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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: May 15, 2017
  • Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk
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  • This week our topic is all about Leprechauns, and other wee folk!

    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 08, 2017
  • Music In Ritual
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  • Music is such a vital and powerful force. 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 02, 2017
  • Mystery Cults
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  • Mystery Cults, or 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 good! Do well! Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Apr 24, 2017
  • Celebrating Beltane
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  • This week, we celebrate Beltane! Beltane is happening on Monday, the first of May! It's a festival of Fertility and Love as we welcome the flowering of Nature's Return. In our mythology Beltane represents the Mating of the Goddess and the God. It's The Original White Wedding!
    So, we'll talk in more detail about the meaning and significance of May Day from our earliest history. Plus we'll talk about the mythologies and customs that are traditionally associated with Beltane. And, while we're at it; just what the heck does "Beltane" mean? I've got the answers right here!
    And I'm reviving a old traidtion, as I present to you a reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's famous book, "The Mists of Avalon".

    Be well, do good and enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 10, 2017
  • Inner Child/Outer Child
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  • This week, it's Kids' stuff here on The spiral Dance! Our theme is The Inner Child and the Outer Child.

    What does the Inner Child mean to you? Do you feel trustful toward your Inner Child?
    These are the sorts of questions we'll be examining in the first part of the show. And we'll listen to a recorded guided meditation for healing your Inner Child.

    Then, after we get our Inner Child straight, we'll discuss two issues for real kids:
    First, A Welcoming, Naming and Blessing Ritual for newborns, then A Comng of Age ritual to Adulthood for adolescents

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 03, 2017
  • Spring Visions
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  • I'm dedicating this weeks show to one of the Five Cardinal Elements, the Element of Air. It's a good topic for April because, by many traditions, Air is associated with Springtime and Day's Beginning.

    Usually associated with Men's Mysteries, Air is most often thought of as on the Mental Plane.

    The Romans gave the month of April it's name, which they called, Aprilis. For the Romans, it signifies a time of unfolding leaves and flowers.

    So we'll take a look at the Season of Spring - from the physical, meteorlogical sense to the cultural meanings that Springtime carries with it around the world.

    On the Witche's Pyramid, the expression of Air is "To Know". So, let's look at the Element of Air. And because it's associated with Men's Mysteries, we'll look at some Air Gods.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show.
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