Are you looking for a new form of divination to add to your craft? Bone casting or bone throwing is a popular and easy-to-customize form of divination.
If you are looking to try your hand at bone casting you will love this guide on how to make your own bone casting set and learn to read it.
What is bone casting and how can you use it in your craft?
In some forms of witchcraft, bone casting is a divination method that involves throwing bones or other small objects and interpreting their patterns or positions to reveal information about the future or to answer a question.
This practice is also sometimes referred to as “bone throwing” or “bone reading.” It is believed to be based on ancient divination techniques used by various cultures around the world, and it is often used in conjunction with other forms of divination, such as tarot reading or astrology.
There are many different variations of bone casting, and the specific bones or objects used, as well as the interpretation of the patterns or positions, can vary depending on the tradition or individual practitioner.
How do you make a bone casting set?
There are many different ways to make a bone casting set, and the specific materials and methods used can vary depending on the tradition or individual practitioner. Here are some general steps that you might follow to make your own bone casting set:
:: Choose the bones or other small objects that you want to use for your set. These could be animal bones, shells, stones, or other natural materials.
:: Clean and dry the bones or objects. This is especially important if you are using animal bones, as they may need to be sterilized to prevent the growth of bacteria.
:: Decorate the bones or objects if desired. You might paint or carve symbols, designs, or other markings onto the bones or objects to give them additional meaning or significance.
:: Create a bag or container to hold your bones or objects. This could be a small pouch, a box, or any other suitable container.
:: Arrange the bones or objects in the bag or container in a way that makes sense to you. Some people like to arrange them according to size, shape, or color, while others might arrange them based on the meanings or associations they have.
:: Create a guide or reference for interpreting the patterns or positions of the bones or objects. This could be a chart, a book, or simply a list of meanings that you have developed yourself. I have a simple starter guide of popular bone throwing meanings below.
Practice using your bone casting set and refining your interpretation techniques. This can be a fun and rewarding process, and it can help you to become more confident and skilled in using your set for divination.
How do you read bones in bone casting?
Reading bones in bone casting involves interpreting the patterns or positions of the bones or other small objects after they have been thrown or placed in a specific pattern. There are many different ways to do this, and the specific techniques and interpretations can vary depending on the tradition or individual practitioner. Here are some general steps that you might follow when reading bones in bone casting:
Cast the bones or objects in a way that is meaningful to you. This could involve throwing them onto a surface, laying them out in a specific pattern, or placing them in a bag and shaking it before pulling them out one by one.
Observe the patterns or positions of the bones or objects after they have been cast. Look for any meaningful symbols, shapes, or arrangements that might provide insight or guidance.
Consult your reference guide or chart to help you interpret the patterns or positions of the bones or objects. This could include looking up the meanings of specific symbols or shapes, or considering the associations that different bones or objects have in your tradition.
Reflect on the overall message or guidance that the bones or objects seem to be providing. This might involve considering the context of the question or situation for which you are seeking guidance, as well as any personal insights or intuitions you have.
Record your reading and any insights or guidance that you have received. This can be helpful for future reference and can allow you to look back and see how your readings have evolved over time.
What are the different meanings when casting bones
Here is a general reference guide for interpreting bones in bone casting divination. Keep in mind that this is just one possible way of interpreting bones, and other practitioners may have different techniques or associations.
Small, smooth bones: These bones might represent communication or connection. They could suggest that you should pay attention to your connections with others, or that communication will be important in a situation.
Large, sturdy bones: These bones might represent strength or stability. They could suggest that you should rely on your own strength and resources, or that a situation will be stable and secure.
Hollow bones: These bones might represent change or transformation. They could suggest that you are entering a period of transformation, or that you should be open to change.
Curved bones: These bones might represent emotion or intuition. They could suggest that you should pay attention to your feelings and listen to your intuition.
Straight bones: These bones might represent logic or reason. They could suggest that you should rely on your logical abilities or approach a situation with a clear and rational mind.
Porous bones: These bones might represent creativity or adaptability. They could suggest that you should tap into your creative side or be open to new ideas.
Solid bones: These bones might represent stability or reliability. They could suggest that you should focus on building stability or that a situation is dependable.