Bones for Animal Spirit Work
I’ve been hunting down skulls and bones of every sort to sell at the BC Shamanic Conference in May and I’ve built up quite the variety. I plan to carve all the skulls, and some of the larger bones, and then redden each one in a bath of red wine and red ochre as part of a consecration rite that will change the skulls from decorative objects to active spirit vessels. First though, I’ll need to smudge them well and cleanse each animal of any violence and distress, as some of them came from trappers and hunters, and then I’ll baptize them into their new incarnation with holy water and anointing oil before starting the carving. They will look very different with their new patterned red flesh.