Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Veil Grows Thin

It's that time of year again, my favorite, when the shadows lengthen and the sunlight produces a magical quality of light. Here's a video clip of several Spiral Dances. If you know what I look like, you can see me clearly in some of them. This past year, when filmmaker Susan Stern shot the ritual, I'm wearing red. In the one from 1979, I'm slim, with long brown hair and a toddler on my hip. In 2007 I'm round and grey-maned.

The sweet soprano you can hear on this video is the late Susan North, of whose death I wrote last January. You can also see photos of two other significant Reclaiming Witches in this video: Raven Moonshadow and Judy Foster.

I think this video gives you an idea of how intoxicating dancing a spiral with hundreds of others can be.

Alas, I won't be there this year. I'll be dancing with the Dead in Chicago with other visiting Pagan scholars who are there for the AAR Annual Meeting. I surely do hope we dance a spiral.


Aquila ka Hecate said...

Wow. I needed to tell you how moving this video was - we have nothing quite like it here.
I'm sitting with tears in my eyes.

If you go to the YouTube site, next to the video (on the upper right of the page) is a piece of code labelled 'embed'. Copy this code into your blog post and it should show up there.

Terri in Joburg

Broomstick Chronicles said...

Thanks. I did it.

WitchDoctorJoe said...

Hey lady, long time no see.
Wow, I'm a big tough guy and the video brought tears to my eyes too.

It stirs something deep, I miss that.

See you at the preCon intensive.

Blessed Be.

Amy said...

Merry Meet!!!

I new learning about all this as a solitare practioner. But I found myself getting emotional cause I think it makes me realize that I long to belong with such beliefs. I wish there was something like this where I'm from. It would be amazing to be able to experience this kind of gathering. Maybe someday I will be lucky to attend something like this. THank you for sharing!!

May the white light warmth and bless you!! BB! Amy