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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 08, 2022
  • Random Acts of Kindness
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  • Just what kind of a world DO we want? I think most of us really do have an answer to that. The bigger question is how do we achieve it.

    New Age people would tell you that the world IS changing - the paradigm is shifting away from violence fear and selfishness and toward caring and something that is more on the Soul level. But, like all upheavals - changes for the better are met with resistance from the other perspective; thus the increase in violence and chaos that we know all too well.

    And what can we do in our daily lives to help the paradym shift that we would love to see and know that we need? Random Acts of Kindness are small gestures that can go a long way. So let's find out what they are, why they're so cool and how we can do them.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Aug 02, 2022
  • Gifts from the Gods; Beer, Bread and Corn
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  • This week we continue our celebration 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 25, 2022
  • A Lammas 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.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jul 18, 2022
  • Amulets and Talismans
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  • This week's show is dedicated to a specific part of the World of Magick; Amulets and Talismans.

    What's so great about talismans, or amulets? Simply the fact that they've always been around and we use them to this very day. In fact people in mainstream religions knowingly use them.

    So, we're going to try to delinate the difference between an amulet and a talisman. Then we'll look at examples of amulets and talismans down the ages.

    And I have a story for you where objects are doing magickal things with a specific purpose. It's a traditional story presented, by Mara Freeman, called "The Prince,The Fox and the Sword of Light".

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jul 11, 2022
  • Summertime, Fire and the South
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  • Let's take advantage of these Hot Summer Days! We'll head off to the Southern Quarter and do some Fire Magick!.

    We'll take a look at the Qualities that the Element of Fire posseses; 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 Dieties. 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 "Pyruodulia 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 27, 2022
  • Mystery Cults
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  • This week let's go way back in time to talk about Mystery Cults! Mystery religions were religious cults in Ancient Greece and Rome. Participation was reserved to initiates and secrecy was kept as to the particulars of the initiation and the cult practice in general. But how did these sects function within their societies? Were they accepted? Were there conflicts? Talking just about this one aspect of life in Ancient Greece and Rome can give great insight into how people back then lived their daily lives.

    There were tons of Mystery Cults flourishing in the Ancient world, but two in particular seem to stand out as having special significance; the Mysteries of Isis and the Mitraic Mysteries. Isis is a goddess of Ancient Egyptian origin, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Her worshippers included men as well as women. The Mithraic Mysteries were popular accross the Roman empire. There's evidence that some women worshipped Mithras, but his popularity centered around the Roman military, which was, of course, male.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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