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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: Mar 27, 2017
  • April First; Trickster and Fool
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  • April first is coming around, and 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!

    Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 20, 2017
  • Thinking About Deism
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're going to be Thinking About Deism.

    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 14, 2017
  • Celebrating Eostara
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  • Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Monday, March 20. We'll be talking about the role that it has played in cultures down the ages:

    Including 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.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 09, 2017
  • 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!

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Feb 27, 2017
  • Animal Totems; Yes or No?
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  • This week's topic is Animal Totems. In the general neoPagan community people - not everyone - who work with animal spirit guides talk about Animal Totems.

    Purists will tell you that that's kind of a miss-gnomer. Totems are not really spirit guides and spirit guides are not really totems.

    Where do YOU stand on this immense question??

    Well, I'm here to untangle the whole mess and by the time we're finished we'll all know what really is what.

    So we start of with a pretty clear definition of what a Totem is - where the word came from and how it was used. And we'll look at WHERE the word was used as well.

    Plus, we'll find out what Carl Gustave Jung had to say about Totems.

    Then we'll get into Power Animals, and animal guides, with some - interesting - contemporary theories on the subject.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
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