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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: Jan 25, 2021
  • The Stars of Winter
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  • This week we gaze at the clear cold night sky as we honor The Stars of Winter. We'll look up to find The Winter Triangle. Stars that are part of the Winter Triangle teach us that their forces can aid in the service to those of us who are spiritually attuned.

    And we take it a step further as we honor two special "stars" of Winter; the Norse Goddess Skadi, and the Norse God, Ullr.

    Now, did you know that Scandinavia may have been named after the Goddess Skadi. Some theorize that Scandinavia could mean "Skadi's island".

    And finally, if you ski, then you've probably heard of Ullr. In Norse mythology, Ullr was considered a superb archer and skier, and was the god to invoke when engaging in single combat.

    Then we'll talk some science and discover why the night sky of winter is so much brighter than it is in summer. It's not your imagination!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 19, 2021
  • Happiness!
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  • So, are you among the Shiny Happy People? Or does the thought make you fear that you could be labled a fuzzy bunny Wiccan? Perhaps you are genuinely happy with your Dark Magicks!

    Happiness is amorphous. It's hard to define, and sometimes it's hard to know if we really have it. But when we DO have happiness in our lives it truly is a Shiny thing.

    So this week we're going to look at just what is meant by "happines", and we'll look at it from different perspectives - religious, or spiritual; philosophical; and Economic or Political.

    Plus I want to share some famous quotes on the subject.

    Be good. Do well. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 11, 2021
  • All Along the Watchtowers
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  • We've all done it; we've created Sacred Space by calling the Spirits of the Four Directions. We stand at each direction and draw the appropriate pentagram and we Invoke the Spirits that have the appropriate character.

    But where does all that mumbo jumbo come from? Some say Gerald Gardner, which is correct to a point. Others say that Witches have been doing that on their own and in secret, like, forever - which is really not at all true.

    So this week we're going to find out who or what the Watchtowers are and where they came from.
    They may or may not have something to do with Archangels, and Archangels may or may not be a Christian thing. Don't worry; I will not leave you in suspense for long.

    But, like everything else, The Watchtowers DO have something to do with Stars; and so does the story of Orpheus, and his Lyre. We'll see how those tie together.

    And I also have a spoken word meditation from Ted Andrews, called "The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram".

    Be good. Do well. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jan 04, 2021
  • The Philosopher's Stone
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  • Just what IS the Philosopher's Stone? Where does it come from? Is it even a Stone?

    This question has been bothering people for generations. Some people just give up and say it's just a lot of poetic rhetoric. Others say, "No, look! I've done it! I've got it right here!"

    Some say it's all Devilry, others say it's all God stuff. Well, you can choose as we try to sort it all out.

    Be good. Do well. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2020
  • Transition and Trasncend
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  • The January Moon is known as the Cold Moon and the Wolf Moon. It is a time when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for letting go from the past and starting anew.

    And we'll listen to a talk from Louise Hay on Transcending Your Early Limitations.

    So this week, here on the Spiral Dance, let's work together to make this New Years Transition work so that we could Transcend toward our goals for 2021.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Dec 22, 2020
  • Stories for Solstice
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  • Winter is the time for telling stories in many traditions. Because the days were very short and the nights were very long, it was a good time to tell stories. And you would need a good story to get you through those long nights.

    So from modern Norway we have the story of Saint Lucy, and from Iceland we have the Yule, or Christmas, Cat. And from the Jewish tradition, we have Adam and the Winter Solstice, and also The Laviation.

    The Iroquois people have several Solstice stories. I'm going to share with you the story of the 7 Boys, followed by Grandmother Moon

    And I have a couple of spoken word pieces: "The Yule Fearies" and also "The Girl Who Married the Sun"

    And we'll end with an original story from Starhawk: "A Visit to Mother Winter"

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Dec 14, 2020
  • Welcome Yule!
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  • Yule is a time to set aside animosity between yourself and people with whom you did not get along.

    The Norsemen had a tradition that enemies who met under a bough of mistletoe were obligated to lay down their arms.

    This is a time to set aside your differences, and ponder this Divotional:
    Beneath the Tree of Light and Light, a blessing for this season of Yule,
    to all that sit at my hearth,
    today we are Brothers; we are Family, and I drink to your health.
    Today is a day to offer hospitality to all that cross my threshold, in the Name of the Season

    At Yuletide the Wheel of the Year seems to halt, while Darkness reigns before the return of the sun. In seasonal terms, it's the darkest hour before the dawn.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Dec 07, 2020
  • The Winter Moons
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  • All the full moons have names, as you know. But during the Winter, the Dark time of the year the moon has an ever stronger effect on us. Each of the Full Moons of December, January, February and March have different qualities. So we'll take a look at each moon's quality.

    Also each of the moons have Goddesses associated with them. Specifically there are sabbats which are sacred to certain goddesses. And so, to my mind anyway, the full moons during those months are great for connecting further with those Goddesses.

    Also, I have for you a Spell that you could perform during the times of the Winter Full Moons to help you call upon the moon's energy to see visions.

    And I also have a recorded Guided Meditation for you from Bente Hensen. This is called "Luminescent Reflection"

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 30, 2020
  • Living the Dark
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  • We all know it's rediculous to be afraid of the Dark, but cultural associations with Darkness remain strong, and it seems almost natural to be uncomfortable with this time of the year..

    So, we'll talk about the gifts that this time of the year bring us - such as much needed rest! And much needed introspection as well.

    And we'll take a look at the Dark Side of Your Moon. You know when the Dark of your Moon is showing up whenever you find yourself in emotional turmoil. Understanding this will help you put yourself right.

    Then I want to share some thoughts about using the energy of Surrendering in this Dark Time.

    And that will bring us to a talk from Echart Tolle on the Deeper Dimensions of Stillness.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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