Meditation, Personal

Ceridwen and the Raven: Self-Reflection

Today was a draining day. My depression had become crippling to the point that most of the day I didn't do much. I tried to draw but all I wanted to do was to lay on the bed and sleep. I felt ill and desperately wanted for the day to be over. I managed to… Continue reading Ceridwen and the Raven: Self-Reflection

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Deities, Personal

A Calling From Loki

So this post is not directly Shinto or Druidry based, but as you have probably gathered, I am an eclectic Pagan and sometimes deities from other pantheons do come calling. Loki is one of them. To say that Loki has only just began calling would be a lie, I know and recognize that he's been… Continue reading A Calling From Loki

Shinto, tarot

A Message From Inari-Okami: Three of Cups

Recently I have been not too well both physically and mentally. I've been on and off different medication, my mental illness is not in a good place and I've been trying hard to fight my own mind and body. Not to mention the fact that I was greatly affected by the death of one of… Continue reading A Message From Inari-Okami: Three of Cups

Mythology, Shinto

Tomoe: What does it mean?

If you are familiar with Shinto or Japanese culture at all, you will most likely have seen the tomoe symbol. Tomoe,  (巴 or 鞆絵, とも) is a Japanese symbol that is widely accepted as the symbol of Shinto. 'Tomoe' can roughly be translated as 'comma', with mitsu-tomoe meaning 'three commas'. The mitsu-domoe is the version usually… Continue reading Tomoe: What does it mean?

Prayer, Shinto

Finding Time For Prayer

Waking up at dawn, heading down to your local Shinto shrine and praying to the enshrined kami before starting your day, that's the dream, right? Unfortunately for many Shinto practitioners this is not an option. We are outside of Japan, or situated somewhere far away from any kind of Shinto shrine or retreat, sometimes even… Continue reading Finding Time For Prayer

Deities, Shinto

[Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

This week we have a wonderful guest post by Hannah over at http://benannainjapan.blogspot.com/! This post does an excellent job of illustrating just how much influence Inari has in a small area. I love how the shrines range from formal to casual, traditional to untraditional. And of course, the pure feeling of love and nostalgia that… Continue reading [Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City