I attended a bone-reading workshop with cat yronwode on 29 December at Parmita’s Parlour of Wonders in Santa Monica. Cat started by giving some history of bone reading in various cultures. This conversation followed her book somewhat, but also went into more detail in some subjects. She discussed what is considered bones—shells, for example—and reading with dice, dominos, and shells. For people who did not already have the book, this was all new, but it was more of a review for those of us who had already read the book. The book was provided to all attendees as part of the attendance fee.
After she provided background information, bone sets were distributed to all attendees who wanted them, again as part of the attendance fee. Some preferred credit toward new pieces because they already had bone sets. Cat talked about meanings for various pieces and then demonstrated various ways to do readings. This was the most valuable part of the workshop in my opinion. She demonstrated everything from basics such as how to toss the bones onto the reading surface, to professional readers’ tips. Two other readers had brought their sets, which allowed attendees to see how the basic sets can be personalized. Cat then had everyone try a throw of their own new sets and went around helping each person interpret what they had.
As she went around helping students, those who were finished were able to buy additional bones for their sets, as were those who chose credit because they already had a set. I bought a few new pieces, though I haven’t added them to my reading set yet.
If cat gives a workshop within a reasonable distance from you, I strongly recommend that you attend. While her book is a great starting point, there is nothing like hands-on, in-person training. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and while two hours is not much time, I think that everyone left the workshop with a good foundation for starting to work with the bones.