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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: Nov 11, 2019
  • Secrets and Lies; Pagan Ethics
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  • This week, let's take a look at Pagan Ethics. I promise, we'll HARM NONE!.

    A good place to start is to examine just what do we mean by Ethics in the first place. When did we start thinking about Ethics? What does it mean for us personally, or as a society, or, really, what does it mean for us a satient beings? Is the consideration Ethics soley a condition of being human?

    The acedemic study of Ethics and its connected philosophies, has divided Ethics up into dozens of different Types, and we'll spend a good deal of time talking about many of the most well-known Ethical Types.

    Then we'll connect all that to our current understanding of what modern Neo Pagan is,and what might or might not be expected of those of us who call ourselves Pagan.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 04, 2019
  • Reincarnation; Where ya been? Where ya goin?
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  • The topic for this week is Reincarnation.

    Some believe, some don't. Some say that know if for a fact, that they've experienced their past lives.

    I don't make such claims myself, although I've experienced things that have given me pause for thought.

    So I've got a poem on Reincarnation from the pen of Aleister Crowley. And I've got some info on how why and where the concept of Reincarnation developed.

    We think of Reincarnation as an Eastern philosophy. But it can be found here in the West before the followers of the Abrahamic god decided to dictate reality to us. Nonetheless, I want to pay homage to some Eastern belief systems which have worked th concept out rather well.

    Then we'll come back to the West, in the 19th and 20th centuries when Reincarnation started to retake it's hold in this part of the world.

    And finally, some quotes from famous folk about Reincarnation.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 29, 2019
  • A Celebration for Samhain
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  • "Now is the Night of November Eve, as the Samhain rites begin.

    Spirits step from the World Beyond, this night when the Veil is thin.

    Coming through the Land of Shadows, awakening from the World of Dreams,
    joining hands with the Children of Midnight as the Moonlight Lantern gleams.

    Drifting in the Wind of Evening, Chanting words in an ancient tongue,
    dancing light to the music of Fearies, as the Sacred Prayer is sung.

    We honor this In-Between time, this space between Darkness and Light,
    While greeting the Reign of the Winter King,
    On this Windy Autumn Night."

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Holy Grail, Holy Cauldron
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  • This week we look at the so-called Holy Grail.

    What is this thing that people are so enamoured of? Did it even exist? People have been searching for it for hundreds of years, and it seems whenever they decide they can't find it, they create stories about it.

    So, let's travel back the the 12th century, where the myth of the Holy Grail seems to have it's beginnings. And we'll take a look at some of the embellishments that have been attached to it over time.

    There does seem to be a link between the Holy Grail of Christian myth and the Celtic tradition of the Cauldron. We'll get into that, and we'll also listen to a kid's story from Disney called The Black Cauldron.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 14, 2019
  • The Magick of Masking
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, let's create Magick through Masking.

    We all wear masks, although the extent to which we layer ourselves or are aware of them varies greatly.

    Masks are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin.

    One reason for wearing a mask is to pretend to be someone or something else. The mask can be a kind of language that expresses the emotion of the figure one chooses to create.

    What masks do you wear and why?

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Oct 07, 2019
  • Water Magick for Autumn
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we continue our celebration of Autumn as we look at some of the season's important associations.

    Water is one of the elements in ancient Greek philosophy, and in Occult circles it's associated with the Western Quarter of the Circle, and with the season of Autumn. So we'll look at how and why Water got associated with the Autumn as we tie in some of their similar Magickal Properties.
    Then we'll take a walk into an Autumn Garden with Ellen Dugan, well known herbalist and Kitchen Witch.

    Finally, what can be more Autumnal then the good old hooty owl. We'll look at the way people around the world have regarded the owl through myth and legend.

    Be good. Do well. Enjoy the show!
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