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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
Tuesday
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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
Tom commented on Hawthorne's blog post The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
"Anyone interested in a Wiccan path should listen to this podcast"
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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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 Dawn. So, I think for that reason alone, since we've just had an anniversary of the establishment…See More
Mar 7
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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 that the Urban Myth expresses a…See More
Feb 21
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Love Notes for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is upon us. 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 lovers?? Which brings us to Romantic Love - as old as the human race,…See More
Feb 14
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"I liked what you had to say and it's so very true."
Feb 9

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Air Magick

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 11:55am 0 Comments

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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Leprechauns and Other Wee Folk

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 4:06pm 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Music In Ritual

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 11:22am 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Mystery Cults

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 10:50am 0 Comments

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…

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