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Tuleloits (also known as The Invocation of Fire) is a song performed, written and produced by Kerli and included in her third studio album Shadow Works.

Background and composition[]

A loits "is a sacred song in ancient Estonian witchcraft, sung to bring about anything the practitioner wishes, to worship or to thank deities and nature".[1] Through an Instagram post, Kerli explained that she had the intention to sing, at Pühajärve Jaanituli 2018, a loits to "the fire spirits to harness their power of warming one's soul and cleansing outdated energies". Since she couldn't find any loits that fit her desire, she wrote a new one. The composition process was described as a magical experience:

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While dancing around to a shamanic drumbeat and invoking: "rise up, rise up, little spark" in my Moon Temple, I suddenly noticed thick smoke moving through the trees towards the house. I had lit the woods on fire and it took me many hours covered in soot and many buckets of water to put out the flames.[1]

Throuh Kerli's Instagram story, two member of her family, probably her mother, Piret, and her sister, Eliisa, have been seen providing studio vocals for the song.

Live performances[]

The song was performed for the first time in 2018, at Pühajärve Jaanituli, and was later inclued in Shadow Works. Kerli also sung Tuleloits at the Intsikurmu Festival 2019 as part of the Shadow Works Ceremony.

Lyrics[]

Original version[]

Sädemeke, sädemeke
Tõuse tuhast, heledake
Sädemeke, sädemeke
Tõuse tuhast, heledake

Kasva nagu minu vägi
Avane kui minu süda
Kasva nagu minu vägi
Avane kui minu süda

Tõuse, tõuse kõrgemale
Paista, paista kaugemale
Tõuse, tõuse kõrgemale
Paista, paista kaugemale

Lahvata taevakaareni
Kirga mailma ääreni
Lahvata taevakaareni
Kirga mailma ääreni

Põrmusta mu valukehad
Valgusta mu varjukohad
Põrmusta mu valukehad
Valgusta mu varjukohad

Kuivata need silmakesed
Põleta muremõtted
Kuivata need silmakesed
Põleta muremõtted

Puhasta mis ära olnud
Vabasta, mis pole veel tulnud
Puhasta mis ära olnud
Vabasta, mis pole veel tulnud

Uueks uueks uueks mind tee
Anna mulle jõud enda seest
Uueks uueks uueks mind tee
Anna mulle jõud enda seest

Tulelooma pimedusse
Kullakuma tumedusse
Tulelooma pimedusse
Kullakuma tumedusse

Valgust igasse meelekesse
Soojust igasse hingekesse
Valgust igasse meelekesse
Soojust igasse hingekesse

Ja nii on

English translation[]

Little spark, little spark
Rise from the ashes, the right one
Little spark, little spark
Rise from the ashes, the right one

Grow with my power
Open with my heart
Grow with my power
Open with my heart

Lift higher
Shine further
Lift higher
Shine further

Burst to the edge of the sky
Radiate to the edge of the world
Burst to the edge of the sky
Radiate to the edge of the world

Destroy my pain bodies
Light up my shadows
Destroy my pain bodies
Light up my shadows

Dry these little eyes
Burn these thoughts of worry
Dry these little eyes
Burn these thoughts of worry

Cleanse what has been
Release what is yet to come
Cleanse what has been
Release what is yet to come

Make me new
And give me your force
Make me new
And give me your force

Blazing light into the darkness
Gold shine into the blackness
Blazing light into the darkness
Gold shine into the blackness

Light into very mind
Warmth into every soul
Light into very mind
Warmth into every soul

And so mote it be

Credits and personnel[]

  • Brian Malouf – mixing, mastering
  • Cyrus Saidi – executive producer
  • Kerli Kõiv – composer, producer, recording, programming, engineering, lead vocals, background vocals, piano, keyboards

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "“Loits” is a sacred song in ancient Estonian witchcraft, sung to bring...". June 20, 2018. Instagram. Retrieved on July 21, 2018.
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