So I know the chances of anyone following this blog (or even the #shinto tag, honestly) being interested / active in Second Life are pretty slim! I admit myself it’s a fairly weird place!

However, it has a decently active community of Japanese players, and as such there are little in-world Shinto shrines hidden around the world. I tend to sniff around those places in my travels and I’ve been keeping a list of Shinto shrines that I find tucked away in various locations… I’m constantly finding more and more, and it’s finally gotten enough substance that I thought it might be worth sharing! even though probably nobody else is as interested in this phenomenon as I am, haha.

I think what I find the most interesting about the inworld shrines is that they are indeed hand-crafted, although via different means (3D modeling, art, scripting and so forth). Even though they cannot (I believe?!) hold any enshrinement of kami, at least by any sort of reckoning I’ve heard of, they still hold the ability to make your thoughts stray towards the existence of the kami and nature (digital, virtual nature though it may be).

Of course these are no substitution for the real thing, but if you cannot make it to Fushimi-ku or Ise, then maybe, on a rainy evening, visiting some of these little lovingly-crafted shrines might brighten your mood up a bit.

The document has barebones instructions on page two of the sheet, if you are interested and have no clue how to get in on Second Life at all.

livingwithgods

livingwithgods:

wessasaurus-rex:

lunar-rayne:

”..The God Graveyard, old gods that have been worshiped throughout our history but are no longer prayed to, how many more will be thrown into the wind?…”

That’s really creative and ingenious 

I dislike this so much. Even more so that it was done by Atheists trying to show how worshiping God in our modern Monotheistic religions is “irrational” (which also is very insulting to the people who have faith in that God) in my opinion. Not only that, but their historical knowledge and accuracy is very off on these tombstones.

But if you know me and who I am you’d know why I very much dislike it and why I don’t think it’s ‘clever’. Not only is it taking up space on a public park site and nature….All of these gods are still alive and with us today and still have a presence — even more so in the new era. This isn’t exactly about “proving” anything exists, but people had and still have faith in these deities; being disrespectful like this trying to prove a point is very uncouth. In my opinion.

At least the person who offered some wine and flowers to Freyja gives me hope.

lost-and-seeking
threedifferentways:

tarot-spreads:

Deck Interview Spread

I found this spread a few years ago on Aeclectic Tarot. It is a simple six card spread that allows you to meet your new tarot deck and get to know it. It’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s personality. It will show how it can help you grow, become a better reader and a better person. It is usually the first spread I throw for any deck.

The cards can be laid out any way you prefer, I lay mine out left to right.
Card #1: Tell me about yourself? What is your most important characteristic? The general personality of your deck. This question will reveal if your deck is painfully truthful, a prankster, a pragmatist, a romantic, etc.
Card #2: What are your strengths as a deck? The best features of your deck. This will help decide what kind of questions to ask and spreads to throw.
Card #3: What are your limits as a deck? This card represents the challenges, blocks and obstacles your deck may have. This is also helpful to decide what questions to ask and spreads to throw.
Card #4: What do you bring to the table? What are you here to teach me? We all have teachers in life and Tarot’s higher purpose is to teach us. To show us our areas of growth and help us improve.
Card #5: How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? Tarot, like all relationships, is a partnership. This card shows how to best utilize that partnership and shows you the best way to approach your deck.
Card #6: What is the potential outcome of our relationship? The most likely result of working diligently with your deck.

So. Uh. I got this new tarot deck yesterday and… um… ~wiggles eyebrows~

threedifferentways:

tarot-spreads:

Deck Interview Spread

I found this spread a few years ago on Aeclectic Tarot. It is a simple six card spread that allows you to meet your new tarot deck and get to know it. It’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s personality. It will show how it can help you grow, become a better reader and a better person. It is usually the first spread I throw for any deck.

The cards can be laid out any way you prefer, I lay mine out left to right.

Card #1: Tell me about yourself? What is your most important characteristic? The general personality of your deck. This question will reveal if your deck is painfully truthful, a prankster, a pragmatist, a romantic, etc.

Card #2: What are your strengths as a deck? The best features of your deck. This will help decide what kind of questions to ask and spreads to throw.

Card #3: What are your limits as a deck? This card represents the challenges, blocks and obstacles your deck may have. This is also helpful to decide what questions to ask and spreads to throw.

Card #4: What do you bring to the table? What are you here to teach me? We all have teachers in life and Tarot’s higher purpose is to teach us. To show us our areas of growth and help us improve.

Card #5: How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? Tarot, like all relationships, is a partnership. This card shows how to best utilize that partnership and shows you the best way to approach your deck.

Card #6: What is the potential outcome of our relationship? The most likely result of working diligently with your deck.

So. Uh. I got this new tarot deck yesterday and… um… ~wiggles eyebrows~

whitefoxrunning
canispanthera:

 Happy new year! Ok, I’m a day late to the party but I was celebrating XD For a lot of people I know 2013 was a terrible year. Some attribute it to black magic and unlucky number 13 o.O I had my own share of ups and downs, but I’m very optimistic about 2014. Hopefully this piece conveys that sense of optimism to you as well :3 Look forward to more traditional Japanese style pieces like this very soon!
DeviantArt Page:
http://canispanthera.deviantart.com/art/Blazing-into-2014-424149394

canispanthera:

 Happy new year! Ok, I’m a day late to the party but I was celebrating XD For a lot of people I know 2013 was a terrible year. Some attribute it to black magic and unlucky number 13 o.O I had my own share of ups and downs, but I’m very optimistic about 2014. Hopefully this piece conveys that sense of optimism to you as well :3 Look forward to more traditional Japanese style pieces like this very soon!

DeviantArt Page:

http://canispanthera.deviantart.com/art/Blazing-into-2014-424149394