Join Together (The Handfasting Song)

music & lyrics © Deborah Ann Taylor Nielsen (ASCAP) 2018

https://pagansong.com/seasons/join-together-the-handfasting-song/

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate the love.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate with us.

Dance with us in the circle tonight! Join in the healing we create in this rite.
When we’re together we connect to the light as we rejoice in the pleasure of love.

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate the love.
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate with us.

The beauty of Earth, the white Moon and her Stars call upon you to celebrate all
The compassion and power of the joy we have found In the ecstasy of Spirit and the wine of life

Fire and Air come together tonight making the world a most beautiful sight;
Fire and Air join together as one in the light of the moon and the sun.
    

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Ring Out, Solstice Bells

(Jethro Tull – 1976)

Now is the solstice of the year,
winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Join together beneath the mistletoe.
by the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.

Praise be to the distant sister sun,
joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out those bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.

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Closing Memorial Prayer

By Joel Miller

Spirit of Life and Love: Under the vast spiral of time and space, surrounded by the simple blessings of a community of care and love, we carry these memories of (our beloved) with us back to the community and life they* loved. We pray:

Grant us strength, wisdom, and thanksgiving.

Give us strength to speak of our lives, so that each day yet to come we find more compassion, more understanding, more of the loving kindness that fills our world with joy and laughter.

Give us courage to cherish one another so that we use our lives to heal instead of forget and lead ourselves to the possibility of forgiveness instead of defiance.

And we give thanks for (our beloved): their memory lives on in the great Spirit of Life that surrounds us, and their memory, cherished by us, dwells deeply throughout us by the person they were and still is in our hearts.

We have celebrated the cycles of life in which we find ourselves, celebrating life at its beginning and its end, both always present among us.

Spirit of Love and Life, remind us to love life as fully as we are able. Remind us to treasure our friends and families as they treasured their friends and family. And even though we must bid them farewell, the gift of their life is a treasure that cannot be ungiven. We celebrate the life (our beloved) lived among us, and now their soul is at rest with you. And we miss them so very much.
Amen.

*use the pronouns most fitting

Gabhaim Molta Bríde (We Praise Brigid)

 

Vocals by Brigid Niedospial
Everything else by Lukas Allen Nause

Lryics:

Gabhaim molta Bride
Ionmhain í le hÉireann
Ionmhain le gach tír í
Molaimis go léir í

Lóchrann geal na Laighneach
‘Soilsiú feadh na tire
Ceann ar óghaibh Éireann
Ceann na mban ar míne

Tig an gheimhreadh dian dubh
Gearradh lena ghéire
Ach ar Lá ‘le Bríde
Gar dúinn Earrach Éireann

Gabhaim molta Bride
Ionmhain í le hÉireann
Ionmhain le gach tír í
Molaimis go léir í

Translation:

I praise Brigid
Beloved in Ireland
Beloved in all countries
Let us all praise her

The bright torch of Leinster
Shining throughout the country
The pride of Irish youth
The pride of our gentle women

The house of winter is very dark
Cutting with its sharpness
But on Brigid’s Day
Spring is near to Ireland

I praise Brigid
Beloved in Ireland
Beloved in all countries
Let us all praise her

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Crone Chant

Song: Crone Chant
Artist: Alexian
Album: The Mother, The Magick, The Music

INCOMPLETE LYRICS

Dark Goddess
Death Goddess
Crone Goddess

Fish Goddess
Snake Goddess
Horse Goddess

Earth Goddess
Moon Goddess

Death bringer
Sleep giver
Wise woman
Ancient crone

Old woman
Dream weaver
Dark mother
We all know

Wish giver
Wisdom bringer
Night woman
Dark queen

Grandmother
Rain bringer
Mother omen
Fear to see

Dark Goddess
Hecate

Death Goddess
Queen of the night

Crone Goddess
Come to us

Fish Goddess
And fill us with thine light

Snake Goddess
Bring to us

Thy dark and mighty power

Earth Goddess
As we raise

Moon Goddess
Thy code of power

Death bringer
Sleep giver
Wise woman
Ancient crone

Old woman
Dream weaver
Dark mother
We all know

Wish giver
Wisdom bringer
Night woman
Dark queen

Grandmother
Rain bringer
Mother omen
Fear to see

 

 

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Moonlight Shining

Song: Moonlight Shining
Artist: Flight Of The Hawk
Album: Shamanic Songs And Ritual Chants

Moonlight shining Shining, shining
Moonlight shining Moonlight bright
Moonlight calling Calling, calling
Moonlight calling Me tonight

Moonlight lighting Of of the night
Moonlight calling Me out tonight

Moonlight spirit Spirit, spirit
Moonlight spirit In the night
Moonlight calling Calling, calling
Come watch spirit Dance through tonight

Moonlight lighting Of of the night
Moonlight calling Me out tonight

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Muere lentamente
quien destruye su amor propio;
quien no se deja ayudar.

Muere lentamente
quien se transforma en esclavo del hábito
repitiendo todos los días los mismos senderos,
quien no cambia de rutina,
no se arriesga a vestir un nuevo color
o no conversa con quien desconoce.

Muere lentamente
quien evita una pasión
y su remolino de emociones;
aquellas  que rescatan el brillo de los ojos
y los corazones decaídos.
Muere lentamente
quien no cambia la vida cuando está insatisfecho con su trabajo, o su amor,
quien no arriesga lo seguro por lo incierto
para ir tras de un sueño
quien no se permite,
por lo menos una vez en la vida,
huir de los consejos sensatos…
Vive hoy!
¡Arriesga hoy!
¡Haz hoy!
No te dejes morir lentamente !

¡NO TE OLVIDES DE SER FELIZ !

Pablo Neruda

Notes: My funeral.