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

Kami, Personal

The Signs of the Underground

Signs of the kami can appear literally anywhere; in our dreams, in our homes, out and about, even in the London Underground. Yes, you read that right. It seems unlikely that a kami would let their presence known in such a busy, urban (and occasionally smelly) place as the London underground. As a country boy,… Continue reading The Signs of the Underground

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)

Deities, Kami, Mythology, Shinto

Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Today I am going to talk about many of the guardian animals associated with Shinto. When visiting a Shinto shrine, one of the first things one sees are a pair of foxes, lion-dogs or other creatures. Lion Dogs (Komainu) Komainu translates to 'Korean dog' or 'Foreign dog'. It is believed that they came from the… Continue reading Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians