Red Hills Pagan Council Presents “Magic in the Movies”

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Don your Halloween glamour, stroll down the red carpet and smile for the cameras at the 15th Annual Witches’ Ball, “Magic in the Movies!” This year’s Ball, sponsored by the Red Hills Pagan Council (RHPC), will be Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the American Legion Hall, 229 Lake Ella Drive, from 8PM to 12:30AM.

Lose yourself in celluloid dreams with iconic images of stardom, from Bela Lugosi to Bette Midler. And you just might get some “terrible thrills” – all for a good cause! Over the past four years, the RHPC has forged a beneficial alliance with Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization which36428_138017366216496_578341_n is dedicated to the rescue of dogs (and cats!) from abuse, abandonment or other dire circumstances, and placing them in caring, adoptive homes. Continuing this partnership, a portion of the Ball’s proceeds will be donated to support the work of Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue. Representatives from Big Dog will be on hand at the Ball to answer questions about their program and adoptions. For more information, go to www.bigdogrescue.com

Headlining this year is local favorite, Public Address, a three-piece rock band with a wide range of very danceable musical offerings, including current hits as well as old classics. The evening’s festivities will also include all the fun you’ve come to expect: 50-50 drawing, psychic readers, silent auction and a “clandestine” costume contest – anonymous judges roam the room and hand out prizes to adults and children. Additional entertainment will be provided by Arabian Flair, a modern belly dance company that provides a variety of artful and sophisticated dance entertainment, from classic Middle Eastern to contemporary belly dance.

Light fare will be provided inside the Legion Hall. For those with Brando-sized appetites, chef Rebecca Kelly’s Street Chefs food truck will be outside.

Doors open at 8PM. Tickets are $13 at the door; $10 in advance at Athena’s Garden in Railroad Square; Stone Age in the Centre of Tallahassee; and online at www.redhillspagans.org. Children under 12 are free!

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Foodoo: Making Whole Wheat Bread

In the Mabon 2015 episode of our podcast, Reaching for the Moon, Qabal shares the magic of whole wheat bread with us. We’re happy to share the recipe so that you can make your own foodoo at home!

Biga

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon of yeast

This is combined and let to proof at room temperature for 24 hours.  Room temperature means 70-72 degrees.  If you keep things warmer, you can partially proof at room temperature and then move to fridge overnight.

Soaker

  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ – ½ cup of wheat germ (depending on your taste)
  • 2 cups of whole milk (you can use soy milk if it is not flavored with other thinks like vanilla)

This is combined and kneaded and let sit overnight.

Final Dough

  • 2 Tablespoons of instant yeast
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter  (vegan margarine is the substitution)
  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of a thick sweetener (honey, molasses – honey is better but I use Maple Syrup more often than honey or molasses)
  • 4 teaspoons of salt (by salt, this means table salt not kosher salt)

Baking temperature reminder is preheat oven to 400F then drop to 350F.  Don’t forget the water.

The finished bread will last about three days before it starts to dry.  Remember, your bread has no preservatives-  so it’s shelf life is shorter.

Enjoy!

Check out the process below. Click on any picture to see it larger!

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 15 – Mabon 2015

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Welcome to the 15th 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!

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Within our Mabon 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Astronomy with Aequitas: “Mabon and Libra”
  • It’ll Grow on You: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters G
  • Music: “Three More Drops” by Emerald Rose, from their album, “Archives of Ages to Come”
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee who discussed Pagan Standard Time and how it impacts rituals and gatherings
  • Qabal brings us Foodoo, all about making wheat bread
  • Music: “I am Plenty” by Crow Women, from their album, “Crow Goddess”
  • Workshop: Cat brings us the Magick of Teas, inspired by her workshop at Turning the Tide 2014
  • Music: “May the Circle Be Open” by Crow Women

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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 14: Lughnassadh 2015

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Welcome to the 14th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. As we honor the sacrifice of the Warrior God, Lugh, we’ve got a special treat for you!

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Our Lughnassadh podcast features the workshop, “The Warrior’s Mindset” presented by Edward G. Rickey during Equinox in the Oaks. We’ve been saving this workshop especially for this episode since this is the time of year that we honor the Warrior Gods.

We’ve broken up the workshop with some great music, including:

  • “Gwydion’s Song to Lieu” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Archives of Ages Past”
  • “We Won’t Sleep Tonight” by Crow Women, whose music can be found at their website

You can learn more about Edward Rickey at his blog, Jet Black Wings. He also generously provided us with a resource list if you are interested in learning more about the Warrior Way:

Living the Martial Way – Forrest E. Morgan
The single best book I own on this subject. Heavily leaning towards practicing Asian martial artists, the information can and should be applied more broadly.

The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
The preeminent swordfighter of Japanese history, at age sixty he sat down to write his thoughts after winning 35 duels and establishing his own school of fencing. As with any Japanese/Chinese literature, read several translations, since a single character can have several meanings. Some writers imply all or some alternate meanings, and good translators will work to include the nuances. I have the Cleary translation from Shambala Press.

Jarhead – Anthony Swofford
This is the book I read the passage from.

On Killing – Dave Grossman
Source of the Sheepdog/Wolf analogy.

33 Strategies of War – Robert Greene
Amazing sourcebook from all across classical literature. He uses all kinds of sources to illustrate the systems that win wars. Two of his other books, 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction are ones I highly recommend.

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
While specifically focusing on team or corporate leadership, Sinek’s work is good for understanding the relationships in organizations and the source of the hormones of emotion that I mentioned.

King Warrior Magician Lover – Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
A so-so book about warriorship, but a good discussion on male archetypes and how they work or fail.

The Tao of Jeet Kun Do – Bruce Lee
Any practicing martial artist needs to read this book.

Guerilla Warfare – Che Guevarra
Focuses on the relationship between a warfighter and the people he fights for. If you can set aside the politics, an excellent book. If this is your speed, follow it up with Mao Tse Tung’s book On Guerrilla Warfare.

Secrets of the Samurai – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Kooky title but a very good overview of Budo, or the Way of the Warrior in Japan.

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Probably the best book ever written on the subject.

The Last Article (short story) – Harry Turtledove
A short story in sort of an alternate history. The Nazis defeat the British and invade India, and then have to deal with Ghandi. There’s a powerful lesson here, and an easy read.

The Sword and the Mind – tr. and ed. Hirosaki Sato
This book is a translation of two of the main manuals for swordfighting in the Yagyu-ryu school, known as family-books.

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In addition I’d like to suggest three other sources. They all have Youtube channels and you might learn something from them.

First in Travis Haley, owner of Haley Strategic. He coined the phrase “higher standard of care” that I used.
Haley Strategic

Second is Chris Costa, owner of Costa Ludis training.
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Third is James Yeager, owner of Tactical Response. He is the source of the comment “I don’t kill people, I protect people. In protecting people, sometimes bad guys die”.
James Yeager

 

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 13: Litha 2015

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Welcome to the 12th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. It’s Litha – Here comes the Sun!

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Within our Litha 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Workshop: Kasha presents “How to Make and Use Florida Water” from Equinox in the Oaks, 2015
  • Tarot Tips: Lady Bridget continues our exploration of the Tarot, this time speaking about Nicknames for some of the Cards.
  • Music: “Fire in the Head” by Emerald Rose, from their album, “Fire in the Head”
  • Coyote Morningstar shares his experiences with “7 Sacred Waters
  • It’ll Grow on You: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters D-F
  • Song: “Fairies Stole my Keys” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Con Suite

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 12: Beltane 2015

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Welcome to the 12th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. Get your ribbons ready – we’re celebrating Beltane!

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Within our Beltane 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Tarot Tips: Reading Intuitively: by Lady Bridget
  • The Interview: Canu interviews Heather Green, editor of The Wild Hunt
  • Music: “I Really Want to Know You” sung a capella by Lady Bridget, Sirona, and Alpandia
  • It’ll Grow on You: Medicinal Spices from your Kitchen with the letter C by Lord Riekin
  • Workshop: Amber Moon and Alpandia present “Kitchen Magic” from Equinox in the Oaks, 2015
  • Song: “Pagan Girl” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Bending Tradition

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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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EMLC Podcast – Episode 11.5: Equinox in the Oaks Recap

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Welcome to a special bonus episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council.

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This is a special bonus episode of Reaching for the Moon! Equinox in the Oaks is a first time festival that was held in Florida from March 12-15, 2015. In this podcast, we’ve interviewed attendees about this new festival. What are people saying about Equinox in the Oaks? Listen and find out!
(Our regular Beltane podcast will be out shortly!) ​

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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.

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EMLC Podcast – Episode 11: Ostara 2015

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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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