Prayer, Shinto, Uncategorized

Our Parent Inari-Ōkamisama

Being a human in a modern society can often be a stressful and taxing endeavor. Our commitment to our work and social lives can result in very little time for ourselves and our relationships to kami. In Shinto it is customary for us to pray and be thankful for our blessings daily and some of… Continue reading Our Parent Inari-Ōkamisama

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

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, 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)

Personal

My Path – Revised

Hello all, I hope you are doing well! I felt like I needed to make a new entry regarding my spiritual path. Although I am a Shintoist and Shinto forms a great deal of my belief system, I have always identified as an eclectic pagan. My path currently consists of Shinto, Wicca and Druidry, though… Continue reading My Path – Revised

Shinto, Spiritual Crafts

Craft work for Inari-Okami

So I've been struggling to do anything creative lately, but I did manage to mess with sculpting. I made a few different prototype items for Inari-Okami. These are made from polymer clay and painted with brush pens and acrylic paint. They are pretty basic, and I didn't have sandpaper on hand, but I wanted to… Continue reading Craft work for Inari-Okami