Turning the Tide 2017 – Registration is Now Open!

TURNING THE TIDE 2017
IO SATVRNALIA!

Everglades Moon is excited to be holding our 11th annual Yuletide Celebration – Turning the Tide! This year we will be celebrating Satvrnalia during our Florida winter. Join us for a celebration of the turning of the wheel.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
Friday, December 8th – Sunday, December 10th, 2017

This three-day celebration will feature an array of workshops as well as rituals by members of EMLC. We’re bringing the Italian celebration of Satvrnalia to South Florida! There will be more rituals, drumming, workshops, fun, and so much more. We will have our annual drawing for witchie goodies… and more surprises to be announced! Remember to plan your donation of an unwrapped toy.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

Use the registration form below to reserve your spot. We look forward to sharing sacred space with you in the woods of South Miami! Your registration fees include:

  • Cabin or Tent Space
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Admission to all workshops
  • Opening, Closing, and Main Ritual
  • Pot-Luck dinner Saturday
  • Drumming

REGISTER BY CHECK OR ONLINE BELOW!

Click here to download this year’s registration form and send in your registration payment via check. Registrations must be postmarked by December 1st! You can also register below using our online form and pay with your aypal account. Register yourself, your friends, your kids, your coven – all on one form.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING A WORKSHOP?

Turning the Tide is always looking for new workshop presenters. Your presentation does not have to be a “workshop” – it can be a hands-on activity, a group discussion, a devotional rite for a particular deity(ies), something involving music, food, chanting or dance, or some other type of working of interest to Paganfolk and Witchkin. Head over to our Workshop Application form and submit your proposal!

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES

November 25th: Last day of Early Bird pricing. Be sure to register before Thanksgiving to save $25 per registration!
December 2nd: All mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than December 2nd to be accepted
December 6th: Registration closes


Florida Pagan Pride Day Events 2016

Pagan Pride DayIt may only be the middle of Summer, but we’re updating the information 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

September 24, 2016
12p-7pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Free with non-perishable food or clothing donation
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

October 15, 2016
10a-6p
Savannas Recreation Area, Ft. Pierce
Free, with non-perishable food donation
http://www.tcppd.org
Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Days
RSVP for 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. Interested in vending? Click here for the vendor application!

Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day

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

Festivities include educational workshops and demonstrations, local vendors, music, Pagan covens and groups, local nonprofit organizations, charity drives, silent auctions, and more! Event is both indoors and outdoors, flowing from the ballroom to the beautiful fountain courtyard. Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day is aimed to provide a safe and fun environment to help spread accurate information about earth-based religions, build community, support local charities, and aid in activism of Paganism and religious tolerance. For those that are of a Pagan religion, it helps to foster your identity and provide educational and community sources of support and guidance. For others, this event helps you to better understand your Pagan family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. It is locally coordinated by Sanctuary: Realms of Spiritual Growth, an open Pagan group.

Volusia County Pagan Pride Day

Saturday, October 8, 2016
10am-4pm
Ormond UU Church, 55 N. Halifax Drive
Free with a food donation or donation of pet food/items.
Volusia Pagan Pride Day

Join the wonderful pagans of Volusia County during their Pagan Pride Day celebration! Enjoy a day of workshops and venders with a Harvest Ritual to follow. In the area? Why not be a vendor, or share some knowledge by presenting a workshop?! Click here to email VCPPD directly!


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!

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!

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!

LISTEN TO US ON: ITUNES | STITCHER | LIBSYN | ON THIS PAGE

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

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER!

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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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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!

LISTEN TO US ON: ITUNES | STITCHER | LIBSYN | ON THIS PAGE

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

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER!

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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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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!

LISTEN TO US ON: ITUNES | STITCHER | LIBSYN | ON THIS PAGE

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

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER!

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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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Turning the Tide 2014 – Workshops are Announced!

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What’s that you say? You haven’t sent in your registration yet because you’re waiting to see what workshops are being offered? Well, your wait is over…

The 2014 Workshop Listing is Live!

Here’s a small sampling of the nearly dozen workshops and workings that are included with your registration. Head over to the workshop page for the full listing.

Celtic Tree Calendar and the Healing Power of Trees: We would take a walk thru the year, talking about the trees that govern each “month.” Their magical and healing properties will be discussed. After that, we will all make and consecrate twigs marked with either our calendar tree, or the Ogham sign for a tree that can help or heal us.

Fixed Stars: Magic in the Astrological Sky: Come learn about the “fixed stars” in astrology, used by the ancients long before the advent of tropical system we have today. Also, explore the 8 “power points” in the sky and how they relate to the Sabbats and how to harness these energies in your magickal practices.

The Magic of Tea: “The Magic of Tea” will encompass a little history and information about that wonderful and popular beverage as well as some sampling and some ways to use tea in magical spells!

Witch Crafting: Creating Your Own Amulets and Talismans: In this workshop you’ll learn how to design, make and charge your own amulets and talismans. No previous experience needed. Just an open heart to create. Metal bezel and clay will be provided. Additional components will be available to add to piece created however, participants are encouraged to bring their own components.

These are just some of the workshops that will be offered during Turning the Tide. For a complete list, head over to our Workshop page.

Your registration fee includes admissions to all of the workshops at Turning the Tide, plus cabin or tent space, all the rituals, and so much more. Remember! Space is limited, so be sure to register today and take advantage of early bird pricing.

There is also still time to order your festival t-shirt! T-shirt orders must be received by November 15th to ensure we have your shirt when you check in. We cannot guarantee availability or sizes after the 15th.

Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.
Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

We will be updating our site as we get closer to festival time, so keep checking back! Don’t be left out – get your registration in today!

Turning the Tide 2014 – Order Your Festival T-Shirt!

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Turning the Tide 2014 is right around the corner. Have you gotten your registration turned in yet? We’re proud to announce that we will be having a festival t-shirt this year! Our pre-order period has ended. Thank you to everyone who placed an order! Your t-shirt will be waiting for you when you check in on Friday!

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Mock-Up of TTT2014 T-Shirt. Final Shirt may have slight variation from above.

 

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.