Kami, Personal, Shinto

My Travel Altar

I’ve been meaning to make a post about my travel altar for a while and this morning I saw a post by ravenamber87 on theirs, which reminded me! And so here is my travel altar in pictures!

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I use the box from The Bohemian Animal Tarot to store my altar

The storage I use for my travel altar is currently a box I received a tarot deck in. I want to get a dedicated wooden box at some point but for now this works nicely! It’s sturdy and has a magnetic flap so I don’t have to worry about it opening and spilling things in my bag!

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Upon opening the box’s flap, the first thing you see is the tenugui cloth I bought from Fushimi Inari Taisha! These are Japanese printed clothes which are used to wrap things in. This particular cloth is decorated with torii gates and foxes.

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And this is what is wrapped up! The first thing you’d see is the photocopy of the Inari Norito (Inari Prayer) I have. Let’s delve further…

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So here is the actual contents of the travel altar. I may add things from time to time depending on particular times of the year, or whatever kami/deities I am working with. But as for now the box contains:

  • Fox statues: These are small keychains from Fushimi Inari Taisha. There is a white ‘myoubu’ fox and a regular fox. I would love to have two white ones, but these were gifts! I feel that these two foxes work well though and they represent the spiritual and the mundane.
  • Sacred rice: In this red pouch is some raw rice from the fields surrounding Fushimi Inari Taisha. This was also a (much cherished!) gift. Rice represents life itself in Shinto and is one of the most important offerings to the kami we can make. I keep this rice as a type of charm – the energy from the very soil of Japan is very intense and spiritual.
  • Tarot deck: This is a small version of the Radiant Rider-Waite tarot. I use tarot every day and so this is an essential!
  • Omamori: This is a ‘lucky charm’ again from Fushimi Inari Taisha. In this case, I use it as a supplement ofuda for worship, as well as something to hold while praying.
  • Incense stand: For the incense, of course!
  • Citrine: A crystal with the power to recharge other crystals and emit positivity and joy. I use the citrine as a kind of spiritual battery for the portable altar.
  • Tealight candles and lighter: For offering to Inari-Ōkami!
  • Incense: As Inari-Ōkami is also a Buddhist deity, incense can be used as an offering. This incense is ‘dragon’s blood’.
  • Inari Norito: A photocopy from Shinto Norito of Inari Norito – the main prayer I currently recite when working with Inari-Ōkami.

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And lastly, here is a sample set up of my travel altar!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to see your travel altars if you have one!

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