Sheloya’s Hoodoo bones system is meant for people who are learning to read bones (osteomancy) or want a more “portable” or easily readable and interactive version of them. When you’re first starting out, these will get you used to it. In time, you may wish to replace some of them with other symbolic objects you gather along your path. If you’re an advanced bone reader, these are easier to carry, and more replaceable if lost or stolen. They are also easier for your querants to understand, which makes life easier for those who do distance readings. It’s easy to show them what’s going on. They still require some vision to truly understand though. Here’s our post in the Orisha Online Altar on how to read Sheloya’s bones.
I no longer sell these as pre-order sets on the site because over time, this has become unnecessary. Much like a constructed wand, bones are highly individual, and usually better made or acquired, or at least designed by the reader. So nowadays, I get more orders for individual pieces made a certain way than sets. As I said in the instructional article, each one of a deity is a small fetish, and unless one was specifically led to, it’s better that if they have any artistic skill at all, they make these at their own altar or local sacred places.
When I make a piece or full set that I’ve already made, I will post photos at the end of this article.
Your bones can be in any style or use whatever symbology is compatible with your belief system. You have many options, such as having them filled with crystals, herbs, folded seals, or other materials. They can have symbols or images that are personal to you. There are many options. I like to have the Orishas in my set, but if you are more of a Christian oriented Hoodoo practitioner, you can have angels or animal spirits, or local legends if you like.
Here are some examples of sets I have made for others:
In the five years since I invented this system, which by the way, is not a claim that I invented bone readings or osteomancy, many have found it very useful. There was a bit of controversy because some people got them confused with other Hoodoo bone reading styles, while others were overly dogmatic and saying that my style wasn’t legit. However, for those who adopted it, they turned out to be very accurate and useful.
So try it, and if it’s good for you, post an article about it, and let me know so I can link back to you.
Waiting for a Reader
This is where I will post photos of bones and sets who are waiting for a diviner.