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…Continue
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
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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
Blessed Beltane, one and all! Beltane is happening on Wednesday, 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…
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This week here on The Spiral Dance, it's all about "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…Continue
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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
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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.
Then, after we get our Inner Child straight, we'll discuss two issues for real kids:
First, A Welcoming, Naming and Blessing Ritual for newborns, then A Comng of Age ritual to…Continue
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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.
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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)
Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show!
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This week on The Spiral Dance we celebrate Eostara; The Spring Equinox
Astronomically, the Equinox occurs on Wednesday, 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
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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This week here on The Spiral Dance, we're discussing Animal Totems.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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