A few more of the lion claws from the batch have been posted. These will likely be the only ones we’ll be posting for awhile, so get them while you can. The others will be posted if and when they are ready. Instead of testing the limits of my growing headache further by giving a detailed explanation as to why, I’m going to quote a friend and customer of BtP:
“To borrow from my Husband’s nomenclature for a moment, the “Average
Cadaver” cannot understand that to some , not all items from our fellow
creatures that walk among us are easily acquired. They must be cared
for, Honored, prayed over and given much love prior to parting with them
in any way.”
This rather explains the primary drive behind our philosophies here at Bones to Pick.
Of those claws that we posted, one is a fully cleaned specimen wire-wrapped in brass for use as talismanic jewelry. The others that we posted are sold “as is”. These claws came from an old, vintage Tanzanian lion rug. These are all bone-in; some may have tanned flesh and fur still attached, some claws may show natural damage. Please see photos. I actually prefer relics like these over the sanitized ones, as they provide more useful materia to connect with the animal’s energies and also vibrantly express character unique to the living animal that once owned them. Please feel free to check them out on our website and do feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions.
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.
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.
Wolf claws are now available on the Bones to Pick shop! These are real, authentic North American Grey Wolf claws, wire-wrapped in real sterling silver. Bones to Pick is also running a ‘Cyber Monday’ sale, 15% off items in our shop. Stop on by and check us out!
Bone fragments and pieces from a roadkill juvenile grey wolf. I’ll be sorting through and settling some of these pieces today. Amongst the pile are a complete set of pelvic bones, which can lend balance and stability to a working.
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.
In my spiritual tradition, decay and rot are seen as inherently sacred processes. Decay is unpleasant to some, but to others it’s a source of much-needed nourishment, from the smallest carrion beetle to the vulture on the wing. It is both a transitory and transformative process, of life giving way to other life through death.
In this bucket is one of two large adult grey wolf skulls I have macerating. This process harnesses the transformative power of rot by stripping flesh from bone using bacteria. Once this process is complete and the skull is completely clean of flesh, it will go through a degreasing and whitening process. Then it’ll be ready to become a powerful spiritual tool and interface.