Covenant of the Goddess Releases Statement on Recent Violent Events and Racial Inequality

Covenant of the GoddessCovenant of the  Goddess released a statement about recent violent events and racial inequality.

We, the members of the Covenant, acknowledge and share the concern that many in our world and within our Pagan communities have voiced regarding inequalities in justice. We find that all life is sacred, and as such, all lives matter.

Today, we the members of the Covenant especially stand together with the people who are not privileged by race and class and say to you: Your life matters. We stand with you and work alongside you in ending the systems that disenfranchise you. We encourage and support all efforts by those within our communities to explore the realities of racial inequality and to work to find ways to eliminate these injustices. We hope this will create a wave of introspection and reflection throughout our world, bringing about new levels of understanding and an appreciation for the unique expression of the Sacred we each embody. We stand together with communities seeking nonviolent means of safety and reform, for the unnecessary harm of any person is an affront to the Sacred and is in contrast to our central ethical tenet: An it harm none, do what ye will. May the work we do together today create a peaceful and just tomorrow.

For more information on ways that members of Covenant of the Goddess are working to make their communities better for all, please visit the CoG Blog, which chronicles the work of the Covenant as a whole, as well as individual councils. You can also connect directly with Covenant of the Goddess at their Website or Facebook Page.

Giving Back: EMLC at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members Lady Circe and Kasha participated in the second annual Children’s Hunger Summit in Brevard County FL . This was an Interfaith event aimed at educating clergy about the pediatric hunger problem in this Central Florida county, and this project to provide meals for kids to take home on weekends.

EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children's Hunger Project
EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members have supported this program with donations and manhours to pack the meals in the past year, and plan to continue being involved with the project.  For more information, please visit the Children’s Hunger Project site.

First Treasure Coast Pagan Pride a Success!

The first Pagan Pride Day on the Treasure Coast took place Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Fort Pierce, FL. Clouds loomed early in the day during setup, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the staff volunteers or their organizer, Kathy Lezon. “I was confident we would have a great event, rain or shine, but I’m grateful that Mother Nature granted us bright sun and constant breeze,” said Lezon after the event.

125 people came and enjoyed the beautiful scenery provided by The Savannas Recreation Area, while shopping at various vendors and getting to speak with representatives of local Pagan groups. Pagan DJ, Jerry J. also known as The Ragin’ Pagan, provided a great mix of Pagan music during the event.

A ritual by Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship started the day and a later Harvest Ritual was presented by the staff of Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day. Workshops included Oghams: Reading the Staves, Poppets: Not Your Grandma’s Voodoo Dolls, and an Introduction to Polytheistic Practice.

A midday concert by Mama Gina was a huge hit with the audience singing along to songs like “Ruby” and “Cerridwen’s Cauldron”.  The kids enjoyed a bounce house, crafts, and “Hippy” the Clown.

Mama Gina performs at the first Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day
Mama Gina performs at the first Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day

The Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization whose aims are to promote understanding of Paganism, support various charities, and bring Pagan communities closer together. The first ever Pagan Pride Day was held on September 19, 1998. There are now over 1000 Pagan Pride Days in the United States, and almost 50 international events.

Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day also hosted a food drive for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, and collected 165lbs of food. Most Pagan Pride Days host a food drive for delivery to a local food bank or animal shelter.

More information about the Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day can be found at http://www.tcppd.org, Facebook and Twitter.

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!

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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EMLC Podcast: Episode 3 – Beltane 2013

PodcastLogoWelcome to the Beltane 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:

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Lord Orion Foxwood, author of Candle at the Crossroads, the Tree of Enchantment, and The Faery Teachings
  • An Introduction by Sirona
  • A Heart-Felt Interview with Lord Orion Foxwood on his Conjure teachings and his new book, Candle and the Crossroads
  • A quick Beltane Haiku
  • A peek at what went on at the annual EMLC retreat, with a Beltane-appropriate Song in Progress *wink*
  • Sharing Our Traditions – Kasha, of Circle of the Moonlit Sea, shares a Beltane story from her tradition.
  • It’ll Grow On You – our herb segment by Lord Riekin. He discusses Vitex – which you might known as Chaste Tree or Monk’s Pepper – and how its uses may apply to the season of Beltane.
  • In the News – Sirona discusses the recent series of attacks on Pagan Author Kirja Withers
  • A Crafty Sabbat project by Alpandia – making your own Maypole.
  • Closing by Sirona
  • Music: Jump the Fire, by Lady Bridget

We hope you enjoy this podcast as much as we liked putting it together. We were definitely wow’ed by how in-depth Lord Orion Foxwood went with regards to both his Conjure and Faery traditions, and how they grew. This is definitely information you won’t find in the typical interviews he does!

We also hope that you are as inspired as we have been to help resolve the horrible situation that surrounds Kyrja Withers at this time.  If you are looking for more information about it, we recently spoke with Kyrja and representatives of Lady Liberty League about what you can do to help.  You can find that in our article about Kyrja by clicking here.

And, as always, we’re super excited to share how rich the traditions that make up EMLC are with you. If you’d like your own copy of Lady Bridget’s music, head over to Lady Bridget’s website to place your order.

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!

Be sure to subscribe so that you can stay in-the-know with what’s going on here with our Florida witches!  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!

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!

Attacks on Florida Pagan Author – Latest News and What You Can Do

KyrjaAs you might have read, either on The Wild Hunt, the FL PNC, or in local FL news, New Port Richey, FL resident Kyrja Withers has been the target of multiple attacks on her home. You may recognize her name as the author of the Rupert’s Tales books, a series of books which follow a rabbit named Rupert as he experiences the Wheel of the Year.

The attacks include gunshots fired at her home and, most recently, bottles of fluid were thrown at the house and exploded.  These attacks not only impact her, but her husband and step daughter who live with her. Her step daughter was outside when the bottles were thrown at the house.  She had to be put on steroids and an inhaler following the incident.

Everglades Moon Local Council deplores and denounces all acts of violence.  Our members have been voicing their concerns for the family and asking these questions:  What is going on to find out who is behind these attacks and stop them from occuring?  and How can we help?

Our First Officer, Kasha, reached out to Kyrja to help us with these answers.  While she is a private person, she said she understands that staying quiet about these incidents will not help.  Kyrja says:

If we don’t [speak out], then why should others who find themselves in similar situations?  And how will we, collectively, ever “normalize” our faith so that each of us feels free to actively persue our own life, liberty and persuit of happiness?  While we are not happy to find ourselves in this situation, we know we have the opportunity to make a difference.  And making a difference is exactly what Rupert’s Tales has always been about.

Lady Liberty League has stepped in and is helping Kyrja and her family work with police to identify the individuals behind these attacks. Selena Fox, of Lady Liberty League/Circle Sanctuary, says that they are open to assistance in helping resolve this situation. You can connect with Lady Liberty League at their Facebook Page, where you can also find more information about their involvement with this case.

We are Witches.  So another way that we can help is through our spellcraft and energy work.  Kyrja has asked for workings related to Justice and Peace to be done on their behalf.  The first attack on her home left a large bullet hole in the window.  Being a crafty witch, she used it, and the surrounding cracked glass, as inspiration, drawing a large spider web around the window. You may use this as a focus to send your own energy into the web and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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The Spiderweb of Energy that surrounds the bullet hole in Kyrja’s home.

She has also asked for Peace – specifically, a boost to their Happy energy.  Kyrja says, “We want to feel good again.  To feel our normal “giggly” selves.  THAT is what we truly need, more than anything else.  A moment in time to just breathe.”  To give you an example of how happy these folks are, here’s what their house looks like:

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Kyrja’s House!

So here’s an open call to all Witches, Pagans, Wiccans, and other New Age’ers: Send your energies for Happiness and Justice to Kyrja and her family! Feel free to leave a comment below about how you did this!  This will help us help each other find new ways to pitch in!