Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

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

Official Statement: EMLC on Escambia County Murders

We at Everglades Moon Local Council (Covenant of The Goddess) are saddened by the violent Deerfield Drive triple homicide, in our home state of Florida. We hope the person(s) responsible are swiftly brought to justice. We are also disappointed that the mainstream media chose to twist the statements made by the Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and Sgt. Andrew Hobbs. The media, with intent to make a tragic story go viral, portrays members of our community in an inappropriate and ignorant way.

The Public Information Officer of EMLC spoke with Sena Maddison, ECSO Public Information Officer, and she was also disappointed about the way the news outlets chose to headline the story. She stated “The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Morgan and Sgt. Andrew Hobbs never used the word Wicca and by no means, in any way, ever intended for Wicca or any religion to be maligned.”

We at EMLC are always ready to help educate others, including the media and the criminal justice community, about our religion. We hope by providing education to help the broader community understand that Wicca has a code of ethics centered on harming none, and in no way endorses or requires violence, murder, ritual human or animal sacrifice.

EMLC asks if anyone in the Florida community has any information about this case to please call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or call the ECSO non-emergency phone number at 850-436-9620. You can request to remain anonymous.


EMLC is not alone in speaking out against the media handling of this tragic event.  Lady Liberty League has issued a statement, as they have also been in touch with ECSO and are working to respond to the situation. The Wild Hunt also has ongoing excellent coverage as well.

Several media agencies, including The Washington Post and The Guardian have updated their stories to include not only better research into what exactly Wicca and Witchcraft are, but also information from local pagans who reached out to help bring more understanding and education about what Wicca is to the media.

Update 08/07/2015: Discovery News has a great article taking each point in the story and identifying why it would not or could not be used to link the murders to Wicca. Good job!

For those who would like to watch it, here is the full press conference presented on 08/04/2015 by ECSO regarding this horrific event. The full transcript is available by clicking this link:

 

Reaching for the Moon Podcast – Episode 14: Lughnassadh 2015

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Welcome to the 14th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. As we honor the sacrifice of the Warrior God, Lugh, we’ve got a special treat for you!

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Our Lughnassadh podcast features the workshop, “The Warrior’s Mindset” presented by Edward G. Rickey during Equinox in the Oaks. We’ve been saving this workshop especially for this episode since this is the time of year that we honor the Warrior Gods.

We’ve broken up the workshop with some great music, including:

  • “Gwydion’s Song to Lieu” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Archives of Ages Past”
  • “We Won’t Sleep Tonight” by Crow Women, whose music can be found at their website

You can learn more about Edward Rickey at his blog, Jet Black Wings. He also generously provided us with a resource list if you are interested in learning more about the Warrior Way:

Living the Martial Way – Forrest E. Morgan
The single best book I own on this subject. Heavily leaning towards practicing Asian martial artists, the information can and should be applied more broadly.

The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
The preeminent swordfighter of Japanese history, at age sixty he sat down to write his thoughts after winning 35 duels and establishing his own school of fencing. As with any Japanese/Chinese literature, read several translations, since a single character can have several meanings. Some writers imply all or some alternate meanings, and good translators will work to include the nuances. I have the Cleary translation from Shambala Press.

Jarhead – Anthony Swofford
This is the book I read the passage from.

On Killing – Dave Grossman
Source of the Sheepdog/Wolf analogy.

33 Strategies of War – Robert Greene
Amazing sourcebook from all across classical literature. He uses all kinds of sources to illustrate the systems that win wars. Two of his other books, 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction are ones I highly recommend.

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
While specifically focusing on team or corporate leadership, Sinek’s work is good for understanding the relationships in organizations and the source of the hormones of emotion that I mentioned.

King Warrior Magician Lover – Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
A so-so book about warriorship, but a good discussion on male archetypes and how they work or fail.

The Tao of Jeet Kun Do – Bruce Lee
Any practicing martial artist needs to read this book.

Guerilla Warfare – Che Guevarra
Focuses on the relationship between a warfighter and the people he fights for. If you can set aside the politics, an excellent book. If this is your speed, follow it up with Mao Tse Tung’s book On Guerrilla Warfare.

Secrets of the Samurai – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Kooky title but a very good overview of Budo, or the Way of the Warrior in Japan.

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Probably the best book ever written on the subject.

The Last Article (short story) – Harry Turtledove
A short story in sort of an alternate history. The Nazis defeat the British and invade India, and then have to deal with Ghandi. There’s a powerful lesson here, and an easy read.

The Sword and the Mind – tr. and ed. Hirosaki Sato
This book is a translation of two of the main manuals for swordfighting in the Yagyu-ryu school, known as family-books.

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In addition I’d like to suggest three other sources. They all have Youtube channels and you might learn something from them.

First in Travis Haley, owner of Haley Strategic. He coined the phrase “higher standard of care” that I used.
Haley Strategic

Second is Chris Costa, owner of Costa Ludis training.
Costa Ludis

Third is James Yeager, owner of Tactical Response. He is the source of the comment “I don’t kill people, I protect people. In protecting people, sometimes bad guys die”.
James Yeager

 

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 13: Litha 2015

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Welcome to the 12th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. It’s Litha – Here comes the Sun!

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Within our Litha 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Workshop: Kasha presents “How to Make and Use Florida Water” from Equinox in the Oaks, 2015
  • Tarot Tips: Lady Bridget continues our exploration of the Tarot, this time speaking about Nicknames for some of the Cards.
  • Music: “Fire in the Head” by Emerald Rose, from their album, “Fire in the Head”
  • Coyote Morningstar shares his experiences with “7 Sacred Waters
  • It’ll Grow on You: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters D-F
  • Song: “Fairies Stole my Keys” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Con Suite

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 12: Beltane 2015

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Welcome to the 12th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. Get your ribbons ready – we’re celebrating Beltane!

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Within our Beltane 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Tarot Tips: Reading Intuitively: by Lady Bridget
  • The Interview: Canu interviews Heather Green, editor of The Wild Hunt
  • Music: “I Really Want to Know You” sung a capella by Lady Bridget, Sirona, and Alpandia
  • It’ll Grow on You: Medicinal Spices from your Kitchen with the letter C by Lord Riekin
  • Workshop: Amber Moon and Alpandia present “Kitchen Magic” from Equinox in the Oaks, 2015
  • Song: “Pagan Girl” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Bending Tradition

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 11.5: Equinox in the Oaks Recap

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Welcome to a special bonus episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council.

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This is a special bonus episode of Reaching for the Moon! Equinox in the Oaks is a first time festival that was held in Florida from March 12-15, 2015. In this podcast, we’ve interviewed attendees about this new festival. What are people saying about Equinox in the Oaks? Listen and find out!
(Our regular Beltane podcast will be out shortly!) ​

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 11: Ostara 2015

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Welcome to the 11th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. It’s lucky number 11 – make a wish and hit play!

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Within our Ostara 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Practical Magick – More than just a movie: by Alpandia
  • Poetry: Coming of Spring, written and read by Sirona
  • The Interview: Lady Bridget interviews Dona Pantera about Healing Touch
  • Music: “Invoking Song” by Aradia
  • It’ll Grow on You: Medicinal Spices from your Kitchen with the letters A&B with Lord Riekin
  • Book Review: Lady Bridget reviews “The Secret Science Behind Miracles” by Max Freedom Long
  • Song: “Welcome the Coming of Spring” by Aradia

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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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PCon Pie and the N00b: A first timer’s review of Pantheacon

star-pecan-pie-oh-1923461-lSo, we took the plunge and went to Pantheacon, annual Pagan gathering that takes place in the Bay Area of California at the San Jose Doubletree. It occurs annually over the President’s day holiday and is easily one of the largest American Pagan gatherings. It pulls people from as far away as Europe and Australia. The conference is sponsored by Ancient Ways (a metaphysical supply store in Oakland) and proved to be very well organized. Now in its 21st year, the conference staff and organization are both well-managed and experienced.   They were prepared for all the events with proper signage queuing, staffing- the whole bit. It’s Pagan Disney, only with Magick (the k-kind).

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EMLC Podcast: Submit Your Content!

We want YOU to be Heard!

PodcastLogoEverglades Moon is very proud of our podcast, Reaching for the Moon…  but do you know what would make it even better?

More From You!

Whether it’s a poem you’ve written, a project you’d like to share, teachings or lessons, or any other original content you have, we want to hear it! Anything from crafts to interviews, book reviews to magickal spells…We want original content – funny, newsworthy, etc. If it’s Sabbat specific or general information, we want it, too! Don’t worry if that Sabbat has already passed – we’ll save it for the appropriate podcast.

How to Submit Your Content

There’s many ways to submit your content. If you’ve got a way to record your voice, and a way to send it along, that’ll do!

Use Your Phone: Smartphones all have voice recorders. You can record your segment on your phone, then email it to our Podcast Coordinator for inclusion in our podcast.

Use a Voice Recorder: Do you have a handheld recorder? Then you already have everything you need to make an epic addition to our podcast! Record your segment, download it to your computer, then email it along.

Use a Mic and your Computer: Whether you have a hand-held microphone, a headset mic, a mic connected to your webcam, etc… you can make a recording! A great free program to use for your recording is Audacity. It will allow you to record your segment, save it, and send it along.

Tips for Podcast Submissions

  1. If you’re not using a headset mic, be sure to put the device near enough to the presenter (either you or someone you are working with) so that their voice will project towards it or over it. Speaking directly into the mic usually is too loud and distorts the sound.
  2. If you’re using a headset mic, have the microphone close enough to pick you up but far enough away to prevent those popping p’s aka “plosives”. Place the microphone slightly to the side (or above or below) your mouth so that your air is not projecting right into it.
  3. If there is a loud background noise, pause and wait a few seconds before continuing to speak. Loud noises can be edited out if there are a few isolated seconds of just that noise.
  4. If you are recording a workshop that uses lots of visual aids, give some description of those so that people listening later will still be able to make sense of what you are teaching without seeing the “picture” (as an aside – if you have these as a file, we can include them in our show notes!)
  5. If you later edit your audio file yourself, please do not add background music. If you want to add some, send it along as a separate file. This will ensure the sound quality stays consistent through the entire podcast.
  6. You CAN record on your phone! If your submission is too long to be sent, break it up into smaller files – under 8 minutes usually has no problem – and number them so they can be put back in the proper order.

When you submit your content, it’s easiest for our Podcast Coordinator to edit MP3 files. Please listen to your content to make sure it’s clear without any extra noise in the background. Background noise has made some submissions unusable, so be sure to preview your audio before submitting it.

We’re looking forward to getting your content and spotlighting you on our next Podcast! Happy Recording! Blessed be!

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