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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: Apr 22, 2019
  • The Language of Flowers
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, 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.

    Also, while the Snowdrop is more a HARBINGER of spring rather than a Spring Flower, I have a traditional story from Hans Christian Anderson called, The Snowdrop - it's a good story all year round!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 15, 2019
  • Spring Cleaning
  • It's time for Spring Cleaning!

    The idea of Spring Cleaning actually goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. We'll take a look at why Spring has become the time when we Clean House.

    And, while House Cleaning IS TERRIBLY, BORINGLY mundane, it does have magickal implications, and so we'll talk about some ways we can bring our Magick into our chores in some very powerful ways.

    While we're clearing out our attics, let's look for Crafty Ways to Rummage and Recycle. Afterall, "Repair, Re-fashion and Recycle" should be the watch words of the modern Pagan, right?

    But in the midst of all that work, we should take the time to stop and smell the flowers. So we'll talk about some Pagan ways for "Herbalism and Herbal Healing".

    And we'll also listen to Morganna Davies, with her story, "The Little People and the Hawthorne Tree"

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 09, 2019
  • 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.

    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 Coming of Age ritual to Adulthood for adolescents

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 01, 2019
  • 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!
  • Pub Date: Mar 26, 2019
  • April First; Trickster and Fool
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  • In honor of April Fools Day, our theme this week is: The Trickster and Fool. We'll take a look at the history of April Fools Day, as well as the Role that the Fool and the Trickster play in Earth-Based religious practices.

    Also, a quick look at some of the best known hoaxes in the history of the Western World (well, sort of, anyway)

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 18, 2019
  • Celebrating Eostara
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  • This week on The Spiral Dance we celebrate Eostara; The Spring Equinox

    Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Wednesday, March 20. We'll be talking about the history of Spring Equinox - the role that it has played in cultures down the ages:

    So, we'll talk about the Norse Goddess Eoster. Is she a bonefide Goddess, or just a fiction created by one author? Does it matter, really?

    Plus ya can't talk about this time of the year without mentioning Rabbits & Eggs; and, of course, the Balance of Light and Dark. We'll be hearing from the ARCTURIANS! (via You Tube) on the balance of light and dark in the Universe.

    The Spring Equinox marks the point in the solar year when day and night are of equal duration, and the daytime once again becomes longer than night.

    In Pagan mythology it marks the time when The God, who was reborn at the Winter Solstice, is now coming into young adulthood and is - awakening to his sexuality.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 11, 2019
  • Thinking About Deism
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  • Deism as an encompassing thought and philosophy had a major influence over those we in American call our Founding Fathers. Thus the shape of our Constitution is very much a product of Deism.

    But what's the connection between Deism and Paganism? Well, in the Eighteenth Century many Deists spoke of a Creator God, or The God of Nature. They connected to the Devine through Rational Thought Processes, and by connecting with Nature.

    Clearly the Deists of 1775 would scoff at the Pagans of today. But we at least have Nature in common.

    So let's take some time to learn about Deism, and maybe derive inspiration from Deistic Quotes.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Mar 06, 2019
  • The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
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  • This week we talk about The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

    The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was formally establihed on March 1, 1888. It's had a tremendous influence on Western Occult thought over the past century. Indeed, it's easy to say that without the Golden Dawn, Wicca - and therefore the whole Pagan revival - might never have seen the light of day.

    It's really too bad that today in Greece there is a neo-fascist group calling themselves Golden Dawn. So, I think for that reason alone, since we've just had an anniversary of the establishment of the original Golden Dawn, let's take this week to learn about it and celebrate it.

    But of course you can't talk about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn without first talking about Hermeticism, so that we could figure out just what IS so Hermetic about the Golden Dawn.

    And we'll hear from Aliester Crowley - not only in his own words, but in his own voice!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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