13 Songs for Samhain

13 Songs for Samhain October 29, 2010

Seems strange that we began the 13 Songs series with Beltane and here it is already Samhain. What an important holiday, and an important milestone for us here on Pantheon. We’ve spent seven months together as of Samhain, the entire Goddess half of the year. I hope the God half proves as interesting and rewarding.

I thought I would do something a bit different this time. Instead of 13 random songs to fit the season, I attempted to put together a liturgical set of music. From Joan Jett to set the tone to Wendy Rule to point the way to the next holiday, I hope I have put together something that you can listen to as you bake for Samhain feast or even use for ritual if you are a solitary. If you would like to play all the videos automatically click here.

May the Hallow’s Tide bring you blessing and carry away your sorrow. Here’s to the Gods! Here’s to the ancestors! Here’s to our community!

13. Joan Jett – Season of the Witch

This song gets me in the Samhain mood. It’s dark, repetitive growling vibe tell my soul something different is about to happen.

12. Loreena McKennitt – All Soul’s Night

Consider this the call to worship.


11. Kate Bush – Lily

Before you prepare the circle you need to prepare yourself. Kate is actually doing a modified form of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram in this video.

10. Craig Olson – Circle Song

Call the quarters.

9. Robert Gass and On Wings Of Song – The Circle Is Cast

Circle is cast and Goddess is invoked.

8. Clannad – Robin (The Hooded Man)

The God is invoked.

7. Emerald Rose – Castle of Arianrhod

Think of this as the God teaching you about the experience of age, the reality of death and communication from beyond the grave.

6. Gaia Consort – Ravens

Consider your own mortality.

5. Loreena McKennitt – The Old Ways

Think of all the things that have died: traditions, languages, crafts, rituals. Consider that some of these things may be due for rebirth.


4. Flight of the Hawk – We Are the Old Ones

Think on your ancestors. Call them. Embrace them. Show them your love.

3. Return of the Goddess – We All Come From the Goddess

Know that you and your ancestors are part of the Wheel of Life, connected through the ebb and flow of reincarnation.

2. Loreena McKennitt – Dante’s Prayer

Though the Wheel turns onward, do not forget your beloved dead. Keep their memory alive in your heart.


1. Wendy Rule – Artemis

The God is dead, the nights grow cold and the light is waning, yet the Goddess promises us that hope exists. She will lead us unto the Light!

Close your rite according to your custom. Blessings unto you and yours!

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