Do you have a piece in your set that represents fear? I do. In my travel set it is a small tumbled stone that is solid black on one side, and brown and black on the the other. If the solid side is up I assume it has nothing to say in the reading, but if the brown side is up, I look to see what is nearby because it indicates that the client is dealing with some type of fear.
We have all been afraid many times. Sometimes our fear is justified – if our physical well being is threatened we naturally feel afraid. But I find that most of the time when I am feeling fear it is not because I am being threatened with bodily harm. Most of the time fear is about the thoughts we have or the stories we tell ourselves rather than real physical danger. We fear being left alone, we fear losing our job or our source of financial security, we fear for our health, we fear for our children and loved ones, and friends – the list goes on, and on. Since we all have fears I find that a piece to identify them is quite useful. If you find the word fear too strong, you could substitute worry.
I often find that when I tell a client about the fears or worries I see in the throw they are relieved that I brought it up so that they can talk about them. I always listen carefully and look at the rest of the throw to see if there is any other information about the area of concern that could be useful. Identifying a fear can also lead to a separate throw about the issue with an eye towards what can be done to mitigate the issue and/or achieve a favorable outcome.
Sometimes the fear piece is brown side up, but there are no amplifying pieces nearby. This could indicate anxiety or just a feeling of general unease or worry. Hopefully the reading will give the client concrete areas to focus their energy and thus provide some measure of relief.
While I chose a stone to represent fear you could use anything that represents fear or worry to you, say a spider, or a small weapon like a miniature knife or a pointed stick or twig. These items have the additional quality of being able to point directly at other pieces. I have found the fear piece to be very useful. Perhaps you will too.
Happy Bone Reading!