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A gift from the Goddess

I am looking for some info/links/pointers on the project which has come my way.

Basically I got a gift from my gods and I want to honour it and make the most of it.  I was looking for guidance abot how to move my craft forward and new ways to work and after asking for help and guidance a Large black crow hit into my house and died. It pretty much broke it's neck flying into one of the windows which would be not unheard of for birds but would be rare for crows and such a thing has never happened with any bird in the time I have been living here which is nearly a decade.

It didn't take long for me to figure out that this was a gift and the bird gave up it's life so that I may have it's corpse and use it in as part of working with and honoring my goddess.

I know this can sound awfully batshit but my witchcraft if real and viseral just like my life and really if I can kill, clean and eat a chicken a crow should not be that much of a challenge.

But there are certain parts I want to preserve from the crow.

I already know about cleaning, bleaching and preseving the skull I am looking for information about preserving the claws, tounge,  heart, and the wings and looking for any other suggestions about what parts could be used for magical purposes.

I am hoping to avoid hard chemicals for doing this.
Anyone got any experience with this sort of thing ?


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Jun. 11th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
THe only thing i know about at all would be individual feathers. i know that what causes decay and smell is always either bugs (mites) and/or flesh. If there is any flesh on the wing, or the feathers, it will have to be stripped away. When every last bit of meat and fiber is removed, and all you have left are the feathers, then you can spread them in the bottom of a paper sack, and gently roll down the top. Pre-heat your oven to about 200 or 250, and when it is ready, put the paper sack onto the oven rack, in the middle...and then you basically cook it for 20 minutes. Keep and eye on it, for safety's sake, but it has always worked for me, to kill any mites or critters, and to somewhat sterilize the feathers so that they can be worked with.
i would say to look in you phone book for a taxidermist; they would have great advice for how to deal with a dead animal quickly and cleanly. If that is no help, see if you have any friends who are avid hunters; they will often be able to answer these types of questions as well.
Good luck, and i understand why you see it as a gift. i think it's good to use what is given, rather than to waste it. :) Hope i was in some way helpful.
Jun. 11th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I received a bill from a raven ... the rest of the skull had been eaten away by beasties, or something. Anyway, I wrapped the base in leather and hung it on a necklace and it is *really* powerful. Having the mouth part of the raven hanging at my throat. But I suppose if you have the skull intact you wouldn't want to separate the bill from it.
Jun. 11th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
I was given a pair of wings once, which were whole and perfectly dessicated. They had been packed in ordinary salt for quite a long time (about six months, possibly a year.) I've had them for years, and they still don't smell, at least not to me, though one of my cats used to have a bit of a thing about them.

The person had been given loads of them from a crow cull on a bean farm. (I rather enjoy telling that story to the kind of wholier than thou Vegan who does not respect others free will in their choice of diet).

She used the rest of them to make "hair" for a Morrigan Processional Giant. If you are ever in the UK it can be seen at the Beltaine Bash in London, and at Jack in the Green in Hastings on May bank holiday.
Jul. 11th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
my first dissection!
As a vegan I'd like to thank you guys for this thread, as I've been given a similar gift and now know what to try to do with it. Cheers@
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