Official Statement: Everglades Moon LC on the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting

For Immediate Release:
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On behalf of the Witches and Wiccans of Florida, Everglades Moon Local Council extends our deepest condolences to all those affected by the recent horrific violence against the LGBTQ+ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL .

That such an act of hate could happen in our own back yard has shaken us to our core.

We stand with everyone responding to this violence, Queer, Questioning and Straight, in solidarity and with love. We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to all the victims of this senseless act, and to their families, friends, and communities.

As a community, we call on our fellow Floridians to step up and help build bridges. Make an appointment to donate blood. Volunteer with interfaith workings. Let the lasting impact of this event be one of positive change – starting in Florida and rippling out throughout the US and the world. Do whatever you can to bring peace into this world.

As Witches, we will be holding space on the Full Moon on Monday, June 20th at 9pm. During this time, we ask that people of all faiths join us to remember the victims and send loving, healing energies to their families and friends, and for our nation as a whole. We invite you to participate no matter where you are.

We Witches and Wiccans of EMLC will continue to assist in any way we can – lending our ministerial services to those in need, and by reaching out to Faith Leaders to build bridges of respect and understanding among the many religions that create the tapestry of our community.

Today, We are CoG. We are EMLC. We Are Orlando.

Signed,

Everglades Moon Local Council
Covenant of the Goddess

Holding Space for Orlando

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On Monday, June 19th, 2016, Everglades Moon invited people of all faiths to join them as they held space for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. All were invited to remember the victims and send loving, healing energies to their families and friends, as well as for our nation as a whole.

Witches, Christians, and energy workers of all faiths joined together under the Full Moon on the Summer Solstice. From Florida to Yaxuna, from North Carolina to Kentucky, Colorado and beyond – people joined together to create a space of healing and love. We’d like to share with you what was shared with us on our public Facebook page about this event.

Barbie C. from FL shared her altar space, with candles representing each of the 49 who lost their lives in this tragedy.
Barbie C. from FL shared her altar space, with candles representing each of the 49 who lost their lives in this tragedy

 

From Lady Bridget: One heart, One Peace, One Pulse
From Lady Bridget: One heart, One Peace, One Pulse

 

From Lady bridget: Candle for Peace and Solidarity. Remember this country was founded on the celebration on diversity.
From Lady Bridget: Candle for Peace and Solidarity. Remember this country was founded on the celebration on diversity.

 

From BD Cooper: In the light rain, I'm out here under a giant maple, candle protected by its canopy. Diversity☆Unity☆Love Wins Blessed be the living, and blessed be our honored dead.
From BD Cooper: In the light rain, I’m out here under a giant maple, candle protected by its canopy.
Diversity☆Unity☆Love Wins
Blessed be the living, and blessed be our honored dead.

 

From Alejandro of NC: May we not forget that like the light of the moon, the light of love shines within us ALL.
From Alejandro of NC: May we not forget that like the light of the moon, the light of love shines within us ALL.

 

From Lord Gwydion: Holding Space for Orlando.
From Lord Gwydion: Holding Space for Orlando.

 

From Alpandia: Candle dressed with Hyssop for blessings. Watching the light pierce the darkness and illuminate the Pulse of love.
From Alpandia: Candle dressed with Hyssop for blessings. Watching the light pierce the darkness and illuminate the Pulse of love.

 

If you participated in our event, we invite you to share what you feel comfortable regarding the working – what you did, how it felt, or any feelings or impressions that may have returned to you afterwards. Whether you set lights, dressed your altar, or simply went outside to be under the Full Moon, please leave us a comment below or on our Facebook Page, so that we can all share and build on the energy that was sent out.

If you were unable to join us, that sacred space is always available for you to sit for a moment and send energy and healing to those impacted by this tragic event: the victims, their family and friends, and our community and nation as a whole.

Blessed be the living, and blessed be our honored dead.

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 23 – Litha 2016

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Welcome to the 23rd episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Litha! We’re still on a bit of a musical high from Caldera Pagan Music Fest. This episode features music we love and interviews with artists who performed at the festival this past Memorial Day weekend.

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Within our Litha 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Interview: with Arthur Hinds by Lady Bridget at Caldera Fest
  • Music : “Padstow” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Sunwise
  • Myths: Baltic Myth of Jurate and Kastytis brought to us by Aequitas
  • FooDoo: where Qabal teaches us how to Make Gazpacho, the Perfect Summer Soup
  • Interview: with Mama Gina by Lady Bridget at Caldera Fest
  • Music: “Due North” by Mama Gina, from The Green Album
  • Interview: with Damn the Bard by Lady Bridget at Caldera Fest
  • Music : “Mountain Fey” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Sunwise.

We love supporting our Pagan Musical Artists, and invite you to do the same! Learn more about the artists featured in this month’s podcast by these links:
Find out more about Emerald Rose at http://www.emeraldrose.com
Purchse music by Arthur Hinds through CDBaby
Find more of Mama Gina’s music at http://www.mamagina.com

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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!

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 22 – BONUS EPISODE!

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With Beltane behind us and Litha not yet here, we thought the time was perfect for another Bonus Episode! In this episode we feature a workshop which was recorded at Equinox in the Oaks 2016, presented by Canu which is all about Herne. If you’ve ever thought about working with this God of the Wild Hunt, you’ll want to give this workshop a listen. Also in this episode is a collection of songs by Emerald Rose including “Castle of Arianrhod”, “Johnnie Cope”, and “Lucky Man”. These are all from their album Bending Tradition. Follow this link to add Bending Tradition to your pagan music collection, and check out the other albums by Emerald Rose. They’re the Bee’s Knees!

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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!


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We’re now on Google Play!

google_play_logo_2015-630x247Love our podcast but don’t have iTunes or Stitcher? You’re in luck! Google Play has added podcasts to their music gallery. You can now listen to your favorite podcasts wherever you are with your Google-powered device.

And, of course, your favorite pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon, is listed there, too!

Follow This Link directly to our podcast in the Google Play store to subscribe. If you’re on your mobile device, follow the steps below:

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There’s way more you can do with podcasts inside the Google Music Play app. From managing your subscriptions to sharing your favorite episodes with your friends, you can do it all. Our friends at AndroidCentral have some step-by-step guides to help you do it all.

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 21 – Beltane 2016

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Welcome to the 21st episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Beltane! Spring has sprung here in Florida. The birds are prepping to head north with their babies, everything is in bloom, and it’s the perfect weather to head outside and enjoy nature.

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Within our Beltane 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Ritual Tips from Lady Bridget: 10 Tips for Writing Good Ritual
  • Music : “First Fruits” by Aradia, from her albom “Songs for All Seasons”
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Making Rice Pudding
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: How to make a Beltane Candle
  • Music: “Oak King”, adopted and sung by Canu
  • It’ll Grown on You: Lord Riekin teachs us about Pruning with the Moon
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: Participation in Ritual
  • Music : “Binding Wood” by Mama Gina from her new album titled, “I Remember Love”, available for purchase at her website MamaGina.com.

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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!

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Florida Pagan Pride Day Events 2016

Pagan Pride DayIt may only be Spring, but the dates are slowly starting to be posted for Pagan Pride Day (PPD) events around Florida. Are you looking to participate in Pagan Pride Day events in your area, but aren’t sure when or where they might be? Or are you planning to attend a PPD event and want to know if members of EMLC will be there so that you can meet us and see if you want to join our Local Council (here’s a hint – you absolutely do!) We will be keeping this page up to date with PPD events around Florida, and noting which ones will have EMLC’ers attending. Keep checking back as we will add more events as we hear about them! Find local events in your area at the PPD site.

Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day

Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 12p-7pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Admission: Free with non-perishable food or clothing donation
Website: MoonPathCUUPS PPD

The MoonPath Chapter of CUUPS is hosting the 18th annual Pagan Pride Day. It’s a celebration of Mabon plus Family Picnic. Bring your non-perishable food items and clothing to be donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County.

Bring your own picnic food and drink, or purchase from the delicious King of CUUPS Catering. There will be fun for all ages including drumming, vending, crafts, tarot readings and so much more. Doors open at noon and the event culminates with the Autumn Equinox Ritual in Scottish Tradition at 5:30pm.

Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10a-6p
Location: Savannas Recreation Area, Ft. Pierce
Admission: Free, with non-perishable food donation
Website: http://www.tcppd.org
Facebook: Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day

In it’s third year at the beautiful Savannas Recreation Area in Ft. Pierce, Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day (TCPPD) is shaping up to be a terrific event! There will be plenty of workshops, along with a performances by amazing artists.

Admission to this all-day family-friendly event is free. You are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food. These donations will go directly to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day

Date: September 18, 2016
Admission: Free, though donations are accepted to help keep the event going as well as items for their charity drives
Location: Garden Club of Jacksonville
Website: Jacksonville Pagan Pride Alliance
Facebook: Jax Pagan Pride Alliance

This family friendly event includes spiritual workshops, local non-profit and vendor booths, music, charity drives, and community rituals. Donations at this event benefit Waste Not Want Not and First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

Volusia County Pagan Pride Day

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Admission: TBA
Facebook: Volusia Pagan Pride Day


Do you know of a PPD event in FL that’s not on our list? Please let us know in the comments so we can add it asap!

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 20 – Ostara 2016

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Welcome to the 20th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Ostara! The days are getting longer and life is beginning to bud and bloom everywhere.

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Within our Ostara 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: “Bloom Amazing Things in your Life”
  • Music & Chants: “Hecate Crossroads Chant” written and performed by Shaylee
  • FooDoo with Qabal: “Making Sodabread”
  • Music: “Teacher” by Ginger Doss from her album “Hand and Hammer
  • It’ll Grow On You: Lord Riekin brings us Master Tonic 201: Beyond the Basics
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: Circling Up
  • Music: “We Come from Monkeys” by Emerald Rose from their album “Archives of Ages to Come

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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!

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 19 – BONUS EPISODE!

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We’ve got something special for you, podcast listeners – our first BONUS EPISODE! In this episode we feature a workshop which was recorded at Turning the Tide 2015, presented by Lady Bridget entitled “Touching the Past: Ancestor Altars and Workings.” Also in this episode is the song “Sing Me a Lullabye” by Aradia from her album, Songs for All Seasons, and the song “Here in the Woods” by Lady Bridget from her album, In Her Sacred Space. Follow this link to purchase In Her Sacred Space and check out the other albums by Lady Bridget.

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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!


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Foodoo: Qabal’s Scones

In the Imbolc 2016 episode of our podcast, Reaching for the Moon, Qabal shares a delicious recipe for homemade scones. For your ease in making these delicious treats, we’re sharing the no lies recipe below so that you can make your own foodoo at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter cut into quarter inch cubes and then frozen
  • 1/2 cup currants, cranberry, raisin – any fruit chopped to the size of a raisin (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
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Ingredients – ASSEMBLE!

Modifications:

  • Add vanilla
  • Add orange rind to make it citrusy
  • Rosemary – with less sugar, you can make a more savory scone
  • Want a fluffier scone? Double baking powder!

Do not add:

  • Anything that will add moisture, so not fresh fruit
  • Chocolate chips – add too much fat and tends to burn. If you want to add chocolate chips, make it wetter and lower the temp for cooking

Once your ingredients are assembled, preheat oven to 425. Allow to sit at this temperature for at least 15 minutes.

Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and sugar. You can use a food processor to achieve this, or a wisk or your hand.

Step 2: Add the butter – using a food processor to pulse until it gets to a lumpy  cornmeal consistency. Or use pastry blender to cut the butter in.

Add the butter into the mix.
Add the butter into the mix.

Step 3: Mix in your currants or whichever dry fruit you will be using.

Time to add our fruit!
Time to add our fruit!

Step 4: Add the cream. This is a process. Add 1/2 a cup to start, stir gently. Then wait a few moments to hydrate the flour. Humidity may make this process tricky.

Adding the liquids into the mix
Adding the liquids into the mix

Step 5: Flour can absorb flour from the air. You may not use the entire 1 cup of cream. Stop adding your liquids when your mixture looks like this:

The consistency we're after
The consistency we’re after

Step 6: This is the way we want our mixture to look. It will look a little dry. You want the dough to end up just a little wet but not too much.  In the above, we used 3/4 cup of cream due to the humidity that day.

Step 7: Put the dough in an 8″ cake pan to get a nice round shape, then tap it out of the cake pan to get ready to cut. You can skip this step and just make your own round shape about 8″ across. You’ll then cut this length-wise into 8 triangles.

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Our dough is in our cake pan for shaping
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The perfect circle! Now ready for slicing into triangles!

Step 8: (optional) Brush some cream on your scones before they go into the oven. This will give them a nice brown crust. You can also sprinkle them with a little sugar if you want a slight sweetness.

Brushing with cream to add a lovely golden crust
Brushing with cream to add a lovely golden crust

Once in the oven, your scones will be done in about 12 minutes. You can flip the scones midway for even browning.

The waiting is the hardest part...
The waiting is the hardest part…

Remove from oven, cool on a wire rack for just a few minutes. Below is what the crumb of our scones will be. It should have a cake-like look but be crunchy.

LOOK AT THAT YUMMY SCONE!
LOOK AT THAT YUMMY SCONE!

If you double the amount of baking powder you will get a much lighter scone. This crumb will airier and fluffier.

They can be served warm or at room temperature. You can serve them with tea or coffee, and jam goes really well with these.