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. Blood magick can be eternal and forever through lives and deaths and time upon time. Be careful with it. Forever is an immeasurable amount of time.
There are two types of blood binding: blood brother binding and couple binding.
Blood Brother bindings are common. A few drops of blood from two individuals are mixed together to symbolize the mixing of destinies. The blood is then redistributed between the two involved. The slicing of the hand then the handshake mix and redistribute the blood without the use of a receptacle. These rituals are worded to specifically prevent the permanence of the eternal couple bonding.
Marriage ceremonies are a type of blood brother binding. The mixing of the blood was the public version of the private sex act that consecrated the marriage. There is a carryover in modern law that states a marriage may be annulled without consequence if it was never consecrated. The early Christian church replaced any participant blood with the blood of Christ but the words “’till death do us part” remain. It was stated that the two who desired union were only permitted to remain together in this life but belonged to Christ eternally. The words spoken during the binding ritual are so very important! Your intent is to be bound to this person for this life until your spirit leaves your body. A blood brother, or sister, is a partner for life, specifically this one, and this one only.
To bind oneself to someone for all of eternity is a HUGE decision. Truthfully, I advise against any such bond. As our spirits manifest in new bodies over eons of time our spirit grows and changes. There are infinite possibilities and binding yourself for eternity, to anyone, reduces the scope of your future lives.
Partnerships aid in growth and change. I know my partner and I have both grown and changed together. We learn from each other and help each other in every situation we face. We are stronger because of each other and beside each other. I know that we are meant to be together in this lifetime. I do not know if we are meant to spend the next lifetime, or the one after that together. I’m sure I’ll find out, but I just don’t know. So we are not eternally bound.
The nearest comparison to a blood bond that I can think of, in modern times, is the Mormon Celestial marriage. In a Mormon Celestial ceremony the couple is bound together in the temple before the eyes of their god for all eternity: their vows are unbreakable, even by death. The forever family is a result of this vow. The couple will be bound for all eternity to one another.
A blood bond can do this. If you choose to perform this kind of binding you must have the consent and participation of a willing partner. If your partner is coerced in any way the blood they shared with you will carry a secret curse. The blood taken from one who does not wish it is potent in many ways. Firstly, you have committed a crime that is punishable by law. Secondly, the blood carries the life essence and will of the person it came from. If you intermingle your life essence and will with that of an unwilling participant who wishes you harm in any secret compartment of their heart you have opened yourself up to the depths of their wrath.
I hope you are seriously considering the consequences of performing an eternal blood bonding ritual.
If you are still intent on performing this ritual and your partner is too, go ahead. It is much like a hand-fasting ceremony. With friends and family present for protection and to aid in the power of your bond draw a square with corners aligned to the cardinal directions on the floor with chalk. Cast your circle inside the square. This is called and Earth Square.
Pierce your left ring finger and drip seven (magic # unifying the mortal and spiritual realms) drops of blood into a sterile container. Your partner should do the same. Mix the blood up with both of your cut fingers. Touch your partner with the bloody finger on the third eye, heart and navel. Allow your partner to do the same to you. Say any words of your own design to convey the power of the bond to each other. Open the circle. You and your partner are now eternally bound with no chance of ever, ever, ever breaking the bond. You have been eternally bound to your partner forever. I know I sound redundant but I want to drive the immensity of this binding home. Forever is forever, not even a time comprehensible by our collective unconscious because humanity has only been on the scene for a second in the grand scheme of things.
This knowledge is powerful. It comes with a powerful responsibility, too.