"We are stardust. We are golden and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." – Joni Mitchell for Graham Nash
Blood magick is the act of using blood as a tool when making a protection amulet, performing a ritual, casting a spell, binding, hexing or cursing. In this series we will discuss possible pros and cons about the use of blood in each instance.
But before we get to the good stuff let me just say, PHYSICAL ailments, like HIV and other blood-born illnesses are real. I strongly urge all magickal practitioners to use only their own blood, and only collect the blood by medically sanitary means. For women, it’s easy to catch the menses blood and use it in place of any of the cut blood in any of the examples given. Menses blood is the most powerful and most intimate of all. For men it is difficult to give blood and involves greater dangers in the way of blood-born illnesses and diseases because he must be cut open.
On the SPIRITUAL side of things let me just say that blood includes your life essence. The bond of blood can backfire. Using blood binds you to the intent and outcome of the magick work, in the spiritual sense. Binding with blood magick is eternal and forever through lives and deaths and time upon time. Be careful with it. Forever is an immeasurable amount of time.
CASTING A BLOOD SPELL-
Ok this is where things get tricky. Blood-spells cannot be undone. Remember that your blood is your essence. Without your blood a spell carries your intent, your purpose, your focus and drive. With your blood a spell carries all that plus a piece of you. Blood spells require quite a bit more energy than non-blood spells. The DNA in your blood resonates at the same frequency as the blood in your body. Even after it has dried out the DNA in the blood is still you. You are bound to the spell just as you would be bound to an enchanted object (like the protection amulet). Breaking a blood spell is near to impossible unless you can un-burn, un-spill, un-wash or un-scatter. The results of a blood-spell is stronger than that of a regular spell, for all those involved, for better or for worse.
Additionally there is no such thing as an anonymous blood-spell. A blood-spell carries with it, your signature. Blood attaches your essence. It makes sense because blood is personally identifiable, magical, life water. Without blood there is no life. Your blood is unique and identifies as yours alone, a combination of your parents and similar to your siblings, but uniquely yours. So if you wish to remain anonymous in your spell work stop here. Read another spell post. This is not the one for you.
Depending on the intent of your spell you may need different supplies. Follow all the same steps of typical spell casting and add a few drops (3 for spiritual matters and 4 for earthly concerns) of blood to your charm, written spell or element of choice. For deity-involved spell-casting your blood is an offering. Treat your blood with the same reverence you do the incense, food or other offering.
If you are using Fire magic you can drip the blood onto the paper before burning. It will not cause your blood to boil or anything like that. It will release a tiny bit of your essence from the physical plane into the spiritual.
If you are practicing Earth magic dripping your blood onto the Earth will not cause the Earth to open up and consume you. It will release a tiny bit of your essence from the physical plane into the Earth’s energy.
If you are practicing Water magic no leviathan will emerge from the depths of the drain to eat you. It will release a tiny bit of your essence from the physical plane into the sea of the cosmos.
If you are practicing Air magic the wind-swept blood droplets will not cause a tornado to destroy you or your home. It will release a tiny bit of your essence from the physical plane into the atmosphere.
If you are casting your spell with the help of a deity research your deity’s opinion of blood. The gods are many things and some are squeamish. Learn the story of your deity and make a guess. Follow your instinct. Your deity will let you know if the blood is appreciated or not.
If you have the need for a sudden spell without time for preparation skip the blood. Life essence is nothing to trifle with.
If you are not asking the assistance of any deity or energy but casting purely from your secret self, pleasure is better than pricked fingers any day. *blush*
Conclude your spell-work the way you normally would and go on with life. Do not be surprised if the recipient of your spell feels like you must have had something to do with the change in their life. There is no such thing as an anonymous blood-spell.
Blood-spells hold on longer and act more swiftly than bloodless spells. There isn’t a way to remove a blood spell. You can’t soak your blood out of the earth or water, you can’t recall it from the wind or un-burn it. The magic has been worked and cannot be undone. As with all spells the effects will wane with time. But understand us when we say BLOOD-SPELLS CANNOT BE UNDONE! (Except by your death!)
I hope this post shed some light on the mysteries of a blood spell. See, that wasn’t so spooky after all! :)
Practice in Peace. Be Safe.