Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

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

EMLC Podcast – Episode 11: Ostara 2015

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

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!

EMLC Podcast: Episode 10 – Imbolc 2015

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Imbolc episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! We’re very excited to share this episode with you. While the rest of the US is under blankets of snow and ice, down here in Florida we’re celebrating with slightly warmer weather. It’s a time of growth and energy down our way. We’re outside more enjoying the cooler weather, and our air is filled with the smells of blooming plants and flowers. Big thanks to everyone in Everglades Moon Local Council for contributing and sharing with us, and to members of CoG National who also contributed to our little podcast. In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona & Lady Bridget
  • How to Use a Pendulum by Alpandia
  • Poetry: Shaylee of EMLC’s own Beachfyre Coven shares a poem she wrote entitled “She Awakens”
  • The Interview: Lady Bridget interviews Lord Orion Foxwood on his book, “The Flame in the Cauldron” published by Weiser books. Learn more about Lord Orion at his website, OrionFoxwood.com
  • Tarot Tips: The Court Cards: by Lady Bridget
  • Poetry: Lady Pythia of Midwest Regional Local Council shares her poem, “Below Starlight”
  • Music: Lady Bridget sings “Winter Vision”, from the album “In Her Sacred Space”. This album is available at LadyBridget.com

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! If you are a Stitcher user, you can listen right in your app!

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! And if you’re on Instagram, be sure to follow us there, too!

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 9 – Yule

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Yule episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! The Goddess gives birth to the new Sun God. All of nature is quiet and contemplative. It’s as if the world drew in a breath and is waiting to exhale. 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
  • La Befana Alpandia treats us to a story about La Befana and Her origins
  • Music: Lord Coyote Morning star sings “Hark! The Panpipes!”, an original Yuletide song by Mike Goettee
  • Workshop: Aequitas provides an Astrology lesson on the Fixed Stars and how to capture their energies for magical use.
  • Music: Carolers from Turning the Tide 2014 sing “Moon of Silver
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: Alpandia teaches us how to make Galaxy Globes to decorate our Yule Trees
  • It’ll Grow On You: Lord Riekin teaches us about Mulling spices
  • Music: Lady Bridget sings “Yule in the Twilight”, from the album “Voices of the Goddess”. This album is available at LadyBridget.com

Aequitas has provided this in-depth hand-out as part of his workshop. Click this link to download and view the hand-out.  In addition, 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! And if you’re on Instagram, be sure to follow us there, too!

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!

Celebrate Spring Equinox at Equinox in the Oaks

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Equinox in the Oaks is a new Earth-centered, ethically-focused, family-affirming Pagan festival starting at the Spring Equinox of 2015. This festival will be held March 12-14, 2015 in beautiful Volusia County. Organized by several members of Everglades Moon LC, and other CoG members, this 3-day festival will definitely be one to add to your “cannot miss” list!

Head over to the Equinox in the Oaks planning site to stay in the know about this upcoming event. Be sure to like them on Facebook, and Follow them on Twitter, to get all the latest news!

We cannot wait to celebrate Equinox in the Oaks!

Covenant of the Goddess Releases Statement on Recent Violent Events and Racial Inequality

Covenant of the GoddessCovenant of the  Goddess released a statement about recent violent events and racial inequality.

We, the members of the Covenant, acknowledge and share the concern that many in our world and within our Pagan communities have voiced regarding inequalities in justice. We find that all life is sacred, and as such, all lives matter.

Today, we the members of the Covenant especially stand together with the people who are not privileged by race and class and say to you: Your life matters. We stand with you and work alongside you in ending the systems that disenfranchise you. We encourage and support all efforts by those within our communities to explore the realities of racial inequality and to work to find ways to eliminate these injustices. We hope this will create a wave of introspection and reflection throughout our world, bringing about new levels of understanding and an appreciation for the unique expression of the Sacred we each embody. We stand together with communities seeking nonviolent means of safety and reform, for the unnecessary harm of any person is an affront to the Sacred and is in contrast to our central ethical tenet: An it harm none, do what ye will. May the work we do together today create a peaceful and just tomorrow.

For more information on ways that members of Covenant of the Goddess are working to make their communities better for all, please visit the CoG Blog, which chronicles the work of the Covenant as a whole, as well as individual councils. You can also connect directly with Covenant of the Goddess at their Website or Facebook Page.

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.