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
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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 25 – Mabon 2016

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

Welcome to the 25th 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 Mabon! We’re celebrating the fruits of the second harvest. The seasons continue to change and we can feel the approaching Samhaintide.

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Within our Mabon 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • FooDoo: with Qabal, where we learn how to make “Tarte Tatin” a French apple pastry desert
  • Music: “Hummingbirds” by Mama Gina, from her album “Goddess Kissed
  • How To: a discussion between Lord Riekin and Lady Bridget about Keeping Bees
  • Music : “Rage of the Butterfly” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Sunwise.

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The lovely music between our segments 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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Registration is Now Open for Turning the Tide 2016

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Everglades Moon is excited to be holding our 10th annual Yuletide Celebration – Turning the Tide! This year we will be spending Yule in the Twilight. This year is all about how the seasons turn in Florida, and what it means to take part in a South Florida Yuletide.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th, 2016

This three-day celebration will feature an array of workshops as well as rituals by members of EMLC. You’ve never seen a Yule rite quite like what we’ve got planned. There will be more rituals, drumming, workshops, fun, and so much more. We will have our annual drawing for witchie goodies… and more surprises to be announced! Remember to plan your donation of an unwrapped toy.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

Use the registration form below to reserve your spot. We look forward to sharing sacred space with you in the woods of South Miami! Your registration fees include:

  • Cabin or Tent Space
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Admission to all workshops
  • Opening, Closing, and Main Ritual
  • Pot-Luck dinner Saturday
  • Drumming

REGISTER BY CHECK OR ONLINE BELOW!

Click here to download this year’s registration form and send in your registration payment via check. Registrations must be postmarked by December 2nd! You can also register below using our online form and pay with your aypal account. Register yourself, your friends, your kids, your coven – all on one form.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES

November 25th: Last day of Early Bird pricing. Be sure to register before Thanksgiving to save $25 per registration!
December 2nd: All mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than December 2nd to be accepted
December 7th: Registration closes

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Adult Early Bird show details + $55.00 (USD)  
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November 26, 2016
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November 26, 2016

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 24 – Lughnasaadh 2016

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Welcome to the 24rd 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 Lughansaadh! We’ve been watching the fruits of the first harvest flowing in and enjoying seeing the pictures of the vegetables our favorite witches are growing.

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Within our Lughansaadh 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Music: “A Contest of Whiskeys” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Emerald Unearthed
  • Tarot Tips : Lady Bridget offers advice on how to choose a spread
  • FooDoo: where Qabal instructs us on making Elotes and Granita
  • Music: “Goddess Walking” by Mama Gina, from her album “Solitare
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: discussing getting inebriated at festivals
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin teaches us about Nervine Tea
  • Music : “Warrior” by Ginger Doss, from her album “From Love to Love.

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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 the middle of Summer, but we’re updating the information 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

September 24, 2016
12p-7pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Free with non-perishable food or clothing donation
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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

October 15, 2016
10a-6p
Savannas Recreation Area, Ft. Pierce
Free, with non-perishable food donation
http://www.tcppd.org
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RSVP for 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. Interested in vending? Click here for the vendor application!

Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day

September 18, 2016
Free, though donations are accepted to help keep the event going as well as items for their charity drives
Garden Club of Jacksonville
Website: Jacksonville Pagan Pride Alliance
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RSVP for the Jacksonville PPD Event!

Festivities include educational workshops and demonstrations, local vendors, music, Pagan covens and groups, local nonprofit organizations, charity drives, silent auctions, and more! Event is both indoors and outdoors, flowing from the ballroom to the beautiful fountain courtyard. Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day is aimed to provide a safe and fun environment to help spread accurate information about earth-based religions, build community, support local charities, and aid in activism of Paganism and religious tolerance. For those that are of a Pagan religion, it helps to foster your identity and provide educational and community sources of support and guidance. For others, this event helps you to better understand your Pagan family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. It is locally coordinated by Sanctuary: Realms of Spiritual Growth, an open Pagan group.

Volusia County Pagan Pride Day

Saturday, October 8, 2016
10am-4pm
Ormond UU Church, 55 N. Halifax Drive
Free with a food donation or donation of pet food/items.
Volusia Pagan Pride Day

Join the wonderful pagans of Volusia County during their Pagan Pride Day celebration! Enjoy a day of workshops and venders with a Harvest Ritual to follow. In the area? Why not be a vendor, or share some knowledge by presenting a workshop?! Click here to email VCPPD directly!


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!

EMLC: Our Year In Review

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Right after Grand Council last year, our local Pagan Pride Days “season” started.  We had booths and gave out information at several of those across the state, including Fort Lauderdale and Treasure Coast.  EMLC members organize and run the Treasure Coast Pagan Pride at the Savanah’s Preserve in Fort Pierce.  We will again have booths and give out information at those this year, and hopefully also have a presence at Jacksonville’s Pagan Pride Day as well. Florida is a large state, and our goal is to have a presence at as many Pagan Pride Days as we can.

TTT2015_SaveTheDate_BlackEMLC also continues to hold our annual Turing the Tides, which is a 3 day event in Miami at the beginning of December.  Last year was our 9th year.  We are very excited that this year coming up will be our 10th year doing this event. Each year participants also bring toys for the toy drive, and last year’s toy drive was donated to “Amigos for Kids”.  They told us later that they had actually run out of toys, but when they got our donation, they were able to call back one of the organizations that had been turned down and were able to give out toys to 50 more children – all because of our donation.

Besides toy donations, EMLC is proud to be able to donate to a number of other local charities as well.  Last year, some of our members participated in the Children’s Hunger Project and EMLC also donated to the Children’s Hunger Project.   In addition, we have donated to the Wild Hunt, St. Francis Animal Hospital, Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, Gadsden County Humane Society and the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida.

honorflightKasha and Diana participated in the Parliament of Worlds Religions last year and Diana was honored to be one of the performers in the “Goddess Alive! A Ritual with Masks” which was presented there.

Two of our members were also chosen to accompany “Honor Flights”, which take Veterans to Washington, DC to attend ceremonies there to honor them. It is a moving experience for all who are privileged to attend.

Last year our annual meeting was held at a seaside park in Melbourne Fl, where we had a potluck and cookout.  Highlights of the meetings included seeing dolphins swimming out in the ocean, as well as many curious squirrels who tried to get some of the potluck for themselves.

Each year we hold an annual retreat for our members to gather and just spend some time in each other’s company and relax.  This time one of our members offered her vacation home in Elijay, GA for us to stay in.  Highlights included visiting local falls, and sampling locally made homegrown beef and handmade ice cream.

We are also very excited that one of our member covens, Spiraling Heart, has just had reached their 25th year as of Litha.  Many congratulations to them!

rftm_album_artOur Podcast, “Reaching for the Moon” has just released Episode 24 for Lughnasaadh. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do so in iTunes or Stitcher.  Our podcast is one way to reach new people and anyone can contribute by sending Lady Bridget your recording.  We welcome contributions!

Our Facebook following and website visits continue to grow,  and our podcast gets residual listens even to the old episodes, so we know that once folks are finding us, they are liking what they see and hear.

As you can tell, Everglades Moon Local Council is a thriving and vital part of this organization and we are very proud of our members and their many contributions and accomplishments.
Thank you and blessed be!

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!

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