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A Midsummer Celebration

Blessed Litha to 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!…See More
Tuesday
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Fruit in Myth and Magick

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 these. Also, we'll learn how To Use Fruit Symbolism for Good Feng Shui!Be well! Do good!Grab an apple!Enjoy the show.…See More
Jun 13
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Amulets and Talismans

For this week's show I want to talk about a specific part of the World of Magick; Amulets and Talismans. And you know, the plural of Talisman is not TalisMEN. The plural of talisman is in fact talismans. Well, anyway, what's so great about talisMANS, or amulets, for that matter? 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…See More
Jun 6
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The Language of Flowers

This week here on The Spiral Dance; 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 a Spring Flower, I have a traditional story from Hans Christian Anderson…See More
May 30
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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 northeast to the southwest have…See More
May 23
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Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk

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 Himself - come to think of it, I've never heard of a female Leprechaun). So this week, we'll look at just…See More
May 16
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Music In Ritual

Music is such a vital and powerful force. 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 to write and create effective chants to be used in…See More
May 9
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Mystery Cults

Mystery Cults, or 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…See More
May 3
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Celebrating Beltane

This week, we celebrate Beltane! Beltane is happening on Monday, 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 we're at…See More
Apr 25
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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 mhagickal 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 Rummage and Recycle. Afterall, "Repair, Re-fashion and…See More
Apr 18
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"This wk: Inner Child/Outer Child. What does the Inner child mean to you? How would you like to see Pagan kids transition into adulthood?"
Apr 11
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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 take a look at the Season of Spring - from the…See More
Apr 4
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April First; Trickster and Fool

April first is coming around! 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. Also, a quick look at some of the best known hoaxes in the history of the Western World (well, sort of, anyway) And we'll hear some foolishness from today's Modern Trickster, Russell Brand. The English actor and commedian has, in my opinion,…See More
Mar 28
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Mar 24
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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 scoff at the Pagans of today. But…See More
Mar 21
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Celebrating Eostara

The Spring Equinox occurs on Monday, March 20. We call it Eostara, for the Norse Goddess Eostre.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 Rabbits & Eggs; and, of course, the Balance of Light and Dark. The Spring Equinox marks the point in the solar year when day and night are of equal duration, and the daytime once again becomes longer than night. In Pagan mythology it marks…See More
Mar 15

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A Midsummer Celebration

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 9:54am 0 Comments

Blessed Litha to 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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Fruit in Myth and Magick

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 6:43am 0 Comments

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 these.

 

Also, we'll learn how To Use Fruit Symbolism for Good Feng Shui!

Be well! Do…

Continue

Amulets and Talismans

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:14am 0 Comments

For this week's show I want to talk about a specific part of the World of Magick; Amulets and Talismans.

 

And you know, the plural of Talisman is not TalisMEN. The plural of talisman is in fact talismans.

 

Well, anyway, what's so great about talisMANS, or amulets, for that matter? 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…

Continue

The Language of Flowers

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 10:19am 0 Comments

This week here on The Spiral Dance; 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 a Spring…

Continue

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