Monday, May 6, 2013

Sounds of Paganism

For many of us, music is a great way to elevate consciousness, ground and center, or otherwise find guidance in practice and ritual.  There are many great resources out there for Pagans who enjoy music.  Here are a few of my favorites!

One of the first Pagan podcasts I found was the A Darker Shade of Pagan podcast.  This podcast focuses on goth and darker sounds.  The weekly podcast is an hour long with a nice assortment of tunes.  This is a fun way to find new bands to add to your rotation.

The Pagan Radio Network is another great resource.  With a variety of talk and music programs, it's sure to have something for everyone.

Locals might recognize the Celtic group Beltane, who perform in a variety of venues around the Treasure Valley.

Though not strictly a Hindu, I really enjoy Kirtan a type of call and response chanting of simple mantras.  It is amazing how quickly I can fall into a trance with this type of music (and often dancing) to aid me.  Two very popular Kirtan practitioners are Jai Uttal and Krishna Das.  Give it a try!

There are also many streaming services online such as Pandora, Spotify, and which are useful as well.  Finding folk and traditional music related to your pantheon or area of interest is a great place to start.

What is your favorite type of Pagan music?  Do you like to incorporate sound into your practice?

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