Church of Iron Oak was committed to the smith path from it’s beginning. The Smith Path refers to the principle that each person can reach their goals in life by their attitude and their work. “We were already doing smith rituals and holding workshops to make rituals tools in sacred space”, said Lord Paracelsus, Principle Minister of CIO. “We wanted to teach how to connect with and feel the transformation of spirit”. Over the years, this workshop has drawn participants from across the United States. “It was amazing! Fantastic and transforming”, said Amber Moon of Central Florida Pagans. “Jump on it when it’s available again”.
The workshop opens Friday evening with a ritual called The Opening of the Forge. This ritual is based on an ancient Mesopotamian rite recorded in cuneiform the the Library of Ashurbanipal. The Lead Smith, Second Smith and Forge Smith lead the ritual by consecration of the participants, the recitation of The Making of the Forge from the Library of Ashurbanipal, a reading from the Enuma Elish, the creation story of the succession of the Gods and the Nanurbi, a cleansing of the ground on which the forge stands. As the fire is stoked and ready for forging, attendees begin an ancient fire chant in Babylonian and when the Forge Smith signals the ready, each person steps forward and gets a chance to hammer piece of steel. This popular ritual is attended by both young and old and inspires many to sign up for future workshops.
As many of us are aware, Florida was featured in dramatic national headlines this year with regards to people and events in the statewide Pagan and Wiccan community.
Heather Greene, guest author at the Wild Hunt, interviewed Kathy Lezon in a feature piece titled, “What Happened in Florida this Year?” Kathy is a longtime member and board member of Everglades Moon Local Council and incoming National First Officer with Covenant of the Goddess. She provides her take on all the turbulent events and stories this year.
Check out the article and here’s hoping that 2014 ushers in a new year of religious tolerance and peace in our state.
Everglades Moon Local Council (EMLC) hosted the 7th Annual Turning the Tide Festival this past weekend. The musical headliner was the fabulous Mama Gina, who played a soul-stirring concert on Saturday and held impromptu small-group jam sessions throughout the weekend.
Nearly 70 attendees gathered for the Yuletide event, which includes rituals, workshops, shared meals and community building. New this year was an outdoor yoga session led by Deborah from Ft. Lauderdale. Participants learned about the ujjayi breath and experienced poses and movements to release tension and become more relaxed and centered.
The festival theme focused on the Seven of Cups, the “December card” drawn from an opening ritual reading held at the 6th Annual Tides event back in 2012. The rituals of the festival were led by Rayna and Coyote and the Faery Seers Florida Branch of the House of Brigh. Opening ritual featured a blending of the waters in a communal cauldron, with offerings of water from Ireland, New England, the South Pacific and freshwaters springs from across Florida and the salty Atlantic. Yuletide decorations filled the Great Hall thanks to the Sons of Minotaur Grove. Gifts collected for the toy drive this year will be donated to YWCA’s Harmony House of Palm Beach County, which provides transitional housing and support services to women and child survivors of domestic violence.
From us to you: may today be filled with family, friends, and comfort foods.
Happy Thanksgiving from Florida PNC!
EMLC’s upcoming 7th annual Miami festival Turning the Tide is fast approaching. Download and submit your registration form today for the weekend event, held December 6, 7 and 8th, 2013. Registrations post-marked by Friday, November 22nd quality for the $45 reduced rate. All registrations must be received by November 29th at the $65 per person rate. For any questions about registration or the festival, please contact EMLC.
This year’s theme is “The Heart’s Temptation”, focusing on the element of Water. Celebrate the return of the Sun with the South Florida Wiccan and Pagan community along the riverside banks in a private camp ground. Workshops, rituals, food, chanting, fire drum circles, and building community are all aplenty, in addition to a special concert by local musical artist Mama Gina.
Festival goers are encouraged to bring donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts that will be donated to a local charity. For those with crafty fingers, the annual Yule wreath contest will offer a challenge to your creative talents. Also, start planning your contributions for the main feast on Saturday evening, and dusting off your ritual robes!
Florida Pagan Gathering Samhain 2013 was held November 6th through November 10th at its beautiful new home at Camp La Llanada in Lake Wales, Florida. The organizers of FPG, Temple of Earth Gathering Inc., had chosen this location to host Beltaine 2014 but quickly pushed forward with the move due to the government shutdown’s effect on the former location at Ocala National Forest. Guests and staff of the event were so pleased and grateful for the hard work of the board of directors of Temple of Earth Gathering for making the transition so swift and smooth. One long time guest of The Gathering, the venerable Lady Solar Bear, remarked on how good it felt to be in a place where children came to learn about their heritage.
Not only was the location new to the event, so were musical guests Tuatha Dea. Based out of Tennessee, this amazing family of musicians has been hot on the pagan festival circuit this year. Their music was energetic and moving and we wish them all continued success in the coming years. Also on hand was Mama Gina, whose lovely tunes seemed be heard almost everywhere in the camp, drifting down the vendor’s row and through the tents in the forested area.
Many informative and riveting workshops were scheduled, including headliners Amber K, Azrael Arynn K, Ivo Dominguez, Jr., Stephanie Woodfield, Rev. Kirk S. Thomas, Grey Ghosthawk and Gypsey Teague. I would like to thank the headliners on behalf of all of the guests and staff for taking the time to travel and share with us. It was great to hear their high praise of FPG in return.