Dreams, Inari, Kami, Shinto, Uncategorized

(Dream) An Evening At A Shrine

I wanted to write up and share this dream I had about an hour ago as it was intensely powerful. I have been rather stressed all day as we have had workmen here who stayed much later than I hoped (for a total of 8 hours!) and I was pretty bitter that I was unable… Continue reading (Dream) An Evening At A Shrine

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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

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

Kami, Personal

The Signs of the Underground

Signs of the kami can appear literally anywhere; in our dreams, in our homes, out and about, even in the London Underground. Yes, you read that right. It seems unlikely that a kami would let their presence known in such a busy, urban (and occasionally smelly) place as the London underground. As a country boy,… Continue reading The Signs of the Underground

Kami, Shinto, Spiritual Crafts

How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)

Today I am going to show you how I make simple votive bibs (涎掛け) for my kitsune (fox) messenger statues! These are not essential by any means but I do think that the spirits appreciate them, and they look pretty! What are the Red Votive Bibs For? The red bibs are placed on the kitsune… Continue reading How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)