The placement of the elements differs depending on the tradition. I have used the most common directional placement below. You should adapt these to the directions used by the deceased or by the tradition of the deceased.

I have also started all the circle castings in the West. Feel free to adjust this per the deceased’s tradition.

Circle Castings (updated 12/17/2015)



Modern Readings
Ancient Readings




  • Autumn Time by Libana
  • The Earth, The Air, The Fire, The Water
  • The River is Flowing by Lindie Lila
  • We All Come From the Goddess
  • When We Are Gone from Second Chants by Reclaiming


  • Angel by Sarah McLachlan
  • Angel Standing By by Jewel
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
  • Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennit
  • Forever Autumn by Jeff Wayne
  • Harvest Moon by Neil Young or Cassandra Wilson cover
  • Hey Jude by The Beetles
  • Let it Be by The Beetles
  • Memories from Cats
  • Not a Day Goes By from Merrily She Rolls Along
  • Partings by Ruth Barrett & Cynthia Smith
  • Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael
  • The Last Time I Saw Her by Gordon Lightfoot
  • The Song of India
  • The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand
  • Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds
  • What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line
  • Where You Are by Josh Groban
  • Wishing You Were Here Again from Phantom of the Opera


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