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.
On this resource page we share music performed in a modern/contemporary style both in English and in other languages. These pieces are categorized by topic.
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Songs about the Father God
Ancient practitioners of the religion of the sun worshiped a heavenly sky father who was seen as the father of all living things and who embodied the masculine half of creation. To the ancient Proto-Indo-Europeans he was called Dyḗus Ptḗr, “the Shining Sky Father,” and was the highest and most revered divinity – the father of gods. He became Dyaus Pitar in the Vedas, Zeus (Dias) in Greece, Jupiter in Rome, Dievas to the Baltic peoples etc., and was called Atum in ancient Egypt.
Father Sky - Taimane
Father Sky - TaimaneTaimane Gardner is a Hawaiian ukelele virtuoso player and composer, who draws inspiration from nature and the cosmos in many of her original compositions.
This instrumental song called "Father Sky" comes from her album We Are Made of Stars.
A heavenly sky father was worshiped by the ancient practitioners of the Religion of the Sun, who was seen as a divine father god of all living things, embodying the masculine half of creation. In the Vedas he was depicted as Dyaus Pitar, Zeus in Greece, Jupiter in Rome, Atum in ancient Egypt and Dievas by the Balts, among many others.
Songs about the Mother Goddess
The Spiritual Mother has been symbolized as numerous mother earth goddesses. She was often portrayed as the earthly counterpart of the heavenly sky father, and seen as representing the divine feminine half of creation. The Spiritual Mother has been deified in many different forms – as Durga to the Hindus, Ceriadwen to the Druids, Isis to the ancient Egyptians, Lada to the Slavs, etc.
Robert Gass and On Wings of Song - Lady of the Flowing Waters
Robert Gass - Ancient Mother
Jano SVETLAN Majerčík - Všetko tvorí Lada
Oonagh - Gäa
Taimane - Mother Earth
Lisa Thiel - Song to Inanna
Lisa Thiel - Warrior Goddess
Robert Gass - From the Goddess
Lelek - Hymn do Żywy
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 the ancient Greek depiction of the Spiritual Mother. Throughout history, the Spiritual Mother was depicted by various mother goddess or mother earth deities such as Durga to the Hindus, Ceriadwen to the Druids, Isis to the ancient Egyptians, Lada to the Slavs, 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.
Taimane - Mother EarthTaimane Gardner is a Hawaiian ukelele virtuoso player and composer, who draws inspiration from nature and the cosmos in many of her original compositions.
This is a beautiful new song she has recently introduced on her YouTube channel titled “Mother (Earth),” where the lyrics reference Mother Earth and the timeless lessons that can be learned from life by being open and observing of nature.
The Spiritual Mother is one part of the trinity of the forces of creation and is also a higher aspect of each person’s Being, which is central to the Religion of the Sun, and as such has been depicted and celebrated in many different traditions and parts of the world where the lost civilization of the sun had a presence.
Lisa Thiel - Song to Inanna"Song to Inanna" is a song by Lisa Thiel from her album Journey to the Goddess.
Inanna, to whom this song is dedicated, is a Mother Goddess figure from ancient Sumer. In The Path of the Spiritual Sun, Belsebuub writes that:
"The Mother is the giver of nature, the physical body, matter, and the subconscious, symbolized by the growing darkness following the summer solstice, which the consciousness enters into when joining the process of life. Her womb is the earth, and so even the underworld forms part of the learning she provides in the cycles of life and nature."If the video doesn't work in your region, an alternate version of the song can be found here.
Lisa Thiel - Warrior Goddess"Warrior Goddess" is another song by Lisa Thiel from her album Journey to the Goddess.
In The Path of the Spiritual Sun, Belsebuub writes that
"The Mother goddess in her role as a warrior has been illustrated by different cultures around the world with amazing similarities, showing the universal nature of her existence and one of the parts she plays in creation, which has been associated with the autumn equinox since ancient times.The song's lyrics are a hymn to the warrior goddess and conclude with a prayer-like verse:
Review my spirit’s vision to me
Open my heart and mind to see
The warrior goddess in me.
Robert Gass - From the GoddessThis song is by Robert Gass from his 1989 album From the Goddess / O Great Spirit. It celebrates the universality of the Spiritual Mother who has been portrayed in many different ancient cultures. It is almost like a mantra with much repetition of the names from various cultures for the Spiritual Mother.
Some of the names in the song by which the Spiritual Mother are called are Isis, Kali, and Inanna.
Lelek - Hymn do Żywy"Hymn do Żywy" (Hymn to Živa) is a Polish song by the band Lelek, and the lyrics by Wsiesław Sannikow.
The video tells the story of modern people (i.e. for example in Poland or other countries) on a journey to search for meaning in their lives and to find their roots.
The lyrics are like a chorus that repeats throughout the song. Here are the original lyrics from the video description:
O dobra Żywa, dobro rodziłaś,Translation:
Tyś matka nasza, a ojciec nasz jest Rod.
O dobra Żywa, dobro rodziłaś,
O Żywa, Żywa, od Mary bronisz nas.
O Żywa, Żywa strzeż nasz słowiański lud!
O good Żywa, which gave birth to good,Żywa in this song seems to be referring to the Slavic Goddess of life and fertility. From Wikipedia:
You are our mother, and our father is Rod.
O good Żywa, which gave birth to good,
O Żywa, Żywa, you defend us from Illusion.
O Żywa, guard our Slavic people!
She was worshiped throughout what is now Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Germany (and especially the Elbe (Labe) river valley), before Christianity expanded into the area. Her name means "living, being, existing." Živa is mentioned in The Baptism on the Savica, an epic-lyric poem by the Slovene national poet France Prešeren.
Songs about the Spiritual Son
A solar hero is central to much of ancient mythology – usually experiencing major life events at the solstices and equinoxes, his life followed the path of the sun. Examples include Horus of ancient Egypt, Quetzalcoatl of the Maya, Dionysus of the Greeks, and later Jesus.
Enigma - The Child in Us
Faun - Odin
Alchemical Poetry - Song for Odin (A Cappella)
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.
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, Lara Atwood 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 Lara Atwood 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.
Note however that the mythology of this song is based upon Norse mythology that was passed on orally, and which was written down much later, after Paganism was replaced by Christianity. It's therefore unreliable and can contain distortions such as some of the versions the stories referenced in the song, yet nevertheless also contains some remnants of the spiritual knowledge and mythology as mentioned above.
The full lyrics can be found in the video description on YouTube.
Songs about the Spirituality of the Sun and Its Practitioners in General
These songs each celebrate the Spiritual Sun in some way.
Twarres - Children
Sati Sauri - Modlitwa Słowiańska (Slavic Prayer)
Lisa Thiel - Autumn Equinox Song
Lisa Thiel - Winter Solstice Song
Lisa Thiel - Summer Solstice Song
Neil Diamond - Be
Dead Can Dance - Children of the Sun
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”
Sati Sauri - Modlitwa Słowiańska (Slavic Prayer)"Modlitwa Słowiańska" ("Slavic Prayer" in English) is a song by Sati Sauri, a Polish singer, composer, and violinist who creates inspiring music based on her interest in Slavic traditions, as well as Indian, and Celtic cultures.
This song touches on her own roots as she sings her "Slavic prayer" in the Polish language. It also references Mother Earth, and her vital role in creation. Translated into English, the lyrics are as follows:
1. O Earth, my Earth, Mother of all creation. Reveal to us the story of your being.
O wind, carry it, carry to all people. May their hearts finally awaken.
2. O Land, my Land, our great fathers lived here. They lived in harmony with nature, the rhythm of the sun and the moon.
They danced with the fire in the starry nights, they wielded wisdom of the Slavic gods.
3. O Land, my Land, my blood is mixed with your blood. It flows, still flows from the source to the ends of the world.
Carry me, carry me through the life, mark the way for me with your heartbeat.
Lisa Thiel - Autumn Equinox SongMabon (Autumn Equinox Song) is a song from Lisa Thiel's album, Circle of the Seasons, and it explores the "time to descend."
As Belsebuub and Lara Atwood point out in their book The Path of the Spiritual Sun, the autumn equinox is the point from which night becomes longer than daylight, and thus darkness becomes greater than light in the year. It represents the principles of inner death and descent, which is the descent into the darkness of the subconscious (symbolized by the darkness following the autumn equinox and descent of the sun) in order to eliminate the egos like greed, hatred, envy, and lust within it.
Lisa Thiel's Autumn Equinox song contains quite poignant lyrics such as:
Old Woman leads us through the darknessThe full lyrics can be found in the video's description on YouTube.
Our most ancient and trusted of friends
She carries the light of spiritual insight
And leads us to our wisdom once again
And as we journey through the darkness
And as we continue to descend
We learn to let go of what obscures our soul
And re-discover our true being in the end
Lisa Thiel - Summer Solstice SongLitha (Summer Solstice Song) is a song from Lisa Thiel's album, Circle of the Seasons, and it explores the power of the sun/fire as a guiding force within.
It contains lyrics such as:
I am the fire that burns within your soul I am the Holy light that fills and makes you whole I am the Flame within, that never dies I am the sun that will ever ariseThe lyrics capture how the spiritual sun/son (a higher spiritual aspect of a person’s individual being) helps a person reunite with divinity on the path to enlightenment.
The summer solstice is the time of greatest light in the year, with the sun reaching its highest point in the sky. On a spiritual level, this special time is symbolic of spiritual ascension, attaining enlightenment and reuniting with the divine.
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.
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
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