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not for the weak stomached...Blood!

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Let's say, just for example, you want to give your work that extra oomph & give it life, but have no reason to put your signature on it, & or to be bound to the manifestation indefinitely.

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Chlorophyll, the molecule that enables chloroplasts to convert ultraviolet solar emissions into ATP, all by itself in suspension, as a substitute for blood? What are you, conjuring the demon of veganism? Chlorophyll is a catalyst. It doesn't carry anything, it is not nutritive, the molecule alone is not living tissue, there is no biological, nor symbolic, resonance of any kind to blood. It might as well be a bottle of vitamin D. So I'm going to go with, nope. Not blood. But don't let me stop you! Give it a try, take lots of notes, and let me know what the spirits have to say about that.

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I think-Regardless of how fond we may be of plants, spilling blood is a whole other thing...  The same reason we may choose to be vegan, is why plant "blood" if there were a corollary, just isn't quite the same.  On a similar note, animal blood isn't quite the same as human blood.   

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This is only my first post aside from the intro; but I wanted to add my two cents.

 

From my experience, at least within the realm of spirit work, fresh living blood is best. One, it serves as a sacrifice via the minor pain gone through extracting it. Two, it serves as an offering as its the giving of your own blood and life. And three, it creates a link with said spirit since it is your own blood, and still living due to it being fresh.

 

Though offering such a thing to any 'ol spirit isn't the best of ideas, due to its ability to create such a strong link and bond. But with one whom you have developed a relationship with, or are trying to, it's a very worthwhile and powerful process.

 

I use a stainless steel scalpel, usually on the fleshy part on the palm just under the thumb; but not too deep since there are several ligaments and nerves there in that area.

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Now I'm wondering if you can dehydrate it into a powder

 

In Italian folk magic blood+hair (often menstrual blood) are baked and then crushed into a powder, normally in the coffee. 

Mostly done for sexual/fidelity reasons. 

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So the consensus seems to be that menstrual blood is powerful, but in the thread someone mentioned blood from something that will remain living vs. something that will die from or after the cutting. I wonder if menstrual blood is considered alive, since it comes from a woman who will continue to live, or considered less alive as it's purpose is really to flush away an unused (dead?) egg. Thoughts?

 

Also, could someone speak more to the context of blood in binding something or someone to oneself? Is this why many people mentioned having blood on their tools...to bind them to you?

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@faolana - I can only speak to my use so far.  Which is more based on instinct than what may or may not be considered "proper" or correct.

 

I personally have used more drawn fresh blood than anything.  I tend to think of it as a multifaceted tool if you will.  To me, it is both a representation of me and also gives life/energy/power.   Therefore, yes I have used it to mark something as mine.  Also, I have used it to give an extra "oomph" to a spell.  

 

I hope others with more experience will chime in though.

 

I think there is a potential to bring something to life like gangbusters in some cases as well.  As in an object that may have previously been exposed to some certain type of energy but has since went dormant or no longer active- can sometimes be brought back to "life" by the application of blood.  Again, would like to hear from others on this.  But, for example, lets say you found an antique box at a yard sale.  I'd be reluctant to blood it unless I was damn sure it was cleansed or I knew where it had been or I had a clear read on it's energy.  I have not had the bad thing happen here that I am suggesting- but I have been in possession of such an object that I felt a very strong "I don't think you want to do that" vibe, when considering marking it with blood.  And I felt this was the reason.  Again, just speaking from intuition and instinct on this.

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after reading all pages on this post I went to my wife and asked her If I could ask her a strange question and she rolled her eyes and smiled and then I asked if I could keep her blood from her cycle for spell work and she was like, "I thought you were asking me a strange question", she said "that isn't strange at all women use they blood for lots of shit" she said "figure out how to get it off the pads and its all yours" I was a little surprised by this as my wife is an atheist haha but she supports the ever livin shit outta me being on this path haha anyways sorry this post isn't really adding to questions asked or anything just thought it was funny.

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lol! And if it helps, soak fresh pads in some water will get the blood out but it waters it down. You can dry it to a powder and reconstitute it later if you need it

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lol! And if it helps, soak fresh pads in some water will get the blood out but it waters it down. You can dry it to a powder and reconstitute it later if you need it

 

Thanks Ravenshaw that is exactly what I as gonna do:-)

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Bumping for a new year. So...I've been using blood a lot more lately. Blood anointed candles and incense, blood activated sigils, offerings of blood mixed with good whiskey or wine for the spirits Also my newest grimoire's Margins have drawings that are made with blood infused ink...However drawing blood from my finger tips still pisses me off. The pains not bad at all with a decent lancet but for some reason my self preservation instincts seem to think I'm about to chop of my hand or something so it takes me forever to get even a drop. Also as a massage therapist having wounds on my hands is not good at all. So today when It came time to anoint the incense for Hecate I decided to try something different. I used the lancet to prick my elbow instead. Lo and behold barely any pain, no instincts messing things up and no mark on my hands. I don't think I shall prick my fingers again. So how do you all draw your blood (when not using menstrual blood of course) Lancet? knife? and do you draw it from your fingers or somewhere else?

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I wrote a long post on this last night, thought it had posted - and came back today to find it not here. Argh! Anyway the bump was great timing because I had been going to post about the whole topic of blood, specifically how people store menstrual blood? After this I'm thinking I might dehydrate tampons and then snip bits off as needed. Would love to know more about how people incorporate blood into their rituals or use them on their altars. I was thinking I might use some on a wedding photo I have on my altar.

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I use blood in a lot of my rituals and work. a lot similar to akashiel in terms of anointing the items ill use in workings and activating sigils. also i make all my journals and books so i stain the pages in a special tea blend with a few drops of blood just to bind them to me and as part of a glamour ritual to hide them without hiding them and help keep prying eyes out of my business.

 

i use menstrual blood since I hate pricking my finger and i thinks its the strongest plus i use a menstrual cup which makes it sooo much easier to collect and store...yep there is always a small jar of blood in the freezer 

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Interesting discussion.

 

I can't remember if it was here or elsewhere but I recall a discussion about the type of blood being important to some who use it. Specifically there was a feeling that menstrual blood was 'dead' blood and is best employed for different workings to blood from a cut or a wound which was perceived as having more of a life force (I'm pre morning coffee so haven't expressed this very eloquently but you get the gist).

 

It would be interesting to see some views on this. Do people see menstrual blood as the same as blood?

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Roanna I wrote a long post the other night on your exact theme but it got lost. I think I posted that to me menstrual blood felt darker, possessive and maybe fresh blood was lighter and brighter somehow. I'd be really interested to know what kinds of spells you would use menstrual blood for vs fresh blood. I was thinking about menstrual blood for a protection spell for a child but actually I wondered would it be too suffocating or possessive - the worst sort of protective mothering IYSWIM. I could imagine using it to bind someone sexually or fascinate them sexually (I know this is a common use). Could also imagine it to protect my home or individual objects. This is just instinct though.

 

I would probably use fresh blood to protect a child. I don't feel like I know enough about blood magic yet to throw myself in. If you can recommend any good reading I'd be grateful.

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Roanna I wrote a long post the other night on your exact theme but it got lost. I think I posted that to me menstrual blood felt darker, possessive and maybe fresh blood was lighter and brighter somehow. I'd be really interested to know what kinds of spells you would use menstrual blood for vs fresh blood. I was thinking about menstrual blood for a protection spell for a child but actually I wondered would it be too suffocating or possessive - the worst sort of protective mothering IYSWIM. I could imagine using it to bind someone sexually or fascinate them sexually (I know this is a common use). Could also imagine it to protect my home or individual objects. This is just instinct though.

 

I would probably use fresh blood to protect a child. I don't feel like I know enough about blood magic yet to throw myself in. If you can recommend any good reading I'd be grateful.

 

Sol, do you have any thoughts on the questions I asked before on this thread? I'd like to start incorporating some (smallscale) bloodwork into my practice where appropriate. Any recommended reading?

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Roanna I wrote a long post the other night on your exact theme but it got lost. I think I posted that to me menstrual blood felt darker, possessive and maybe fresh blood was lighter and brighter somehow. I'd be really interested to know what kinds of spells you would use menstrual blood for vs fresh blood. I was thinking about menstrual blood for a protection spell for a child but actually I wondered would it be too suffocating or possessive - the worst sort of protective mothering IYSWIM. I could imagine using it to bind someone sexually or fascinate them sexually (I know this is a common use). Could also imagine it to protect my home or individual objects. This is just instinct though.

 

I would probably use fresh blood to protect a child. I don't feel like I know enough about blood magic yet to throw myself in. If you can recommend any good reading I'd be grateful.

 

 

 

 

Sounds like your instincts on that are good, I would put it just about the same way.

Menstrual blood it also good for binding things to yourself and protecting or blooding your POSSESIONS.

 

Fresh blood would be good to protect a child, of course, more so if the child is of your own blood.

A sigil on the child's door or under the bed, drawn in the blood of it's mother would be powerful protection indeed.

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Just throwing my own two cents in here as I adore blood magic and know it adds a certain “boom” to spells - but use with caution...

 

I always use fresh flowing blood (my own, I find it to be the most beneficial for my work), or, for certain types of spell I will use blood that I’ve collected from an animal that I will then go on to save or to put to rest peacefully and end it’s suffering - that’s my thank you to them for their blood - (I work in veterinary medicine)...

 

I don’t like freezing blood - it destroys the RBCs and they literally burst when frozen, so in my humble opinion that is dead, damaged and useless blood - but that’s just my own opinion and experience. Use what works for you.

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In my beliefs, the sovereignty of the life force within their blood belongs to the individual being. My own blood has been farmed & i didnt like it one damned bit so I'm speaking for the animals who can't speak for themselves. Please stop.

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In my beliefs, the sovereignty of the life force within their blood belongs to the individual being. My own blood has been farmed & i didnt like it one damned bit so I'm speaking for the animals who can't speak for themselves. Please stop.

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I always use fresh flowing blood (my own, I find it to be the most beneficial for my work), or, for certain types of spell I will use blood that I’ve collected from an animal that I will then go on to save or to put to rest peacefully and end it’s suffering - that’s my thank you to them for their blood - (I work in veterinary medicine)...

 

 

 

 

Are these wild injured animals or people's pets? 

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Are these wild injured animals or people's pets?

These are animals that we have been asked to take blood from for testing - any remaining blood (that would otherwise be dumped) can be useful for spells. I would never bleed an animal solely for the purpose of a working

 

I should also say - and maybe my original comment wasn’t clear, that I would never just take blood from an animal for no other reason than my own use. Any blood I use is “left over” from blood testing in order to diagnose and treat their condition.

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