Music for Atheopagan Ritual Use
The music below was recommended by members of the Atheopagan Facebook group for use in Atheopagan rituals. Particularly in solitary rituals (when, obviously, having live accompaniment isn’t possible), the addition of a musical “soundtrack” can be tremendously powerful. Also listed are some sources for chants which can be used in group rituals—singing is one of the most powerful ways to bring people together and build the sense of energy in a ritual!
This list will grow as new music is suggested.
Adiemus (Karl Jenkins): The Journey
Anonymous4: Many disks of this a cappella women’s medieval music ensemble could work well for ritual; I prefer 11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula by Hildegard von Bingen
Bare Necessities: Take a Dance. This ensemble plays traditional tunes for English country dancing. This album is lovely for High Spring or May Day celebrations; very light and springy.
Bone Poets Orchestra: Atheist Anthems
Chandra, Sheila: A Bonecronedrone and The Zen Kiss. Very trance-y.
Cossu, Scott with Eugene Friesen: Reunion. Light, quiet-morning piano with cello, good for reflection and introspective work.
Coyle, T. Thorn and Knight, Sharon: Songs for the Strengthening Sun and Songs for the Waning Year (both available at Bandcamp)
Dead Can Dance: many, many tracks; the two albums best suited are The Serpent’s Egg and In the Realm of a Dying Sun
Darwin Song Project: “You May Stand Mute” “Mother of Mystery” and “Clock of the World”.
Delerium: Karma. Dance-y, trance-y. The track “Euphoria (Ecstacy)” is particularly good.
Daemonia Nymphe: Plays authentic instruments and sing hymns from ancient Greece.
Gabriel, Peter: Passion (soundtrack to “The Last Temptation of Christ”)–hands down Mark’s favorite for solitary ritual.
Figueras, Montserrat and La Capella Reial de Catalunya: El Cant de la Sybil-la. 15th and 16th century “Songs of the Sybil”. Powerful ritual music.
Libana: Fire Within. Not all tracks, but several are great for ritual.
Mayer, Peter: Naturalistic hymns, “Blue Boat Home”, “Holy Now” and “Church of the Earth” (and “God is a River” for Pantheists)
McBride, Abbi Spinner: Fire of Creation and Family of Fire. These are great chants, many of them without reference to divinity or “spirit”.
McCutcheon, John: Step by Step
Pook, Joselyn: Masked Ball (from the soundtrack to “Eyes Wide Shut”)
Portishead: Dummy. Dark, dreamy.
Reclaiming Collective: Some (not all) of the chants on Let It Begin Now: Music from the Spiral Dance (there are alternative Atheopagan lyrics to “This Ae Neet” in the Atheopagan Hymnal)
Roach, Steve: On This Planet, Minimal
Roach, Steve and Vir Unis: Blood Machine
Roth, Gabrielle and the Mirrors: all of her disks, which are themed on different ritual “flavors”
Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks from Russia. Russian Orthodox choral works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and others. Magnificent.
Shibaten: haunting Digeridoo music.
Sovosó: Track “Dirt” on album Then and Now.
Vas: Sunyata and Offerings (highly meditative).
Winston, George: The Seasons Cycle. These four albums—Autumn, December, Winter into Spring, and Summer—are all lovely accompaniments for ritual work.
There are many places online that Pagan chants can be found, and many of them are fine for Atheopagan ritual. Here is a fine example.