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Water Magick for Autumn

This week here on The Spiral Dance, we continue our celebration of Autumn as we look at some of the season's important associations.

Water is one of the elements in ancient Greek philosophy, and in Occult circles it's associated with the Western Quarter of the Circle, and with the season of Autumn. So we'll look at how and why Water got associated with the Autumn as we tie in some of their similar Magickal Properties.

Then we'll take a walk into an Autumn Garden with Ellen…

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Added by Hawthorne on October 8, 2019 at 6:53am — No Comments

Thinking About Deism

Deism as an encompassing thought and philosophy had a major influence over those we in American call our Founding Fathers. Thus the shape of our Constitution is very much a product of Deism.

 

But what's the connection between Deism and Paganism? Well, in the Eighteenth Century many Deists spoke of a Creator God, or The God of Nature. They connected to the Devine through Rational Thought Processes, and by connecting with Nature.

 

Clearly the Deists of 1775 would…

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Added by Hawthorne on March 12, 2019 at 10:55am — No Comments

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

This week we talk about The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

 

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…

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Added by Hawthorne on March 6, 2019 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Tales Told Out of School; Urban Myths

The Urban Myth is the subject of this week's show.

 

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…

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Added by Hawthorne on February 26, 2019 at 7:19am — No Comments

Love Notes for Valentines Day

Valentine's Day will be here on the 14th. Let's pass a couple love notes!

 

Some people believe that the Ancient Roman holiday of the Lupercalia was the forerunner to Valentine's Day. That's not actually true, but there are some associations so we'll take a look at what the Lupcalia was all about.

 

Then we'll talk a bit about the Christian St. Valentine - or ValentineS, plural. There was actually more than one Valentine - but were they all…

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Added by Hawthorne on February 12, 2019 at 7:26am — No Comments

February; Fire and Ice

They say that February was made the shortest month because everybody wants it to be OVER WITH from the start!

 

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.

 

Fire and Ice are the Primordial elements that, in the Norse Tradition 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…

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Added by Hawthorne on February 5, 2019 at 7:50am — No Comments

A Celebration for Imbolc

Welcome to our celebration of Imbolc.

 

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…

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Added by Hawthorne on January 29, 2019 at 10:46am — No Comments

Happiness!

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 -…

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Added by Hawthorne on January 21, 2019 at 5:35pm — No Comments

All Along the Watchtowers

This week we Welcome The Guardians of the Watchtowers.

 

e on The Spiral DanceWe'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…

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Added by Hawthorne on January 16, 2019 at 7:01am — No Comments

The Philosopher's Stone

This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're talking about the Philosopher's Stone.

 

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…

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Added by Hawthorne on January 9, 2019 at 7:04am — No Comments

Transition and Transcend

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

The January Moon is known as the Cold Moon and the Wolf Moon. It is a time when shedding and cleansing takes place, the old year is released and the energy of the New Year is beginning. This is a time for letting go from the past and starting anew.

 

So this week, here on the Spiral Dance, let's work together to make this New Years Transition work so that we could Transcend toward our goals for 2019.

Be well! Do good! Enjoy the…

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Added by Hawthorne on January 1, 2019 at 8:55am — No Comments

Blessed Yule!

The Night is cold and Oh so long, for the lady has grown old and the god has long since died

But I learn there is reason for Hope, for there is newly born a child.

The Lord of the Sun has returned

 

Oh, Powers of Air, I seek the newborn child. Is he within your realm?

The powers of Air answer: Follow the Star to the Hidden cave

 

Oh Powers of Fire, I seek the newborn child. Is he within your realm?

The powers of Fire answer: Follow the…

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Added by Hawthorne on December 18, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Living the Dark

This week let's celebrate the Dark of the Year.

 

We all know it's rediculous to be afraid of the Dark, but cultural associations with Darkness remain strong, and it seems almost natural to be uncomfortable with this time of the year..

 

So, we'll talk about the gifts that this time of the year bring us - such as much needed rest! And much needed introspection as well.

 

And we'll take a look at the Dark Side of Your Moon. You know when the Dark of…

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Added by Hawthorne on December 11, 2018 at 10:52am — No Comments

The Winter Moons

This week here on The Spiral Dance, we celebrate the Full Moons of Winter.

 

All the full moons have names, as you know. But during the Winter, the Dark time of the year the moon has an ever stronger effect on us.

 

Each of the Full Moons of December, January, February and March have different qualities. So we'll take a look at each moon's quality.

 

This year's December full moon is on Saturday, the 22nd, the day after Yule! It will be the longest…

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Added by Hawthorne on December 5, 2018 at 6:16pm — No Comments

A Flexible Mind

This week we talk about what in the scientific community is known as Cognitive Flexibility. Try to wrap your mind around that!

 

With a flexible mind you could do all sorts of things, like increase your creativity, get yourself unstuck from Pain and generally be happier and more productive in your life.

 

So, here's to all the things the mind can do for you if you only just let it!.

Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!

Some of…

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Added by Hawthorne on November 27, 2018 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Eldering

I once thought I was going to Live Hard and Die Young. That didn't work out! Maybe I didn't live hard enough, I don't know. But here I am, looking back at everything.

So, now what? Well, first thing, of course I DEMAND RESPECT!

But, Eldering isn't really something you are; it's something you DO. The idea around Eldering is how older people can relate and function in the world. But in order to do that at all, there has to be some understanding of how their society looks at them,…

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Added by Hawthorne on November 6, 2018 at 7:37am — No Comments

A Celebration for Samhain

"Now is the Night of November Eve, as the Samhain rites begin.

 

Spirits step from the World Beyond, this night when the Veil is thin.

 

Coming through the Land of Shadows, awakening from the World of Dreams,

joining hands with the Children of Midnight as the Moonlight Lantern gleams.

 

Drifting in the Wind of Evening, Chanting words in an ancient tongue,

dancing light to the music of Fearies, as the Sacred Prayer is…

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Added by Hawthorne on October 29, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments

Holy Grail, Holy Cauldron

This week we look at the so-called Holy Grail.

What is this thing that people are so enamored of? Did it even exist? People have been searching for it for hundreds of years, and it seems whenever they decide they can't find it, they create stories about it.

So, let's travel back to the 12th century, where the myth of the Holy Grail seems to have it's beginnings. And we'll take a look at some of the embellishments that have been attached to it over time.

There does seem…

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Added by Hawthorne on October 16, 2018 at 7:38am — No Comments

Water Magick for Autumn

This week, we continue our celebration of Autumn as we look at some of the season's important associations.

 

Water is one of the elements in ancient Greek philosophy, and in Occult circles it's associated with the Western Quarter of the Circle, and with the season of Autumn. So we'll look at how and why Water got associated with the Autumn as we tie in some of their similar Magickal Properties.

Then we'll take a walk into an Autumn Garden with Ellen Dugan, well known…

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Added by Hawthorne on October 9, 2018 at 6:38pm — No Comments

The Magick of Masking

This week here on The Spiral Dance, let's create Magick through Masking. If you went to a Halloween party recently, what would you GO AS?

 

We all wear masks, although the extent to which we layer ourselves or are aware of them varies greatly.

 

Masks are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin.

 

One reason for wearing a mask is to pretend to be someone…

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Added by Hawthorne on October 2, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments


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