Book Review Special: Malala Yousafzai and Maajid Nawaz

An atrocity happened in my country last week. In response I have picked up the weapons that frighten extremists the most: books. [Read more…]

Help Britain’s Foxes! Speak Out Against Fox Hunting

I am a devotee of Inari Ōkami, the Shinto kami of rice and prosperity. Foxes are sacred to Inari; they are His messengers, and as such Her shrines typically feature fox statues and other fox images. Foxes are therefore very special to me. But aside from the personal, spiritual significance foxes have for me, I also feel it is [Read More…]

Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews April 2017

This month, two recent adaptations of the Norse myths by two bestselling authors go head-to-head: Joanne M Harris’ 2014 novel The Gospel of Loki, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, published earlier this year. But which book will get Read Of The Month? The full list of this month’s reviews is as follows…. Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology [Read More…]

Making Anzac Biscuits For Beltane and Anzac Day

As an Eclectic Pagan, I actively borrow traditions from all over the place, including integrating secular holidays into my spiritual practise. One thing I try to do is to incorporate some elements of New Zealand culture into my path, because my husband is from New Zealand and I think it is important to celebrate his [Read More…]

A Secret Sunrise Beltane Celebration

Beltane is subversive. More so than Samhain, in my opinion, even though the latter may seem pretty subversive with its skulls and darkness and trappings of death and the otherworld. But Samhain is somewhat softened by the child-friendly costume parties and trick-or-treat of Halloween, as well as its association with the Christian All Saints’ Day. [Read More…]

Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews March 2017

This month we take a look at shamanic practises both ancient and modern, with a classic academic work on Japanese shamanism and a 2017 release on animal spirit guides. Our other books this month are on the Greek mysteries, and witchcraft within the queer, trans and intersex community. The full list of this month’s reviews [Read More…]

Nature Deities Verses Human Deities

In all the Pagan religions I can think of, practically every major deity has some kind of darker, fearsome aspect to them. There is a very good reason for this – they represent the forces of nature. [Read more…]

Grieving For Robots And Dolls: Animism Or Materialism Gone Mad?

Since Sony stopped repairing AIBOs, the robot dogs have been slowly “dying out.” In response to this, Buddhist priests have been holding funeral services for them. [Read more…]

What Do Gods And Mascots Have In Common?

There is of course a big difference between the Gods and Goddesses of old and the mascots of today. But I think they both play one key, similar role. [Read more…]

7 Suggestions For A Shinto-Pagan Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is an important occasion for both Shintoists and Pagans, so here’s some ideas from Japan to inspire your Ostara celebrations. [Read more…]