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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: Jun 27, 2022
  • Mystery Cults
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  • This week let's go way back in time to talk about Mystery Cults! Mystery religions were religious cults in Ancient Greece and Rome. Participation was reserved to initiates and secrecy was kept as to the particulars of the initiation and the cult practice in general. But how did these sects function within their societies? Were they accepted? Were there conflicts? Talking just about this one aspect of life in Ancient Greece and Rome can give great insight into how people back then lived their daily lives.

    There were tons of Mystery Cults flourishing in the Ancient world, but two in particular seem to stand out as having special significance; the Mysteries of Isis and the Mitraic Mysteries. Isis is a goddess of Ancient Egyptian origin, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Her worshippers included men as well as women. The Mithraic Mysteries were popular accross the Roman empire. There's evidence that some women worshipped Mithras, but his popularity centered around the Roman military, which was, of course, male.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 13, 2022
  • A Midsummer Celebration
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  • Happy Midsummer, everyone here in the northern half! Summer Solstic occurs on Tuesday, June 21.

    The sun is high in the sky, the air is all warm and friendly. Let's stay up real late, then we can build some fires and roll them down the hills!.

    It's been done forever, it's still being done now and it will always be done. We'll talk about where the word Litha comes from and what the holiday means for modern Pagans. Also, interestingly, Midsummer continues to be very important in mainstream societies in different cultures around the world! There are even some sects of Christianity that are nutty enough to sanction it!

    Here's to the sun, and to the God who lives in all of us.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 07, 2022
  • The June Bride
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  • June continues to be the most popular month for getting married. So, my theme is for this week is The June Bride.

    Political conservatives in this country insist that marriage can only mean the union of one woman to one man, under the witness of their Abrahamic so-called "God". We Pagans know better than that. But there's still alot of assumptions about marriage that we've inherited from mainstream society and we don't much question.

    So, this week let's look at exactly what Marriage is and what it's meant around the world and down the ages. Plus we can take heart at all th symbols of Marriage that really have come to us from our Pagan ancestors.

    Finally, we're going to look at some of the various arrangements cultures around the world have made, and why they've made them, so that we members of an alternative society can consider how we want to best do it.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2022
  • Music In Ritual
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  • I think a lot about music and the power that music has. So this week, let's talk about the role that music plays in ritual!

    Music was important to the Chinese philosopher, Confucious, as it has been for shamans around the world and down the ages. In fact I have a little story that tell us just exactly how music came to the earth way back when.

    And central to music is Rythm, singing and Dance. So we'll talk about all that stuff. And finally, we'll look at ways to write and create effective chants to be used in our rituals.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 23, 2022
  • Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk
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  • It's springtime, and Fearies abound. Let's see if we can't catch us one!
    The Leprechaun is one of the major images that the Mainstream Culture has of what a Feary is, or what a Feary looks like. The other, of course, is Disney's Tinkerbell. Whatever Pagan path you may be following, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that neither of those images fullfills the whole tradition of the Fearie.

    But anyway, the Leprechaun has a pretty interesting story by itself (or Himself - come to think of it, I've never heard of a female Leprechaun).

    So this week, we'll look at just what a Leprechaun is and they look like. Then we'll look at where they come from - and finally the BIG QUESTION - the Pro's and Con's of actually catching a Leprechaun.

    I have a story called, The Leprechaun Trap, By Teresa Bateman.
    Plus, let's build a Feary Garden - someplace on your property where the Fey can call home.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 16, 2022
  • Air Magick
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we listen to the Wind blow, as we talk about Air Magick.

    We'll start off finding out what the Ancient Greeks had to say about the Air - was it warm and dry, or cold and wet - or maybe even warm and wet! Plato, Aristotle and many others all had opinions.

    Each of the Four Winds - North, south, east and west have specific magickal properties and are all ruled by specific Gods. But they're not alone; all the minor winds from the northeast to the southwest have qualities and gods as well.

    And you can build a Magickal Air Alter. I've got ideas about how to create the alter, and then how to magickally atune yourself to the Element of Air.

    Also I have some Rituals that you can do with the wind. Finally, we'll hear some poetry from Michael Lee.

    Be well. Do good. Enjou the show!
  • Pub Date: May 09, 2022
  • The Language of Flowers
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  • This week it's all about Floriography - the Language of Flowers! Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century, but Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years.

    And so, for springtime, lets look at the magick of 3 springtime flowers; the rose, the tulip, and the dandelion.

    And we'll give a listen to a story about "The Flower Fairies".

    The Spiral Dance Spell of the Week.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show.
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