I’m back! It is summer vacation for me with no classes till August. I have several items to review before school starts again and this is the first.
Tsura Nuri of Tarot by Seven posted a painted bone reading set in the Facebook Bone Reading Group and offered it for sale. I tried to purchase it, but someone beat me to it. Fortunately she offered to make another set for me. She offered me several options as to design such as shiny or matte, and highly decorated or more primitive. I asked for a set with samples of each. I must say that I am very pleased with the set I received.
The number of pieces in each set varies depending on availability, and per Tsura “depending on the chicken.” Most sets are made from chicken bones, which have been painted with acrylic paint, Prismacolor pens and then coated with several coats of polyurethane in most cases, though some of the bones in my set appear to have been left matte as I requested. Some sets are made with Cornish Game Hens as well. There is a sheet with a photo of the set with suggested meanings for the various pieces. Of course you are free to adapt or change the interpretations as you see fit. The pieces that are highly decorated such as the piece with a house, and the piece with clasped hands, easily lend themselves to interpretation. My set also has some pieces that are just decorated with symbols such as stripes, and dots where the meanings are deliberately unassigned to allow you to assign any meaning you wish to them.
There are a significant number (20) of vertebrae painted in different colors. A suggested use/meaning was provided for them as well, but were I to actually read with this set, I most likely would assign them to people and maybe decorate them further to distinguish male from female.
I have seen other sets that Tsura has painted that have symbols specifically requested by the person who ordered the set. As an artist I love the idea of painting scenes and symbols on bones. The end result is attractive, and it makes the meanings easier to learn. Tsura is a skilled artist and the pieces have wonderful detail, especially considering the small scale and the curved surface she was working with.
I have pieces in my reading set that have been decorated with markers and paint to distinguish which side of the bone is showing, or to assign other distinguishing characteristics to pieces that would be otherwise difficult to distinguish one from the other, such as cowrie shells. But this is the first set I have seen that has almost every piece decorated with paint. I think we will be seeing more people painting pieces of their sets in a similar fashion in the future.
Painted Bone Set available for special order from Tarot by Seven. Hit the button that says “Request Special Order.”
You can also find information on how to read the bones on her website: https://www.tarotbyseven.com/bone-casting
Happy Bone Reading!