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

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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

Deities, Shinto

[Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

This week we have a wonderful guest post by Hannah over at http://benannainjapan.blogspot.com/! This post does an excellent job of illustrating just how much influence Inari has in a small area. I love how the shrines range from formal to casual, traditional to untraditional. And of course, the pure feeling of love and nostalgia that… Continue reading [Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

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)