UPDATE January 19, 2022—to make the shipping easier, I added the shisa keychains to an Etsy shop. They are listed for $1 and whatever shipping is to your area. This covers Etsy fees and mailing. The first batch of 80 are gone and I’m working on a second batch now.
I started these as a way to feel like I’m sending positive energy into the world so every time I see something that makes me mad/sad/upset I send a shisa into the world. Thank you for the overwhelming response and all the messages. Shisa really are lucky little lion dogs. And now, you can get yours on Etsy here and it makes it a lot simpler for me to get them to you.
January 2, 2022—I’m happy to send shisa keychains anywhere in the world for a donation to cover postage. I primarily use PayPal. Please make sure to include the address you want your keychain sent to! I only made 80 of these to begin with so they aren’t unlimited and I can’t guarantee color combos.
Each shisa keychain spends time on my altar to get charged up and ready to go be a lucky guardian for someone in the world. I included notes so you can learn more about the Okinawan guardian shisa below. My PayPal email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And thank you for the unexpected and surprise response!
What are shisa?
Shisa are a traditional Ryukyuan (Okinawan) guardian pair similar to Chinese guardian lions. Shisa are sometimes classified as gargoyle beasts. Shisa come in pairs, a male and a female. The male has his mouth open to drink in the good luck and frighten away the negative. The female has her mouth closed to seal out the negative and keep in the good luck.
Together they make a sound—“Aum”(a-hūṃ/a-un). ‘A'(阿) is from the male and “ɦūṃ” (吽) is from the female. The vocalization “Aum” (ॐ) means beginning and end in Sanskrit. It’s similar to the Nio guardian deity statues that guard Buddhist temples. The combination of both sounds is Aum (ॐ), Sanskrit for The Absolute. This song of the shisa helps to bring their surroundings into harmony.
December 11, 2021 For anyone looking for shisa: I chose a terrible time to take a social media vacation! I don’t sell the shisa keychains, just give them away. It’s my karmic donation to try and offset some of the negativity out there. If you’d like a shisa keychain, I’ll be happy to send one anywhere for postage. I’ll get a link up for that today. And thank you Benebell Wen for the share, even if I wasn’t prepared!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Benebell Wen is a practitioner of esoteric occult arts and she is the most brilliant and best teacher I’ve found. She has books and courses (tons are free) on her website and she teaches everything including I Ching, tarot, divination, astrology… you name it. Next Saturday I was planning to do a review of her Spirit Keepers Tarot, Revelation Edition. You can find Benebell at benebellwen.com.