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Witchcamp Chantbook - click here for lyrics to chants

Chants for Rituals and Classes

Assembled by RQ

Here are recordings of chants we use in classes, rituals, and Witchcamps.

This is not a compendium of every chant ever sung, but those that seem to have lasted a few years and traveled beyond their original community. We are happy to hear suggestions for additions - see contact below.

Some are available as polished recordings on Reclaiming's CDs (the links below are short excerpts). Others are produced in home studios. Still others were surreptitiously recorded at the Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir's annual luncheon.

Some of these are very rough recordings, and are offered as "provocatory" postings - in hopes that others are inspired to say, "Surely I can do better than that!"

When you do, send them our way. Until then, here's a chance for others to learn the chants. So mote it be.

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Witchcamp Chantbook - click here for lyrics to chants

Questions, suggestions, feedback, complaints, harmonies, etc - email RQ


Elements Chants

Many of the chants listed under a particular element can also be used in other ways - Born of Water could be used for a purification,
or We Are the Rising Sun for a spiral dance, etc.

Invoking All the Elements

Title Author Source
Air I Am Andras Corbin Arthen Chants: Ritual Music
Gratitude (I Thank the Earth) Ana K. W. Moffett George Franklin
Air Moves Us Cathleen Shell, Cybele, Moonsea, Prune Chants: Ritual Music
Welcome the Air Unknown - email us Mitch Miller and the Gang

Devoking All Elements

Sometimes we invoke the elements one at a time, then at the end sing a song that devokes all of them at once.

Elements Farewell Lyrics VT Witchcampers / Music trad. Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
Earth Water Fire Air Return Unknown - email us Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
When We Are Gone Anne Hill and Starhawk Second Chants
May the Circle Be Open Unknown - email us Beverly Frederick: Arms of the Wild

Earth

Erde Meine Mutter Gila Antara Peti SongCatcher and Friends
May the Beauty We Love Rumi - arranged Alphonsus NOTE - lyric should be "Let the beauty we love..."
Water and Stone (Solid as a Rock) Raven Moonshadow Chants: Ritual Music
My Body Is a Living Temple Michael Stillwater Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
We Are of the Body of the Earth Starhawk Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir

Air

If My Soul Says So A. Mooney and S. Sterling Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
Wings (Wandering in the Deep) Suzanne Sterling and Witchcampers Second Chants
Every Breath Is Sacred Seed ("Every Step Is Sacred") Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness

Fire

Circle Round the Balefire Laurie Lovekraft Laurie Lovekraft
We Are the Rising Sun Ravyn Stanfield Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
Welcome Flame (Spark Blaze) Seed George Franklin
We Are One with the Infinite Sun Sioux Chant Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
Rise with the Fire of Freedom Starhawk Chants: Ritual Music
Holy Well and Sacred Flame Unknown - email us Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness

Water

The Ocean is the Beginning Starhawk and D. Johnson Chants: Ritual Music
Born of Water Women's Workshop - Madison WI Chants: Ritual Music
Barge of Heaven (Pour It Out) Sumerian text - music by Starhawk Second Chants
We Are Sweet Water Starhawk Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir

Center

Spiraling Into the Center Lorna Kohler Beverly Frederick: Arms of the Wild
Weave and Spin Starhawk Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir

Deity and Spirit

Isis Astarte Medley Metzger/Feather/Greenham Common Chants: Ritual Music
Snake Woman Starhawk Chants: Ritual Music
Awakening (If I Touch You) Unknown - email us Second Chants
I Am But One Jan Bate Second Chants
Inanna (Deep Calls to Deep) Suzanne Sterling Second Chants
We All Come from the Goddess Z. Budapest / Ian Corrigan Chants: Ritual Music
Silver Shining Wheel of Radiance Peter Soderberg Chants: Ritual Music
Hecate Cerridwen Patricia Witt Chants: Ritual Music
Who Is the Goddess? Starhawk and D. J. Hamouris Moonrise: Songs of Love, Magic, and Other Mysteries
Lugh Return July Lewis and Beverly Frederick Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
Welcome Brid (Brigid) Lyrics Scottish/Music Sparky T. Rabbit Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
Companion (Grandfather, Father) Allen Stinson and B. Frederick Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
Kore Chant (She Changes Everything) Starhawk Chants: Ritual Music

Various Other Chants

Harvest Chant (Our Hands Will Work) T. Thorn Coyle Second Chants
We Are Alive (As the Earth Is Alive) Rose May Dance and Starhawk Chants: Ritual Music
Let It Begin Now Starhawk Let It Begin Now: Music from the Spiral Dance
Never Lose Our Way to the Well Melody South Africa/Lyrics Starhawk Beverly Frederick: Arms of the Wild
Arms of the Wild (Humble Yourself) B. Hudson Beverly Frederick: Arms of the Wild
Perfect Offering (Ring the Bells) Leonard Cohen (adapt. Alphonsus) Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
Is, Was, and Shall Be Beverly Frederick and Witchcampers Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
Through the Darkness (Hold On)* Starhawk Beverly Frederick: Through the Darkness
We Are the Rising of the Moon Starhawk Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir

* - second line can alternate: "Through the darkness to the dawn / Hold the vision that's being born"

Chants in German / English / Spanish

Kuate Traditional - Ursel Kiwitt (German)/Gila Antara (English)/Morgaine Sheluxx (Spanish) Peti SongCatcher and Friends
Daughter of the Goddess Elin Hejll-Guest/Peti Songcatcher (German)/Karen Neller (Spanish) Peti SongCatcher and Friends
Erde Meine Mutter Gila Antara Peti SongCatcher and Friends

Birthdays and Lullabyes

To You We Sing (Another Witch On Earth) Unknown - email us Aleister Crowley Memorial Incantatory Campfire Choir
Goodnight Sweet Witches Traditional George Franklin


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