Chants are designed to be repeated over and over, and are often used during the energy-building portion of a ritual. The words generally align with the intention, supporting the work that we build together throughout the course of the ritual. “Build together” are the key words to remember — for although we are each doing our own individual work, we are doing it in a community context. A chant allows the entire group to breathe together, to support each other energetically, and to surround each other in a supportive container of sound and purpose.
The following list includes many chants (and a few full-length songs) that we have used in rituals over the past decade both in our own work and through our previous work at Diana’s Grove. Please feel free to use them in your own rituals or groups. Change the words, adjust the tune, or use it as written. We believe that chants are a form of folk music, therefore we expect them to transform and shift to meet the needs of those who use them. All we ask is that you give credit to the original author if you do use them. Enjoy!