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.

Turning the Tide Workshop: Eating the Dead – How Plants can Teach us about our Ancestors

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We are so excited to announce the next workshop that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Eating the Dead: How Plants can Teach Us about our Ancestors

Ancestral energy runs through our genealogy, our bodies, and blood. Ancestral agreements between green bloods (the plant world) and red bloods (humans) form who we are today and by exploring ancestral foods we can learn more about those ancient agreements. This workshop will introduce basic and helpful information about working with ancestral energy in a variety of forms but especially through working with plants that have strong ties to our ancestry. By reviewing the long and magickal process of plant domestication, a complicated contract between humans and plants, we will learn tools for coming into alignment and agreement with the plants that fed the bodies of our ancestors. Those same bodies (and plants) in turn fed the earth where our ancestors lived and worked alongside plant devas. We will conclude with discussion (and feast!) of three plants that are key to common ancestral groups such as the Celtic, Native American, and West African peoples. We will contact the overarching devas of these three plants who knew and cared for our ancestors. Please bring your own bowl and utensil for the feast

Our Eating the Dead workshop will be offered by Rayna Templebee. Rayna Templebee is a daughter of the Ocean Mother and a bee priestess. She is a student of faery seership as taught by Orion Foxwood and has been an initiated Witch since 1983. The Mighty Dead keep her very busy.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here
Or Scroll down to Use our Electronic Registration Option
Register Today

For the 9th year in a row, our registration fees have not increased! 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

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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


Turning the Tide Workshop: Connecting with the Ancestors through the Dark Goddess

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We are so excited to announce the second of the workshops that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Connecting with the Ancestors through the Dark Goddess

This workshop involves discussion and ritual to help us connect with the Ancestors through a journey to the Dark Goddess. Through a guided descent into the Underworld, the Realm of the Ancestors where the Dark Goddess reigns, participants can develop and nurture personal ancestral bonds. This is a co-ed workshop. This session is two-fold:

Discussion: How we can work with the Dark Goddess to connect with the Ancestors, and preparation for ritual.

Ritual Journey: Inspired by the Descent of Inanna, participants will descend into the Underworld, passing through three gates as they descend, and three gates during the ascent. This is a ritual of transformation. During the Descent, we are challenged at each of the three gates, and meet the Dark Mother. During the Ascent, participants will reflect upon the messages received and the gifts of the Ancestors.

This workshop is hosted by members and friends of Daughters of the Goddess (DOTG). We are a private group of women who share circles to learn, support each other, develop our craft, and to create sacred space. It is facilitated by Rhiannon Morribrid, Strix, and Jette.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here
Or Scroll down to Use our Electronic Registration Option
Register Today

For the 9th year in a row, our registration fees have not increased! 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

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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


Turning the Tide 2015 Workshop: Touching the Past

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We are so excited to announce the first of the workshops that will be presented at Turning the Tide 2015.

Touching the Past: Ancestor Altars and Workings

This workshop will focus on creating and maintaining an Altar to your Ancestors, and sharing our experiences of what works for each of us. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • What makes your ancestor altar special?
  • What’s a good (or bad) place to put one?
  • How often should you work with your altar?
  • What are ideal projects to ask your Ancestors to help with?

Our Touching the Past workshop will be offered by Lady Bridget. Lady Bridget has been HPS of Witch & Famous coven for over 20 years. She practices Welsh-Celtic Witchcraft, as well as incorporates hoodoo conjure styles and Faery Seership practices into her own lifestyle.

Don’t miss out on this great workshop! Turning the Tide will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Download the Registration Form Here
Or Scroll down to Use our Electronic Registration Option
Register Today

For the 9th year in a row, our registration fees have not increased! 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

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!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


EMLC Welcomes New Board

Everglades Moon Local Council logoAt our annual meeting, Everglades Moon LC members elected our new board. This board will take over at Samhain.

We thank you all for volunteering for these positions! May Coventina guide you in steering our Local Council through the coming year.

Major Love to those EMLC members who were part of this past year’s board. Thank you for your continued service to the Covenant!

Please help us welcome some fresh faces and some old favorites:

First Officer – Lady Bridget
Second Officer – Aequitas
Membership Officer – Raven
Purse Warden – Lady Circe
Pubic Information Officer – Amber Moon & Qabal
Publications Officer – Alpandia
Recorder – Shaylee

 

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 16 – Samhain 2015

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Welcome to the latest episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The veil thins as we turn our attentions towards Samhain.

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Within our Samhain 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • The Interview: Interview with Kasha, NFO of CoG
  • Astronomy with Aequitas: Scorpio and Sagittarius
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: How to make Samhain Candles
  • Music: “Autumn in Asheville” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Archives of Ages to Come”
  • It’ll Grow on You!: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters H through L
  • Lord Coyote Morningstar shares his thoughts on Ancestor Prayer and Altar Setup
  • Music: “We Do Not Die” by Ginger Doss and Velvet Hammer, from their album, “Best of Pagan Song”
  • FooDoo: Qabal teaches us how to make Yogurt
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: where she discusses Accomidations
  • Music: “Summerland” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Fire in the Head”

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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!

Blessed be! We are EMLC, and We are CoG!

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Registration is Now Open for Turning the Tide 2015!

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Everglades Moon Local Council is ready to celebrate our 9th Yule with you! Mark your calendars – Turning the Tide 2015 will be held:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2015

Our theme this year is Through the Tides. We will be inviting our ancestors to take part in our rituals and workshops. Join us as we stand between Samhain and Yule, exploring the Magick of 9’s.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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Download the Registration Form Here

This three-day celebration will feature an array of workshops and Ritual. We will be reaching through the veil and inviting our Beloved Dead to be part of our celebration this year. Our festival this year will be held once more in South Miami. Doors open Friday, December 11th.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY REGISTRATION RATE!
Register Today

For the 9th year in a row, our registration fees have not increased! 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

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!

REGISTER BELOW!

Save time, money, and trees by using our online registration form below. You can pay quickly and securely through Paypal.


Florida Pagan Pride Day Events!

Pagan Pride DayAre you looking to participate in Pagan Pride Day events in your area, but aren’t sure when or where they might be? Will you be attending 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 19, 2015
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 17th 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 10, 2015
Time: 10a-6p
Location: Savannas Recreation Area, Ft. Pierce
Admission: Free, with non-perishable food donation
Website: http://www.tcppd.org
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In it’s second 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 ranging on topics from Amulets to Mead making, along with a performances by amazing artists like Mama Gina. The Veggie Love food truck will be there making sure no one goes hungry.  The theme this year is “Walking the Labyrinth”.

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.

Volusia County Pagan Pride Day

Date: October 10, 2015
Time: 10a-4pm
Location: 56 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach, FL
Admission: Free, with non-perishable food donation
Facebook: Volusia Pagan Pride Day

Will you be near Ormond Beach this October 10th? Why not check out the Volusia County Pagan Pride Day event! This PPD event will feature vendors, workshops, live bands, crafts and so much more. Their Mabon ritual will start at 4:30pm, so be sure to finish up your shopping and networking so that you can take part. Sponsored by the Our Sacred Circle Ormond Beach CUUPS. Your non-perishable food donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.


Do you know of a PPD event in FL that’s not on our list? Please let us know so we can add it asap!

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!

Don’t forget to use our #2015WitchesBall! And visit us on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Hills-Pagan-Council/165164070181634

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!