Shinto

Walking Prayer

Lately I haven't prayed at my kamidana lately and I feel pretty guilty for that. For months I had kept a daily schedule in which I would pray to Inari-Okamisama daily, change offerings and sometimes meditate. It's changed because my partner has been home recovering from a surgery and although it's absolutely not his fault,… Continue reading Walking Prayer

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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

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

Inari, Matsuri

Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

Sangyo-sai (産業祭 - Industrial Festival) is an annual festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha - 'A ceremony expressing thanks to Inari Okami, the deity of all business enterprises, and praying for business success and economic prosperity.' - (Fushimi Inari Website) This festival is one in which people pray for economic prosperity and success with their businesses.… Continue reading Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

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