Samhain is coming! For those of you outside the realm of pagan practice, that would be Halloween. Thought to be one of the oldest observed holidays in our planet’s history, Samhain is the celebration of the end of the pagan year, the final harvest of the season, and the day when the veil between our world and that of the dead is at its very thinnest.
Traditionally, this is a night to remember those who have crossed the veil with a variety of rituals depending on the particular tradition that one observes. One thing is certain, as we celebrate those who have gone before and the promise of a new year, it’s the perfect time to gather with like minded people and every gathering needs a good playlist.
Over the years, I’ve collected many favorite Samhain songs that I include in my own gatherings and as we approach the holiday, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Take a look at the list below and leave your own favorites in the comments!
All Souls Night by Loreena McKennitt
I mean, almost ANY song by Loreena is perfect for a pagan gathering, but this one is especially perfect for a Samhain gathering!
Freya, Shakti by Emerald Rose
Invoking the many names of the Goddess, this song is one of my very favorites. Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon, Rhea, Maat, the Morrighan…
Samhain Eve by Damh the Bard
Damh the Bard was possibly the most prolific pagan musician of the last hundred years. This is a perfect song for quiet moments of contemplation at any Samhain gathering. Of all the Samhain songs listed here, this might just be the most poignant.
Greenman by XTC
This song makes me want to dance under the moonlight…naked? Yeah, maybe…it will definitely bring a rhythm to your party and make you want to get up and move.
Sanvean by Lisa Gerrard
Perhaps one of the most evocative, wrenching songs on this list, if “Sanvean” doesn’t move you, you may not have a heart. This is music at its most beautiful and its glossolalia lyrics speak directly to the soul.
Wolf by First Aid Kit
A sister duo from Sweden, First Aid Kit performs a variety of folk music and this one has particularly beautiful pagan edge that makes me thing of the woods in winter and remembering those who have gone before me.
Crystal by Stevie Nicks
In my humble opinion, there are very few gatherings that Stevie Nicks is inappropriate for and her lyrics and music have been the soundtrack to many a pagan gathering in my home. This song has a special place in my heart, not just because it was part of the soundtrack to Practical Magic, but also because the words just lift me up.
I hope these Samhain songs enhance your annual gathering! And don’t forget to tell us your favorites in the comments.