Something which I often find online is that many people perceived as spiritual in one way or another are often expected to be complete. This can apply to people of any religion, tarot readers and other diviners, witches and healers. It especially seems to apply to those of us who provide spiritual services, paid or… Continue reading Spirituality and the Facade of Wholeness
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
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
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
Oh boy. So this video has been making the rounds in the Shinto community and it's... something. What it isn't is Shinto. There are so many issues with this 'shrine' and I'm going to talk about some of them here. Firstly I want to make it clear that gatekeeping is not something that really happens… Continue reading The East Tennessee ‘Shinto Shrine’
In my last post I talked about what prayer is through various definitions that I hope broadened the understanding of those curious. Today I continue this series and talk a little about examples of prayer Modern Paganiso. This post will focus primarily on the practical aspect of prayer as I believe everyone's spiritual experience is… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 2: Prayer in Modern Paganism
I get a lot of emails asking me how I pray, what is prayer and asking for general advice on how to pray and practices associated with it. I decided to write this series of posts to hopefully answer these questions, though I must state that prayer is very individual and means very different things… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 1: What Is Prayer?