One of the most common and versatile ingredients in magick is bird bones. Bird bones have been used for centuries by various cultures and traditions for different purposes, such as divination, protection, healing, and enchantment. In this blog post, I will explore some of the ways that bird bones can be used in magick and how to obtain them ethically and respectfully.
Bird bones can be used as a tool for divination, or the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. There are different methods of using bird bones for divination, such as casting them on a cloth or a board with symbols and interpreting their patterns and positions or holding them in your hands and feeling their vibrations and messages. Some practitioners use specific types of bird bones for specific types of questions, such as owl bones for wisdom, raven bones for secrets, or dove bones for love. Chicken bones in particular are popular among New Orleans Voudou practitioners as tools of divination. They are also considered good luck.
Bird bones can be used for protection, or the practice of shielding oneself or others from harm or negative influences. There are different ways of using bird bones for protection, such as wearing them as amulets or charms, burying them around your property or home, or placing them in a jar or a mojo bag with other protective herbs and stones. Some practitioners use specific types of bird bones for specific types of protection, such as Chicken bones to guard good luck, eagle bones to grow courage, hawk bones for vision to see that which needs to be protected, or swan bones for grace.
Bird bones can be used as tools for restoring health and well-being to oneself or others. There are different ways of using bird bones for healing, such as making them into teas or tinctures, grinding them into powders or pastes, or burning them as incense or offerings. Some practitioners use specific types of bird bones for specific types of healing, such as crane bones for longevity, hummingbird bones for joy, or peacock bones for beauty.
Bird bones can also be used as a tool for enchantment, or the practice of influencing or changing the qualities or behaviors of oneself or others by magical means. There are different ways of using bird bones for enchantment, such as carving them into runes or symbols, stringing them into necklaces or bracelets, or embedding them into candles or dolls. Some practitioners use specific types of bird bones for specific types of enchantment, such as crow bones for transformation, sparrow bones for luck, or phoenix bones for rebirth.
How to obtain bird bones ethically and respectfully
Bird bones are sacred and powerful items that should not be taken lightly or disrespectfully. If you want to use bird bones in your magick, you should always obtain them ethically and respectfully. This means that you should never kill a bird or harm a living bird for its bones. You should only use bird bones that come from natural sources, such as roadkill, found remains, or ethical hunting. You should always ask permission from the spirit of the bird before taking its bones and thank it afterwards. You should also cleanse and consecrate the bird bones before using them in your magic and dispose of them properly when you are done.
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