Reflections on Merry Meet

EMLC’s own Cat Perron, who will be serving the Covenant as National Membership Officer on the National Board from 2014-2015, provides us with her reflections on this year’s Merry Meet and Grand Council.  This year’s Merry Meet was held in Atlanta, GA, and our gracious hosts Dogwood Local Council, did an amazing job!

My first Merry Meet was fabulous!  Particularly because I had one of my BFFs, Deborah, with me.

Where do I start?

On Thursday, The Leadership Institute was not only informative, with various people in leadership roles from different faiths, it was in a gorgeous setting:  the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  We had a lovely walk through the wooded areas surrounded by trees and wildlife on our way to the meeting.  All the people involved do really wonderful work on behalf of their paths AND interfaith issues.

Friday had some wonderful workshops:  the medicinal uses of mushrooms (amazing!), Shamanic Trance Work (my favorite—I met a dolphin!), and Sacred Dance (fun!), to name a few.  Plus I was glad to get more information on the Faerie Seership in Canu’s informative class.  The food was very good as well, particularly some of the desserts (the pecan pie came in HUGE pieces!).  I also attended part of the Grand Council meetings, particularly since I was up for NMO.  When I went up to talk/answer questions there was much friendly jesting, like “Are you SURE you want to do this?” etc. and since I was unopposed, I got stuck . . . I mean, I have the privilege of being the next CoG NMO.

I also got to hear all about the NEXT Merry Meet!  Selena Fox was wonderful as the keynote speaker at Friday night’s dinner, she speaks so clearly and succinctly and has such positive energy as well.  And did I spend more money than I had intended with the vendors?  Of course I did!  I think it is a tradition.  I got a couple of lovely wish balls, a gorgeous poppet, a beautiful ebony wand (and got to meet the engaging and adorable Gypsy Teague!) plus some toiletries from our own Christina Wilson.  Oh, and I got a copy of “How to Become a Witch” by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K signed by both of them!

Finally, the masquerade part was a blast!  Although we were told it was masks only, most people came with the most interesting and creative costumes:  a little steampunk, a little Game of Thrones with some beautiful masks, too.  Canu looked particularly handsome in his suit and top hat with a black swirly mask and Sirona was lovely with rhinestones in her hair and a beautifully done makeup job—she just “painted” her mask on her face.  There was lots of laughing, group dancing and singing along with the music.  Yes, a good time WAS had by all, but particularly—me!

Covenant of the Goddess establishes an educational Abuse Advisory Committee

Covenant of the GoddessNEWS OUT OF GRAND COUNCIL: During Grand Council, 2014, Covenant of the Goddess established an Abuse Advisory Committee to “advise, educate, and support the Covenant on issues of physical and sexual violence.” The new committee will consist of members who have professional expertise and training in this field.

The primary duties of the committee “include the provision of education to COG members on issues of abuse, consultation to the National Board when needed, and consultation to COG coven and solitary members when their community is impacted by physical or sexual violence.”

For more information about the formation of this committee, it’s goals and members, please visit the Covenant’s NPIO blog!

Turning the Tide 2013 – Workshop Listings!

Turning the Tide 2013 Workshop List Announced!


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There is always an exciting array of workshops offered at our Turning the Tide Yule celebration, and this year is no different! Our cups runneth over with informative and fun workshops for our Tides participants. Here’s a brief glimpse at what’s in store. Head over to our workshops page for a full description of each one.


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Water and the Well of Mimir ~ Presented by Ash the Silent

Explore the role that Water and the Well of Mimir plays in the Northern Tradition. Meet the Norns, the 3 guardians of this scared well, The World Tree, whose roots drink from the Well, and find out why Odin sacrificed his eye to the Well. – Read More!


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The Old Ones Let Us Sing To Them: Ritual Invocations and Chants ~ Presented by Canu

Come and learn how to create this basic element of ritual so you can inspire your Gods and ritual attendees! – Read More!


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Fae Lines and Family Lines: Exploring our Ancestral Seers ~ Presented by Rayna

This roundtable discussion will explore the intersection of our ancestors and our fae companions.- Read More!


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Faery Seer Breath with Coyote and the FL Branch of House of Brigh ~ Presented by Coyote Morningstar

This workshop is an introduction to the principles and language of Faery Seership, which inspires the Main Ritual. – Read More!


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Enhancing Your Magical Practice with Astrology ~ Presented by Aequitas

We will explore how you can use the art of astrological timing to aid your magical spellwork and rituals. – Read More!


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The Care and Watering of your Tree of Life ~ Presented by Sage

Like Chakras, The Tree of Life is used to represent the way energy flows from the divine, through our bodies, and out into the world around us. – Read More!


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Tokens, Amulets and Signs ~ Presented by Spelcastor

Good luck, bad luck, any luck at all? What do we do to bring good fortune to ourselves and others? Come and share that which is not a deep, dark secret. – Read More!


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Coven Craft ~ Presented by Minos Ceos

This workshop will focus on sharing ideas about how to form and grow covens. Come and join us for a constructive and open dialogue. – Read More!


EMLC Podcast: Episode 6 – Samhain

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Samhain episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! As the veil thins and the energies shift towards winter, we go a bit more introspective this time around. Big thanks to everyone in Everglades Moon Local Council for contributing and sharing with us. In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Changes  How the change of Seasons is Unique to Florida, by Lady Bridget
  • Invocations : Invocation to Dis and Umbria by Alpandia
  • Book Review:  A review of Christian Day’s “The Witch’s Book of the Dead” by Kasha
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin discusses uses of Ginger, Horseradish and Molasses
  • Wordsmithing:  Raven read “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Workshop: Part 1 of Skip Kent’s Rootwork Workshop from the 1st Annual Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival
  • Music: Sink Down, by Aradia, from Songs for All Seasons

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! We’ll be live tweeting from Turning the Tide 2013. If you’re there, use #TTT2013 to be included in our discussion!

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!

Turning the Tide 2013 Registration Now Open!


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EMLC is happy to announce that registration for Turning the Tide, 2013, is now OPEN!! Head over to the Turning the Tide information page to download the registration form.  This weekend of Yuletide bliss will be held Friday, December 6-Sunday, December 8.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY MAMA GINA!!!!

We are also so excited to announce that Turning the Tide 2013 will feature a special concert by Mama Gina. If you attended the Florida Summer Solstice festival this past year at Lake Okeechobee, you heard her perform! Her performance is INCLUDED with your registration fee! Head over to her website to sample the amazing music you’ll be treated to at TTT.

Take advantage of our early registration rate!!

REGISTER TODAY FOR ONLY $45

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
  • Entrance to a Special Concert by Mama Gina

As always, 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 15th!

CoG News: New Board and Successful Grand Council

Covenant of the GoddessThe 2013 Covenant of the Goddess Grand Council in Salem, MA has now come and gone.  Many EMLC’ers were able to make it up for the event and represent the great state of Florida (and the great Witches and Wiccans who call it home)!

For those who do not know, Grand Council is when the members of Covenant of the Goddess get together to do the Covenant’s work. It’s when budgets are decided upon, bylaws are reviewed, proposals are made, and a new board is chosen.  The new board will be sworn in for their term starting at Samhain. The 2013-2014 Board Is:

Kasha Lezon – National First Officer (Everglades Moon LC)
Lady Mehurt – National Second Officer (Dogwood LC)
Lady Bridget – National Membership Officer (EvergladesMoon LC)
Lady Emrys – National Recorder (Hills and Rivers LC)
Garth Garrett – National Pursewarden (National Solitary)
Jennifer Bennett – National Correspondence Officer (Weavers LC)
Lady Miraselena – National Public Information Officer (Dogwood LC)
Jack Pewett – National Publications Officer (Touchstone LC)

The 2013-2014 CoG National Board
The 2013-2014 CoG National Board

We’d like to extend a huge EMLC CONGRATULATIONS to this new board, and a giant THANK YOU to the outgoing board.  To the new board, may your hands be deft, your minds be clear and your hearts be compassionate. To the outgoing board, thank you for your kind service to the Covenant. To all, may Coventina bless you!

EMLC would also like to send a big THANK YOU to Weavers LC, who put on a fabulous Grand Council! Congrats on a job well done! And, of course, a big Moonie THANKS to those Florida witches who trecked up to Witch City USA to represent us.  We love you guys!

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2013 EMLC’ers at Grand Council

If you missed it, and want to learn more about what happened during Grand Council in Salem, our National Public Information Officer provided an in-depth write-up for our friends at The Wild Hunt.  Head over to their site via this link to read her thoughts (spoiler alert: she had a blast!).

SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s Merry Meet and Grand Council will be in Atlanta, GA, hosted by Dogwood LC.  It will be held August 21-24th. See you there!

EMLC Podcast: Episode 5 – Lammas

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Lammas (or Lughnassadh) episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! We’ve got so many exciting things to share with you this go-round. It’s a veritable cornucopia of information and contributions!! As our Local Council continues to share with us, we continue to share them with you! In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • SAVE THE DATE! Turning the Tide 2013 will be Dec 6-Dec 8!
  • Music: Live music by Mama Gina from the Summer Solstice Festival
  • Pagan Parenting: How to talk about religion with your child’s new teacher
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: Pretty Lammas candles for your altar
  • It’ll Grow on You: Lord Riekin discusses uses of Cayenne Pepper and Garlic
  • News from EMLC: CoG’s Upcoming Grand Council – see you there! Follow us on our @EMLCTweets twitter with #GrandCouncil2013
  • Music: Riekin’s Brew, by Lady Bridget
  • Interview: An interview with Amber Moon of Officers of Avalon
  • Workshop: Part 2 of Kasha’s Money workshop, Candle Magic!
  • Music: Magical Child, by Lady Bridget

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! We’re LIVE TWEETING Grand Council 2013 live from SALEM this year!  If you’re there, use #GrandCouncil2013 to be included in our discussion!

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 Podcast: Episode 4 – Litha

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Litha episode of EMLC’s pagan podcast, Reaching for the Moon! We’ve got so many exciting things to share with you this go-round. The contributions from many members of our amazing Local Council continue to come in, and we continue to share them with you! In this episode you’ll find:

  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • Sharing Our Traditions – Sirona shares a lovely way that many of our EMLC witches celebrate Litha by singing up the Sun on the Beach
  • Music: Earth and Ocean, by Aradia
  • It’ll Grow On You – our herb segment by Lord Riekin.  With summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to discuss the many uses of Aloe Vera! It’s not just for burns!
  • Music: Apollo, by Lady Bridget
  • A Crafty Sabbat – project by Alpandia – making your own Faery Star
  • Music: Hail, Mananan by Lord Coyote Morningstar
  • In the News – Sirona recaps all the latest pagan news, including the latest with regards to the Freemasons and Wiccans, and Kyrja Withers, as well as the protests against an upcoming Summer Solstice festival!
  • Poetry: Priestess by Lord Gwydion
  • Workshop: We present Part One of Kasha’s Money workshop from FPG Beltane
  • Closing by Sirona
  • Music: Conjuring the Summer In, by Aradia

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!

Update on Kyrja Withers – She Did It!

For those of you who do not know who Kyrja Withers is, she is a Pagan Author who has been the subject of multiple attacks against her home.  We have previously discussed the situation and how you can help.

She recently started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds to install a security system at her home – in part to dissuade future attacks, but in case they occur, to document them.  We are so happy to report that she has not only met, but SURPASSED the goal she set! Way to go, good guys!  She has asked that people stop contributing to the fund, as she had a goal and met it.

Kyrja was also interviewed by ABCActionNews in Tampa with regards to the attacks on her. There is a $200 reward currently posted for information leading to identifying who is responsible for these attacks.

For those concerned that local police may not have been taking this situation seriously, Detective Greg Williams hopes to put those fears to rest, saying, “They are really good people and they don’t deserve to be treated like this. We are going to do whatever we can to prevent anything further from happening.”

You can watch the interview with Kyrja from ABCAction News here:

Update on Kyrja Withers – What You Can Do

As you might remember from our posting last week, there’s been a series of attacks on the home of Kyrja Withers, a Pagan Author who lives in New Port Richey, FL.  We provided a few ways that you could help.  Recently, a new way to help has been added and we believe you’d like to know about it!

Kyrja has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money to help purchase and install a security system for her home.  This will not only give the family confidence and security, but should help deter future attacks (or, if ones occur, document the people who commit these crimes).  If you’re unfamiliar with IndieGoGo, they are very similar to KickStarter, which is a crowdfunding site. Instead of one person giving a lot of money, a lot of people contributing a little money can help make things happen.  For as little as $1.00, you can help make Kyrja’s home just a little more secure.  Click the button below to head over to IndieGoGo and help out!

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