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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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June 2021 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jun 28, 2021
  • 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.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2021
  • 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!
  • Pub Date: Jun 14, 2021
  • 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'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.

    Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
  • Pub Date: Jun 08, 2021
  • 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!
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