Hakata Dontaku (Japan)

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Hakata Dontaku (Japan)

Post  Admin on 11/10/2008, 8:02 am

Hakata Dontaku (Japan)

Amaterasu

Themes: Sun; Tradition; Unity; Blessings; Community; Kinship

Symbols: Mirror; Gold or Yellow Items

About Amaterasu: Amaterasu is unique among goddesses, being one of the few women to personify the sun. In Japan she rules over cultural unity, kinship, and the blessings that someone with the name, "Illuminating Heaven" might be expected to bestow. It's Amaterasu's sun that nudges the greenery to reach toward her light, just as her gentle energy prods us toward reestablishing harmony in all our relationships.

To Do Today: The first week of May in Japan is called Golden Week, and it's a time when Amaterasu's solar beauty really shines. The Hakata festival is a national holiday that includes celebrations for children and a special parade depicting Japan's legendary deities. Take a moment to join the festivities long-distance. Remember Amaterasu by wearing gold-colored items today and opening as many curtains as possible to let in her glorious light.

Once the curtains are opened, take a hand mirror and reflect the light into every corner of your home. This draws Amaterasu's unifying energy into your living space and guards against discord among all who dwell therein. Also, to ensure that no malevolence enters from outside the home, put a mirror facing outward in an eastern winder (where Amaterasu rises). This is a Buddhist custom for turning away negativity and evil influences.

By Patricia Tlesco~From "365 Goddess"

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