Saturday, 28 April 2012

Blood Magick

©Ian Daniels
Avalonmoon91 started an interesting discussion over on Youtube about the relevance of Blood Magick, and its dangers.  While I agree that advocating cutting may encourage those who have self-harming tendencies, it made me think about why we might use blood in our rituals.  It is something that has long been done, and there are some valid reasons for that.  Perhaps, then, what is needed is to talk about how it can be practiced both safely and effectively, rather than running away from the idea entirely.

I like this image, from Ian Daniels' Tarot of Vampyres (Llewellyn, 2012), because although it shows a young, beautiful vampyre with a knife (idealising bloodletting?), it also shows a key in the blood on the floor.  What powers can blood unlock?

To see my video response, click here.

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