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Ask A Witch: There are bones on my steps.

I got an interesting question from a reader name Dan and while I’d love to be able to give Dan some great answers and help with his questions, I don’t know that I really have an answer for him!  So check out his question and my response and feel free to comment with your thoughts as well if you think you might have more help to offer!  I know some of you out there may be more versed in the use of bones and other animal material in spell work and can give some possible answers to Dan’s question.

A few years ago, I was in the process of moving to a new location to accept a job. Some time during this period, I found a scattering of bones on the first landing of the outdoor steps that led to my door (someone had to climb a flight of stairs and deliberately place them). I know two or three women who are involved to some degree with witchcraft. The bones were pork bones, as I found the wrapper discarded on the driveway, and I could not tell if there was some specific arrangement of the bones. Does this sound like a spell or curse of any kind that you are aware of?

Thank you

I wish I could give you some specific answers about your situation and what you found on your doorsteps, but not knowing more about the way they were laid out it’s hard to say.  Bones are used in different magickal practices for different things.  Some use them for revenge spells, others specifically for necromancy to call on certain spirits to come and cause trouble to an individual.  Your specific situation, not knowing more about the state of the bones at the time you found then and then any issues or problems that you might have had that you think could have been connected to this makes it hard to say what it could have been.  Do people do thinks like place bones in someone’s path (like in the doorways or on a front door step) in order to have some magickal effect?  Sure.  But it’s hard to say if that was the intention or purpose of your specific situation.

Maybe we can get some help from another reader to help.  🙂

Comments

  1. Mistresspolly says

    my instinct is saying, cat, not human, being that the wrapper was found in the ally way, i suspect that a cat or other meat eating type mammal was responsible for leaving bones outside your door. but then i have a tendency to think practically first, when it comes to these sorts of things. the vision that i have in my head is thus, a cat, i presume it is an ally cat somewhat feral, has found himself or pinched a parcel of wrapped pork chops? or pork roast? maybe a ham hock, (hammed pork bones) and run of with it. as the cat was breaking into the package in the ally along came, a car? a human? another hungry cat? so cat with the pork chop looked for a better place to eat with out the risk of it being taken from him. the guys porch, or landing outside his back door looked pretty high, assessable, and a safe place to eat. thus cat chowed down on pork chop, and left bones.

    so things to look for,, was the meat cooked or raw, was the bones a ham hock, which is offten used in making soup, and sold an butcher type places.. where the bones stinky, cause if so they may of been wrapped and put in a trash can in the ally way and the cat then jumped in and got them.. with the rest of his adventure above.. (you know i wanna call the cat pork chop now right?)

    i do not know of any spells of revenge that require bones being placed in front of anyone's door, but then i am a witch, so there might be one in a different tradition.

    but my instinct is that this is cat brought bones, and not human place revenge ones.

    *smiles*
    Polly

    • Rowan Pendragon says

      Thanks for your thoughts, Polly! Hopefully these will help our reader. 🙂

      Yes, I think the idea of a feral cat or other animal getting into something could be a viable possibility. So we'll have to see if we hear any more about what happened from Dan.

      As for using bones for revenge and other sorts of spells you find this in some work within hoodoo, Voodoo and Santeria. It depends on the tradition and whatnot and different practitioners will have different uses for them (at least this has been my experience with things like this).

      Thanks again! 🙂

  2. Evelyn says

    Hi everyone,

    I also found bones(chicken and possibly cow bones?) , black glove, 2 boxes of empty oatmeal boxes(they look like they are 50 years old or more…)some paper and rat ,mice poison hidden under the staircase(in the basement).Everything was hidden well(covered with sheetrock) and had to be sitting there for decades….Any idea what is the meaning????
    I will appreciate any response.

    Sincerely,

    Evelyn.

  3. Stasia says

    I have been going through a lot of traumatic events in my life, and tend to have a lot of problems with people taking my kindness for granted. Recently, there was a huge misunderstanding with a friend. The next morning, I found a hip bone of a cow, placed neatly on my back porch. Any ideas what this could mean? If it’s evil, how do I cleanse my house, and protect myself as well as my children?

  4. Candi says

    My friend just posted on Fb that she had found bones in front of her door (posted pictures) they are white. Bones were lined up. The skull is not like anything I’ve ever seen, it has no jawbones.

    • Jess Carlson says

      These situations where people find bones on their doorstep gets a little tricky. Especially around the time when this happened {if it was around the time you posted your question}…its Halloween time and you never know what pranks and silly things people might pull on random houses in their neighborhood. My best advice when someone finds bones, and especially a skull, laid out on their doorstep is to call the police. Not everything is necessarily related to someone casting magick.

  5. Ollie Molina says

    URGENT! I believe my friend may be in some kind of immediate danger. He has lived in his house for a little over a year and things have steadily progressed for the worse. At first just simple things like light turning on, doors closing or opening. Then it became destructive and in the middle of the night he’d hear footsteps and find things broken. One instance we heard a loud bang and when we went to look the door was laying on its side in the door way, no hinges broken. And tonight we’ve found what appears to be cat skulls methodically placed around his house in a circle facing his house. Please any help is welcomed. He’s too stubborn to leave.

    • Jess Carlson says

      Hi Ollie,

      Honestly this kind of stuff is so hard to discern unless you have some more hard evidence of someone doing something against you. If your friend isn’t willing to leave the first step is going to be finding out who or what is doing things like putting skulls around the house. I would suggest your friend get some wi-fi web cams and set them up in and around the home to see if he might be able to catch anything on camera. You can get ones that motion triggers recording to make reviewing material easier. While that might sound like a lot to do, the truth is if you asked a paranormal team to investigate this is one of the things they would do.

      As someone that used to do investigation work, I am a skeptical believer. I don’t believe in spiritual or paranormal activity without evidence. Things like doors falling off their hinges, things falling and breaking with nobody around to see it happen…if it’s an old house it could be a ton of things that cause those things. You or your friend needs to get more clear evidence of what’s going on in order to know what to do. Certainly he could do the usual spiritual cleansing work that comes with things like this but that doesn’t mean it will do anything to help, especially if the source of the disruption isn’t spiritual in nature.

      If your friend himself feels he’s in danger he should do the logical thing and leave the home until things can get sorted out. If he absolutely wont go, and doing things to get solid proof of the source of disruption isn’t something he wants/is willing to do, he can do some spiritual cleansing and protection but again, keeping in mind it is not a guarantee that it will stop things.

      First thing I would do is go around the outside of the home and remove anything that looks odd. Get it off the property, don’t dispose of it in the garbage at the home. I would suggest making a protection bottle and burying it outside the front door of the home {instructions on how to do this can be found in my free ebook Spells For Life which you can find over in the sidebar}. I would also do a full cleansing of the inside of the home. Pine Sol is actually a great common item that can be used for this. Adding Cast Off Evil or Protection oil to the cleaning water can help. The home should be cleaned starting with the top floor of the house, down to the last floor, with the rooms cleaning starting at the top of the walls down to the floor, wiping down walls, windows, doors, and floors. The cleaning water should be dumped off the property {like outside in the street} and NOT down the drain in the home.

      Hope that helps a little. Good luck!

  6. brandon says

    Today i found a pair of cow hooves on my grand mother’s counter top in her bedroom and i got a bit freaked out. Could this be some sort of voodoo or spell?

  7. Andrea says

    My sister D lived with me and my partner R and all wiccian. D was very self destructve and would hurt any kone in our path. Her power’s are strone, full o anger. R and I practice “In ìt do no harm ” ad peaceful. My siter moved out quite abruptly and angry 5 yrs ago for unknown reasons. Became astranged from us and my (our) family. Since that time we have experienced harmful events and I’ll heath. Yesterday i opened sealed can of wet dog food finding 3 intact striped chicken bones used to make the dog food, fully cooked, no splinters or fowl odors..I poured the food into a bowl 2nbones crossed over each other and the other stood alone. My question is what significance does this have? When she left i feet much of her anger and believe her objectibe was to cause us harm. We all were so close R and I always there to help her during her hardest times, let her live with us etc.. All of us are Nurses practice peacefully together . D has practiced hamfull spells in the past. She is 5 yrs my seniors and jealous of my success and happiness with R. I find these 3 bones hav some significants (a circle of 3 which we were). Can you help me undestand this meaning? Thank you

    • Jess Carlson says

      I’m going to be completely honest…I highly doubt your sister has done anything magickally to cause you and your five years of problems. To maintain something for five years, especially something that is intended to cause harm, takes more energy than most people can manage. I always find that the person that curses us most often is ourselves. You expect something bad to happen, so something bad happens…or you start look for something that might be curse-like in every weird thing that happens or every strange and unexpected event that happens, especially when it’s unpleasant. To be honest, while it may not have happened to you in the past, it’s not uncommon for people to find bones, whole or in chunks, in dog food.

      But, OK, all that aside…are you and your partner still living in the same place that you lived with your sister? Have you done a cleansing of the place in the five years since she left? Especially something more than just smudging. What kind of magick have you done for yourself or your family to address the issue? Have you done any divination around this to get some insight? I don’t feel like there’s anything specifically from your sister to worry about but the mounted negative energy from that situation seems to be the thing that’s causing you to attract these undesirable occurrences.

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