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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: Aug 03, 2020
  • Gifts from the Gods; Beer, Bread and Corn
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  • This week we continue our celelbration of Lammas, the Sabbat where we celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. Central to the first harvest in Wheat, Corn and, of course, Beer.

    Many different civilizations and peoples down the ages and around the world had deities dedicated to beer or brewing, or some related endeavor. There are over 100 different deities to drink a toast to, and we'll take a look at just a few.
    Deities dedicated to wheat are, for the most part, goddesses, although there are some Gods as well.
    Native Americans recognize dieties and spirits of Corn.

    For many cultures, the breaking of bread is symbolic of peace and hospitality. Our beloved bread, a mainstay around the world and down the ages has lots of symbolism, as well as superstition - and a few interesting quotes.

    Also, I have a BBC report that I found on Youtube, all about a Peruvian Beer ritual that reaches back to pre-Columbian times.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jul 27, 2020
  • A Lamas Celebration
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  • It's Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the Sabbat where many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth -- the grain god dies, but will be reborn again in the spring.

    Depending on your tradition, you may also observe this Sabbat as the day of the Celtic craftsman god, Lugh. Lugh was known to the Celts as a god of craftsmanship and skill -- in fact, he was known as the Many-Skilled God, because he was good at so many different things. Take the opportunity this day to celebrate your own skills and abilities, and make an offering to Lugh to honor him, the god of craftsmanship.

    So this week we'll celebrate Lamas as we look at both the tradition of the Harvest Festival and the honoring of Lough.
  • Pub Date: Jul 20, 2020
  • The Sacred Traveler
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  • Here we are, in the middle of summer; it's time to go out and see the world!

    As the song says, "A week in Paris will ease the bite of it", but the Sacred Traveler tries to go a bit deeper. The Sacred Traveler looks for the transcendental, the numinous, making time off from his day gig a life learning process or even an exercise in self-realization.

    Well, what is it that attracts people to places on this level? We'll take a look at the connection between Earth Spirituality and the many spiritually mysterious places around the world.

    Also, I have a listing of 8 such mysterious places that we could visit anywhere in the world. That's, of course, if you want to. But if you can't or haven't thus far, you might need a spell to help you attract Travel energy into your life.

    Spoken Word: Bathing In Holy Water; Best of Bali's Temples
    Tira Empul - You Tube

    Then, once that's achieved, you'll need to protect yourself. Insurance is great, but I've got some Moonstone magick that you might like a bit better.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jul 13, 2020
  • Beech Magick
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  • This week, the Spiral Dance is just a Day at the Beach! We'll start with the Charge of the Sea Goddess and we'll explore the role that Water has always had in religion.

    From there we'll look at a few Sea Gods and Goddesses. Then I want to share a story. This is a spoken word peice presented by Mara Freeman. It's called, The Selkie!

    Finally, we'll get right down to the shore and do some actual beach magick!

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jul 06, 2020
  • Summetime; Fire and the South
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  • Let's take advantage of these Hot Summer Days, as we head off to the Southern Quarter and do some Fire Magick!.

    We'll take a look at the Qualities that the Element of Fire possesses; how they're used in Occult Traditions./ Does that sound like Pyrolatry to you? If you worship Fire it just might. Fire is worshipped by itself in many cultures, but more commonly it's associated with Fire Deities. As you might expect, examples abound.

    Along all these lines I want to share with you a -sort of poem - or maybe a sort of poetic Blog. It was written by Sage Sweetwater back in '09. It's called "Pyrodulia and Dissolution".

    Now, you're familiar, I'm sure, with the Chinese system of Feng Shui. Well, there is an Indian System called Vastu Shastra which is quite similar to Feng Shui. Vastu Shastra uses the symbols and energies of the sun to help you find peace and balance in your home environment.

    Then finally; part and parcel to Fire is the condition of Light. So I have a guided meditation for you. This is presented by Bente Hesan, and it's called "Luminescent Reflections". I think you'll enjoy listening to this.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 29, 2020
  • Independence Day, and the Goddess Columbia
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  • This week we celebrate our nation's Independence from Mother Britain by recognising our very own Goddess, the Lady Columbia!

    Columbia is a historical and poetic name used for the United States of America and is also the name of its female personification.

    What would the Goddess Columbia's attributes be? Democracy for one - you know; I don't think the Greeks had a Goddess of Democracy- so this is an original! Certainly, Liberty and Justice. The Romans had the Goddess Libertas; plus the Greeks, Romans and the Egyptians has Goddesses of Justice.

    Is Columbia a WAR Goddess? Where does our national Darker Side come from?

    And finally - naturally, a Goddess has to have a myth, right? I've got an idea for a myth

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2020
  • Fruit Magick and Myth
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  • Have you ever thouthgt about the role that Fruit plays in myth and magick? Well, this week we'll compare apples to oranges.

    Fruit appears in myths from around the world. Often it is a symbol of abundance, associated with goddesses of fertility, plenty, and the harvest.

    And, as you may expect, many of the most significant fruits in world mythology, such as the apple, have different meanings to different cultures. We'll take a short look at many of these.

    Also, we'll learn how To Use Fruit Symbolism for Good Feng Shui

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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