Everglades Moon Local Council

Everglades Moon Local Council, representing CoG in Florida

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

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.

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 18 – Imbolc 2016

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

Welcome to the 18th 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 Imbolc! While we’re still in Winter’s grasp, we have already noticed the days starting to grow longer…

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Within our Imbolc 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: Alpandia teaches how to add herbs and oils to candles (bringing light in for Imbolc)
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Qabal walks us through the making of scones
  • Music: “Flicker and Flame” by Mama Gina from her album “Goddess Kiss’d
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: discussing the use of technology in ritual
  • Tarot Tips: Lady Bridget talks about how to choose a tarot deck
  • It’ll Grow On You: Join Lord Riekin as we continue through medicinal uses for Kitchen Spices! This episode we look at herbs starting with the letters P, Q, R, and S
  • Music: “Turning Wheel” by Lady Bridget from her album “In Her Sacred Space

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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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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 17 – Yule 2015

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

Welcome to the 17th 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 Yule! It’s our last podcast of 2015!

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Within our Yule 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • The Interview: Lady Bridget interviews Cossette about relocating from Miami, FL to Australia, and the differences she has found
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Revealing the secret techniques and mystery behind making successful Madeleines.
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: on how to use Common Sense to survive the Holidays
  • Music: “Santa Claus is Pagan, Too” by Emerald Rose from their album “Rants and Rambles
  • It’ll Grow On You: Join Lord Riekin as we continue through medicinal uses for Kitchen Spices! This episode we look at herbs starting with the letters M, N, and O
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: cleverly incorporate spellworking into your holiday tree decorations
  • Music: “Old Ways” by Mama Gina from her album “Solitarie“.

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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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Our Philanthropic Update

Everglades Moon Puts our Money where Our Hearts Are through Donations

Everglades Moon Local Council does more than just serve as a way for the witches and pagans of Florida to connect and grow. Our members decided that we would use some of our council funds to make donations to charities around Florida. To make the most impact, charities were selected in North, South, East, and West Florida. We have been busy making people happy, making life a little easier for someone, and making friends.

Here’s where we’re upholding those who are doing great work:

Make donations to The Children's Hunger Project of Brevard County

If you follow our Facebook page, you know that EMLC members have been very involved with The Children’s Hunger Project. This organization provides food assistance to children in Brevard County in a dignified and respectful manner. Every Friday, The Children’s Hunger Project sends elementary school children home with a backpack full of food. Their plan is simple: See a hungry kid. Buy food. Feed the kid.

Everglades Moon Local Council is proud to be among the Churches and Hebrew Schools who help The Children’s Hunger Project continue to feed the children of Brevard County. In fact, when they reached out to thank us for their donation, they said they were thrilled to have a Wiccan group among their supporters!

If you are local to the Cocoa area, they are always looking for volunteers. You can also head to their site to make your own donation to help them continue to keep Brevard children fed and healthy.

Make donations to Gadsden County Human Society

We all love our pets, and so donating to a Humane Society seemed like a no brainer. Our members suggested Gadsden County Humane Society to receive a donation from us. GCHS has no source of funding other than donations. Their group consists entirely of volunteers. In fact, they don’t even have an actual facility: all animals are fostered until they can find them a home. GCHS spays and neuters the animal, and supplies all the food and health care for them until they are fostered.

Visiting their Facebook page gives you a sense of the number of animals they save and support each year. When we reached out regarding where to send our donation, they were incredibly happy to receive our assistance. If you’re looking for a Humane Society to donate to, their donation page makes it quick and simple to donate via PayPal.

Make donations to The Wild Hunt

If you are a Witch, Wiccan, Pagan, or just friends with one, chances are good you’ve seen a post or two from The Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is a daily news journal that covers news and events relating to modern Paganism, Heathenry, Polytheism, and other minority religions.

(Full Disclosure: Members of EMLC are active contributors to The Wild Hunt)

The Wild Hunt is completely community funded. Their campaign drives help cover their administration and hosting costs. With those concerns out of the way, they are able to dedicate the time and resources necessary to providing some of the best coverage of current events you’ll find.

Everglades Moon is proud to be among the Fall Funders of The Wild Hunt! If you’re looking to make your own donation to them, you’ll find the details in their FAQ.

 

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We are so proud of our West Coast Florida pagans who selected the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida to be the final recipient of donations from EMLC this year. This organization provides assistance to families and their children with heart disease. In addition, they fund medical research, education, and charitable health care for children with heart disease through local charitable initiatives and life saving mission trips.

Not only do they lend their experience in connecting hospitals with nurses, doctors, and staff to help with heart procedures, but they also provide financial help and assistance to families who cannot afford prescription medications post-surgery.

Our own Dona Pantera has participated in their annual Jamaican Mission Trip, when doctors and nurses from the US fly to Jamaica and perform life-saving surgeries on the littlest of hearts.

There are many ways that you can donate to help children born with congenital heart disease. Head over to their Donation Page to help!

Enter the Turning the Tide Wreath Contest

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Feeling crafty? In the Yuletide Spirit? Itching to make a wreath? Join us this year in our annual Turning the Tide Wreath Contest!

This year’s theme is Through the Tides. We will be working a lot with our Ancestors throughout the weekend.  How well will your wreath fit our theme?

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So break out the glue guns, the glitter and tinsel, and all those crafting supplies you’ve been gathering all year … and start wreath making!!!

Please note, if you are planning on entering the wreath contest this year, please contact Shaylee at shaylee2812 @ gmail . com or leave a comment below to make arrangements for hanging and displaying. She will also be making sure all wreaths are entered before voting begins!

As always, we will have great prizes for our contest winners.

Turning the Tide Workshop: Eating the Dead – How Plants can Teach us about our Ancestors

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We are so excited to announce the next workshop that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Eating the Dead: How Plants can Teach Us about our Ancestors

Ancestral energy runs through our genealogy, our bodies, and blood. Ancestral agreements between green bloods (the plant world) and red bloods (humans) form who we are today and by exploring ancestral foods we can learn more about those ancient agreements. This workshop will introduce basic and helpful information about working with ancestral energy in a variety of forms but especially through working with plants that have strong ties to our ancestry. By reviewing the long and magickal process of plant domestication, a complicated contract between humans and plants, we will learn tools for coming into alignment and agreement with the plants that fed the bodies of our ancestors. Those same bodies (and plants) in turn fed the earth where our ancestors lived and worked alongside plant devas. We will conclude with discussion (and feast!) of three plants that are key to common ancestral groups such as the Celtic, Native American, and West African peoples. We will contact the overarching devas of these three plants who knew and cared for our ancestors. Please bring your own bowl and utensil for the feast

Our Eating the Dead workshop will be offered by Rayna Templebee. Rayna Templebee is a daughter of the Ocean Mother and a bee priestess. She is a student of faery seership as taught by Orion Foxwood and has been an initiated Witch since 1983. The Mighty Dead keep her very busy.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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Register Today

For the 9th 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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


Turning the Tide Workshop: Connecting with the Ancestors through the Dark Goddess

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We are so excited to announce the second of the workshops that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Connecting with the Ancestors through the Dark Goddess

This workshop involves discussion and ritual to help us connect with the Ancestors through a journey to the Dark Goddess. Through a guided descent into the Underworld, the Realm of the Ancestors where the Dark Goddess reigns, participants can develop and nurture personal ancestral bonds. This is a co-ed workshop. This session is two-fold:

Discussion: How we can work with the Dark Goddess to connect with the Ancestors, and preparation for ritual.

Ritual Journey: Inspired by the Descent of Inanna, participants will descend into the Underworld, passing through three gates as they descend, and three gates during the ascent. This is a ritual of transformation. During the Descent, we are challenged at each of the three gates, and meet the Dark Mother. During the Ascent, participants will reflect upon the messages received and the gifts of the Ancestors.

This workshop is hosted by members and friends of Daughters of the Goddess (DOTG). We are a private group of women who share circles to learn, support each other, develop our craft, and to create sacred space. It is facilitated by Rhiannon Morribrid, Strix, and Jette.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here
Or Scroll down to Use our Electronic Registration Option
Register Today

For the 9th 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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


Turning the Tide 2015 Workshop: Touching the Past

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We are so excited to announce the first of the workshops that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Touching the Past: Ancestor Altars and Workings

This workshop will focus on creating and maintaining an Altar to your Ancestors, and sharing our experiences of what works for each of us. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • What makes your ancestor altar special?
  • What’s a good (or bad) place to put one?
  • How often should you work with your altar?
  • What are ideal projects to ask your Ancestors to help with?

Our Touching the Past workshop will be offered by Lady Bridget. Lady Bridget has been HPS of Witch & Famous coven for over 20 years. She practices Welsh-Celtic Witchcraft, as well as incorporates hoodoo conjure styles and Faery Seership practices into her own lifestyle.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here
Or Scroll down to Use our Electronic Registration Option
Register Today

For the 9th 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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


EMLC Welcomes New Board

Everglades Moon Local Council logoAt our annual meeting, 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 steering our Local Council through the coming year.

Major Love 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 – Lady Bridget
Second Officer – Aequitas
Membership Officer – Raven
Purse Warden – Lady Circe
Pubic Information Officer – Amber Moon & Qabal
Publications Officer – Alpandia
Recorder – Shaylee

 

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 16 – Samhain 2015

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

Welcome to the latest episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The veil thins as we turn our attentions towards Samhain.

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Within our Samhain 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • The Interview: Interview with Kasha, NFO of CoG
  • Astronomy with Aequitas: Scorpio and Sagittarius
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: How to make Samhain Candles
  • Music: “Autumn in Asheville” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Archives of Ages to Come”
  • It’ll Grow on You!: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters H through L
  • Lord Coyote Morningstar shares his thoughts on Ancestor Prayer and Altar Setup
  • Music: “We Do Not Die” by Ginger Doss and Velvet Hammer, from their album, “Best of Pagan Song”
  • FooDoo: Qabal teaches us how to make Yogurt
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: where she discusses Accomidations
  • Music: “Summerland” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Fire in the Head”

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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!

Blessed be! We are EMLC, and We are CoG!


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