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Blood magic.


I'm wondering what the general consensus here is. I do hope this is the right place to post this.

I have delved into blood magic, though not very much, and it has worked wonders for me. It feels right to me, that if I want to make a personal sacrifice it must come from me. It doesn't feel wrong, really.

It's well within the history, from blood letting to heal and ritual sun dances in Lakota Paganism. Is it right today?

Do you consider this wrong? For Wiccans, does it not "harm none"? Just wanted to see what the general view was.

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I've never used blood in any rituals though I've read lots about it from people online.
  
I've heard of women that collect their menses and use that. That is certainly not harming anyone.

I think a self sacrifice also falls outside of harm since you are doing it for your own good. Imagine all the people that prick themselves daily to test their glucose. they do it because the end result is worth the little sting.

I do think it would be inappropriate to say, prick a stranger or unknowing person to gather blood.

So in general, I think if used wisely, it is not wrong.
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I think it depends greatly on what you are using the blood for. I don't know of many spells that call for blood unless they are dark spells....but that's just because I've had no need to find out otherwise.

('Harm none' includes self....)
Personally, I think if you are slicing your palm to get blood, then yes, it does fall under the harm none....that includes self. If you are into harming yourself, how can anyone trust you to not harm them?
If you are talking a pinprick to a finger, for a couple of drops of blood, then I think you can probably squeeze past the 'harm none'....but again, depending on what, exactly, you are using the blood for.

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Blood is life, and sometimes that is what is needed. I don't follow harm none, nor am I wiccan, so I can't coment there. For me, anything involving blood is simply something to be careful with because it carries a lot of potential to make something real... for good or ill.

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I have used blood a few times in matters that were life or death. I tend to follow the wiccan belief of harm none which includes myself.

However, to use a few drops of my own blood to show my thanks or dedication to working is acceptable {for me}.

I have a few friends that use it to survive being practicing vampires. Not that I totally understand it. But it is their belief. It has to be given freely for them. It is another subculture of the pagan lifestyles.

There is a lot of power in blood since it is one of the forces that keep all animal life alive in this sphere.

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I have to agree with Debbrah, for centuries blood was associated with life, even the christians believe that, consuming Christs blood and body ceremonially. When I harvest an animal. I have a little ritual I use and I return the blood to the Earth as a way of offering and gratitude. I think as long as you are not forcfully or cohersively taking it then I see nothing wrong with it. I will also say I think it has its limits. I do not see a need for a whole chalice full of blood being needed.

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Southern, I agree with you, and I guess I was not thinking completely of both sides of the issue in my first post..but more on the side that in my past experience, when someone asks a question like that, it tends to lean toward the dark side, and that was unfair of me to think that way, so, to Smiles...I apologize.

You're right, Southern...Christians, do refer to wine (or in some denominations, grape juice) as the Blood of Christ, and bread as the body.
And the fact that you return the blood of an animal you have slain for food to the earth, that is only right...where else would you put the blood? When my DH kills a deer, it is field dressed and the insides left for the animals that prefer that kind of meal, then the deer is hung up to finish dressing it and blood allowed to flow back into the earth. To me, I don't see that as an exact ritual, but more common sense, but, I suppose it can be both. Maybe because I'm not the one doing the dressing and such, I've never thought of it as a ritual....but I suppose that's exactly what it is.

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NO need to apologize Saijen. You are right most people who do ask that (9 times out of 10) are looking to darkness and are some sort of wannabe Anne Rice novel reject.

I think the best rituals come from common things. Look at sweeping the Circle for example. A common act made magical. SO to me what your husband is doing is ritualistic and connects him on some spiritual level no matter how subliminal to what humans have done for 1000s of years.

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I doubt my DH has ever considered what he does with his kills as ritualistic. He'd probably laugh at that. He's not on the same plane I am when it comes to our Spirituality. Not that there is anything wrong with that....he just fails to see things the way I do.
He laughed at me when I told him he couldn't prune our maple trees untill I talked to them to explain what was about to happen. It's ok...let him laugh. emoticon

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I have never done it but I actually had an interesting conversation with someone who has - and this person has not done it often and only to "boost" magic - none dark in nature - and the person uses their own.

Personally I think it is like all other magic - the purpose counts and permission - obviously you have your own permission to obtain some blood.

There are pretty painless ways to get it - I have given blood for donation, to be tested, etc. One prick which really is not much different than scounging when you think about it and your done from what I understand. The person who told me of their working with it said it was nothing more than a prick of needle - squeezing and nothing more - no major arteries severed or even a palm - just some blood and thats it.

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