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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 30, 2015
  • 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 from Today's Modern Trickster, Russell Brand. Is Capitalism a Religion?.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Mar 23, 2015
  • Thinking About Deism
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we think about Deism. Desims as an encompassing thought and philosophy had a major influence over those we in America 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? In the Eighteenth Century many Deists spoke of a Crator 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.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Mar 16, 2015
  • Celebrating Eostara
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  • This week is our Eostara Special! Eostara, the Spring Equinox, occurs on Friday, March 20th. We'll talk about the importance of the spring equinox around the world and down the centuries. And we'll take a look at the Norse Goddess, Eosther. Was she a bone fide goddess, or just a fiction created by one author? Does it matter?
    What does matter is the balance of light and dark, and we'll share some thoughts about that.

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Mar 09, 2015
  • The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we talk about The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

    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.

    Of course, we can't talk about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn without talking first about Hermeticism!

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Mar 02, 2015
  • Animal Totems; Yay or Nay?
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're discussing 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 the that's kind of a miss-gnome r. Totems are not really spirit guides and spirit guides are not really totems.
    But fear not! Your friend, Hawthorne is 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. 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. And we'll give a listen to Gerry Starnes, a shamman who works with power animals.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
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