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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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May 2018 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: May 21, 2018
  • Air Magick
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  • This week here on The Spiral Dance, we listen to the Wind blow, as we talk about Air Magick.

    We'll start off finding out what the Ancient Greeks had to say about the Air - was it warm and dry, or cold and wet - or maybe even warm and wet! Plato, Aristotle and many others all had opinions.

    Each of the Four Winds - North, south, east and west have specific magickal properties and are all ruled by specific Gods. But they're not alone; all the minor winds from the northeast to the southwest have qualities and gods as well.

    And you can build a Magickal Air Alter. I've got ideas about how to create the alter, and then how to magickally atune yourself to the Element of Air.

    Also I have some Rituals that you can do with the wind.

    Finally, we'll hear some poetry from Michael Lee. It's called "Pass On".

    Do good. Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: May 14, 2018
  • 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.

    Do good. Enjoy the show.
  • Pub Date: May 07, 2018
  • Music In Ritual
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  • I think a lot about music and the power that music has. 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.

    Do good. Enjoy the show.
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