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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Deities, Kami, Shinto

Inari and Loki Part 1: Inari

This is the first of three posts where I'm going to talk about how having more than one patron/matron deity feels like, my personal experiences and how it affects my practice. I don't actually talk about Loki on here nearly as much as Shinto and Inari-Okami but my reason for that is quite simple; I… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 1: Inari

Prayer, Shinto, Uncategorized

Our Parent Inari-Ōkamisama

Being a human in a modern society can often be a stressful and taxing endeavor. Our commitment to our work and social lives can result in very little time for ourselves and our relationships to kami. In Shinto it is customary for us to pray and be thankful for our blessings daily and some of… Continue reading Our Parent Inari-Ōkamisama

Shinto

Kannagara: Our Pale Blue Dot

Kannagara is a core principle of Shinto and can be interpreted in a number of ways. It can be written with many kanji including 随神、神随、神在随、随在天神、乍神、神長柄、神奈我良、and 可牟奈我良. It is a concept that is difficult to pin down, as with much of Shinto. The expression ‘kannagara no ōmichi’, meaning ‘the way in accordance with the will of… Continue reading Kannagara: Our Pale Blue Dot

Shinto, Uncategorized

New Year: A Time for New Beginnings

New year has always been special to me in that it represents a new beginning, a releasing of the old and bringing in of the new. Even in the West, new year inspires us to make new years resolutions or goals - even if we rarely stick to them! Of course many people choose to… Continue reading New Year: A Time for New Beginnings

Kami, Prayer, Shinto

The Energy for Prayer: Formal vs Informal

The past week has been a blur. Although I didn't have much on, I was constantly exhausted from chronic pain and it disturbed most my sleep. As a Shintoist, I usually pray at the kamidana at least once a day, usually in the mornings. This week I found myself forgetting to on two days and… Continue reading The Energy for Prayer: Formal vs Informal