Apr 27, 2012

Rhythm of Life

Beltane is less than a week away, so I thought it was high time to post a chant for this sabbat.

I composed this chant 2 years ago as part of my 1st degree project for my former coven.  Of all the chants I've written, this is the one that came through with almost no assistance from me.  It came to me in a flurry of words and music after the coven's Beltane ritual.  All throughout the ritual, but especially while Bel (aspected by a covenmate) was speaking to us, I heard drums, and felt an increasing need to write down words, especially words about drumbeats and dance.  Immediately after the ritual I pulled out my notebook and started writing down the words to the chant.  When I got home, I looked at my notebook, started toning out the words, and the music just flowed right through me.  I am certain that this chant came straight from Bel, almost as if he gave it to me / inspired it during the ritual.  The whole process was exhilarating!

When I sing the chant I get often images of wild, ecstatic drumming and dancing, kind of like this:

wild drumming
Source: http://www.scene4.com/qreviews/2009/09/


Dance the rhythm of life,
Express the drumbeat of your soul!
The flow of rhythm is all around you
Listen with your heart
to the beat
the pulse
the call of the drum
Twirl with Flora,
Twist with Bel,
and open the gates to summer!

Let me know what you think!

You are free to share my post and use my chants in ritual - and I would love to know that you do!  But please do not reproduce them in any way without permission.


  1. I'm not Pagan, but I really love that chant and the message behind it! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to last weekend's GtKY blog hop!

    1. Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear that my chant is appreciated by more than just a strictly pagan audience :)


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