Seasonal

8 Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring is a wonderful time for planning, exploring, planting and really taking the time to energize ourselves. The days are finally getting longer, the sun is out (between all those April showers of course!) and the birds are singing. Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year. I love the fresh and busy feeling… Continue reading 8 Ways to Celebrate Spring

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Kami, Shinto, Spiritual Crafts

How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)

Today I am going to show you how I make simple votive bibs (涎掛け) for my kitsune (fox) messenger statues! These are not essential by any means but I do think that the spirits appreciate them, and they look pretty! What are the Red Votive Bibs For? The red bibs are placed on the kitsune… Continue reading How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)

Spiritual Crafts

Japanese Weather Dolls – Teru Teru Bōzu

If you are familiar with Japan and it's culture in any way, you probably will know of the little paper or cloth dolls which are often hung outside Japanese homes and schools. These dolls are called teru teru bōzu ( てるてる坊主 - lit 'shine shine monk') and are believed to have magical powers to bring forth… Continue reading Japanese Weather Dolls – Teru Teru Bōzu