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

Sabbats, Seasonal

Yule and Connecting with the God

Yule this year fell on the 21st December and marks the Winter Solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year. It was a nice sunny but cold day and I started my day early with a brisk walk to the small fields near our home. It's a small pocket of nature within… Continue reading Yule and Connecting with the God

Animal Totems

Animal Oracles: The Hare

The hare is a very popular animal symbol in the new age and pagan community. It's common to see many 'moon gazing' hare statues, paintings, figures and everything else you can imagine. It's become more and more popular, and this year especially seems to have an explosion of hare-related merchandise! So what does the hare… Continue reading Animal Oracles: The Hare

Mythology, Shinto

Tomoe: What does it mean?

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?

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