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…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on May 15, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on May 8, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on April 17, 2018 at 7:42am — No Comments
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. And pretty soon we'll listen to a recorded guided meditation from Alan Cohen for connecting with your Inner Child. This is from his album, "Journey to the Center of the Heart", and the meditation is…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on April 10, 2018 at 7:34am — No Comments
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.
Added by Hawthorne on April 3, 2018 at 7:59am — No Comments
In honor of April Fools Day, our theme this week is: The Trickster and Fool. We'll take a look at the history of April Fools Day, as well as the Role that the Fool and the Trickster play in Earth-Based religious practices.
And in case you didn't know, Easter occurs on April 1st this year. I have a spoken word piece by Matt McCormick,: "The Salem Witchcraft Argument Against The Resurrection Of Jesus". Matt McCormick is a professor of philosophy for…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on March 27, 2018 at 7:53am — No Comments
This week on The Spiral Dance we celebrate Eostara; The Spring Equinox
Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Tuesday, March 20. We'll be talking about the history of Spring Equinox - the role that it has played in cultures down the ages:
So, we'll talk about the Norse Goddess Eoster. Is she a bonefide Goddess, or just a fiction created by one author? Does it matter, really?
Plus ya can't talk about this time of the year without mentioning…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on March 20, 2018 at 4:19am — No Comments
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was formally establihed on March 1, 1888. It's had a tremendous influence on Western Occult thought over the past century. Indeed, it's easy to say that without the Golden Dawn, Wicca - and therefore the whole Pagan revival - might never have seen the light of day.
It's really too bad that today in Greece there is a neo-fascist group calling themselves Golden Dawn. So, I think for that reason alone, since we've just had an anniversary of…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on March 6, 2018 at 8:16am — No Comments
Urban myths; why do we tell eachother such stories? They're always so extreme and fantastic that, really, the rational mind knows they can't be true. But not only do we tell them anyway; we, in fact listen to them as well. Maybe these fantastic set of circumstances just might be real afterall!
The Urban myth has alot in common with traditional myths and folklore, in the way they satisfy a need for storytelling. It may be that the Urban Myth expresses a feeling that we live in…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on February 27, 2018 at 7:56am — No Comments
In the general neoPagan community people - not everyone - who work with animal spirit guides talk about Animal Totems.
Purists will tell you that that's kind of a misnomer. Totems are not really spirit guides and spirit guides are not really totems.
Where do YOU stand on this immense question??
Well, I'm here to untangle the whole mess and by the time we're finished we'll all know what really is…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on February 20, 2018 at 7:45am — No Comments
After we Give Thanks to the Earth, we're going to look at Earth Magick; specifically the Element of Earth - what that's meant since ancient times and what it means in ceremonial magick today. And we'll look at the tradtions of Gnomes, the Fay and Lay Lines.
And since we're celebrating The Earth, we'll celebrate the Earth Mother and specifically the Goddess Gaia.
And just to liven up the soup - Salt!
And we'll finish up with an Earth Meditation…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on February 13, 2018 at 7:34am — No Comments
They say that February was made the shortest month because everybody wants it to be OVER WITH!
But February is one of the most primordial months. It's all about extremes. And, like the sabbat Imbolc, it's just as much about Fire as it is about Ice.
In the Norse Tradition, Fire and Ice are the Primordial elements that formed to create our world. So this is a good time to think a bit about the Nordic Tradition; just what is and what it means.
Added by Hawthorne on February 6, 2018 at 8:20am — No Comments
We're at the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Perfectly natural to want to jump up and down and start acting like Spring is Here! Folly, pure folly! Watch out if the weather is fine on Imbolc - you might find yourself shoveling the driveway on Eostara!
But before that, let's take some time to honor the Goddess Brigid, the Triple Goddess of Poetry, Healing and Smithcrafting.
And we'll enjoy some Tres Leches cake…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on January 30, 2018 at 7:37am — No Comments
Are you among the Shiny Happy People? Or does the thought make you fear that you could be labled a fuzzy bunny Wiccan? Perhaps you are genuinely happy with your Dark Magicks!
Happiness is amorphous. It's hard to define, and sometimes it's hard to know if we really have it. But when we DO have happiness in our lives it truly is a Shiny thing.
So this week we're going to look at just what is meant by "happines", and we'll look at it from different perspectives -…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on January 23, 2018 at 12:59pm — No Comments
All Along the Watchtowers
We've all done it; we've created Sacred Space by calling the Spirits of the Four Directions. We stand at each direction and draw the appropriate pentagram and we Invoke the Spirits that have the appropriate character.
But where does all that mumbo jumbo come from? Some say Gerald Gardner, which is correct to a point. Others say that Witches have been doing that on their own and in secret, like, forever - which is really not at…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on January 17, 2018 at 7:48am — No Comments
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Just what IS the Philosopher's Stone? Where does it come from? Is it even a Stone?
This question has been bothering people for generations. Some people just give up and say it's just a lot of poetic rhetoric. Others say, "No, look! I've done it! I've got it right here!"
Some say it's all Devilry, others say it's all God stuff. Well, you can choose as we try to sort it all out.
Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on January 9, 2018 at 8:27am — No Comments
Let's gaze at the clear cold night sky as we honor The Stars of Winter. We'll look up to find The Winter Triangle. Stars that are part of the Winter Triangle teach us that their forces can aid in the service to those of us who are spiritually attuned.
And we take it a step further as we honor two special "stars" of Winter; the Norse Goddess Skadi, and the Norse God, Ullr.
Now, did you know that Scandinavia may have been named after the Goddess Skadi. Some…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on January 3, 2018 at 8:34am — No Comments
Christmas, a humbug?!
Personally, I wouldn't mind spending Christmas on Christmas Island or anywhere far, far away!
Are you tired of hearing about the miracles of Christ by now? Well, I sure am.
It's a humbug, I say, and a humbug still!
So this week, let's take a good close look at how Their Savior, Jesus Christ, Their Lord never actually existed. Let's compare his story to the hundreds?, thousands? of Pagan Savior Gods who bear remarkable similarities to…Continue
Added by Hawthorne on December 27, 2017 at 8:28am — No Comments
So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you…Continue
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