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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: Jun 30, 2015
  • Independence Day and the Goddess Columbia
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  • This week we celebrate our nation's Independence from Mother Britain by recognising our very own Goddess, the Lady Columbia!

    Columbia is a historical and poetic name used for the United States of America and is also the name of its female personification.

    What would the Goddess Columbia's attributes be? Democracy for one - you know; I don't think the Greeks had a Goddess of Democracy- so this is an original! Certainly, Liberty and Justice. The Romans had the Goddess Libertas; plus the Greeks, Romans and the Egyptians has Goddesses of Justice.

    Is Columbia a WAR Goddess? Where does our national Darker Side come from?

    And finally - naturally, a Goddess has to have a myth, right? I've got an idea for a myth which I'll share with you - we'll see if it's any good.
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2015
  • 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.

    I hope you enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 15, 2015
  • A Midsummer Celebration!
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  • Happy Midsummer, everyone here in the northern half! The sun is high in the sky, the air is all warm and friendly. Let's stay up real late, then we can build some fires and roll them down the hills!.

    It's been done forever, it's still being done now and it will always be done.

    We in the NeoPagan community know that midsummer goes by many different names, but perhaps the best known name is the Wiccan name, Litha. We'll talk about where the word Litha comes from and what the holiday means for modern Pagans. Also, interestingly, Midsummer continues to be very important in mainstream societies in different cultures around the world! There are even some sects of Christianity that are nutty enough to sanction it!

    Here's to the sun, and to the God who lives in all of us.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Jun 08, 2015
  • Amulets and Talismans
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  • For this week's show I want to talk about a specific part of the World of Magick; Amulets and Talismans.

    Well, what's so great about talismans, or amulets, for that matter? 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.

    Then, I'll have a story where objects are doing magickal things with a specific purpose - so that's sort of talismany - RIGHT?

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: Jun 01, 2015
  • The June Bride
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  • June continues to be the most popular month for getting married. So, my theme is for this week is The June Bride.

    Political conservatives in this country insist that marriage can only mean the union of one woman to one man, under the witness of their Abrahamic so-called "God". We Pagans know better than that. But there's still alot of assumptions about marriage that we've inherited from mainstream society and we don't much question.

    So, this week let's look at exactly what Marriage is and what it's meant around the world and down the ages. Plus we can take heart at all th symbols of Marriage that really have come to us from our Pagan ancestors.

    Finally, we're going to look at some of the various arrangements cultures around the world have made, and why they've made them, so that we members of an alternative society can consider how we want to best do it.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: May 25, 2015
  • Music In Ritual
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  • I've been thinking a lot about the power of music lately. Well, I always think about the power of music; but it's been tapping me on the shoulders quite a bit of late. So this week, let's talk about the role that music plays in ritual!

    Music was important to the Chinese philosopher Confucious, as it has been for shamans around the world and down the ages. In fact I have a little story that tell us just exactly how music came to the earth way back when.

    And central to music is Rythm, singing and Dance. So we'll talk about all that stuff. And finally, we'll look at ways to write and create effective chants to be used in our rituals.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: May 18, 2015
  • Mystery Cults
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  • This week we go back in time to Mystery Cults. Mystery cults were huge in Ancient Greece as well as Rome. They involved Isis, Osiris, Mythris and many other cults. But they weren't meant to compete with established or state religions.

    They're interesting and offer a glimps into Life as They Knew It.

    Hope you enjoy the show.
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