Author: Joseph Atreides (Page 3 of 4)

RE: Lion Claws (More Info)

I’ve received a lot of inquiries about the lion claws I posted earlier this week.  Please note that these are not the only claws that I have, nor will I be posting these for sale all at once.  Remember that I am also a spiritworker, not just a peddler in animal parts.  I address each claw individually as it comes into my hands.  Sometimes divination or other work may need to be done.  Some may be worked into ritual jewelry pieces, some may be sold as is.  Please keep watching Bones to Pick for further info on when they’ll become available.  Thanks all for your interest and patience.

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A small handful of the African lion claws I’ll be working with…

A small handful of the African lion claws I’ll be working with in the next days.  The claws of a lion (but one could say, any big cat) represent many things to many people.  Royalty, gold, the blazing sun, and cleansing flame.  Big cat relics are thrilling to have and thrilling to work with, but that thrill always has a price.  You must be ready to handle the burn, to brace yourself for claws sinking deep within your soul.  Cats never give it away for free.  They honor strength, and abhor, even punish, weakness.  I make it a point, ritually, to never deal too deeply with big cat relics while I am sick, or mentally off kilter.  So they will sit with light and water until they are ready to be worked or offered as is.

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Ethics and the Work

I’m sure this probably doesn’t need saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: guys, I am not just a peddler in animal parts.  There is a significant amount of ritual work that goes into what I do–divination, purification, propitiation, offerings, and other related functions. Please understand this when getting in contact with me.  What I provide are not just products but also services–some of which goes along automatically when a purchase is made with me, some of it is not even listed on BtP.  Ask.  Counseling and spiritual work are part of the package of services I provide, but I prefer to sit down with everyone on an individual basis and jam with them about what they need.

Note too that I also have a “regular” job, one that pays my bills, keeps food on the table and a roof over my head.  So, you won’t have to worry about someone who will throw ethics to the wind and gouge you to pay the cell phone bill.  I am a human services worker, and I am a spiritual services worker as well.  The ethics I employ to the former I also do to the latter.  If you have a product or service you would like to request of me (or anyone else here at BtP), you can do so with confidence.  But also please understand that most of my work–spiritual or temporal–I perform offline.  I may be sporadic with messages, or even occasionally inconsistent in my communication.  Have patience.  I am here.

I want to thank you all for making Bones to Pick a success, as we’ve met some wonderful people and made some awesome connections in the short time we’ve been operational so far. 


Joey Atreides

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It’s very important to know the differences between the…

It’s very important to know the differences between the cottonmouth water moccasin and the humble water snake. Both take to the waters and keep similar diets, but one is venomous and territorial, and the other is not. The cottonmouth can easily be identified by its whitish mouth and acute angles to the head, and the water snake has a much broader and blunter head (in first photo, the water snake is at the top, in the second, the water snake is to the left). Both are beneficial to the health of our waterways, but know which one is aggressive and capable of harming you, and which is very shy and would much rather be left alone. Both have very beneficial energies to work with if approached with caution and respect with regards to their relics and remains (do NOT literally approach a cottonmouth, though. EVER!).

Years ago, during my work at a nature center, one of my educational partners was a large female water snake. She was unusually tame and chill for a female water snake (which are bigger than the males and tend to be feistier–not to be confused with venomous or aggressive). Water snakes in general tend to be really shy and don’t handle too well in captivity, but she was very special. She would ride around on my shoulder or wrapped around my neck, and had her own cubby when I was doing office-related work in the center lobby, where she’d peek her head out and help me greet visitors. She taught me a lot of secrets in the time we worked together, and I think back fondly of her when visiting the rivers and streams, always remembering to thank her kin for helping to keep our waterways vibrant and healthy.

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