Held in January, Turning the Tide is an intimate gathering of Wiccans and Witches in South Florida. It is a camping weekend filled with rituals, workshops, food, and friendship. From its start in 1997, Turning the Tide has grown into one of the more popular festivals in South Florida.
Activities in past years have included a community pot luck dinner, singing carols, a wreath/centerpiece competition, midnight offerings, and the Iron Witch competition, a timed spell crafting battle built around a specific secret ingredient. It is always exciting to see how each Witch designs their spell and learn about the different techniques and approaches that magickal workers will use. No two people tackle the Iron Witch the same way.
Members of EMLC and the local Pagan community present a variety of workshops. Previous years have included workshops on Norse cosmology, making honey pots, working with land spirits, beekeeping, singing, shapeshifting, astrology, and various forms of divination.
The weekend begins and ends, and is punctuated by, ritual. Over the years, various groups have volunteered to lead the rituals. This allows festival-goers to experience a variety of ritual approaches offered by different traditions.
And, of course, there’s music and feasting! Nothing seems to lift the spirits like the joyful noise of friends and family coming together in the spirit of community.
Saturday night usually begins with Yule caroling before the community feast. Everyone contributes a pot-luck item to it, and no one leaves hungry. After the meal and main ritual, drumming provides the pulse of the weekend, connecting us all with the fires being born during the season.