My shrine… er… wall art tribute to the absolutely gorgeous Sherlock and Johnlock art by the beautifully talented @anotherwellkeptsecret. The waterfall kiss from The Abominable Bride came today, so I rearranged the art a bit so it all fit together.
The first art I bought was the poster for A Finger Slip, then the Valentine’s Day art print, then the tarmac kiss (in the largest size), and finally the waterfall kiss (also in the largest size). Everything Kelley creates is beautiful and awe-inspiring. If you’re a fan of Sherlock, a member of TJLC, and appreciate talented artists, then you should definitely follow Kelley! Not only is she a talented artist, but she is also a wonderful human being and she is so kind and bubbly and she just lights up my dash with her happiness and positive attitude.
Thank you for sharing your talent and art with us, Kelley. You really are a beautiful ray of sunshine and I appreciate everything you do.
【Goods information (special edition 2)】Tomitake-san’s visit ✨ “I want that one… Oh, I want this one too!!” while we keep telling him we have more goods 😳 All kinds of towels, all kinds of pen lights, etc… He bought a lot 🙇♀️🙇
So, I was wondering, how did you come by Shinto? Was it something you were raised with or something you sought out? Also kind of curious how, if at all, it interacts with your Witchcraft.
I was not born into Shinto, but into a born again Christian household that was very religiously aggressive. I had to go to church every week, I had to pay tithes from my pocket money, I had to go to bible study classes during the week, etc etc. And it was an awful experience. Not because Christianity is a bad religion, but because the people within the religion turned it into a weapon that did more harm than good to me. It was a poisonous environment for my growth. I decided one day that I didn’t want to be a Christian anymore. So I began sacrificing every school recess and lunch reading every book in my school library on world religions, as well as commentary on religious beliefs- like athiestic and scientific texts as well. Any mention of religions or spirituality during my classes- even ancient history was really fascinating. I ended up becoming a Roman pagan, and practising a reconstruction of the ancient Roman religion (lol ancient history lessons really got me into that) and I made a hidden shrine in my room for the Lares. Anyway, so over time, I continued to read and read, and I ended up reading all the books I could find in my school library. So then, my weekends were spent at a nearby university, reading all of those books I could find in there. And that was how I gradually moved entirely into Shintoism. I began secretly visiting Buddhist temples around this time as well, and the Buddhist monks gave me many free books and little statues of Buddhas. So I ended up building a little makeshift Kamidana and buying a lot of devotional items at thrift stores with my pocket money. It was only when I got to university that my parents found my hidden shrine and I ended up being kicked out of home after months of fighting with them
over religion. They accused me of being a sinner, etc etc and I was basically this awful person because of it. They hated me for refusing to go to church, they made fun of me and humiliated me in front of other Christians, they took me to Christian counsellors to try and talk me out of it, and destroyed all of my devotional items with an actual hammer. Legit. They smashed all my little Buddha statues with a hammer. They even destroyed all my makeshift devotional jewellery I had made for myself. And being kicked out of home was the best thing that happened. I had a job at the time, so I was able to support myself in my practice, and I was able to practice without fear of being mistreated for it. I began attending classes at the local temples, and reading and reading as much as I could on both Shintoism and Buddhism, because in Japan they are syncretic. So that is how I became a Shintoist.
It was really set in stone when I managed to save enough money for a trip to Japan, and I visited every single shrine I saw, even if I had to stop and pray at a 10 different little roadside shrines in a row. I devotedly stopped at every single one of them. It was bliss, like finding something I’d forgotten a long time ago. It brought me so much joy. As a Witch, Shintoism does find it’s place in my practice. I work with Ofuda, Sakaki and Shimenawa in my rituals, I also use rice, salt, water and sake (the basic offerings) in my practice. For example, I make a blessing substance from rice, salt, jasmine oil, and water, and put this around the doors to bless people who walk through the door. Using Japanese plants in magical workings as well- Camelia, Cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, sakaki, susuki, cedar, chrysanthemum, azalea, and so on. It also means that sometimes if I find a river or a tree that I am particularly drawn to, that I will go and set up a devotional there. So actually making an effort to work with kami in their natural setting as well, and also taking them into account in your practice. So calling on kami in spell work even if you are at home (Oh, that is the beauty of ofuda, they literally are the spiritual essence of a kami).
Headcanon - The reason we have never been shown John’s room at 221b is because it is plain and boring.
Except for the small writing desk in the corner. The pin board above it that’s covered with newspaper cut-outs; mementos from their cases littering the desk surface - a foil-wrapped fortune cookie, some loaded dice, a paper aeroplane, ballet tickets, a glass ashtray; a single framed photo of them at the Christmas drinks they held, John grinning, Sherlock feigning exasperation; a stack of notebooks John has filled; a couple of yellow post-it notes in Sherlock’s handwriting, one with a smiley face.
Basically, John is a sentimental trashcan with a shrine to all their adventures and Our Dads know We. Are. Not. Ready.