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Pagan Liturgical Music

The music used in rituals, magick, worship, and spell- work are the liturgical music of Paganism. One term used for this genre is Functional Music, because the music serves as a function for a purpose other than musical performance. In this instance it serves as part of the religious and magickal workings. These bascially fall into three sub-categories.

Chants: These are used during the ritual and magickal workings. The purpose of chants are to raise energy from the inside and outwards to direct to a focused set of goals. The goals can be to cast a cricle, invoke deity, spellwork (healing, money spells, prosperity, etc.)

Meditation Music: Meditation is a procedure that directs an inward movement. It is to direct energy into the person and up to the higher self and build the inner temple. The music used for this practice is to aide in the focus. Usually the music is slow and soft and instrumental, but it can use vocal music as well as faster tempos. It all depends on the type of meditaiton.

Instrumental Music: Music does not have to contain text to send energy to the gods. Many drum circles and instrumental music serve the same purpose. Many times drumming is used as an accompaniment to chanting and are usually (more often than not) improvised. Instrumental music can aslo be any type of music. It can be an instrumental version of a chant, improvised, or abstract music. The instruments used for magickal goals can be specific to the type of magick that is being created. This is in more detail under music as a magickal tool.


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