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Card of the Week – Eight of Wands

This post is late for a few reasons. Firstly I didn't have much energy yesterday due to over-exerting myself, but secondly, I felt as if the card I actually drew for the week ahead was perhaps too personal. Originally I had planned to make this a kind of personal tarot series, but I've quickly found… Continue reading Card of the Week – Eight of Wands

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Card of the Week: The Hanged Man

This week's card comes from the Dragon Tarot by Peter Pracownik, a deck that holds a special place in my heart being the first tarot deck I ever used back when I was 16. This deck goes heavy on the esoteric symbolism but that makes it a joy to work with. I find this deck… Continue reading Card of the Week: The Hanged Man

Prayer, Shinto

All About Prayer Part 3: Prayer in Shinto

Prayer, or norito (祝詞) is a central and important part of the Shinto faith. To an outsider, Shinto prayer most likely seems highly ritualised and even a bit 'stiff', but as you'll find out, there is a meaning for every action. This post aims to talk about what Shinto prayer is, what it looks like… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 3: Prayer in Shinto

Matsuri, Shinto

Setsubun – Getting Rid of Your Demons

Today I celebrated Setsubun (節分), a yearly festival in which we celebrate the beginning of Spring. Setsubun literally means 'seasonal division' and is also associated with the Lunar new year, so is often thought of as a 'new year' before Spring! Note: I use the term 'demon' here to translate the Japanese term 'oni'. This… Continue reading Setsubun – Getting Rid of Your Demons

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Card of The Week: The Ace of Cups (Reversed)

Welcome again to my card of the week! Last week's card was Justice and it played out exactly as it predicted. I mentioned last week that I was asking spirit for signs related to a decision I wanted to make. Not long after I pulled Justice I actually received a clear answer and so I… Continue reading Card of The Week: The Ace of Cups (Reversed)

paganism, Sabbats, Seasonal

The Mysterious Origins of Imbolc

The time of Imbolc (pronounced 'imolg/immolk') is almost upon us, falling on February 1st or sometimes the 2nd, of each year. In modern times, Imbolc is celebrated as one of the seasonal festivals of Wicca, witchcraft and other pagan paths but its origins are garbled and confusing. Imbolc is also celebrated in Christianity as St.… Continue reading The Mysterious Origins of Imbolc