Happy New Year, everyoine!
Our topic this week is New Years' and the month of January. We start out with a New Year's prayer/spell, using an hour glass to meditate on changes that occur at this time of year. This was originally penned by Silver Ravenwolf. Then we'll talk about some holiday traditions, including a figure from Italian folk-tradition, known as La Bafanna, and also the Scottish New Year festival called Hogmany. And we'll also look at meaning and…Continue
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Happy Thanksgiving! It's our National Gathering of Our Tribes. This week we talk a bit about some of the earlier European traditions that the American holiday of Thanksgiving is born out of.
Plus, see how much you know about the United States, with my little 20-question quiz! Then check my website for the answers.
And we'll talk about how you can make your Thanksgiving meal a MAGICKAL meal. Plus I've some American Folk Customs and finally, I'll read for you the ORIGINAL…Continue
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Some people say how can you be both? Aren't you confused? In all honesty, there are times I am confused as to where to begin the research. But, I am not confused. I have never been the type of person that could follow one path because I never fit in as one particular religion. How can I be both you ask again? Well very easily, I believe that God created this world and Wicca allows me a way to worship the nature that he created and honor it through my rituals and spells. I do acknowledge all…Continue
My boyfriend led me on a guided meditation the other night so that I might see who my Goddess was. I had been trying to figure out just who called to me but was unable to hear her. So I went on this journey to seek her out.
I started on the beach at sunset. I stood close to the waters edge, next to me a fire burned in a fire pit. I could smell the salt and the burning wood. I was at peace here with the warm sand beneath my bare feet. As I watched the waves lap at the beach She…Continue
The theme for this week's show is the so-called Holy Grail. What is this thing that people through time are supposed to be so enamored of? Did it ever even exist?
Follow along as we go back to the 13-th century and we'll see if we could make any real sense of it.
And, finally, just after The Spiral Dance Spell of the Week, listen for something very special!
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This week on The Spiral Dance, we delve into the meaning and uses of Divination.
You know; to conduct a Divination IS to have a conversation with the Gods! So we'll talk about how Divination has played a role in history. Then we'll look at a few well-known methods of Divination.
We'll start with Divination of Stones, through Runes - what are Runes and how are they used. Then we'll look at Divination of Trees with the Celtic Ogham alphabet. And, finally - Earth Prophesy through…Continue
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We're getting into the thick of autumn, as the days become cooler and nights become longer.
In occult terms, autumn is associated with The West, and with Water. Water is associated with The Moon, the Goddess and with Emotions. So this week, we talk about Water Magick.
Part of the traditional lore of Water are Water Spirits. So we'll listen to a recorded spoken word traditional story called, "The Selkie", as presented by Mara Freeman.
And then, let's also talk about our…Continue
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Autumn brings about subtle changes in all of us. Our consciousness begins to shift from the more actively mental to the more psychically receptive state appropriate for the Dark Half of the year. So, this week in honor of Autumn I want to talk about The Stars of Autumn.
And, who are the Stars of Autumn? Firstly, the Great Goddess Herself. I have for you The Charge of the Autumn Goddess. And along with that we'll talk a bit about some of the Astrological forces…Continue
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Farewell, O Sun; ever-returning Light, The Hidden God, who ever yet remains.
He now departs to the Land of Youth, through the Gates of Death,
to dwell enthroned, as the Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air!
Yet, as He stands unseen without the Circle, so dweleth He within the Secret Seed;
-the Seed of New-reaped grain, the Seed of Flesh;
Hidden in Earth, the marvelous Seed of Stars.
In Him is Life, and Life is the Light of Man. That which was Never Born, Never…
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This week on The Spiral Dance, let's give a welcome to the month of September! Of course the main feature of September is the Equinox, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. And we'll have our Mabon show at that time.
Meanwhile, let's talk about the Roman festival which was known as the Ludi Romani, which occured in September.
And I also want to talk about the Roman Goddess, Pomona. Pomona was the Roman goddess of orchards and fruit trees, and thus She is closely associated…Continue
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Labor Day is a good time to think about how we as Pagans relate to work.
But, to do that, we first need to understand how the larger society relates to work, and we have to understand how all of this has come about over the ages.
So, let's examine that Sacred Cow known as the Protestant Work Ethic. Has every society always thought that Work was all that great? Or was it actually something to be avoided?
And then, what about Ethics in general. Since the Work…
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Just watched Greece:Crucible Of Civilization. Love Liam Neeson. I did find the documentary incomplete.Would have loved to hear more Iliad and the role Paganism played in the cultural; That was there all along.
I did appreciate the acknowledgement that homers work sparked a revolution. At first only the children of the elite were privy to the stories and felt motivated to grab power like Zeus had.Finally,the poor gained access thru song and word of mouth.Eventually,the victims of…Continue
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Please contact me and I will put you in contact with them.
(330)240-3605 text is preferred as I do work.…Continue
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This week, we speak of Fate - Your fate, and my fate. WHAT IS TO BECOME OF US?? Do the stars know? Would they tell if they did? Just what do we mean by "Fate"? Do we mean a belief that there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos? Or does it have something to do with Destiny? And, who are all those old women, and what are they weaving? And, if you think you could rely on that old Rule of Three, think again! Finally, I want to share a poem from the 19th century that continues to be quoted…Continue
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This week on The Spiral Dance is Bread. Bread is important to the sabbat of Lammas because Lammas is a time of the first Harvest, and it's associations with Grain, and thus Bread. In fact Bread, and the cultivation of wheat is believed to be at the foundation of Human Settlements, and thus, society and our beleif systems.
So, how do you like your bread? Freshly baked with some melting butter? Maybe toasted with your favorite jam? Is there a particular kind of bread you favor? This…Continue
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This week on The Spiral Dance is our annual celebration of Lammas! Also called Loughnasaud, it's one of the major cross-quarter sabbats. Lammas is a time of the first Harvest, and is sacred to the God Lough. We'll talk about the traditions and myths associated with Lammas from over the centuries and around the world right up until Now.
One tradition is it's associations with Grain. From the European Corn Dolly to the Rice Mother, honoring staple products like grain and corn is a…Continue
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I am new to Wicca and new to Nxy. I'm not sure if this is where I am meant to be or not and thats why i would like any and all help in my quest for knowledge. I would love to hear from anyone who would like to share experiences and ideas with me. As of right now, i am in my study period before i decide to dedicate myself to Wicca and to Nxy, and any information would be greatly appreciated. Any books that were helpful, websites that interesting, or any information you have come across that…Continue
Happy Thor's Day! This week on the Spiral Dance every day is Thor's Day as we celebrate the Norse God, Thor!
First we take a look at how and where Thor's stories have played an important role in History.
Then, we look at one of Thor's most important roles - Thor at Ragnorak
Then, I will share with you Thrym's Lay, from the Poetic Edda
And, from modern times we have the poem, "The Challenge of Thor", by Henry Wadsworth…Continue
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