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It's Time Goddess Chants

It's Time Goddess Chants

  • By Susun Weed
  • Release 26/09/2012
  • Music Genre Gospel
  • Media Format CD
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Dear Daughters, Grandaughters, Sisters, Aunts, dear Grandmothers, It's the 25th anniversary of the Wise Woman Center, and we're celebrating. I'll be letting you know, right here, throughout the year, how and when and where we are celebrating, and -- most importantly -- how you can join in. Our first celebration is in song; really! I'm just back to ordinary life after four ecstatic days rehearsing and recording 'It's Time,' the Wise Woman Center 25th Anniversary Celebration CD. Sustained by linden and nettle, comfrey and oatstraw, slippery elm and goat yogurt, we* sang 7-9 hours a day for four days. * We: Ginger Arnold, previous apprentice extrordinaire, was there: holding the melody with care and attention, playing the harmonies with grace and humor. Mosa Baczewska, co-producer, was there: guiding Robin Rose Bennett, one of my first ten apprentices, and author of Healing Magic, was there: strengthening our web, nourishing our sisterhood, lending her lovely voice to the chants. Gretchen Gould, creator of 'Herb Hill Amazing Grease' herbal ointments and our guardian angel, was there -- with her magical keyboard: keeping us tuned, jazzed, 'butted up,' blued, and feelin' fine. Marie Summerwood, whose songs Let It In, Let It Go; In the Heart of My Womb; Dance in a A Circle of Women; and Tubs In, Tubs Out (The Apprentice Song) we sing, was there: evoking goddess glamour, inciting songwriting, singing from her heart to yours, and helping guide the process from conception (last year) to christening (yet to come). Lisa Thiel, whose songs Sacred Corn Mother and The Spirit of the Plants we sing, was there: beaming her fairy/angel/goddess energy and vocalizing ethereal harmonies. Whitefeather, who tops Marie by one year only as the most frequent teacher over the past 25 years at the Wise Woman Center (not counting me, Weed, of course), was there: guiding Neesa, Neesa, Neesa, singing the chants, drumming, and lending us her ancient wisdom and shy smile. And yours truly, Susun Weed, co-producer, whose songs It's Time to be the Goddess; Genet, Genet, You Smell So Sweet; Cerridwyn My Star, and The Goatie Goat Song we sing, was there: attending to nourishment, bubbling with joy, spiraling the energy around and around. We all sang great on It's 'Time.' The joy is infectious! The sound healing is dense and rich. ----------------------------------------- FULL CREDITS IT'S TIME Singers: Susun, Marie, Mosa, Ginger, Gretchen, Lisa, White Feather Keyboard: Gretchen Scat: Mosa Jazz kit: Tommy Be WE ARE SISTERS ON A JOURNEY Singers: Lisa, Mosa, Gretchen, Marie, Robin, White Feather, Gretchen Guitar, Recorder: Mosa Bass: Gretchen WE ALL COME FROM THE GODDESS Singers: Ginger, Gretchen, Lisa, Marie, Susun, Mosa, White Feather, Robin Drone: Gretchen Kanjira, Ocean Drum: Tommy Rainstick: Susun Hawaii Waves courtesy of Fern Hill SACRED CORN MOTHER Singers: Lisa, Mosa, Gretchen, Marie, Robin, White Feather, Gretchen German: Susun, Lisa, Gretchen, Marie Bell: Mosa GOATIE GOAT Lead Singer: Susun Singers: Ginger, Gretchen, Marie, Lisa, Robin, White Feather, Mosa Guitar, Cedar Flute: Mosa (thank you Nina for the flute) Keyboard bass: Gretchen Celtic Harp: Julia Haines Goats in the barn: Cassandra and Cerridwyn DANCE IN A CIRCLE OF WOMEN Singers: Marie, Ginger, Susun, Gretchen, Mosa, Lisa Riq: Tommy CERIDWYN, MY STAR Singers: Lisa, Mosa, Ginger, Marie, Robin, White Feather, Gretchen Keyboard, Key Strings, Key Bass, Shaker: Mosa Clave, Ashiko, Bongo, Triangle, Chimes, Shaker: Ubaka Hill Taos Drum: Tod SPIRIT OF THE PLANTS Singers: Lisa, Susun, Marie, Ginger, Mosa, White Feather, Gretchen Guitar: Mosa Keyboard Bass: Gretchen Tar, Shaker: Tommy LET IT IN, LET IT GO Solo: Marie Singers: Ginger, Susun, Gretchen, Mosa, Robin, White Feather, Lisa Riq, Tar: Tommy SCARLET POPPIES Singers: Susun, Marie, Lisa, Mosa, Ginger, Robin Keyboard: Gretchen Recorder: Mosa PRESSING APPLE CIDER SONG Singers: Susun, Mosa, Lisa, Marie, Ginger, Gretchen, Robin, White Feather Shruti Box, Song Pods: Mosa Riq, Bell: Tommy Cackle: Lisa, Ginger, Mosa, Marie, Susun TUBS IN TUBS OUT Singers: Marie, Mosa, Lisa, Ginger, Susun NI: S'AH, NI: S'AH, NI: S'AH Singers: Ginger, Lisa, Mosa, Marie, Gretchen, Robin, White Feather Drum: Susun Rattle: Mosa Owl Hoot: Mosa I GIVE AWAY MY BLOOD OF LIFE Singers: Lisa, Ginger, White Feather, Mosa, Robin, Marie, Susun, Gretchen Keyboard: Gretchen Drum Kit, Shaker: Tommy MY SISTER THE MOON Singers: Mosa, Susun, Marie, Ginger, Lisa IN THE HEART OF MY WOMB Solo: Marie Singers: Susun, Marie, Ginger, Lisa, Mosa Keyboard: Gretchen ARADIA'S CALL Singers: Susun, Marie, Ginger, Mosa, Lisa Udu: Mosa Riq: Tommy GENET, GENET Lead singer: Susun Singers: Marie, Mosa Keyboard, Keyboard Bass: Gretchen Jazz kit: Tommy Be ------------------------------------------------- FULL LYRICS Goatie Goat Song Susun S. Weed,© 1990 This song gives you a taste of life at the Wise Woman Center. All the events depicted in the song actually happened, nothing has been changed. And, of course, I still take my goats out to play. I went out one day with my goats to play, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' And the sun the shine, and the air was fine, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus: Singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Oh, we pranced and we leaped in the woods so deep singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' When what did we see, but a bright fairy, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus Well, the deer were there and the turkey and the bear, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' So we laughed and we danced, and we twirled in a trance, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus Then we walked to the stream, well, it seemed like a dream, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Saw five turtles on a log and a big bull frog, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus Then an owl flew by, 'tween the trees and the sky, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' With a chipmunk in her claw for the owlet's maw, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus Oh, the things I can see, and the things I can be, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' When I open up wide to what's outside, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Chorus I went out one day with my goats to play, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' and the sun did shine, and the air was fine, singing 'Goatie, goatie, goatie, goatie, goat.' Cerridwyn, My Star Susun S. Weed, © 2003 I wrote this to keep my goat Cerridwyn still while I milk her. She loves her song; and I love her. Chorus: Cerridwyn, my star, how beautiful you are. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. In the days of old, there was a goddess bold, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. In the days of old, there was a goddess bold, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Chorus Of herbs she knew a lot, she put them in her pot, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Of herbs she knew a lot, she put them in her pot, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Chorus Sometimes she is a crow, and always in the know, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Sometimes she is a crow, and always in the know, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Chorus She is life and she is death, she is hope and she is breath, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. She is life and she is death, she is hope and she is breath, Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Stir your pot, Cerridwyn, stir your pot. Chorus. It's Time to Be the Goddess Now © 2005, Susun S Weed I wrote this chant while in the woods with my goats after a week-long Green Goddess event. Only one of the women, the youngest, elected not to be initiated as a green witch that day, and I was thinking about her when these words came into my mind. We often sing the maiden, mother, and crone verses, then continue on using the name of each woman in the circle, making her the goddess and gifting her with song. (1) Maiden, maiden, maiden so fine, What are you waitin' for? Maiden, maiden, maiden so fine, What are you waitin' for? Chorus: It's time to be the Goddess now, Time to be the Goddess now. It's time, it's time, it's time, it's time, It's time to be the Goddess now. (2) Mother, mother, mother of mine, What are you waitin' for? Mother, mother, mother of mine, What are you waitin' for? Chorus (3) Crone, crone, crone divine, What are you waitin' for? Crone, crone, crone divine, What are you waitin' for? Chorus (4) [Name, name, name] uh huh, What are you waitin' for? [Name, name, name] uh huh, What are you waitin' for? Chorus Genét, Genét, You Smell So Sweet © 2001, Susun S Weed I wrote this song while horseback riding in Provence, France. We rode from inn to inn; six to eight hours a day. The views out to the Alps on one side and the Mediterranean on the other were consistently fine. Originally, there were twelve verses to this song, but one by one, they got lost along the way, until only the lavender, the roses, and the irises remained. If you listen closely, I'm sure you can hear the horses. Chorus: Genét, genét, you smell so sweet, Genét you make my senses reel. Genét, Genét, you have the sweetest smell. The lavender that grows in rows, It scents our clothes and things. Has a smell, gets up your nose, But it's of genét I sing. Chorus The roses bloom in white and pink, And every rose has thorns. They have a smell that's not a stink, But of genét I'll blow a horn. Chorus The irises they sure look fine; Their colors can't be beat, And they smell good all of the time, But let me now repeat. Chorus Chorus Unite to the Calling © 2005, Corinna Loomis Corinna wrote this spiraling chant when she apprenticed at the Wise Woman Center. She, who had always listened to recorded music, found music playing her head. This is one of the simplest, and most exciting, of the many chants she heard. Women of the world, unite to the calling. Women of the world, ride the night wind spirit. Women of the world, unite to the calling. Women of the world, ground your power. Chorus: We are the heartbeat of the Mother. We dance the rhythms of Her breath. We sing vibrations of healing, We are. . . Witches of the world, unite to the calling. Witches of the world, ride the night wind spirit. Witches of the world, unite to the calling. Witches of the world, work your magic. Chorus [Repeat until dizzy] Pressing Cider Song © 2002, Susun S Weed and Marie Summerwood At our Spirit Healing Intensive, we asked Marie to help us create a chant. We worked and worked, but didn't seem to get anywhere. The last night of our four-day gathering, with our high magic ritual and initiation to be celebrated in the morning, we gathered in the tipi to make a last try at our song. Soon we were despairing, and ready to give up, but Marie urged us to spend just five more minutes on it. Those five minutes saw the birth of this chant. It evokes a small part of our time together: the heady scent of the apples, the bubbly taste of the cider, the squeak of the cider press, the slanting light of a late autumn afternoon, the power of sisterhood. Turn me in your spiral press, 'Til my sweet juices flow, Goddess. The wheel of the year is turning, turning, Turning into darkness. Dance in a Circle of Women * Let It In, Let It Go These simple, lovely chants by Marie Summerwood exemplify the songs we love best and sing the most. They are ideal for processions, campfire nights, and big groups of happy women. Dance in a Circle of Women © 1998, Marie Summerwood Dance in a circle of women, Make a web of my life, Hold me as I spiral and spin, Make a web of my life. Let It In, Let It Go © 1998, Marie Summerwood Let it in, let it go, Let it in, let it go, Round and round we flow, Round and round we flow, Weaving the web of women. Weaving the web of wisdom. Let it in, let it go, Let it in, let it go, Round and round we flow, Round and round we flow, Weaving the web of life. Weaving the web of life. We All Come From the Goddess © 1972, Z Budapest I have always considered this to be one of the finest of all rain-making chants. We used it to bring rain, after a five-year drought, to Joy Lake. What a delicious surprise to discover it was written by my witch-mother, the woman who initiated me as a high priestess, the woman who started it all, Z Budapest. We dedicate all the love of our hearts and voices to Grandmother ZB. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed We all come from the Goddess, And to Her we shall return, Like a drop of rain, Flowing to the ocean. Scarlet Poppies words by Alice C. Henderson I learned this song--which is sung before every meal at the Wise Woman Center--from a German woman, leading me to the first of the two wrong assumptions I made about it. One, that it is a German song; it is not. And two, that it means what it seems to say; it does not. 'Scarlet poppies' are menstrual blood. This song honors women's menstrual blood as being as important as the sun and the rain in helping the grain to grow and in nourishing us all. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed The silver rain, the shining sun, the fields where scarlet poppies run, and all the ripples of the wheat, are in the bread that I do eat. So when I sit for every meal, with thankful heart I always feel, that I am eating rain and sun, and fields where scarlet poppies run. We Are Sisters On A Journey I learned this song decades ago, and continue to sing it to this day. These words are so close to my heart and my vision. In a way it is a theme song for the Wise Woman Center. My blessings and gratitude to those unknown women who created this chant. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed We are sisters on a journey, Singing now as one, Remembering the Ancient Ways, The women and the wisdom, The women and the wisdom. We are sisters on a journey, Singing in the sun, Singing through the darkest night, The healing has begun, begun; The healing has begun. Sacred Corn Mother © 1986, Lisa Thiel We begin every morning at the Wise Woman Center, whether there's a class, or just apprentices, myself and the goats, with this chant. When I sing it, I think of the many Goddesses of Grain, such as Ceres and Demeter, and of the many people who do live on bread (or rice or millet) alone. May we all be feed. May we never hunger. May we never thirst. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed Sacred Corn Mother, come to me, Make my way sacred, fill me with beauty. Sacred Corn Mother, come to me, Make my way sacred, fill me with beauty. Fill me with beauty, fill me with beauty, Fill me with beauty, that I may bring others beauty. The Spirit of the Plants © 1984, Lisa Thiel Many people associate this song with me, or with the herbal community in the United States. Lisa really says it all in this simple, evocative chant. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed Verse 1 The Spirit of the plants has come to me, In the form of a beautiful dancing green women. The Spirit of the plants has come to me, In the form of a beautiful dancing green women. Her eyes fill me with peace; her dance fills me with peace. Her eyes fill me with peace; her dance fills me with peace. Verse 2 Repeat verse 1 Verse 3 The Spirit of the plants has come to me, And has filled me with great peace. Her eyes fill me with peace; her dance fills me with peace. Her eyes fill me with peace; her dance fills me with peace. Verse 4 Repeat verse1 Linear Time Let Me Go © 1986, Daphne Ross This chant was written by the very first apprentice at the Wise Woman Center. Hearing that we were making a CD, she called to remind us to include this most important song. We love to sing it, the apprentices and I, when we are lost. It really seems to help. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed Linear time let me go Linear time don't you know That the world that I seek Is beyond your reach. Moonlodge Songs These are just a few of the songs we sing in our monthly moonlodge at the Wise Woman Center, with special thanks to Brooke Medicine Eagle, who challenged us white girls to recreate the moonlodge. ~ Green Blessings, Susun Weed In The Heart of My Womb Lies My Power © 1998, Marie Summerwood In the heart of my womb lies my power. In the heart of my womb lies my power. Woman, Goddess, Queen am I. In the heart of my womb lies my power. In the heart of my womb lies my beauty. In the heart of my womb lies my beauty. Woman, Goddess, Queen am I. In the heart of my womb lies my beauty. In the heart of my womb lies my wisdom. In the heart of my womb lies my wisdom. Woman, Goddess, Queen am I. In the heart of my womb lies my wisdom. In the heart of my womb lies my power, beauty, wisdom. I Give Away My Blood of Life © 1989, Brooke Medicine Eagle I give away my blood of life To all my relations, And open my womb with delight. I give away my blood of life To all my relations, And open my womb with delight. Give away, give away, give away, give away, I open my womb with delight. My Sister the Moon © 1992, Spider My sister the moon Sings her song to my womb, We dance in the spiral of life. Neesa, Neesa, Neesa Chant from the Seneca Nation, Great Peaceful Nations Group Three times three is the magic number -- not just in fairy tales, but in many indigenous cultures. Here, the three-times-three theme is women's magic. Each woman is the triple goddess: Maiden, Mother, Crone. And each of those three stages has a beginning, middle, and end. This song reminds us of the beginning (0-5), middle (5-10), and end (10-15) of the maiden; the beginning (15-25), middle (25-35), and end (35-45) of the mother, and the beginning (45-65), middle (65-85), and end of the crone (85-105). Neesa, Neesa, Neesa Neesa, Neesa, Neesa Neesa, Neesa, Neesa Gai-wee-oh, guy-wee-oh.

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Artist: Susun Weed
Title: It's Time Goddess Chants
Genre: Gospel
Release Date: 26/09/2012
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 880336004428

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