Cleansing, Matsuri, Sabbats, Seasonal, Shinto

Leaving Behind the Dark

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

Matsuri, Seasonal

What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Oharae-shiki is an important Shinto festival held on the last day of June annually and is also known as the Summer Purification Rite. This festival is , according to Fushimi Inari Taisha, 'to purify us of all sins unintentionally committed since New Year’s Day. The impurities are transferred to doll-like figures, which are then released… Continue reading What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

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