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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: Sep 20, 2021
  • A Celebration of Mabon
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  • This week is our annual Celebration of the Autumn Equinox - what many of us know as Mabon. So we'll look at some of the well-known myths, legends and traditions surrounding Mabon.

    And we'll honor The Dark Mother, plus we'll bring a little Balance and Gratitude into our lives.

    And finally - An Apple Harvest Ritual!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 14, 2021
  • How and Why We Daydream
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  • Everyone, has daydreams on a regular basis. Daydreams can get us into trouble, but they can also prove to be the source of our personal fulfillment.

    So, let's take a good look at Why and How We Daydream. And more, why we often get away with daydreaming before we get into real trouble. Now, there is a difference between Daydreaming vs. Mindfulness. It may seem paradoxical, but the truth is we need both, and both can work together. We'll find out how.

    But negative Daydreams, or Daymares can often be troublesome. So we'll look at Dealing with Worry-Based Fantasies and Daydreams

    Some Daymares can can provide relief and release. Those are known as Cathartic and Do-Over Daydreams

    When people say they "dream" of being president or a billionaire or an artist or whatever it is they fantasize about--they are daydreaming those goals, literally envisioning them in their mind's eye. We'll look at Daydreams as a Source of Innovation & Motivation

    But, what if Your Daydreams are Stuck in a Rut? I have seven suggestions for rebooting your daydreams.

    And finally, Is your child a daydreamer? Don't let them label it A.D.D. right off the bat!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2021
  • Why Seven Is Nine
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  • Of course the main feature of September is the Equinox, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. And we'll have our Mabon show at that time.

    Meanwhile, let's talk about the Roman festival which was known as the Ludi Romani, which occured in September.

    And I also want to talk about the Roman Goddess, Pomona. Pomona was the Roman goddess of orchards and fruit trees, and thus She is closely associated with Apples. Now her traditional Feast Day is August 13th. But for most of us, here in North America, and I think in Britain as well, apples do begin to become available toward late August, but September is really their month. So I want to take some time to honor Pomona this week.

    Also in ancient Egypt the Fast Day of Thoth occured during this month, so we'll talk a bit about the God, Thoth.

    And finally - Acorns and Oak. That's kind of a Lammas-thing, but it's also a September/late summer-type thing as well. So, for September, lets also honor the Acorn and Oak.

    And, yes, I will explain why 7 is 9.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Aug 30, 2021
  • On Fate and Fatalism
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  • This week is all about Fate and Fatalism.

    We all like to believe that we are the Masters of our own Fate. But cultures around the world and down the ages have all felt quite differently.

    Fate may or may not be the plaything of the Gods. But, for YOU, Little Ant, that hardly matters much.
    So this week we take a look at the Morai and that thread they've been weaving for us. Then there's Karma and Kismet to consider.

    And right up to modern times, philosophers continue to argue about just what Fate is, and how it differs from Fatalism, Determinism ... and about a dozen other "isms" that all describe what you CAN'T Do.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Aug 23, 2021
  • Fire Magick!
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  • This week here on the Spiral Dance, we're talkig about Fire Magick.

    Today, when we start a fire -even if just to light a candle, we are responding to an ancient instinct. There is an enduring need to tend that legendary flame; to come home to the Hearth; to look within the dancing flames, remember our past - and maybe to glimps into the future.

    So, where gonna talk all about FIREGAZING, CANDLEBURNING AND FIRE AFFINITIES - all under the umbrella of Fire Magick

    And we'll hear from Robert Lewis, a Cherokee traditional story-teller; "The First Fire".

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Aug 10, 2021
  • Random Acts of Kindness
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  • Just what kind of a world DO we want? I think most of us really do have an answer to that. The bigger question is how do we achieve it.

    New Age people would tell you that the world IS changing - the paradym is shifting away from violence fear and selfishness and toward caring and something that is more on the Soul level. But, like all upheavals - changes for the better are met with resistance from the other perspective; thus the increase in violence and chaos that we know all too well.

    And what can we do in our daily lives to help the paradym shift that we would love to see and know that we need? Random Acts of Kindness are small gestures that can go a long way. So let's find out what they are, why they're so cool and how we can do them.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Aug 03, 2021
  • Gifts from the Gods: Bread, Beer and Corn
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  • This week we continue our celelbration of Lammas, the Sabbat where we celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. Central to the first harvest in Wheat, Corn and, of course, Beer.

    Many different civilizations and peoples down the ages and around the world had deities dedicated to beer or brewing, or some related endeavor. There are over 100 different deities to drink a toast to, and we'll take a look at just a few.
    Deities dedicated to wheat are, for the most part, goddesses, although there are some Gods as well.
    Native Americans recognize dieties and spirits of Corn.

    For many cultures, the breaking of bread is symbolic of peace and hospitality. Our beloved bread, a mainstay around the world and down the ages has lots of symbolism, as well as superstition - and a few interesting quotes.

    Also, I have a BBC report that I found on Youtube, all about a Peruvian Beer ritual that reaches back to pre-Columbian times.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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