Blood

  • Blood is both celebrated and feared for the life energy it’s said to contain.
  • In folklore, the blood of executed criminals is said to be a powerful protector against disease and bad luck.
  • Blood is thought of as the best taglock to use against a person as it’s said to give a witch power over said person; however, blood is harder to obtain than fingernails, hair, or handwriting so I personally suggest not attempting to collect blood in any manner from someone one wishes to curse.
  • Animal blood is used in folk magic, for example, the blood of a black cat is said to cure pneumonia; again, please don’t actively try looking for a black cat to collect blood from as there are perfectly good antibiotics and vaccines to fight off and protect against pneumonia.
  • In regards to menstrual blood, it’s both viewed as sacred or dirty depending on the culture.
  • Menstruation is linked to the phases of the moon.
  • Menstrual blood of various goddesses, as represented by milk or wine, is drunk to gain wisdom, promote fertility, immortality,  and for healing properties.
  • “A pagan custom that has survived Christianity is the carrying of seeds to the field in a cloth stained with menstrual blood” (Guiley 29)*.
  • In patriarchal religions such as Christianity and Judaism, menstrual blood is feared and regarded as evil and unclean.
  • Historically, a menstruating woman was considered dangerous and are thus shunned for fear that they will harm others during their period.
  • “In the 1st century [C. E.], ancient Romans believed the touch of a menstruating woman could blunt knives, blast fruit, sour wine, rust iron, and cloud mirrors” (Guiley 29)*. (I included this tidbit, because I thought it was funny).
  • Even in some neo-Pagan rituals, menstruating members are barred from participation on the grounds that their current states interfere with spellwork.
  • Folk magic tells us that menstrual blood was used in love and fertility charms; it could also be used for blasting.

 

*”The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 1st Edition

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