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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 19, 2018
  • Celebrating Eostara
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  • This week on The Spiral Dance we celebrate Eostara; The Spring Equinox

    Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Tuesday, March 20. We'll be talking about the history of Spring Equinox - the role that it has played in cultures down the ages:

    So, we'll talk about 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 14, 2018
  • Deism; Thoughts and Ideas
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  • 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.
  • Pub Date: Mar 05, 2018
  • Reading Up on 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.

    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 26, 2018
  • Urban Myths
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  • Why do we tell eachother such stories? They're always so extreme and fantastic that, really, the rational mind knows they can't be true. But not only do we tell them anyway; we, in fact listen to them as well. Maybe these fantastic set of circumstances just might be real afterall!

    The Urban myth has alot in common with traditional myths and folklore, in the way they satisfy a need for storytelling. It may be that the Urban Myth expresses a feeling that we live in a world that might actually be in total chaos.

    I'm going to start with a 20-question Quiz to test your knowledge of Urban Myths. I'll give you the answers later in the show.

    Then we'll explore what we actually do know about Urban Myths, and we'll take some time to listen to some pretty creepy ones as well.
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2018
  • Animal Totems; Yay or Nay?
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  • 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 misnomer. 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.
  • Pub Date: Feb 12, 2018
  • Walking with Earth Magick
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we celebrate The Earth.

    After we Give Thanks to the Earth, we're going to look at Earth Magick; specifically the Element of Earth - what that's meant since ancient times and what it means in ceremonial magick today. And we'll look at the tradtions of Gnomes, the Fay and Lay Lines.

    And since we're celebrating The Earth, we'll celebrate the Earth Mother and specifically the Goddess Gaia.

    And just to liven up the soup - Salt!

    And we'll finish up with an Earth Meditation Ritual.

    Be good. Do well. Enjoy the show!
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