November Circle

Here are the songs, transitions, and blessings for November 2011. There are a couple of lantern songs since Martinmas is November 11. We’re celebrating with a camp-out at Oak Canyon. woo hoo!

Follow, Follow Me
Follow, follow me
To the ring of the fairies
Follow, follow me,
Where the fairies dance and sing.
Gather with you now
All the magic you can carry,
As we circle ‘round the dancing fairy ring.

Now Look Around
Now look around
We’ve made a ring
By holding hands you see.
Yes, here I am,
And there you are,
Together we are we.

Four Directions Chant
Good morning to the East where the sun rises in the morning.
Good morning to the West where the sun sets at night.
Good morning to the South where the land is warm.
Good morning to the North where the land is cold.
And good morning to the Earth which is my home.

Morning Song from Betty Jones’s A Child’s Seasonal Treasury
Good morning dear earth. (Crouch, touch ground)
Good morning dear sun. (Rise and extend arms to sky)
Good morning dear rocks and the flowers every one. (Crouch and knock fists on ground, then wave fingers and sway hands for flowers)
Good morning dear beasts. (Remain crouching, put hands on head for horns)
And the birds in the trees. (Flap arms while rising to stand)
Good morning to you and good morning to me. (Bow to others twice, then stand upright and cross arms over chest.)

Autumn Leaves
Twirling in the autumn wind
Round and round the bright leaves spin

Rise and fall without a sound
Autumn leaves float o’er the ground

Spinning round in autumn breezes
One last twirl before all freezes

Yellow and orange, gold and red
Spiraling toward their winter bed

Mountain Lion
Mountain lion wakes at dawn (Sleep on floor and wake to all fours)
And growls with a toothy yawn (Arch back and growl)
Stretches in the morning sun (Stretch with rounded back)
He knows another days begun (Arch back and growl)
Reaching forth with mighty claws(Stretch arms and hands forward, one at a time)
He opens wide his fearsome jaws(Arch back and growl)
His back is arched from tail to mane(Stretch with rounded back)
His roar resounds across the plain(Arch back and growl)

Lanterne (in German)
Lanterne, lanterne
Sonne und monde und sterne
Brenne auf mien licht
Brenne auf mien licht
Abbe nur miene liebe lanterne nicht

Tall, Tall Tree
This is my trunk, I’m a tall, tall tree
In the winter the snowflakes fall on me
I glisten, I glisten

This is my trunk, I’m a tall, tall tree
In the spring time the flowers bloom on me
I bloom, I bloom

This is my trunk, I’m a tall, tall tree
In the summer the breezes blow through me
I bend, I bend

This is my trunk, I’m a tall, tall tree
In the autumn the apples grow on me
They drop, They drop

Autumn Leaves
The trees are saying, “Goodbye” to their leaves
As they flutter and float and fly in the breeze
All golden, orange, and red, they sink softly off to bed.
On Mother Earth’s breast rests each leafy head.

Down with Darkness by E. Amiran

Down with darkness, up with light;
Up with sunshine, down with night.

Each of us is one small light,
But together we shine bright.

Go away, darkest, blackest night,
Go away, give way to light!

The Back Song
Dot, dot, dot
And a big question mark.
Little spiders crawl up your back
Little spiders crawl down your back
Little spiders crawl up your arms
Little spiders crawl down your arms
Cool breeze, tight squeeze.
Egg on the head and the yolk drips down.
Creepy crawlies, creepy crawlies…


The Story Song
Anything can happen
In a fairy tale or rhyme
When you say the magic words
Once a upon a time

Handwashing Song
Time to wash our hands,
Time to wash our hands

Welcome, welcome
Welcome to our table
Welcome, welcome
We all join hands together. (We sing this until every one is at the table)

Snack Time Blessing
Earth who gives to us this food.
Sun who makes it ripe and good.
Sun above and earth below,
Our loving thanks to you we show.
Blessings on our meal.

Quiet Time Poem
Sitting, sitting quietly
I wonder what I may see-
What sound or smell the wind may bring…
I stop to notice everything.

Breathing, breathing calm and slow,
I let myself get in the flow
Of what is happening in this place
When I keep a slower pace.

Lunch Gratitude
Bless this food and everyone who made this meal possible. Let it remind us of our connection to the Earth, the Sun, the Water, the Air, all those who came before us and those who are yet to be born. May we keep them in mind in all we do.

Who will come to my wee ring?
My wee ring
My wee ring
Who will come to my wee ring?
And make it a little bit bigger?

The earth stands firm beneath my feet. The sun shines high above. Here I stand, so straight and strong – all things to know and love

I can turn myself and turn myself and stop me when I will. I can reach high on my tippy toes and hold myself quite still.

The Earthroots Tree Song
Standing like a tree with my roots down deep,
Branches wide and open.
Come down the rain,
Come down the sun,
Come down the fruits to the heart that is open.

Rainbow Bridge Song
Goodbye, goodbye
Blessings on your way.
May the sun shine bright
In your hearts today.

P.S. This song is not part of the circle, but we’ll be singing it for Martinmas

With a Lantern in the Hand by Eberhard Arnold (lyrics) and Marianne Zimmermann (music)

With a lantern in the hand,

Joyfully go through the land.

One to the right,

One to the left;

We must show to all the light!

Throughout the land!

As one band!

Light —- in hand!

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