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    Winners of RQ's first online contest are:

    Songflower Mari
    Morgana LeFey
    Selene Vega

    This contest's winners receive a copy of "Let It Begin: Music from the Spiral Dance." Below are the questions with the correct answers.

    New contest begins December 1, 2004 - click here!

    The Spiral Dance - An RQ Contest

    See below for complete contest rules.

    1. What was the year of the first Spiral Dance ritual? 1979

    2. What is the name of the San Francisco building where most Spiral Dances were held during the 1980s? The Women's Building

    3. Apart from its size and the time it takes, what is the unique feature of the actual spiral dance at the Samhain Spiral Dance ritual, as contrasted with spiral dances at smaller rituals? It is a double-spiral, with two separate lines intertwining

    4. The Reclaiming Spiral Dance CD is named after one of the songs sung in the ritual. What is the title of the Spiral Dance CD? Let It Begin

    5. To reach the island of the ancestors, participants sail in a boat over the ________________ Sea. (fill in the blank - the reference is contained in a song from the ritual) The Sunless Sea, from the song "Set Sail"

    6. BONUS QUESTION -- If you had never heard the word "Samhain" pronounced, but knew that it was Celtic, how would you know that the letter "m" is not pronounced? According to our best information, the presence of the letter "h" indicates that the preceding consonant is not pronounced. Hence, Samhain = "sow-in," and Bodhrain = "ba-ran." -- If anyone else can shed more light on this, please email us at

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    Official Rules for the "RQ Online Contest"


    We apologize to our readers outside the U.S. and Canada that we cannot legally extend this contest outside these bounds. Email us if you have questions.

    1. Eligibility. All entrants must be legal residents of the U. S. or Canada, and must be at least 18 years of age. Only entrants who have Internet access and an active email account are eligible. Employees of Reclaiming, members of the Wheel, and members of the Reclaiming Quarterly cell, their advertising agencies, promotional partners (listed below), investors and members of their immediate families or households are not eligible to participate or win prizes.

    2. Timing. The "RQ Trivia" Contest will run from October 1, 2004 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time until October 31, 2004, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. All dates are subject to change, as Reclaiming deems necessary.

    3. To Enter. There is only one (1) way to enter the "RQ Trivia Contest. Contestants must email your answers to, or mail them to PO Box 14404, San Francisco, CA 94114. Responses must be received by the contest deadline. RQ is the sole arbiter of whether an entry is received by the deadline.

    4. Final Prize Winners. The final prize winners (five winners) will be selected by a random drawing among all correct entries received at the end of the contest period. The selection will be held in San Francisco, California, and will be overseen by Reclaiming Quarterly, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects related to the administration of the contest and the selection of the final prize winners. Within seven (7) days after selection, final prize winners will receive notification. Results of the Contest and Winners' List will be posted at on or about one week after the closing date of the contest. Copies of these Official Rules and the Final Prize Winners' List may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Reclaiming Quarterly, PO Box 14404, San Francisco, CA 94114.

    5. Prizes. The prizes, number of prizes and estimated retail value are set forth as follows: Three (3) winners of the designated CD, estimated retail value $15.95. In the event that a winner already owns the designated CD, RQ will offer a substitute Reclaiming CD from available stock. All prize winners are solely responsible for any local, state or federal taxes, and any other fees or costs connected with any prize, except for shipping, handling and notification charges, which will be paid by Reclaiming Quarterly as part of the prizes. Prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. Winners agree to accept all terms, conditions and rules of this Contest as well as any and all end-user license agreements that apply. No cash alternative or other substitution is allowed. Reclaiming Quarterly reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, whether in cash or otherwise, if the prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason.

    6. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest shall constitute the winner's consent to Reclaiming Quarterly's use and inclusion of the final prize winner's name in its Final Prize Winners' List that will be posted on its website, without further payment or consideration.

    7. Reclaiming, their promotional partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, directors, officers, employees, and agents, assume no liability or responsibility for any damage, loss or injury to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in this Contest or acceptance or use of any prize or substitute prize, including without limitation, personal injury, property damage, claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy or from any misuse or malfunction of such prize or substitute prize. By acceptance and receipt of any prize, the participant agrees to release and hold harmless, Reclaiming, all companies providing prizes for the "RQ Trivia" Contest, and their affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, directors, officers, employees and agents from any damage or injury to persons or property arising from acceptance, receipt or use of any prize or substitute prize. Reclaiming Quarterly reserves the right, without prior notice, to cancel or modify the contest if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond its reasonable control impairs the integrity of the contest as determined by Reclaiming Quarterly in its sole discretion. In the event of such impairment, Reclaiming Quarterly may choose winners from all eligible entries received as of the time of impairment.

    8. All the material provided by Reclaiming Quarterly are subject to copyright protection and remain the property of each such party. All rights reserved.

    9. By accepting these terms, entrants agree to abide by these rules. No warranty is made or implied by any provisions in these rules; participants must assume all risks associated with this contest. By entering, participants release and hold harmless Reclaiming, their promotion partners, and agents of each, from all liability of any type whatsoever; nor are they responsible for technical or human errors in transmission or receipt of entries, or for miscommunication or lost entries.

    Reclaiming Quarterly will be collecting personal information, including but not limited to email addresses. This information will not be shared wiith any other group or project, but will be used for purposes of administration of the Contest and for RQ promotion. By accepting these terms and conditions, participants agree to use and distribution by and among Reclaiming of such personal information for internal purposes only, such as prize notification, promotions and so forth. No information collected by Reclaiming Quarterly in conjunction with this contest will be released to any third parties. After the Contest period, entrants may request in writing that Reclaiming update, rectify, or delete such personal information from their database.

    10. Any questions not specifically covered by these Official Rules will be addressed by Reclaiming Quarterly at PO Box 14404, San Francisco, CA 94114, Its decision is final and binding. Any significant change or finding will be noted in the Contest Rules section of the RQ web site.