A comparison between the upper canine teeth of a jaguar (black piece, fossil) and an adult African lion. The African lion is by far much larger than the jaguar, but when it comes to bite pressure and overall torque, the jaguar comes in ahead. This can clearly be seen in the dramatic thickness of the jaguar canine root–almost twice as that of the lion, and much heftier, mineralization aside.
The jaguar tooth is part of a set of fossil relics to go to a devotee of Tezcatlipoca, and is not for sale.
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Some animal teeth can be a bit troublesome to keep and work with at times. When a tooth lacks the natural lipids found in the mouth, they split, crack or break. This is especially common with teeth that have come from juvenile or young adult animals, where the teeth may still have hollow areas or undeveloped dentin layers. Even fossil teeth, depending on age, wear and degree of mineralization, have been known to crack and break. Usually if I need to store teeth before use I’ll wrap them in paper towels soaked with baby oil. I’ve even used Dentene mouthwash. However, there is one method I use frequently that not only helps to preserve your animal teeth, but also can turn them into powerful amulets and talismans. If you plan on incorporating a special animal tooth in your spiritual work, use a condition oil. Hold the tooth in your hand while praying or focusing on your intent, and vigorously rub some of the oil into the tooth as you’re doing so. The oil should absorb through the dentin layers, leaving the tooth with a nice glossy finish and, depending on the oil, a nice scent. I will periodically reapply oil as needed; over time the tooth will develop a very handsome aged patina. For extra “oomph”, leave the anointed tooth with a candle (specific, dressed or no depending on what you’re doing; YMMV) to incubate overnight, or time your anointing to fall on a specific day or hour.
Teeth themselves make for excellent amulets, and humankind has been using animal (and sometimes even human!) in that capacity for centuries. People have used them for strength, protection, and to connect with the energy behind the animal the tooth or teeth once belonged to. Teeth are a very intimate part of the animal. They reside in the head and are responsible for feeding, nurturing and communication. A very important and useful way of connecting with the consciousness of the animal to which it once belonged.
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but one of the things I told myself I’d be doing is writing a little more on what I do. People have been on my case about that for quite awhile now. I must admit I am at times shocked by people who come to me seeking advice about a certain animal or “totem”, or to obtain a certain relic for their own uses, but they couldn’t tell me one true fact about that animal that they didn’t learn in some New Age animal totem dictionary put out by Llewellyn. But you know, pounding words out on a blog post, that’s not always easy for me–my spirituality isn’t up for public consumption. There is Work I do for community and individuals outside of family (not counting the Work I do inside that circle), but that’s on a ‘need to know’ basis, and normally done offline. I’ve always been an in-person (some would say in your face) kinda guy. Some of the pacts I’ve made with the spirits I work with involve not doing things like taking photographs of workings, sacred vessels, and the like. Not in every case. But in most. Enough that I don’t do it often. But I’ll try to do what I can, when I can, and when I feel like it. Or, put simply–when I’m able.
Point being, I’m not an Internet Mage. Time spent blogging and talking about what I do is time spent away from WHAT I’m doing. I see so many internet personalities online blogging about their workings, rituals, spells, hoodoo and so on, I begin to wonder when they find the time to do any actual Work. Everyone seems so concerned about what other people are doing online that they’re not focusing on themselves and what they should be doing. But then again–and I say this myself all the time–try not to judge people by a thing they post on Facebook, or something they make on a blog post. Not always easy advice for me to follow, as I tend to be a rather judgmental person. I’m far from perfect, I’m a work in progress like anyone else. But I suppose this leads into another “resolution” that I have for the new year: Do the Work, worry about your own ass and the hell with others. At least, the others that don’t matter. I’m normally pretty consistent with that, but I do trip up every so often. As one does.
Right now it’s morning, and I’m thinking about what I need to do for the day, so I suppose I should get on with it. I’d like to wish everyone following this blog a very happy and prosperous New Year, and thanks for jumping aboard. Us folk here at Bones to Pick have learned and grown a lot from our journey so far this year, and we look forward to more of it in 2016.