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Reader Mail: Can I Use Blood in a Spell?

By September 24, 2010

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A reader asks, "I recently learned that my grandmother's family practiced some kind of folk magic. My mother says she remembers her grandma doing a spell that involved cutting your finger with a knife and then using your own blood. I'd like to spend more time exploring my family's magical heritage, but I'm kind of worried that people will get weirded out if I use blood in my workings. Is it okay to do this?"

Well, I'm not sure that people would be weirded out -- it's not as though you'll be flinging spatter at them, willy-nilly -- but a few Neopagan traditions today do frown on the use of blood or other bodily fluids in magic. Fact is, it's a practice that's been used for a very long time. Anything that comes out of the human body is considered a strong magical link indeed -- I've used blood, semen, and urine in workings before, and it's not uncommon in folk magic at all. The important thing is that whatever you're going to do, you do it in a responsible manner. For more on the history of body fluids in magic, and why someone might use them, read on: Body Fluids in Magic.

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September 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(1) Adrienne says:

While I understand why some traditions want to distance themselves from blood magic, I’ve found it to be very powerful. Just as I feel a connection to the universe through breath, I feel a connection to the earth through my blood and the rest of my physical being.

September 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(2) jade says:

Blood is a very powerful magick ingredient and I don’t get why people now days are so freaked about it. My idiot frined likes the chew me out for not knowing enough about ancient witch craft and then freaked out when I mentioned blood magick because “OMG, EEEEEWWW! NO BODY EVER DID THAT EVER!!!111″ *sigh* People are stupid.

September 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(3) Mia says:

I, too, never have understood the current idea that bodily fluids weren’t common in the past and that anyone using it now practices ‘black’ magic. I think there’s been a lot of white-washing ancient traditions to make them acceptable to a culture that has long portrayed all witchcraft as ‘evil’.

There are quite a few situations where I’ve used blood in spell work, and I’ve never had a negative result with it. I think its entirely up to the person doing the magic and how they perceive it.

September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am
(4) Rebekah says:

While I have no issues in using bodily fluids in spell work, I am a wuss about pricking my finger for blood. It doesn’t gross me out, I just don’t like pain. Though, some may view the blood drawing as an act of inflicting self harm, which if you’re living with your parents could pose a problem.

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