Singing and Chanting

Chanting is one of the most enjoyable parts of my practice. It engages all the parts of the self: the entire body is intimately involved in the production of the sound; the heart supplies the emotional component; in chanting sacred songs the soul is engaged in their messages; the mind memorises the words and melody and then, when things become automatic, it tunes out and we enter our deeper mind to partake of its wisdom.

The content of songs and the energy raised by their performance often bring emotions to the surface. This, of course, allows us to heal any stuck patterns we recognise in the memories sparked by these emotions. Because many chants are short and repetitive, one often reaches a point where the songs sing themselves and the mind can tune out or "trance out." At this point, chanting becomes a meditative exercise, allowing the benefits inherent in the relaxation of meditation, and access to our deeper sources of wisdom.

And, of course, breathing deeply keeps the blood oxygenated and the heart and lungs strong. So many parts of our being win with this exercise.

The energies raised by chanting can also be directed outward with magical intent. Next time you do a working, pick a chant whose message supports your intent and sing it while you visualise your desired outcome. Be clear in your intent that the energy raised by your chanting will be carried into the levels where magic works. See how this amplifies the effects of your work.

Below, I have given words to some of my favourite chants. Some of these were shared with me by my favourite trees or places in nature. Most were shared in circles. Where I know the authors I have acknowledged this, but I don't know where many of these songs originate. If you do, I'd be grateful if you'd email me, so that I can give credit where it's due.

I've provided an alphabetical list at the top of the page which links to the songs in the document. I've made an effort to give the songs in an order apporpriate to casting a circle, calling the elements, working, and closing.

Enjoy! : )


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Pagan Songs and Chants
AIR I AM AIR MOVES US
ALL I ASK OF YOU ANCIENT MOTHER
A BEDTIME PRAYER THE BELTANE SONG
BLESSED BE THE BLOOD OF THE ANCIENTS
BORN OF WATER CAULDRON OF CHANGES
CHANGING WOMAN THE CIRCLE IS CAST
THE CIRCLE IS OPEN EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR
THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER EARTH MY BODY
FIRE OF FREEDOM THE GOD CHANT
THE GODDESS CHANT GRANDMOTHER SPIDER WOMAN
HOOF AND HORN HOW COULD ANYONE EVER TELL YOU
I CIRCLE AROUND THE EARTH I AM A CIRCLE
I AM A STRONG WOMAN I AM A STRONG MAN
IN THY POWER, MOTHER MOON LADY WEAVE YOUR CIRCLE
LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN LORD OF THE DANCE
THE MABON SONG MAIDEN MOTHER CRONE IN ME
MAY THE BLESSINGS OF (THE) GOD(DESS) MOTHER GODDESS
MOTHER I FEEL YOU UNDER MY FEET MY HEART SOARS
THE OCEAN IS THE BEGINNING OF THE EARTH OH, GREAT SPIRIT
ONE PLANET IS TURNING THE OSTARA SONG
OUR MAGIC IS OUR GIVEAWAY RETURN AGAIN
RISE UP, OH FLAME THE RIVER
SEND ME A VOICE SHE TOUCHES ME
SHE'S BEEN WAITING SPIRIT OF THE WIND
STANDING LIKE A TREE THE SUN KING
THE SYCAMORE SONG TOGETHER WE SHARE
WE ARE THE FLOW WE ALL COME FROM THE GODDESS
WE ARE A CIRCLE WE ARE AN OLD PEOPLE
WE ARE SISTERS WHERE I SIT IS HOLY
WOMAN AM I



STANDING LIKE A TREE

This is a wonderful song for grounding. If you do the actions to it,it works even better, helping you pull your awareness into your body...

Standing like a tree
Stand very tall and straight with you hands relaxed by your sides

With my roots dug deep
Open, close, and wiggle your fingers like roots pushing through the earth.

My branches wide and open
Starting with your fingertips between your breast, sweep your hands out to the side and even a little back to open the chest as wide as possible.

Down come the sun
Fingers spread wide, bring the hands from point at the extent of your reach above your head down to your sides.

Down come the rain
Same motion, with the fingers wiggling like the patter of raindrops

Down come the fruit
Reach up over your head again, grab a round fruit and bring it down to your heart

To the heart that is open to be
Hold it there over your heart

Standing like a tree.
Same as first line

Let the words and the motions form a nonending circle.




THE CIRCLE IS CAST
© Willowsong

Stand facing North and draw an Earth invoking pentagram
With our bodies

Stand facing East and draw an Air invoking pentagram
minds,

Stand facing South and draw a Fire invoking pentagram
wills,

Stand facing West and draw a Water invoking pentagram
and hearts

Turn to face north again, and start drawing a circle, envisioning energy flowing out your athame/wand/finger to enclose a sacred space, chanting:

We cast a circle where time itself parts
At a point of Power between the worlds
Where infinity shifts and whirls
To be reshaped in love and grace
Within this space that is not a place.
At this point the first circle should be complete.

Spiral your circle up making three loops, the highest a small one at arm's reach above your head, chanting:

Where all we are and all we see
And our highest dreams

Pull the energy down in front of you and send it down into the Earth as you complete the line:
May come to be.

Spiral upward to shoulder level again, chanting:
In a sacred spiral of ecstasy.

End facing North, and draw a final Earth pentagram to seal the circle, chanting:

The circle is cast now. Blessed Be.



LADY WEAVE YOUR CIRCLE

Lady weave your circle bright
Bless us with Thy holy light.
Earth, air, fire, and water
Bind us to you.



WHERE I SIT IS HOLY
© Adele Getty


Where I sit is holy, holy is the ground
Forest, Mountain, River, listen to the sound.
Great Spirit circle all around me.

Who I am is holy, holy are we
Body thought emotion, connecting you and me
Great Spirit circle all around me.

What I do is holy, holy is my way,
Work and play together, celebrate the day
Great Spirit circle all around me.

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OH, GREAT SPIRIT

Oh, Great Spirit, earth, sun, sky and sea,
You are inside and all around me.



AIR MOVES US
© Starhawk


Air moves us, fire transforms us, water shapes us, earth heals us.
And the balance of the wheel goes round and round.
And the balance of the wheel goes round.



SPIRIT OF THE WIND
© Star Williams

Spirit of the wind, carry me,
Spirit of the wind, carry me home
Spirit of the wind, carry me home to myself.

Spirit of the ocean, blessed emotion.
Spirit of the sea, set my soul free.

Spirit of the storm, help me be reborn.
Spirit of the rain, wash away my pain.

Spirit of the sun, warm light healing me,
Spirit of the sky, spread my wings and fly.

Spirit of the earth, promise of rebirth.
Spirit of the land, hold me in your hand.

Spirit of the river, blessed forgiver,
Spirit of the shore, shows me more and more.



These next two songs have similar melodies and can be superimposed on each other in lovely counterpoint. Many groups will have the women sing "We All Come" while the men sing "Hoof and Horn."

WE ALL COME FROM THE GODDESS
© Z Budapest

We all come from the Goddess,
And to Her we shall return.
Like a drop of rain,
Flowing to the ocean.

and

HOOF AND HORN
© Ian Corrigan

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that Die shall be reborn.
Corn and grain, corn and grain,
All that falls shall rise again.



WE ARE THE FLOW
© Shekina Mountainwater

We are the flow, we are the ebb
We are the weavers, we are the web.

We are the weave, we are the web,
We are the spiders, we are the thread.

We are the spiders, we are the thread,
We are the witches back from the dead.



EARTH MY BODY

Earth my body,
Water my blood,
Air my breath
And Fire my spirit.



AIR I AM

Air I am, Fire I am,
Water, Earth, and Spirit I am.



CHANGING WOMAN
© Adele Getty

There was a time before we were born
We were the calm in the eye of the storm
We had a memory oh, so deep
About the truth and the beauty so sweet

Man and a woman, passion ran wild
They gave birth to a freedom child
We are the children of vision and light
We'll steer the planet through the perilous night
Lift up our hearts and raise our voices
Let the people know other choices.

There is a woman who weaves in the sky
See how She spins, see Her finger fly
She's been before us from beginning to end
She is our mother, lover and friend
She is the weaver and we are the web
She is the needle and we are the thread.

She changes everything she touches and
Everything She touches changes.
She changes everything she touches and
Everything She touches changes.
Changing Woman
Rearranges.



THE SYCAMORE SONG
© Willowsong

I am,
I grow
And warm within the Mother's love, I know
It is good to be so.
It is good to be so.

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THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER

The earth is our mother, we must take care of Her.
The earth is our mother, we must take care of Her.

Hey yanna hey yanna hey yan yan.
Hey yanna hey yanna hey yan yan.

It's sacred ground we walk upon with every step we take.
It's sacred ground we walk upon with every step we take.

Hey yanna hey yanna hey yan yan.
Hey yanna hey yanna hey yan yan.



RISE UP, OH FLAME
This one works nicely as a round

Rise up, oh Flame.
By thy light glowing
Show to us beauty,
Vision and joy.



FIRE OF FREEDOM
© Starhawk

We can rise with the fire of freedom.
Truth is the fire that burns our chains.
We can stop the fire of destruction.
Healing is the fire running in our veins.



BORN OF WATER
© Starhawk

Born of water, cleansing, powerful
Changing healing, we are...



THE RIVER


The River she is flowing,
Flowing and growing,
The River she is flowing,
Down to the sea.

Mother! carry me, your child I will always be.
Mother! carry me down to the sea.



ONE PLANET IS TURNING
© Charlie Murphy

One planet is turning, turning on a path around the Sun
Earth Mother is calling Her children home.

Light is returning, even though this is the darkest hour
No one can hold back the dawn.

Let's keep it burning, let's keep the light of hope alive,
Make safe the journey through the storm.



ANCIENT MOTHER

Ancient Mother, I hear you calling.
Ancient Mother, I hear your song.
Ancient Mother, I hear your laughter.
Ancient Mother, I taste your tears.



SHE'S BEEN WAITING

She's been waiting, waiting
She's been waiting so long
She's been waiting for Her children to remember, to return

Blessed Be and blessed are the lovers of the Lady.
Blessed Be and blessed are Mother, Maid and Crone.
Blessed Be and blessed are the ones to dance alone.
(Alternate verses with "alone" and "together" as last word)



MOTHER GODDESS
© Shekina Mountainwater

Mother Goddess, keep me whole
Let thy beauty fill my soul.

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LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN
© Paramahansa Yogananda

Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song.
Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song.
I will always love you I will always serve you.
I will always love you I will always serve you.

Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song.
Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song.
I will never forget you I will never forsake you.
I will never forget you I will never forsake you.



MAIDEN MOTHER CRONE IN ME
© Shekina Mountainwater

Maiden, Mother, Crone in me, all three in harmony.



I AM A CIRCLE

I am a circle, and you are healing me.
I am a circle and you are healing me.
Unite us, be as one.
Unite us, be as one.



TOGETHER WE SHARE
© Nathan Segal

From you I receive, to you I give,
Together we share, in this we live.



SEND ME A VOICE
© Shari Bernstein

Send me a voice to speak your deepest fears.
Send me a song to heal a million tears.
Send me a voice, the voice of ancient years.
For I am walking this road for you.

Send me the strength to hear you when you call.
Send me the eyes to gather all.
Send me the truth to break the longest fall
For I am walking this road for you.

Earth, make me your channel, and I will bear your pain.
Earth, use my whole life to make Earth whole again.
Make me your instrument, and I will play your tune.
For I am walking this road for you.



THE BLOOD OF THE ANCIENTS
© Charlie Murphy

It's the blood of the ancients that runs in our veins
And the forms pass, but the beauty of life remains.



RETURN AGAIN
© Starhawk

Return again, return again,
Return to the land of your soul.
Return to what you are.
Return to who you are.
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again.
Return again, return again,
Return to the land of your soul.



MY HEART SOARS
© Chief Dan George

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air
The fragrance of the grass, speak to me.

The summit of the mountain, the thunder in the sky
The rhythm of the sea, speak to me.

The faintness of the stars, of the morning
The dewdrop on the flower, speak to me.

The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon
The trail of the sun, speak to me.

And my heart soars.



THE SUN KING

This is the wake of Lugh the sun king,
He lost his life on Solstice day.
This is the wake of Lugh the sun king,
He steps into the dark to guide the way.

Oh, tell me why, oh tell me why,
Tell me why the clouds come to darken the sky?
Oh, tell me why, oh tell me why,
Tell me why the clouds come to darken the sky?

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