Turning the Tide is an annual Pagan festival brought to you by the Everglades Moon Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess.
Held during the Yuletide season, 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.
We ask everyone who attends Turning the Tide each year to bring a new unwrapped toy for a child. Our donations have gone to:
- YWCA’s Harmony House of West Palm Beach, which provides a safe place for women and children impacted by domestic violence.
- The Center for Positive Connections, a nationally-recognized, community-based, not-for-profit organization providing HIV health and prevention education, social and emotional support, mental health counseling, and holistic health treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.
- Amigos for Kids serves the diverse needs of South Florida’s abused, neglected and less-fortunate children and their families through education, abuse prevention and community involvement.