I'm finely getting back to this.
I noticed some talk about chickens above. Including the very amusing comment “You have to think, what information would you trust a chicken to bring you from the other side?”. Truthfully as funny as it is I figure it's also a good question to ask yourself. Along with “Why would you ask a chicken?”
So, the first thing I figure I might ask a chicken is were to plant a garden. If there is one thing any chicken should know its were the worms are. Over say a week one could place a chicken in different parts of the yard and watch were they get to scratching and pecking most often. If they keep returning to the same spot it's like that the soil in that area is teaming with life.
A less logical question for them might be about planting and preparing for winter. It's said that when a chicken molts from the front first, the end of winter will be harder than the rest. If the back end first the beginning will be the harder part of the season. Evenly and it will be rather consistent. I should note here that I have also heard this with the front and back reversed, I say it this way because I find it more reliable. Also, this says nothing to the severity of the winter just its rhythm. Other critters seem to know better on that score.
Then there is puny of cultural traditions and mythos I would think on. As I learned it, the chicken has most commonly been seen as a death bird. There dose seem to be a lot of available arguments for this. Particularly in cultures with beliefs of an underworld spirit domain or return to Earth mythos. In these traditions I find the chicken to bridge the earthly realm and the spirit realm. In this way it can be seen as a conduit or ever attractive medium between the realms. So, one is often not asking the chicken but rather asking a spirit directly through the chicken or inhabiting it. At least that's how I have grown to understand it.
Since reading bones was the main point brought up I thought I would give some of my take on that. I have learned it that, it's not just that it a chicken's bones that makes them useful in divination. I have seen some valid means of building tools or devices out of their bones to communicate somethings with spirits. These are often in the forms of charms, chimes, mobiles, or dosing devices, that often act as a temporary housing for a spirit or spirits. Heads, feet, and feathers are often used as well.
With casting bones I learned it a bit different. In stead its a spirit bound and under the control of the caster that dose the talking. The method of cultivation of the bones I learned and seems to me most effective is extremely involved. I wont be going into the details here in a public area, as some might call them easily misunderstood, possibly dangerous, and if not done correctly cruel.
I will say that it involves the raising and slaughter of chickens, and it would like to be difficult if you don't already do so. It takes place over the course of a few months, and starts with a live chicken and ends with a bag of precious bones. I should point out that I have never preformed this on my own, I've never seen the need really. I learned it from a Witch I have great respect for and acted as a second in the rituals. After, I never knew the bones to give her an incorrect reading.
All this is not to say this is the right way, or there are not other methods. This is just a blush of what I have see to be affective.
Edited by PapaGheny, 28 November 2016 - 11:39 PM.