13 Songs to Celebrate Yule, Solstice and Saturnalia!

I have chosen a solitary Solstice this year. So much bombards us every day. Ads. Music. Shoppers. Noise. News. Chaos. Stress. Even I, who completely bowed out of the obligatory family Christmas and avoid stores, is still feeling the intrusion of this commercial juggernaut of the holiday season.

So this solstice playlist is themed for the quiet, restful, joyous and solitary celebration of the season. It’s about letting go of the darkness. Of flying into the future.

So I recommend finding a place where you won’t be disturbed, kick your shoes off, get comfortable and crank up the sound as you play through these. You deserve a break. When was the last time you laid back and just let music wash over you?

13. Robert Downey, Jr. – River

12. Indigo Girls – Fly Away

11. Shawn Mullins – Light You Up

It is my fervent belief that not only is he an amazing songwriter and performer but Shawn Mullins is one of the sexiest men alive. He’s one act you should do your best to see live if you can.

10. Meg Hutchinson – I’d Like To Know

This has become my default fire festival song. While the song may be about seeking a lover, the language fits spiritual desire. But then aren’t all the best expressions of spiritual yearning framed in the language of desire, passion and longing?

9. Rob Thomas – Fire on the Mountain

8. Jakob Dylan & Elvis Costello – On Up The Mountain

7. The Beatles – I’ll Follow the Sun

6. Paula Cole – Tiger

5. Jennifer Daniels – Welcome To Your Life

I was very fortunate to see Jennifer in concert. Her songs warm the heart, inspire and she’s gives a powerhouse live performance.

4. Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken

3. Bill Miller – The Sun Is Gonna Rise

The Ghostdance album is one of my treasured possessions.

2. Jose Feliciano – Light My Fire

1. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Starwalker

May you and yours have a Blessed Solstice and a bright new solar year! If I could wish one wish for each of you, it would be that in the coming year you fully Occupy Your Life!


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Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • LezlieKinyon

    Wow- nice footage of Cat Stevens.  I love the way popular music has been embraced & utilized by ritualists of late.  We’ve sang Beatles’ songs for year (because everyone knows them) at rituals.  When traveling in So. America, we sang even more Beatles, just about everywhere with all sorts of people.  In 1963, no one could have predicted what an amazing thing those songs have created in peoples’ hearts and minds over the years.  Imagine…

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

    I’ve been in a ritual where this spontaneously became the chant. It was very groovy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMS2uMUQNnQ

  • LezlieKinyon

    I’ve sung it on many Solstices, it also seems popular on Beltane morning, BTW.  Last year we utilized Jesse Colin Young’s “Darkness, Darkness” and Jon Anderson’s lyrical evocation to the Sun, “Soon” in a Yule ritual.   There is so much wonderful music out there, and so much more by really talented Pagan musicians .. we are blessed.  Blessed be the music makers, they sing our tears, our anger; they bring us joy and unite us in community.  May their songs live on and on.

  • Anna Korn

    I’m so glad you included Buffy Ste. Marie–I one of favorite singer-songwriters. 
    Happy Yule!

  • Anna Korn

    That WAS a grammatical sentence when I first posted it…..but you get the idea.
    The Beatles also have  Here Comes the Sun.