Sacred Bones, Magic Bones
A book for anyone who searches for bones in the spiritual path.
Bones have many stories to tell, so many that it would be impossible to tell them all. The Path of the Bones belongs to no one and everyone. The Path of the Bones only understands bones. Beneath the skin, beyond physical, linguistic or cultural barriers, you and I are made of the same essence and held by the same skeleton. In a world full of barriers, in which we have to jump to relate to one another, bones speak a universal language that connect us.
Bones, together with the elements of nature, are the basis of the spirituality of humanity. The cult of bones and the cult of the ancestors are very old, dating back to prehistoric times. The first rituals were born near the dead. Bones are not something out of the ordinary, yet there are still people who fear them. Bones are magical.
Bones leave a trail that we can follow - it is up to us to follow that path of bones to the entrails of our own history.
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This is the best book yet available on its subject, combining as it does three strengths. The first is that it is remarkably erudite and wide-ranging, amassing an enormous amount of information from archaeology, history, travel and world cultures, with a rare especial richness in Hispanic and Inuit examples. The second is that is also manages to be deeply personal, frequently harking to, and sharing, the author's own experiences. The third is that it is practical, providing ways and means for readers to work this sort of magic for themselves. That range of qualities is unique for this topic and makes it a valuable as well as a delightful work. ~ Ronald Hutton, historian and author of The Stations of the Sun, The Triumph of the Moon and Queens of the Wild among others
Sacred Bones, Magic Bones, is a thrilling and surprising journey through time, history, folklore and practise. This is a gem of a book that leaves no stone unturned in its search for meaning and function of working with bones. I was delighted by the depth of history and folklore that Ness covers, and her passion and knowledge for the subject sings from every page. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, this book is a treasure trove of incredible information that is refreshing, new and unlike any other book on the market. I absolutely loved it, it has elevated my relationship with this transformative and magical tool. ~ Kristoffer Hughes, Head of the Anglesey Druid Order, author of Cerridwen: Celtic Goddess of Inspiration and The Book of Druidry
This is a fascinating exploration of working with bones in the context of the Sacred. With an abundance of historical references and the use of story, myth, ritual and the author’s own tried and tested experience, this book aims to illustrate how deepening our engagement with the bones of all things can help to enrich our relationship with our ancestors, animal guides, deities, the land, and ultimately the core and foundation of our own beings. Whether by bone, antler, horn, shell or fossil, Ness Bosch suggests that these sacred gifts from nature offer an opportunity for a deep soul connection, and a path to healing and transformation. ~ Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Druid Mysteries
In Ovid’s Metamophosis, the oracle of Themis invited the last people on earth, Deucalion and Pyrrha, to ‘throw the bones of their mother’ over their shoulders in order to repopulate the earth. Here Ness Bosch explores the wisdom of those bones in myth and folklore, restoring to us the ancestral skill of reading the bones. ~ Caitlín Matthews, author of The Art of Celtic Seership
"A fascinating look at the history and spiritual importance of bones and how to work with them. With added insights into discoveries on the Iberian peninsula, and connections between the ancient goddesses of Europe, Siberia and the British Isles, this is a must-have for anyone interested in working shamanically with the deep past." ~ Liz Williams, author of Miracles of Our own Making: A History of Paganism.
A fabulous study of chthonic spirituality, Sacred Bones Magic Bones is both an intimate study of the author's connection with bones and the spirits who reside within them and a guide for others drawn to the path. Packed with academic research on necromancy and magic in both ancient history and the grimoires of antiquity, Ness Bosch writes in a relatable and informative way, offering practical guidance and endless inspiration for the aspiring bone-worker.' ~ Vikki Bramshaw, author of 'Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy' and 'New Forest Folklore, Traditions & Charms'
Ness Bosch's Sacred Bones, Magic Bones is a wonderful overview of the magical history – and present – of the most immediately tangible portals to spirit that we have: our bones. Featuring stories of bones from across various times and cultures, this book offers insight into the significant role that human and animal bones have played throughout the course of human spirituality. Bosch awakens the reader’s awareness to the omnipresence of ancestral memory which reverberates within our very skeletons. Such spiritual memory and power are also held, of course, within the skeletal remains animals and shells lying upon the beach. This knowledge is brought to life through Bosch’s provision of stories, fascinating personal anecdotes, and unique spell suggestions. Sacred Bones, Magic Bones is a resource that guides and reminds the reader of the inter-connectedness of us all, of all people and creatures upon this earth, past, present, and future. ~ Olivia Church, author of Pagan Portals: Isis - Great of Magic, She of 10,000 Names and Pagan Portals: Sekhmet - Lady of Flame, Eye of Ra
Ness Bosch’s book Sacred Bones, Magic Bones brings us back to one of the most ancient forms of magic and witchcraft. Bosch binds together lore, history, and magical uses of the bones that connect us to the ancestors so that we may summon the primal forces of the past to secure our future. This book is recommended for anyone seeking to learn the mysteries of bone magic. ~ Chris Allaun, author of A Guide of Spirits: The Psychopomp’s Manual for Transitioning the Dead into the Afterlife