Music

Music is both a big part of our group work, and of personal practice. Because of this, we wanted to collect some useful resources. We fall into the general Pagan/Celtic influence for group work at this time (in large part because that’s where I am particularly comfortable) but we’re also interested in exploring the ritual and energetic effects of other musical traditions.

Phoenix Song uses some chants from sources below, but also a few of our own creation. We are also experimenting with some energy raising and focusing methods based on late medieval/early Renaissance polyphony.

Chants:

It’s common for many groups to use simple chants in ritual to focus and direct energy, as an offering to the deities, or as a way to induce trance. Singing lets us join intention (through the words of the chant) and breath, which shifts our entire body.

Two books with music for chants are Jess Middleton’s Songs for Earthlings and Kate Marks’ Circle of Song. I tend to prefer the first for most of my uses, but they both have good stuff.

Online sources:
There are a number of online sources for learning chants: many include sound files. A few of our favorites:

Recordings:
There are many recordings out there with chants. A number of these are available from iTunes or other online music stores, but I’ve linked here to the creator’s pages about them for additional information and resources.

  • The Reclaiming tradition has put together a number of chant CDs with great sound quality and singing.
  • Kiva has some lovely chants in luscious arrangements.
  • Libana is a women-centered group that records music from many faith traditions: many of their recordings include multiple Pagan chants.

Jenett’s favorite music:

Some of these are Pagan musicians, writing music for other Pagans. Others are musicians who draw on the rich heritage of folktale, myth, and legend, but who may not be Pagan themselves. (links coming shortly). These are not all I listen to, but I’ve picked out those artists who are commonly mentioned by other Pagans.

Also fond of musicians in various folk traditions – these include Great Big Sea and Steeleye Span, as well as several Scandinavian groups. (A favorite compilation is Wizard Women of the North). The harmonies are very different from British folk influenced music, but entrancing.