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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 02, 2016
  • Magick Sounds Like, Magick Looks Like, Magick Smells Like
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  • What does Magick Sound Like? What does Magick Smell Like? What does Magick Look Like? Magick is about using all of your senses, so let’s see how this has been done since ancient times.
    We’ll start by talking about how Language is used in spell casting.
    Next – Color Magick! How does a color's vibration effect you, and how can you use that in your magickal practices?
    And lastly, the sense of smell - said to be our most ancient of the senses, it might just be the most powerful.
    I think you’ll find this week’s show interesting, whether you’ve thought about using all of your senses in Magick or not.
  • Pub Date: Apr 25, 2016
  • Blessed Beltane
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  • This week, we celebrate Beltane! Beltane is 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!
    Beltane's importance goes deep into our history, and it was never actually snuffed out to the Church's satisfaction. It, in fact, followed the Euopeans to these very shores. I'll present to you a reading from the American writer, Nathanial Hawthorne. He wrote a stoy in 1836, which was a fictionalized account taken from early colonial history. It's called "The Maypole at Merrymount".
    The Spiral Dance Spell of the Week.
    That's all coming up on this week's show
  • Pub Date: Apr 18, 2016
  • Spring Cleaning
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  • Have you done any Spring Cleaning yet?

    It's time we Hop to It!

    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"

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 12, 2016
  • 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 Comng of Age ritual to Adulthood for adolescents

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Apr 04, 2016
  • 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.

    And, finally, Wind Magick!

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 28, 2016
  • 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)

    And we'll hear some foolishness from today's Modern Trickster, Russell Brand. The English actor and commedian has, in my opinion, grown as a political/social commentator. Like the Trickster, he looks for ways to turn normal preconceptions on their heads!

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 22, 2016
  • 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. Afterwards, maybe we can derive inspiration from Deistic Quotes.

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 14, 2016
  • Celebrating Oestara
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  • This week on The Spiral Dance we celebrate Eostara; The Spring Equinox

    Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Sunday, 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.

    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.

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 08, 2016
  • The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
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  • 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!

    Hope you enjoy the show!
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