Music about the spiritual sun is not constrained to the past. There are many modern day composers, groups, and artists who have also been inspired by the sun or by the ancient religion of the sun in some way.
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A Selection of Modern Music Related to the Religion of the Sun
These songs each celebrate the Spiritual Sun in some way.
Twarres - Children
Enigma - The Child in Us
Neil Diamond - Be
Lisa Thiel - Winter Solstice Song
Milasa - May the Long Time Sun Shine upon You
Dead Can Dance - Children of the Sun
Faun - Odin
Alchemical Poetry - Song for Odin (A Cappella)
Twarres - ChildrenThe song Children (otherwise known as Children of the Sun) is from the album Stream released by Twarres, a folk / pop band from the Netherlands.
The song’s lyrics speak of the children of the sun longing for love and understanding, and evokes a feeling of journeys over oceans and across time in the search for the “warmth of the sun.”
“We’re coming from farFor more details, read the post about this song here.
Over oceans of time
We’re coming from places we once left behind
We’re looking for love
In the heart of every man
We’re looking for reasons we’ll all understand”
Enigma - The Child in UsEnigma are a German musical project that was founded in 1990. Their track, The Child Within Us, is a song about the spiritual child – the Christ, the spiritual sun/son – that can be born within us.
The Child Within Us begins with Sanksrit and Latin verses before moving into English.
Neil Diamond - BeThis song was made for a film called Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which was based on the book by the same name by Richard Bach. Another version can be found here.
Milasa - May the Long Time Sun Shine upon YouThis song was originally the ending of another song written by The Incredible String Band in the sixties called “A Very Cellular Song,” with some people saying it came from an old Irish blessing or an old Celtic blessing. Today, it's become very popular and is performed by many different artists.
Here is a rendition by the Russian signer Milasa.
The lyrics of the song are as follows:
May the Long Time Sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
Guide your way on
Guide your way on
Dead Can Dance - Children of the SunThe song "Children of the Sun" by Dead Can Dance is available on their album Anastasia. The song is all about the "children of the sun," which practitioners of the ancient Religion of the Sun were often referred to in various different cultures.
From the lyrics:
We are ancientThe full lyrics can be found here.
As ancient as the sun
We came from the ocean
Once our ancestral home
So that one day
We could all return
To our birthright
The great celestial dome
Faun - OdinThis is a live performance by the band Faun of their song called "Odin." Though a German band, it’s sung in Icelandic, which is the language that much of the surviving mythology about Odin is written in.
The lyrics of the song contain various mythological stories about Odin, with one particular verse from a text called the Hávamál (meaning “Sayings of the High One”), which is a collection of Norse poems from the Viking Age, in which Odin (speaking in first person) recounts his self-sacrifice on the world tree:
I know that I hung on a windy treeThis overall feeling of the song touches upon the epic psychological struggle a person goes through on this difficult stage of the spiritual path internally, and the darkness of the underworld they would need to face. Both Odin (being hung from the world tree) and Jesus (in the crucifixion) represent this stage of the journey in the events of their lives, before being resurrected.
nine long nights,
wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
from where its roots run.
No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn,
downwards I peered;
I took up the runes, screaming I took them,then I fell back from there.
Co-author of The Path of the Spiritual Sun, Angela Pritchard describes more on how this relates to the spiritual path and is represented by the autumn equinox in her post on the song here.
Alchemical Poetry - Song for Odin (A Cappella)"Song for Odin" was originally written by Karl Donaldsson. This is an a cappella adaptation by Brazilian singer/songwriter Pedro Costi, who goes by the name Alchemical Poetry.
The song's lyrics cover a lot of different aspects of the mythology around Odin that Angela Pritchard mentioned in her video on Odin on Sakro Sawel, for example Odin as the wanderer, being hung from Yggdrasill the world tree for nine nights, and gaining runes that he gave to humanity. It also mentions the Ragnarók and some other interesting symbolism.
The full lyrics can be found in the video description on YouTube.
Songs about the Spiritual Mother
The Spiritual Mother who gives birth to the Spiritual Sun/Son, has been and is a fundamental part of the religion of the sun, which is why she has been depicted and celebrated in so many different parts of the world. She is found manifest in nature, and the Earth providing the world of learning, nurture, and even suffering that we come into.
Robert Gass and On Wings of Song - Lady of the Flowing Waters
Robert Gass - Ancient Mother
Jano SVETLAN Majerčík - Všetko tvorí Lada
Oonagh - Gäa
Robert Gass and On Wings of Song - Lady of the Flowing WatersThis song is about the divine feminine / the Spiritual Mother found in nature. The lyrics give examples of different elements of the beauty of life such as flowing waters, meadows and forests and how the Mother Goddess is present in all of them. You can find an alternate version here.
Robert Gass - Ancient MotherThis song celebrates the universality of the Spiritual Mother who has been portrayed in many different ancient cultures.
Some of the names in the song by which the Spiritual Mother are called are Cerredwin, Hecate, Isis, Coatilicue, and Kali.
You can find an alternate version here.
Jano SVETLAN Majerčík - Všetko tvorí LadaThe is a contemporary Slovak song celebrating the Spiritual Mother and her creation. It is a part of the movement to revive the native Slavic spirituality in Slovakia, and some of the scenes in this video were recorded during the celebrations of the summer solstice (such as the image of the sun rolling down the hill). The lyrics of the song describe all the things that Lada (a representation of the divine feminine) creates and has under her control, like the smell of flowers, living waters, the ripening of fruit, and energy of stones. The chorus says, “To všetko tvorí Lada,” meaning “All this is created by Lada,” sometimes exchanging the word “Lada” for “Láska” (Love).
Oonagh - GäaGaia (also spelled Gaea, or "Gäa" in German) is a name for the spiritual mother, which is the feminine aspect of the universe and one's own being. Throughout history, she has been symbolized in many different traditions in their sacred texts and artwork by various Mother Goddess or Mother Earth deities, such as Gaia, Mary, Isis, Durga, etc.
This song is by German singer and songwriter Oonagh. Note there is a different distributor for Oonagh's music depending on where in the world you are, so if the video doesn't play, view it here).
In this song, Oonagh sings about the Mother Goddess and her role in the universe. For example:
She lives in us, in fields and forests Preserves the world, gives shape to the earth. Gaia, Gaia, Gaia - fire and water Gaia, Gaia, Gaia - air and earth Gaia, Gaia, Gaia - Mother of all things, of all that livesand
Gaia, Gaia, Gaia - Voice of (all) voices, show us the way You weave the world until the end of time.The full lyrics translated into English can be found here.
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