We’re now on Google Play!

google_play_logo_2015-630x247Love our podcast but don’t have iTunes or Stitcher? You’re in luck! Google Play has added podcasts to their music gallery. You can now listen to your favorite podcasts wherever you are with your Google-powered device.

And, of course, your favorite pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon, is listed there, too!

Follow This Link directly to our podcast in the Google Play store to subscribe. If you’re on your mobile device, follow the steps below:

How to Find and Subscribe to your Favorite Podcast in Google Play Music

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There’s way more you can do with podcasts inside the Google Music Play app. From managing your subscriptions to sharing your favorite episodes with your friends, you can do it all. Our friends at AndroidCentral have some step-by-step guides to help you do it all.

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 21 – Beltane 2016

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

Welcome to the 21st 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 Beltane! Spring has sprung here in Florida. The birds are prepping to head north with their babies, everything is in bloom, and it’s the perfect weather to head outside and enjoy nature.

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Within our Beltane 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Ritual Tips from Lady Bridget: 10 Tips for Writing Good Ritual
  • Music : “First Fruits” by Aradia, from her albom “Songs for All Seasons”
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Making Rice Pudding
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: How to make a Beltane Candle
  • Music: “Oak King”, adopted and sung by Canu
  • It’ll Grown on You: Lord Riekin teachs us about Pruning with the Moon
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: Participation in Ritual
  • Music : “Binding Wood” by Mama Gina from her new album titled, “I Remember Love”, available for purchase at her website MamaGina.com.

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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 Spring, but the dates are slowly starting to be posted 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

Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 12p-7pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Admission: Free with non-perishable food or clothing donation
Website: MoonPathCUUPS PPD

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

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10a-6p
Location: Savannas Recreation Area, Ft. Pierce
Admission: Free, with non-perishable food donation
Website: http://www.tcppd.org
Facebook: 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.

Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day

Date: September 18, 2016
Admission: Free, though donations are accepted to help keep the event going as well as items for their charity drives
Location: Garden Club of Jacksonville
Website: Jacksonville Pagan Pride Alliance
Facebook: Jax Pagan Pride Alliance

This family friendly event includes spiritual workshops, local non-profit and vendor booths, music, charity drives, and community rituals. Donations at this event benefit Waste Not Want Not and First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

Volusia County Pagan Pride Day

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Admission: TBA
Facebook: Volusia Pagan Pride Day


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!

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 20 – Ostara 2016

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Welcome to the 20th 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 Ostara! The days are getting longer and life is beginning to bud and bloom everywhere.

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Within our Ostara 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: “Bloom Amazing Things in your Life”
  • Music & Chants: “Hecate Crossroads Chant” written and performed by Shaylee
  • FooDoo with Qabal: “Making Sodabread”
  • Music: “Teacher” by Ginger Doss from her album “Hand and Hammer
  • It’ll Grow On You: Lord Riekin brings us Master Tonic 201: Beyond the Basics
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: Circling Up
  • Music: “We Come from Monkeys” by Emerald Rose from their album “Archives of Ages to Come

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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 19 – BONUS EPISODE!

Reaching for the Moon Podcast

We’ve got something special for you, podcast listeners – our first BONUS EPISODE! In this episode we feature a workshop which was recorded at Turning the Tide 2015, presented by Lady Bridget entitled “Touching the Past: Ancestor Altars and Workings.” Also in this episode is the song “Sing Me a Lullabye” by Aradia from her album, Songs for All Seasons, and the song “Here in the Woods” by Lady Bridget from her album, In Her Sacred Space. Follow this link to purchase In Her Sacred Space and check out the other albums by Lady Bridget.

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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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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

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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.