Matsuri, Seasonal

What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Oharae-shiki is an important Shinto festival held on the last day of June annually and is also known as the Summer Purification Rite. This festival is , according to Fushimi Inari Taisha, 'to purify us of all sins unintentionally committed since New Year’s Day. The impurities are transferred to doll-like figures, which are then released… Continue reading What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

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Deities, Inari, Loki, Personal

Inari and Loki Part 3: Working Together

In this post I am going to talk about my experience in working with both Inari-Ōkami and Loki. Please note that this is my personal experience and will not apply to everyone! Introductions I have had my Inari-Ōkami kamidana for many years now and when Loki requested an altar I was worried that their energies… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 3: Working Together

Deities, Loki

Inari and Loki Part 2: Loki

In my last post I talked about my relationship with Inari-Ōkami and how she is like a parent to me. This time I'm going to talk about my other patron deity, Loki. Loki is one of those deities where I'm not sure exactly when he arrived in my life but it feels like he's always… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 2: Loki

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

Animal Totems

Animal Oracles: The Hare

The hare is a very popular animal symbol in the new age and pagan community. It's common to see many 'moon gazing' hare statues, paintings, figures and everything else you can imagine. It's become more and more popular, and this year especially seems to have an explosion of hare-related merchandise! So what does the hare… Continue reading Animal Oracles: The Hare

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