As the Reclaiming Spiral Dance approaches and the 40th anniversary arrives, I reached out to some witches about their experiences.
I spoke with Georgie Craig, a long time member of Reclaiming, Spiral Dance wrangler of witches, ritualist, Witchcamp organizer, and teacher, a teacher in community (she and I taught Elements together in 2013?), and a friend.
Irisanya: When was your first Spiral Dance, Georgie?
Georgie: It was 20 years ago? How could 20 years have passed like a blink of the eye, or a day wandering around Witch Camp? That’s what I asked myself when I found these photos from the 1999 Spiral Dance ritual. There I am, my younger self, holding a mask dedicated to Inanna, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. There I am wearing the Inanna mask and costume, standing in front of the North Altar before the ritual began. It seems only yesterday I chanted “Let It Begin. Let It Begin, Now!” I was so excited that I was part of the promenade with my sister Witches, all of whom were wearing masks of the Goddesses they loved. During the Deity Invocation, I and many others danced in a long line wearing these beautiful aspects of the Divine. I counted myself lucky back then to have discovered and to be part of this rich and evolving tradition.
Irisanya: How had you come to Reclaiming?
Georgie: I had stumbled upon Reclaiming four years earlier, after reading Starhawk’s “The Spiral Dance.” When I first read it, I had no idea where it would lead. When I finished the book I followed the breadcrumbs to discover real Witches teaching transformative magic. Participating in these rituals, taking classes, delving deep into myself, and dancing with my shadow, has changed me profoundly. I’d discovered people who believed as I did that the Earth is alive and sacred. I’d finally felt seen and accepted.
Irisanya: How has your life changed in this time?
Georgie: Now, it’s 20 years later. My journey with Reclaiming, though not without its interesting detours, has enriched my life. I’ve made lifelong friends. I’ve learned how to love myself more, while deepening my connection to Deity and the Mysterious Ones. You know who you are!
Georgie: And though I’m not the dancer I used to be, I still consider myself deeply blessed to be part of the tapestry of the Reclaiming Tradition. I know this year, the 40th, will be filled with magic and beauty. And I hope that 20 years from now, I’ll still be dancing with my mysterious and beautiful Witches.
Details about this year’s Reclaiming Spiral Dance ritual:
DATE: October 26, 2019
LOCATION: Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
TIME: Doors open at 6pm; ritual begins at 7pm
COST: $0 – $130, no one turned away
SUBMIT NAMES OF BELOVED DEAD: https://www.reclaimingspiraldance.org/the-beloved-dead