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“May The Long Time Sun Shine Upon You” — A Song about the Blessing of the Sun

blessings of the sun song

“May The Long Time Sun Shine Upon You” is a popular song about the spiritual blessing of the sun. Some believe it originated from an old Irish or Celtic blessing, which was later put to melody.

The lyrics of the song are:

May the Long Time Sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
within you
Guide your way on
Guide your way on

The lyrics capture in a simple yet beautiful way how the the light of the spiritual sun brings love and guidance that helps a person on their spiritual journey. In the ancient Religion of the Sun, the sun was seen as an emblem of the higher aspect of a person’s consciousness that brings salvation and can reconcile someone on the spiritual path with Divinity.1

The original version of this song was apparently recorded in the sixties as the ending part of another song by The Incredible String Band, but has since then taken on a bit of a life of its own and has been performed by many different artists.

Here is a gentle rendition by the Russian signer Milasa, which we’ve just added to our modern music resources page:

More songs related to the Religion of the Sun can be found here:

  1. This is a concept explained more in-depth in the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun: A Guide to the Solstices and Equinoxes, by Belsebuub and Lara Atwood (Mystical Life Publications, 2016), Chapter 1 p. 12. 

About the author

Jenny Resnick

Jenny Resnick is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


    • Hi Steven. Personally I get the sense it relates more to the daily journey through life, but I think both meanings are valid.

      • Jenny.
        Don’t want to sound argumentative, but when I was holding my wife of fifty-two years when she took her last breath, it was comforting to believe her journey to heaven was a warm and beautiful passage. “The long time sun ” helped make this happen.
        And this from a hopeful agnostic.
        Thanks for your help.
        Sat nam

        • Hi Steven. I’m sorry to hear about your wife. I can definitely see it being very relevant to the situation you describe as well. That’s the beauty of poetry, in that it can embody different meanings that reveal themselves in different situations and in different ways to different people. Perhaps the song, subtly, is even illustrating how the journey of daily life and the journey afterwards are not as disconnected as they sometimes seem.

        • I’m also sorry to hear about your wife Steven and am glad that the song gave you some comfort during your time of loss. I’ve definitely found comfort in certain songs or pieces of music that have spoken to me during difficult times.

          Sometimes in times of isolation, the right song can lift me up and help me to feel less alone, as I know there is someone else who shares the same experience. As Jenny said, that’s the beauty of poetry (and of music) – it can speak to us in many ways, so that we can each listen to the same song and take something from it that is unique to our own experience.

          Thanks for sharing your own personal experience,

  • Nice tune! It could be a modern age type of chant, isn’t it? And I read that the lyrics are taken from an Irish blessing. Nice!

  • Such a lovely song. Feels very soothing to listen to, comforting. Almost like I can feel the light of the sun when she sings.

  • She has a beautiful voice, and the words are so powerful!
    I really enjoyed listening, thanks for sharing.

  • I love this song, thanks for reminding me – actually I’d only heard it from The Incredible String Band’s before, they’ve also covered it as a song in itself. I used to really love this band, their lyrics are often very beautiful and poetic, drawing on spiritual traditions from the east and myths from the west.

    This is the one by The Incredible String Band. (Actually, the first ever guided meditation I did was by one of the singers, Robin Williamson, but I didn’t know it until a couple of years later!)

  • Very peaceful and beautiful. I felt it somehow helps me to feel a connection to that inner light. I keep hearing her say, ‘Guide your way home…’ Thanks for posting!

    • I thought it said “guide your way home” too when I first heard it. It works both ways, but I think I would actually prefer “home”, given the spiritual significance that could have. Although we do have to journey on quite a way to reach our spiritual home of course 🙂

      • I also thought it was “guide your way home” and I much prefer it.

        David, I hope that you’re wrong for a change 🙂

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