and come back with the altered wording later on in the meeting, usually the next day. Several proposals were passed as written, one went to the short committee and then was passed the next day, and a couple went to the longer committees and will be brought up again next year, with new refinements.

It never ceases to amaze me at the patience and passion that our members have for this process! Just in the midst of heated discussion, someone will walk up to the microphone and propose an idea or wording that everyone suddenly realizes will work, and there seems to be a collective sigh of relief that goes up in response. (or is that just me?!) The National First Officer who runs this meeting has to perfect a fine line, keeping the meeting moving so we will get through the agenda while still allowing the discussion and expression of ideas that is the consensus process. Kasha, a member of the Coven of the Moonlit Sea in our own EMLC, did a wonderful job of that!

If you have never experienced CoG’s Grand Council, you should really make an effort to attend at least once. This is a process, that if seen from beginning to end, can be both scary and exciting. And CoG has a lot of famous Pagan people who are either members or former members, so there is an opportunity to meet and get to know the people who are authors and writers, artists, interfaith workers, etc. Not to mention the workshops that are available during the time that Grand Council is happening. This year it was put on by Dogwood Local Council and many of the local council folks take the time to share their knowledge and energy by presenting workshops on various topics. These are in general much better than what is offered at a lot of Pagan Festivals – at least in my experience anyway – and although I didn’t get to go to any this year, it is always a high point when I do get to do that.

Hopefully someone from our local council who was able to attend some of the workshops will write and tell us about those! I was so involved with the meeting this year that I really didn’t find an opportunity to get to a workshop. There was at least one or two that I was planning to attend, but I lost track of time in the meeting and missed them.

In the evenings we spent time with friends, both old and new, chatting and catching up on news. This year some of the EMLC members played “Cards Against Humanity” with a certain celebrity Pagan and we had a blast! On Saturday night, Dogwood hosted a Masquerade Dance, where we all dressed up and wore our favorite masks – and Everglades Moon members danced till the DJ had to go home! Yes, we closed the place! It was great fun, even though many of us were very stiff and sore the next day.

This is a large part of the charm of Merry Meet – as it moves around the country and is hosted by different local councils, we get to visit with new folks who live there, get to see their part of the country and experience their local environment. We get to discover what is special and Sacred about where they live, and share those moments with friends, and make new memories. We get to visit with friends that live across the country from us, and that we only get to see in person about once a year. We get hugs! We laugh and have fun together, and argue and debate together, and then laugh some more.

Next year’s Grand Council will be hosted by Touchstone Local Council and will be in California, to be held Aug 13-16, 2015. They will have more information on their website soon, and for more information about CoG in general, go to www.cog.org.

First Treasure Coast Pagan Pride a Success!

The first Pagan Pride Day on the Treasure Coast took place Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Fort Pierce, FL. Clouds loomed early in the day during setup, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the staff volunteers or their organizer, Kathy Lezon. “I was confident we would have a great event, rain or shine, but I’m grateful that Mother Nature granted us bright sun and constant breeze,” said Lezon after the event.

125 people came and enjoyed the beautiful scenery provided by The Savannas Recreation Area, while shopping at various vendors and getting to speak with representatives of local Pagan groups. Pagan DJ, Jerry J. also known as The Ragin’ Pagan, provided a great mix of Pagan music during the event.

A ritual by Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship started the day and a later Harvest Ritual was presented by the staff of Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day. Workshops included Oghams: Reading the Staves, Poppets: Not Your Grandma’s Voodoo Dolls, and an Introduction to Polytheistic Practice.

A midday concert by Mama Gina was a huge hit with the audience singing along to songs like “Ruby” and “Cerridwen’s Cauldron”.  The kids enjoyed a bounce house, crafts, and “Hippy” the Clown.

Mama Gina performs at the first Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day

Mama Gina performs at the first Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day

The Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization whose aims are to promote understanding of Paganism, support various charities, and bring Pagan communities closer together. The first ever Pagan Pride Day was held on September 19, 1998. There are now over 1000 Pagan Pride Days in the United States, and almost 50 international events.

Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day also hosted a food drive for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, and collected 165lbs of food. Most Pagan Pride Days host a food drive for delivery to a local food bank or animal shelter.

More information about the Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day can be found at http://www.tcppd.org, Facebook and Twitter.