In many faiths and cultures February marks a time of change and renewal. The 1st of February is Imbolc, a Celtic fire festival in which many pagans and agricultural communities celebrate the coming of spring and new life, as well as cleansing ourselves of the physical and mental clutter of a long, dark winter. This… Continue reading Leaving Behind the Dark
Sangyo-sai (産業祭 - Industrial Festival) is an annual festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha - 'A ceremony expressing thanks to Inari Okami, the deity of all business enterprises, and praying for business success and economic prosperity.' - (Fushimi Inari Website) This festival is one in which people pray for economic prosperity and success with their businesses.… Continue reading Sangyo-sai (産業祭）
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?
Today I will talk about the Japanese creation story. This myth can change depending on various sources and so can be moulded to fit various sects of the Shinto faith. Before you begin reading, I feel it is important to state that this is very heavily referenced from the internet. However, I felt this is an… Continue reading Shinto Cosmology