Cleansing, Matsuri, Sabbats, Seasonal, Shinto

Leaving Behind the Dark

In many faiths and cultures February marks a time of change and renewal. The 1st of February is Imbolc, a Celtic fire festival in which many pagans and agricultural communities celebrate the coming of spring and new life, as well as cleansing ourselves of the physical and mental clutter of a long, dark winter. This… Continue reading Leaving Behind the Dark

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Matsuri, Seasonal

What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Oharae-shiki is an important Shinto festival held on the last day of June annually and is also known as the Summer Purification Rite. This festival is , according to Fushimi Inari Taisha, 'to purify us of all sins unintentionally committed since New Year’s Day. The impurities are transferred to doll-like figures, which are then released… Continue reading What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Inari, Matsuri

Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

Sangyo-sai (産業祭 - Industrial Festival) is an annual festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha - 'A ceremony expressing thanks to Inari Okami, the deity of all business enterprises, and praying for business success and economic prosperity.' - (Fushimi Inari Website) This festival is one in which people pray for economic prosperity and success with their businesses.… Continue reading Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

Matsuri, Moon, Mythology

Otsukimi (月見)

Otsukimi is the Japanese Moon Viewing festival - a version of the Mid Autumn Festival of China (中秋節). As this event is based on the lunar calender the date changes every year. However, it is always on the full moon of September. This year it falls on the 27th-28th September, depending where you are in the… Continue reading Otsukimi (月見)

Cleansing, Equinox, Matsuri, Sabbats

秋分の日 – Shūbun no Hi

Shūbun no Hi is the Autumn equinox - at this time, light and dark are equal. This is an important time of year in which we can restore balance in our lives. It is the perfect time for self-reflection, gratitude and to give offerings to O-Kami. In the Pagan calender, this event is known as… Continue reading 秋分の日 – Shūbun no Hi