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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: Jan 20, 2020
  • 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!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 14, 2020
  • All Along the Watchtowers
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  • We've all done it; we've created Sacred Space by calling the Spirits of the Four Directions. We stand at each direction 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 correct to a point. Others say that Witches have been doing that on their own and in secret, like, forever - which is really not at all true.

    So this week we're going to find out who or what the Watchtowers are and where they came from.
    They may or may not have something to do with Archangels, and Archangels may or may not be a Christian thing. Don't worry; I will not leave you in suspense for long.

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

    And I also have a spoken word meditation from Ted Andrews, called "The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram".

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 07, 2020
  • The Philosopher's Stone
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're talking about the Philosopher's Stone.

    Just what IS the Philosopher's Stone? Where does it come from? Is it even a Stone?

    This question has been bothering people for generations. Some people just give up and say it's just a lot of poetic rhetoric. Others say, "No, look! I've done it! I've got it right here!"

    Some say it's all Devilry, others say it's all God stuff. Well, you can choose as we try to sort it all out.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Dec 30, 2019
  • Transition and Transcend
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  • 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 this week, here on the Spiral Dance, let's work together to make this New Years Transition work so that we could Transcend toward our goals for 2020.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Dec 24, 2019
  • Stories for Solstice
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  • This week is dedicated to Stories for Solstice.

    The mystery of darkness and divine light belongs to each of us and to the world. We are the world waiting in the darkness and we are the light waiting to be born.

    Winter is the time for telling stories in many traditions. Because the days were very short and the nights were very long, it was a good time to tell stories. And you would need a good story to get you through those long nights.

    So from modern Norway we have the story of Saint Lucy, and from Iceland we have the Yule, or Christmas, Cat. And from the Jewish tradition, we have Adam and the Winter Solstice, and also The Laviation.

    The Iroquois people have several Solstice stories. I'm going to share with you the story of the 7 Boys, followed by Grandmother Moon

    And I have a couple of spoken word pieces: "The Yule Fearies" and also "The Girl Who Married the Sun"

    And we'll end with an original story from Starhawk: "A Visit to Mother Winter"
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