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The Spiral Dance Through the Years

By Georgie Dennison

1979 - First Spiral Dance ritual, over two nights, at Fort Mason in San Francisco

1980 - Ritual was part of a weekend Witches' festival. Reclaiming formally founded this year.

1981 - Ritual held at Hall of Flowers in San Francisco. 1981 or 1982 also included an elaborate North altar dedicated to beloved ancestors, starting a tradition that persists to this day.

1982 - Ritual moved to the Women's Building in San Francisco.

1985 - Ritual rehearsal filmed and used in the "Goddess Remembered'' films.

1989 - Ritual held at Pier 2, Fort Mason Center. It celebrated the 10th anniversary edition of "The Spiral Dance.'' Double spiral dance begun with the help of Beverly Frederick and Suzanne Sterling.

1990 - Samhain Cycle born, three nights of ritual held at the Women's Building in San Francisco. Out of this series of rituals, the Multicultural Group blossomed.

1992 - In addition to the Spiral Dance, a Multicultural ritual held in Women's Building. Separate women's and men's rituals also held.

1993 - Close to 1,000 participants attend the ritual which is held at the county fair building in San Francisco. Multicultural and Women's rituals also held on other nights.

1994 - Two rituals held, one at Fort Mason and another multicultural one at the Women's Building.

1998 - About 1,500 people attend the Spiral Dance ritual at Fort Mason's Herbst Pavilion.

1999 - Twentieth anniversary of both the Spiral Dance ritual and publication of Starhawk's book.

2003 - Ritual temporarily relocates to the Regency Ballroom due to scheduling conflict. 800 people jam into the ballroom.

2004 - Twenty-fifth anniversary of both the Spiral Dance ritual and publication of Starhawk's book.

2005 - First year at Kezar Pavilion, a sports-entertainment hall in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

2012 - Thirty-third anniversary of the Spiral Dance!

Georgie Dennison is a Reclaiming Witch, writer, teacher of magic, editor and vibrantly alive woman.

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