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The Stars of Autumn

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on October 1, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Your Creative Muse and You

If you're the creative type, you probably spend way too much time beating yourself up about how "uncreative" you are. Well, your friend Hawthorne is here to help. Many people think they have a clear idea of what it means to be creative, and a whole lot of myths have been built up around that notion. It may be too much to say that Everything You Thought You Knew About Creativity is Wrong, but this week we'll bust some creativity myths that, hopefully, once you see past them, will unleash your…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on September 26, 2019 at 9:53am — No Comments

A Celebration of Mabon

This week is our annual Celebration of the Autumn Equinox - what many of us know as Mabon. So we'll look at some of the well-known myths, legends and traditions surrounding Mabon.

 

And we'll honor The Dark Mother, plus we'll bring a little Balance and Gratitude into our lives.

 

And finally - An Apple Harvest Ritual!

Be we. Do good. Enjoy the show!

Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include Urban Myth: "Harves…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on September 17, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How and Why We Daydream

This week, we talk about Daydreaming!

 

Everyone, has daydreams on a regular basis. Daydreams can get us into trouble, but they can also prove to be the source of our personal fulfillment.

 

So, let's take a good look at Why and How We Daydream. And more, why we often get away with daydreaming before we get into real trouble. Now, there is a difference between Daydreaming vs. Mindfulness. It may seem paradoxical, but the truth is we need both, and both can…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on September 10, 2019 at 9:53am — No Comments

A Lammas Celebration

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on July 30, 2019 at 1:52pm — No Comments

The Sacred Traveler

Here we are, in the middle of summer; it's time to go out and see the world!

 

As the song says, "A week in Paris will ease the bite of it", but the Sacred Traveler tries to go a bit deeper. The Sacred Traveler looks for the transcendental, the numinous, making time off from his day gig a life learning process or even an exercise in self-realization.

 

Well, what is it that attracts people to places…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on July 23, 2019 at 1:42pm — 3 Comments

Beach Magick

This week, the Spiral Dance is just a Day at the Beach! We'll start with the Charge of the Sea Goddess and we'll explore the role that Water has always had in religion.

 

From there we'll look at a few Sea Gods and Goddesses. Then I want to share a story. This is a spoken word peice presented by Mara Freeman. It's called, The Selkie!

 

Finally, we'll get right down to the shore and do some actual beach magick!

Be we. Do good. Enjoy the show!…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on July 9, 2019 at 11:53am — No Comments

Independence Day and the Goddess Columbia

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on July 2, 2019 at 10:07am — No Comments

Summertime, Fire and the South

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on June 25, 2019 at 1:12pm — No Comments

A Midsummer Celebration

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on June 18, 2019 at 11:29am — No Comments

Fruit in Myth and Magick

Have you ever thouthgt about the role that Fruit plays in myth and magick? Well, this week we'll compare apples to oranges.

 

Fruit appears in myths from around the world. Often it is a symbol of abundance, associated with goddesses of fertility, plenty, and the harvest.

 

And, as you may expect, many of the most significant fruits in world mythology, such as the apple, have different meanings to different cultures. We'll take a short look at many of…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on June 12, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk

It's springtime, and Fearies abound. Let's see if we can't catch us one!

 

The Leprechaun is one of the major images that the Mainstream Culture has of what a Feary is, or what a Feary looks like. The other, of course, is Disney's Tinkerbell. Whatever Pagan path you may be following, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that neither of those images fullfills the whole tradition of the Fearie.

 

But anyway, the Leprechaun has a pretty interesting story by itself (or…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on June 4, 2019 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Air Magick

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on May 21, 2019 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Mystery Cults

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on May 14, 2019 at 9:46am — No Comments

Music In Ritual

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…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on May 7, 2019 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

Blessed Beltane

Blessed Beltane, one and all! Beltane is happening on Wednesday, the first of May!  It's a festival of Fertility and Love as we welcome the flowering of Nature's Return. In our mythology Beltane represents the Mating of the Goddess and the God. It's The Original White Wedding!

So, we'll talk in more detail about the meaning and significance of May Day from our earliest history.  Plus we'll talk about the mythologies and customs that are traditionally associated with Beltane.  And, while…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on April 30, 2019 at 4:26pm — No Comments

The Language of Flowers

This week here on The Spiral Dance, it's all about "Floriography"- the Language of Flowers!

 

Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century, but Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years.

 

And so, for springtime, lets look at the magick of 3 springtime flowers; the rose, the tulip, and the dandelion.

 

Also, while the Snowdrop is more a HARBINGER of spring rather than…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on April 23, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments

Spring Cleaning

It's time for Spring Cleaning!

 

The idea of Spring Cleaning actually goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. We'll take a look at why Spring has become the time when we Clean House.

And, while House Cleaning IS TERRIBLY, BORINGLY mundane, it does have magickal implications, and so we'll talk about some ways we can bring our Magick into our chores in some very powerful ways.

 

While we're clearing out our attics, let's look for Crafty Ways to…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on April 16, 2019 at 9:22am — No Comments

Inner Child / Outer Child

This week, it's Kids' stuff here on The spiral Dance! Our theme is The Inner Child and the Outer Child.

 

What does the Inner Child mean to you? Do you feel trustful toward your Inner Child?

These are the sorts of questions we'll be examining in the first part of the show.

 

Then, after we get our Inner Child straight, we'll discuss two issues for real kids:

First, A Welcoming, Naming and Blessing Ritual for newborns, then A Comng of Age ritual to…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on April 9, 2019 at 10:49am — No Comments

Spring Visions

I'm dedicating this weeks show to one of the Five Cardinal Elements, the Element of Air. It's a good topic for April because, by many traditions, Air is associated with Springtime and Day's Beginning.

 

Usually associated with Men's Mysteries, Air is most often thought of as on the Mental Plane.

 

The Romans gave the month of April it's name, which they called, Aprilis. For the Romans, it signifies a time of unfolding leaves and flowers.

 

So we'll…

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Added by Radiohawthorne on April 1, 2019 at 9:08pm — No Comments

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