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Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews September 2016


We have now entered autumn, the month of reading according to the Japanese. Not sure what to read? Take a look at September’s reviews and see if any of them take your fancy – this month we even have a book by the managing editor of Patheos Pagan! [Read more]


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The Athame Debates

There’s a range of daggers suitable for use as athames at my Dad’s shop: http://www.spiral.org.uk/acatalog/Daggers.html  

Out of all the numerous tools that Wiccans may use in their rituals, the athame seems to be one of the most important – and the most controversial. Below I’ve listed my thoughts on two unresolved issues regarding the use of the athame. Of course, these are just my own personal opinions and I wouldn’t for one second say that my way is the “right” way – I just wanted to share what I think about it! [Read more]

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My new indoor altar


After a lot of thought about the benefits of having an indoor altar as well as my outdoor Inari altar, I finally decided to set one up in our living room. And here it is! It’s on the top shelf of our large wall-shelves (surrounded by DVDs!). The “permanent” features include:

  •  My re-painted Hina Matsuri dolls as representatives of the God and Goddess at the centre, on a large shelf mirror (mimicking the Shinto tradition of the sacred mirror), with my pentagram tied with handfasting cords above.
  • My collection of Pagan and folklore-related  books on the left side, and Shinto/Japanese spiritual books on the right
  • My book of shadows
  • Two tea-light holders
  • A pentacle dish (that’s also an incense stick holder) with a crystal ball on top, representing Earth.
  • A lovely chalice I found at a charity shop (that I haven’t consecrated yet) representing Water
  • My athame, representing Fire
  • My wand, representing Air
  • A bell, for summoning the spirits and snuffing candles

The skulls, tombstone angel statue, and Fukurokuju wood carving are just there for Samhain, representing Death and old age.

I’m quite pleased with the result! I look forward to using it in rituals and improving it over time.

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