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 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

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! 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.

 

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