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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Sabbats, Seasonal

Yule and Connecting with the God

Yule this year fell on the 21st December and marks the Winter Solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year. It was a nice sunny but cold day and I started my day early with a brisk walk to the small fields near our home. It's a small pocket of nature within… Continue reading Yule and Connecting with the God

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