The time of Imbolc (pronounced 'imolg/immolk') is almost upon us, falling on February 1st or sometimes the 2nd, of each year. In modern times, Imbolc is celebrated as one of the seasonal festivals of Wicca, witchcraft and other pagan paths but its origins are garbled and confusing. Imbolc is also celebrated in Christianity as St.… Continue reading The Mysterious Origins of Imbolc
Oh boy. So this video has been making the rounds in the Shinto community and it's... something. What it isn't is Shinto. There are so many issues with this 'shrine' and I'm going to talk about some of them here. Firstly I want to make it clear that gatekeeping is not something that really happens… Continue reading The East Tennessee ‘Shinto Shrine’
In my last post I talked about what prayer is through various definitions that I hope broadened the understanding of those curious. Today I continue this series and talk a little about examples of prayer Modern Paganiso. This post will focus primarily on the practical aspect of prayer as I believe everyone's spiritual experience is… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 2: Prayer in Modern Paganism
I get a lot of emails asking me how I pray, what is prayer and asking for general advice on how to pray and practices associated with it. I decided to write this series of posts to hopefully answer these questions, though I must state that prayer is very individual and means very different things… Continue reading All About Prayer Part 1: What Is Prayer?
Lately I haven't prayed at my kamidana lately and I feel pretty guilty for that. For months I had kept a daily schedule in which I would pray to Inari-Okamisama daily, change offerings and sometimes meditate. It's changed because my partner has been home recovering from a surgery and although it's absolutely not his fault,… Continue reading Walking Prayer
Today was a big day for me. It was a supermoon, meaning the moon was brighter and larger in the sky, as well as this moon being the closest to the Earth until 2026. That means big moon energy to work with! I can always feel moon energy, it's what started my interest in paganism… Continue reading Supermoon Healing Ritual
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