Shinto

Kannagara: Our Pale Blue Dot

Kannagara is a core principle of Shinto and can be interpreted in a number of ways. It can be written with many kanji including 随神、神随、神在随、随在天神、乍神、神長柄、神奈我良、and 可牟奈我良. It is a concept that is difficult to pin down, as with much of Shinto. The expression ‘kannagara no ōmichi’, meaning ‘the way in accordance with the will of… Continue reading Kannagara: Our Pale Blue Dot

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Personal

Negativity is a part of life

I made this post on my personal Facebook account, but I felt that it is really something I'd like to share with my readers here. Recently there has been a lot of negativity in my life, lots of stress too and it's been wearing me down, clouding my heart and making me and most likely… Continue reading Negativity is a part of life

Shinto, Uncategorized

New Year: A Time for New Beginnings

New year has always been special to me in that it represents a new beginning, a releasing of the old and bringing in of the new. Even in the West, new year inspires us to make new years resolutions or goals - even if we rarely stick to them! Of course many people choose to… Continue reading New Year: A Time for New Beginnings

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

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