Prayer, Shinto

All About Prayer Part 3: Prayer in Shinto

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

Kami, Personal, Shinto

My Travel Altar

I've been meaning to make a post about my travel altar for a while and this morning I saw a post by ravenamber87 on theirs, which reminded me! And so here is my travel altar in pictures! The storage I use for my travel altar is currently a box I received a tarot deck in.… Continue reading My Travel Altar

Mythology, Shinto

Japanese Folklore in Pokémon

If you are on the internet at all these days, you'll notice the huge craze that is Pokémon Go! Pokémon has been around for over 20 years and has brought joy to countless children and adults alike. However, being Japanese, there are a huge amount of pokémon in the franchise with references to Shinto, Buddhism,… Continue reading Japanese Folklore in Pokémon

Deities, Kami, Mythology, Shinto

Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Today I am going to talk about many of the guardian animals associated with Shinto. When visiting a Shinto shrine, one of the first things one sees are a pair of foxes, lion-dogs or other creatures. Lion Dogs (Komainu) Komainu translates to 'Korean dog' or 'Foreign dog'. It is believed that they came from the… Continue reading Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Mythology, Shinto

Shinto Cosmology

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

Deities, Kami, Shinto

Kami Focus – Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (月読)

Name meaning: 月読 (月 - moon, month, 読 - reading, counting). Another translation could be tsukiyo 月夜 - moonlight night and mi 見 - looking/watching. Other names: Tsukiyomi, Tsuki no kami (Kojiki), Tsukuyomi-no-mikoto, Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto Kami of: the moon Themes: Balance, Sensitivity, Intuition and other aspects associated with the moon Enshrined at: Many places including Tsukuyomi Jinja  at Matsunoo Taisha (Kyoto), Tsukuyomi… Continue reading Kami Focus – Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (月読)

Familiars, Kami, Shinto

Snake as Familiar

Meditation and White Foxes Recently I have began to meditate and communicate with Inari-Okami more often. In a recent meditation she approached me and told me to be 'more careful'. When I asked what she meant, she said that I need to protect myself when meditating so as not to attract negative entities. I always… Continue reading Snake as Familiar