My name is Matthew Martin and I discovered Paganism and Shinto in my late-teens and Druidry in my late-twenties. I would describe my faith as an energetic mix of Shinto and Paganism. Shinto is the indigenous faith of Japan. I primarily work with the deity Inari-Okami, kami of rice, fertility and prosperity .
I was born and raised in the lovely Celtic country of Wales but currently live in Leicestershire, England. I live with my partner Charlie and our many pets – currently our cat Tama, three snakes, three geckos and five rats!
My Tarot Journey
My interest in tarot began when I was about 14 years old. At that time I was very much into Wicca and other Earth-based religions and learned about tarot as a method of divination. My first tarot deck was The Dragon Tarot by Peter Pracownik, which I instantly fell in love with. In fact, I still own the same deck today and still perform readings with it! I practiced tarot on my friends and family and got very positive feedback and so I felt that I wanted to pursue it further. However, I was taking exams in school and so my deck got put aside for a few years.
At 19 years old I began to read online for people. I usually posted free readings in forums and performed them over Skype or email. Again I received positive feedback and many happy customers. At this time I went on a Psychic development course with the Angelight School of Spiritual and Psychic Advancement (A.S.S.P.A) which increased my intuition and reading skills immensely.
Since this time I have continued to provide online readings for both free and donations. I have also sold readings through Ebay and Etsy. I am now a registered member of the Tarot Association of the British Isles (T.A.B.I.) and hope to become an endorsed member in the near future.
About this Blog
This blog is intended as both an information centre on Shinto and Tarot, as well as a place for me to record my personal and spiritual journey. My goal is to open the doors to those interested in Shinto with English language posts on what it is and what it feels like.
I hope that my mix of Eastern and Western philosophy interests and inspires you!
If you are interested in my blog posts or would like to use me as a guest blogger, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If time permits, I will normally say yes to such requests.