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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: Nov 30, 2021
  • A Flexible Mind
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  • Do you have a flexible mind? This week we talk about what in the scientific community is known as Cognitive Flexibility. Try to wrap your mind around that!

    With a flexible mind you could do all sorts of things, like increase your creativity, get yourself unstuck from Pain and generally be happier and more productive in your life.

    So, here's to all the things the mind can do for you if you only just let it!.
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    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 22, 2021
  • The Human Tribe
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  • Thanksgiving is in a way a time when our various Tribes gather together. Whether it's blook relatives, or a Tribe by Choice, we travel from whereever we're living to whereever our larger family is - it may be over hundreds of miles, or just across town. But it's a time for us to renew our relationships with those who have been in our lives from the very beginning.

    So, what is a TRIBE? Anthropologists don't really have answers, but they have alot of theories, and of course, lots of papers written about those theories.

    This week, let's take a look at some of those theories, and see if we could come to a better understanding of how humans organized themselves in earlier times, and how some humans organize themselves even today.

    And, are we STILL tribal? Some say Yes, and some say that that may be our saving grace in the long run!
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    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 17, 2021
  • Eldering
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  • I once thought I was going to Live Hard and Die Young. That didn't work out! Maybe I didn't live hard enough, I don't know. But here I am, looking back at everything.

    So, now what? Well, first thing, of course I DEMAND RESPECT!

    But, Eldering" isn't really something you are; it's something you DO. The idea around Eldering is how older people can relate and function in the world. But in order to do that at all, there has to be some understanding of how their society looks at them, and chooses to relate to them.

    So, we're going to look at how we relate to the elderly, both around the world and throughout time.
    And we'll find ways for people to live with respect, and self-respect in todays world.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 08, 2021
  • Secrets and Lies! Pagan ethics
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  • Secrets and Lies!. This week, let's take a look at Pagan Ethics. I promise, we'll HARM NONE!.

    A good place to start is to examine just what do we mean by Ethics in the first place. When did we start thinking about Ethics? What does it mean for us personally, or as a society, or, really, what does it mean for us a satient beings? Is the consideration Ethics solely a condition of being human?

    The acedemic study of Ethics and its connected philosophies, has divided Ethics up into dozens of different Types, and we'll spend a good deal of time talking about many of the most well-known Ethical Types.

    Then we'll connect all that to our current understanding of what modern Neo Pagan is and what might or might not be expected of those of us who call ourselves Pagan.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Nov 01, 2021
  • Reincarnation; Where Ya Been? Where Ya Goin?
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  • Some believe, some don't. Some say that know if for a fact, that they've experienced their past lives.
    I don't make such claims myself, although I've experienced things that have given me pause for thought.

    So I've got a poem on Reincarnation from the pen of Aleister Crowley. And I've got some info on how why and where the concept of Reincarnation developed.

    We think of Reincarnation as an Eastern philosophy. But it can be found here in the West before the followers of the Abrahamic god decided to dictate reality to us. Nonetheless, I want to pay homage to some Eastern belief systems which have worked th concept out rather well.

    Then we'll come back to the West, in the 19th and 20th centuries when Reincarnation started to retake it's hold in this part of the world.
    And finally, some quotes from famous folk about Reincarnation.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 25, 2021
  • A Celebration of Samhain
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  • November Eve

    "Now is the Night of November Eve, as the Samhain rites begin.

    Spirits step from the World Beyond, this night when the Veil is thin.

    Coming through the Land of Shadows, awakening from the World of Dreams,
    joining hands with the Children of Midnight as the Moonlight Lantern gleams.

    Drifting in the Wind of Evening, Chanting words in an ancient tongue,
    dancing light to the music of Fearies, as the Sacred Prayer is sung.

    We honor this In-Between time, this space between Darkness and Light,
    While greeting the Reign of the Winter King,
    On this Windy Autumn Night."

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 18, 2021
  • The Magick of Masking
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, let's create Magick through Masking. If you're going to a Halloween party, what will 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.

    And for this week's Spiral Dance Spell of the week, we'll examine The Mask of the Unified Self

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Oct 11, 2021
  • 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!
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