Mythic Yoga Journey Japan sacred travel kitsune fox

The Kitsune fox at the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

The Kitsune is a fox in Japanese folklore, a magical being known to be a shape shifter, taking the form of a woman sometimes.

The fox is a messenger of the Kami, the gods, holding a key to the rice grainery in its mouth.

The grainery holds the rice where the sake is made in this agricultural mythology that is in accord with the life/death/life cycle.

Foxes are everywhere in Shinto shrines in Japan. This one was taken at the Fushimi Inari-taisha adorned with a red yodarekake (votive bibs) by worshippers out of respect.

Mythic Yoga Journey practice: What qualities does the fox have that you are attracted to? What qualities do you have that are like the fox? Which do you not have? How are you not like a fox? Use active imagination to dialogue with the fox. Write down your dialogue in a journal, write a poem or story. Practice yoga and see what energy the fox has for you.