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The Spiral Dance with Hawthorne
The Spiral Dance with Hawthorne is a lively weekly show dedicated to folks who share a passion for earth-based spirituality. We offer a combination of music and talk, with engaging conversations with writers, musicians and activists, complimented with the latest in Wiccan, Pagan and New Age music.

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Current Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Mar 02, 2015
  • Animal Totems; Yay or Nay?
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're discussing Animal Totems. In the general neoPagan community people - not everyone - who work with animal spirit guides talk about Animal Totems.

    Purists will tell you that the that's kind of a miss-gnome r. Totems are not really spirit guides and spirit guides are not really totems.
    But fear not! Your friend, Hawthorne is here to untangle the whole mess and by the time we're finished we'll all know what really is what.

    So we start of with a pretty clear definition of what a Totem is - where the word came from and how it was used. Plus, we'll find out what Carl Gustave Jung had to say about Totems.

    Then we'll get into Power Animals, and animal guides, with some - interesting - contemporary theories on the subject. And we'll give a listen to Gerry Starnes, a shamman who works with power animals.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Feb 23, 2015
  • Tales Out of School; Urban Myths
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  • Urban Myths, Urban Legends. Why do we tell such stories? What good can it possibly do to tell such fantastic tales of horror and gore?
    Well, there might be SOME social good to the Urban Myth, and that's what we're exploring this week.
    We'll have some fun with a 20-question quiz and we'll listen to some pretty creepy stories.
    I hope you enjoy this week's show!
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • Walking with Earth Magick
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we celebrate The Earth. After we Give Thanks to the Earth with a short prayer, we look at Earth Magick; specifically the Element of Earth - what that's meant since ancient times and what it means in ceremonial magick today. And we look at the tradtions of Gnomes, the Fay and Lay Lines.

    And since we're celebrating The Earth, we celebrate the Earth Mother and specifically the Goddess Gaia. And just to liven up the soup, a pinch of Salt! It's been around, like, forever - magickal qualities and all!

    We finish up with an Earth Meditation Ritual.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Feb 09, 2015
  • Love Notes for Valentine's Day
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  • Valentine's Day will be here on Saturday the 14th. Let's pass a couple love notes!

    Some people believe that the Ancient Roman holiday of the Lupercalia was the forerunner to Valentine's Day. That's not actually true, but there are some associations so we'll take a look at what the Lupcalia was all about.

    Then we'll talk a bit about the Christian St. Valentine - or ValentineS, plural. There was actually more than one Valentine - but were they all lovers??

    Which brings us to Romantic Love - as old as the human race, right? Yes, and no. As in all aspects of love, the answer is never a simple one. But we'll talk about the poet Chaucer and the middle ages and go from there.

    And where to go? Sex Magick!

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Feb 03, 2015
  • February; Fire and Ice
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  • They say that February was made the shortest month because everybody wants it to be OVER WITH on the first day.

    February is one of the most primordial months. It's all about extremes. And, like the sabbat Imbolc, it's just as much about Fire as it is about Ice.

    Fire and Ice are the Primordial elements that, in the Norse Tradition that formed to create our world. So this is a good time to think a bit about the Nordic Tradition; just what is and what it means.

    The Heathens tell us that Polarities set up from Fire and Ice started Polarities in other realms of reality - even men and women. We'll talk more about that.

    And we'll also talk more about Modern Heathenry and the Nine Noble Virtues.
  • Pub Date: Jan 26, 2015
  • A Celebration for Imbolc
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  • This week is our celebration of Imbolc.

    We're at the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Perfectly natural to want to jump up and down and start acting like Spring is Here! Folly, pure folly! Watch out if the weather is fine on Imbolc - you might find yourself shoveling the driveway on Eostara!

    But before that, let's take some time to honor the Goddess Brigid, the Tripple Goddess of Poetry, Healing and Smithcrafting.

    And we'll enjoy some Tres Leches cake as well!

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 19, 2015
  • All Along the Watchtowers
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  • This week we welcome the Guardians fo the Watchtowers.

    We've done it; we've created Sacred Space by calling the Spirits of the Four Directions. We stand at each directin and draw the appropriate pentagram and we invoke the Spirits that have the appropriate character.

    But where does all that mumbo jumbo come from? Some say Gerald Gardner, which is somewhat correct. Others say that Witches have been doing that on their own and in secret, like FOREVER - which is really not trua at all.

    So this week we're going to find out who and what the Watchtowers are and where they came from. They may or may not be Archeangels, and Archangels may or may not be a Christian thing.

    But, like everything else, the Watchtowers DO have something to do with the Stars, and so does the story of Orpheus and his lyre. We'll see how those tie together.

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 12, 2015
  • The Stars of Winter
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  • This week we gaze at the clear cold night sky as we honor The Stars of Winter. We'll look up to find The Winter Triangle. Stars that are part of the Winter Triangle teach us that their forces can aid in the service to those of us who are spiritually attuned.

    And we take it a step further as we honor two special "stars" of Winter; the Norse Goddess Skadi, and the Norse God, Ullr.

    Now, did you know that Scandinavia may have been named after the Goddess Skadi. Some theorize that Scandinavia could mean "Skadi's island".

    And finally, if you ski, then you've probably heard of Ullr. In Norse mythology, Ullr was considered a superb archer and skier, and was the god to invoke when engaging in single combat.

    Then we'll talk some science and discover why the night sky of winter is so much brighter than it is in summer. It's not your imagination!

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 05, 2015
  • Transition and Transcend
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance,
    The January Moon is known as the Cold Moon and the Wolf Moon. It is a time when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for letting go from the past and starting anew.

    So let's work together to make this New Years Transition work so that we could Transcend toward our goals for 2015.

    I hope you enjoy the show!
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