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Witching Ethics: On Using Blood Magick

As a subject, one of the most hotly contested ones in witchery: Should you, or should you not, use blood magick?

Some young/new witches consider using blood in their craft as anathema or an abomination. They consider the use of blood in their spells to be evil or forbidden magick. Many of their arguments against it hail back to the same erroneous beliefs that many outside witchcraft espouse. They believe it requires using animal blood or the blood of a person against their will. However, we are not talking “Hollywood’s” version of blood spells here, where you sacrifice a person or an animal and use their blood. We are not talking about bleeding something* or someone to death in order to cast a spell. We are talking about putting our own life essence, in its most powerful form, into a spell.

The soul, which is spirit, cannot dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood. – Saint Augustine

Our blood is sacred; it is literally life giving, as we cannot exist without it. It can even be a gift of life to others when we donate it to them, so why should we consider it a curse when used in conjunction with our magick? This is something that I, not only, cannot understand, but also, consider quite ridiculous.

We use other parts of our bodies in our spell work. Our thoughts, and the power held within our minds, the very movement of our bodies direct our intention during spells and is considered perfectly normal. We use clippings of our hair, fingernails, or toenails, etc. incorporated into spell work of a protective nature. Why should spells be considered stigmatized merely by use of our blood?

All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood. – Rainer Maria Rilke

There is simply no valid reason why a spell is evil or wrong only because the component of blood is added. That would be as if saying donated blood given to other people is evil or wrong. It, too, is used for the power within the blood to maintain life, to strengthen and empower the other person. Blood, when used as a spell component, is no more evil than incense, holy water, or any other component within the casting.

Does this mean that every spell should be a blood spell? Of course not. As explained, our blood is sacred! It is the most potent and powerful ingredient to a spell which we have to offer. It deserves respect as such, in my opinion. Just the act of adding our blood to a spell ties that spell to us in the most intimate and profound manner possible. The spell becomes a living part of us when blood work is involved.

No one thinks of how much blood it costs. – Dante Alighieri

Personally, I have used a blood spell (intentionally) only one time, so far, in my more than 25 years as a witch. It is a serious consideration, in my opinion, and one that I do not approach lightly. Specifically, I would never use a blood spell unless it is a spell created by myself, for me to use on myself or relating directly to myself. For me it is an issue of accountability in discussing the use of blood magick. This is just my opinion, however. I know other witches who feel that adding a drop of blood to a spell they cast is no more important than what I feel about adding an anointed candle. It is a natural part of their spell working for them. How would you approach using blood magick? Would you consider it something special, something forbidden, or something that is run of the mill?

*My intent is not to discredit other beliefs whose sacrificial purposes are to give offerings to higher beings, including some Jewish sects, Santeria, Voodoo, Christianity which use or used blood sacrifices in their ceremonies, merely to state that my path does not require such, even though others may. To each witch it falls the necessity to determine their own path and manner of practicing their craft.

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Witching Ethics: To Control or Not To Control

A debate rages within the witching community, based on each person’s personal ethics, as to whether or not the use of magick to control the actions of another is permissible or acceptable. Some feel that casting spells to control the actions of others is a form of magick that is perfectly acceptable because it is the right of the magician to determine their own actions and they alone are accountable for their use of said magick. Others feel that casting spells to control the actions of others is inherently wrong because it affects the lives of those cast upon without taking consideration for their free will. Some others consider applying situational ethics to the question of controlling magick.

For example, casting love spells that target a specific person are acceptable to some witches and unacceptable to others. Let’s say you cast a targeted love spell to make a certain person (we will call him Bob) feel an attraction toward you, not intended by your original fate. By becoming entangled with Bob, you affect your current incarnation, as well as the incarnation of the person you are supposed to be with this incarnation. It avalanches from there. The person who is actually supposed to be with Bob (we will call her Mary) ends up with no one, or may even end up with someone else (Frank). The person that Frank is supposed to be with ends up alone or with another incorrect match. As you can see, with one controlling magick spell, the possible ramifications can explode exponentially to include untold numbers of people. Did you act correctly by casting the spell? Did your desire for a relationship with the gorgeous Bob negate the damage simply because you wanted him for yourself? Wouldn’t it be easier to cast an untargeted love spell to bring the correct love for you, instead?

On the flip side, was it your desire for Bob, or was it your dharma that caused you to cast the spell. If you were meant to cast the spell in order to learn something specific, was it wrong, or was it exactly how it was meant to be? Casting the spell may have affected multiple lives, but were the effects bad, neutral or good in each of those lives? You may never know the full extent of the magicks you work.

For another example, we will use good old Bob, again, to show a person who may be in need of controlling magick. Let’s say Bob has developed an addiction to gambling. He is otherwise a very nice man, but lately he feels compelled to take his paycheck every week and go to the nearest casino or track and place bets and gamble until he has lost a great deal or even all of his money. This causes him monetary problems, of course, but also causes him to suffer from stress due to the losses, he may become unable to pay his bills, and it may eventually cost him his job, as well. Add a family into the mix and now he has a wife and child who are suffering as well, from his addiction. Bob may or may not see his addiction as a problem because he always has hope that his luck will turn at any moment and he is determined to keep playing until it does. As we know, a gambling addiction is a disease. It is something that can cause physical, mental, and emotional distress. Is it right to withhold your magicks from Bob just because he wants to keep playing until he wins and you should not take away his free will? Is it right to let him and his family suffer if you can help him fight the addiction?

In practicing situational ethics, we are forced to judge each situation, decide what the best outcome is for all, or as many as possible, concerned, and then act accordingly. There is no “black and white” filter applied with situational ethics, only a decision based on analysis of potential benefit. We cannot say that all controlling magick is bad or good if situational ethics are applied. We have to use our best judgment based on each situation as we encounter it.

Now, we have to ask another, even more complex, question. What if Bob is supposed to learn a life lesson from his addiction to gambling? What if his gambling is supposed to break up his marriage so that his current wife ends up with the correct spouse for her incarnation? What if his children are supposed to experience having a father who gambles in order to learn something specific in this incarnation that helps him or her?

How do you judge whether to help someone? What do you think about controlling magick? Is it justifiable in some situations, or always unacceptable?