Monthly Archives: February 2016

Honouring the Feminine at the Doll Festival

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How is the Japanese Doll Festival linked to the Goddess and witchcraft? Click here to read more!

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Pagan, Spiritual & Magical Book Reviews February 2016

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This month I’ve read…

  • Pagan Planet: Being, Believing & Belonging in the 21st Century, ed. Nimue Brown
  • Practical Candle Burning: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose, Raymond Buckland
  • Pagan Portals – Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well, Morgan Daimler
  • Tales of Unease, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (compiled by David Stuart Davies)
  • The Face of Jizo: Image and Cult in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, Hank Glassman
  • Whispers from the Earth: Teaching stories from the ancestors, beautifully woven for today’s spiritual seekers, Taz Thornton

Click here to read the reviews!

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Continuing Cornwall’s tradition of rock carvings

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One of the Rocky Valley labyrinths, Cornwall, England. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Is the new sculpture carved into the rock at Merlin’s Cave in Tintagel an act of vandalism – or is it a continuation of a Cornish tradition? Read the discussion at Patheos here!

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The tree falling in the forest has been heard

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On February 11th 2016 the Ligo Collaboration announced that gravitational waves have been observed for the first time from the collision of two black holes over a billion light years away. But what philosophical implications does this discovery have? Read more at Patheos!

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Legally-Binding Handfastings – I Do?

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What role should religion play in marriage? My latest Patheos article discusses the relationship between religion and state in marriage. Click here to view!

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Inari AGAIN at Hatsuuma 2016!

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Today is Hatsuuma, which is the feast day of Inari Ookami. I was a bit sad because although it fell on a Saturday which would usually mean I’d be off work and have more time to celebrate, it just so happened that I had to work this Saturday at an anime convention.

However, O-Inarisama still found a way of making an appearance! At the convention, I happened to find the stand of the artist who had drawn the picture above, which I had seen before circulated on the Inari Faith International Facebook page, originally from Fur Affinity. This image is so beautiful and so full of Inari symbolism that I knew I had to buy it straight away.

I talked a little with the artist, who has apparently been to Fushimi Inari Taisha but she seemed unaware that O-Inarisama is in fact a revered deity. It’s amazing that she could produce something so meaningful to Inari devotees even without some of the background knowledge – perhaps it just shows her sensitivity as an artist! My print is now proudly displayed above my Inari altar along with my Inari-zushi and mochi offerings for Hatsuuma.

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Inari makes an Imbolc appearance

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Inari Okami has a habit of springing up unexpectedly in my life, and today He seemed to make a very auspicious appearance!

I’d popped into the supermarket this morning to find some suitable cheese as an Imbolc offering at both my Inari and Neopagan altars. And that’s when I found these one, “White Fox.”

I’ve never heard of this brand before!  Seeing as the white fox is Inari-sama’s most familiar symbol, what could be a more fitting offering?

Who knows, perhaps it might be a little nudge of encouragement as I have just finished writing my latest Patheos article all about Inari-sama…. (please do have a read!)

Happy Imbolc everyone!

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