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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: Jun 01, 2020
  • Amulets and Talismans
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  • This week's show is dedicated to a specific part of the World of Magick; Amulets and Talismans.

    What's so great about talismans, or amulets? Simply the fact that they've always been around and we use them to this very day. In fact people in mainstream religions knowingly use them.

    So, we're going to try to delinate the difference between an amulet and a talisman. Then we'll look at examples of amulets and talismans down the ages.

    And I have a story for you where objects are doing magickal things with a specific purpose. It's a traditional story presented, by Mara Freeman, called "The Prince,The Fox and the Sword of Light".

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 25, 2020
  • Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk
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  • It's springtime, and Fearies abound. Let's see if we can't catch us one!

    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 18, 2020
  • Air Magick
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  • This week, we listen to the Wind blow, as we talk about Air Magick.

    We'll start off finding out what the Ancient Greeks had to say about the Air - was it warm and dry, or cold and wet - or maybe even warm and wet! Plato, Aristotle and many others all had opinions.

    Each of the Four Winds - North, south, east and west have specific magickal properties and are all ruled by specific Gods. But they're not alone; all the minor winds from the northeast to the southwest have qualities and gods as well.

    And you can build a Magickal Air Alter. I've got ideas about how to create the alter, and then how to magickally atune yourself to the Element of Air.

    Also I have some Rituals that you can do with the wind.

    Finally, we'll hear some poetry from Michael Lee.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 11, 2020
  • Mystery Cults
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  • This week let's go way back in time to talk about Mystery Cults! 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 well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: May 04, 2020
  • Music In Ritual
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  • I think a lot about music and the power that music has. So 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: Apr 27, 2020
  • Blessed Beltane
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  • This week, we celebrate Beltane! 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!
    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".
    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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