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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: Oct 17, 2016
  • Holy Grail; Holy Cauldron
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  • This week we look at the so-called Holy Grail.

    What is this thing that people are so enamoured of? Did it even exist? People have been searching for it for hundreds of years, and it seems whenever they decide they can't find it, they create stories about it.

    So, let's travel back the the 12th century, where the myth of the Holy Grail seems to have it's beginnings. And we'll take a look at some of the embellishments that have been attached to it over time.

    There does seem to be a link between the Holy Grail of Christian myth and the Celtic tradition of the Cauldron. We'll get into that.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 11, 2016
  • The Magick of Masking
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, let's create Magick through Masking. If you went to a Halloween party recently, what would you GO AS?

    We all wear masks, although the extent to which we layer ourselves or are aware of them varies greatly.

    Masks are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin.

    One reason for wearing a mask is to pretend to be someone or something else. The mask can be a kind of language that expresses the emotion of the figure one chooses to create.

    What masks do you wear and why?

    I hope you enjoy the show
  • Pub Date: Oct 03, 2016
  • Water Magick for Autumn
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we continue our celebration of Autumn as we look at some of the season's important associations.

    Water is one of the elements in ancient Greek philosophy, and in Occult circles it's associated with the Western Quarter of the Circle, and with the season of Autumn. So we'll look at how and why Water got associated with the Autumn as we tie in some of their similar Magickal Properties.
    Then we'll take a walk into an Autumn Garden with Ellen Dugan, well known herbalist and Kitchen Witch.

    Finally, what can be more Autumnal then the good old hooty owl. We'll look at the way people around the world have regarded the owl through myth and legend.

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 26, 2016
  • The Stars of Autumn
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, let's look skyward and see what's up there.

    Every season brings different views of the Heavens, and Autumn is no different. And, the Stars of Autumn bring their own stories and myths. So to start this week, I have a poem written back in 1819 by the English Romantic poet, John Keats. In his poem, "To Autumn" he captures the feeling and spirit of this season.

    Then we'll talk a bit about Astronomy itself, and one view of how why people started making Constellations in their minds.

    Then I want to talk about the Real Stars of Autumn; The Great Square of Pegasus, Cassiopeia and Draco the Dragon.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 21, 2016
  • A Celebration of Mabon
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  • This week is our annual Celebration of the Autumn Equinox - what many of us know as Mabon. So we'll look at some of the well-known myths, legends and traditions surrounding Mabon.

    And we'll honor The Dark Mother, plus we'll bring a little Balance and Gratitude into our lives.

    And finally - An Apple Harvest Ritual!

    The Spiral Dance Spell of the Week.

    Be well! Do good! Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 12, 2016
  • How and Why We Daydream
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  • This week, let's talk about Daydreaming! Everyone, has daydreams on a regular
    basis. Daydreams can get us into trouble, but they can also prove to be the
    source of our personal fulfillment.

    So, let's take a good look at Why and How We Daydream. And more, why we often get away with daydreaming before we get into real trouble. Now, there is a difference between Daydreaming vs. Mindfulness. It may seem paradoxical, but the truth is we need both, and both
    can work together. We'll find out how

    But negative Daydreams, or Daymares can often be troublesome. So we'll look at Dealing with Worry-Based Fantasies and Daydreams.

    Some Daymares can can provide relief and release. Those are known as Cathartic and Do-Over Daydreams

    When people say they "dream" of being president or a billionaire or an artist or whatever it is they fantasize about--they are daydreaming those goals, literally envisioning them in their
    mind's eye. We'll look at Daydreams as a Source of Innovation &

    But, what if Your Daydreams are Stuck in a Rut? I have seven suggestions for rebooting your daydreams.

    And finally, Is your child a daydreamer? Dont let them label it A.D.D. right off the bat!

    Hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Sep 06, 2016
  • Your Creative Muse and You
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  • If you're the creative type, you probably spend way too much time beating yourself up about how UNCREATIVE you are. Well, your friend Hawthorne is here to help. Many people think they have a clear idea of what it means to be creative, and a whole lot of myths have been built up around that notion. It may be too much to say that Everything You Thought You Knew About Creativity is Wrong, but this week we'll bust some creativity myths that, hopefully, once you see past them, will unleash your inner creative genius.

    Now, Nothing gets more in the way of your creativity than your own fears and inhibitions. So, I want to share with you a whole bunch of very powerful tips on how you can Start Overcoming Fear, Right Now

    From Ancient Greece, the Muses have inspired poets, musicians, writers, and philosophers down the ages, and they inspire us today. We don't talk enough about them in modern Paganism. Let's take a closer look at them this week.

    Plus I have on tape a guided meditation for you to listen to. This is called, "Creative Visualization".

    And if that's not enough, I have some Amazing Quotes from well-known people, to Feed Your Creative Soul

    I hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2016
  • Welcome, 7 of 9
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  • This week on The Spiral Dance, let's give a welcome to the month of September! It was originally the 7th month, but it became the 9th month of the year. Why? It's a Roman thing.

    Of course the main feature of September is the Equinox, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. And we'll have our Mabon show at that time.

    Meanwhile, let's talk about the Roman festival which was known as the Ludi Romani, which occured in September.

    And I also want to talk about the Roman Goddess, Pomona. Pomona was the Roman goddess of orchards and fruit trees, and thus She is closely associated with Apples. Now her traditional Feast Day is August 13th. But for most of us, here in North America, and I think in Britain as well, apples do begin to become available toward late August, but September is really their month. So I want to take some time to honor Pomona this week.

    Also in ancient Egypt the Fast Day of Thoth occured during this month, so we'll talk a bit about the God, Thoth.

    And finally - Acorns and Oak. That's kind of a Lammas-thing, but it's also a September/late summer-type thing as well. So, for September, lets also honor the Acorn and Oak.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
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