Practicing Witchcraft: What You Should Know about Blood Magic

Blood Magic

‘Blood magic’. conjures up all kinds of gothic images, doesn’t it? The very word ‘blood’ is a real attention-grabber. Combine it with words like ‘magic’, ‘ritual’, ‘spell’ or ‘rite’, and usually thoughts fly to human sacrifices on a stone altar dripping with dark red and other images that look like something straight out of a horror movie.

As usual, the fiction is much darker and more stirring than the reality of it. Yes, blood can be dangerous— both magically and mundanely. But fire can also be dangerous, no one would think to tell you not to use it to cook your meals. You just have to learn how to use it safely and properly.

The truth is, blood magic can be quite potent if you’re inclined to do it, and if you know what you’re doing. It should not be undertaken lightly, or carelessly; but it doesn’t deserve the ‘taboo’ stamp that many are quick to give it.

Using Blood in Magic and Spells


The Power of Blood

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that blood is a powerful thing. This is something that is so embedded in us that we all understand it. Fear and awe of blood goes way back to our earliest human ancestors. The sight of that bright red fluid -- whether it was coming from an enemy or friend, your prey or yourself – got immediate attention. Blood is associated with such powerful concepts that some people can’t stand the sight of it, and might faint away if presented with too much. Hemophobia is the fear of blood.

Blood is associated with death: the slain warriors on the field, the victim of violence, the hunter’s prey all lay bloody in their final state. Blood is also associated with life: it’s part of the cycle of fertility that perpetuates life. If you lost too much blood, you would grow weak and die. If your blood is tainted, you will wither.

Blood is associated with pain: you see it when you stumble and fall, have an accident, or fight. Blood is also associated with passion: when you love doing something, when you are good at it, it’s ‘in your blood’. Someone you love, particularly family members, are your ‘blood’. Blood connects you to things, or others. Even if you don’t know someone, you can empathize with them, your ‘heart bleeds for them’. Blood is passion, it’s connection, it’s raw emotion.

Blood is life. It courses through your body delivering oxygen and nutrients to every part of you. Blood is energy—when you push yourself, your heart pounds and your pulse races as your blood flows even faster. A woman bleeds during her menstrual cycle, she bleeds when her hymen breaks, there’s blood at childbirth. If you donate blood you might be saving someone’s life.

Whatever little microscopic bits are floating around in there contain the very essence for all that you are. A scientists can (illegally) clone you if they had just a drop of your blood. Your blood contains your DNA—a blueprint not just for you, but your complete ancestral line.

Something that contains this much power is naturally powerful in magic. Perhaps some would say it’s too powerful.

Blood Magic is Not Blood Sacrifice


Blood Magic: No Harm Necessary

Blood magic is not magic that involves killing people or animals in ritual sacrifice. Let’s just make that clear. We’re not talking about laying some innocent creature out on an altar or in the center of a pentagram and killing it, or wounding it. This would be all kinds of wrong, not to mention illegal, and is not at all what I mean when I talk about blood magic.

Blood magic is the use of a few drops of blood during a spell or ritual—usually your own blood, but if you are casting for someone else you could use theirs (with caution and permission, of course). Those few drops can add power to a magical working in any number of ways.

What do you say?

Do you believe blood magic evil?

  • Absolutely-- I'm shocked by your article!
  • It has more potential for bad than for good.
  • Depends on how you use it, like any magic.
  • Not really but you have to be extremely careful.
  • No, not at all.
  • I have no idea
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Is Blood Magic Evil?

The first thing you need to learn about blood magic is that it’s not inherently evil. Blood isn’t evil, is it? Does it make you ‘evil’ or desire to do malicious deeds just because it’s currently inside your body? If not, why do you think it would it become ‘evil’ outside of your body? Some people mistakenly think that using blood in magic is ‘dark’ or somehow only associated with malevolent intentions. This is simply not true.

The negative connotations stem back to that fear of blood I spoke about earlier: fear of our own mortality, fear of power, etc., are the kind of driving factors behind a fear of blood. Indeed, if you are hemophobic, you might want to avoid blood altogether. It’s not for everyone.

But I come from a more objective perspective. I see blood – like any object or component you would use in magic – as simply a tool. It’s a very powerful tool, but a tool nonetheless. It’s neither benevolent nor malevolent in its own right. You could use it for any number of purposes, though like any other tool it’s not advised to use it for unethical purposes.

Going back to the fire analogy—I could use fire to burn down my neighbor’s home when they piss me off. I have access to fire, which can be a very powerful destructive choice if I choose. So what stops me? The fact that I am an ethical person who has no interest in hurting others. Just because I don’t want to hurt someone with fire doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use it. By the same logic, I don’t want to hurt someone with blood magic; just because I don’t want to cause harm with it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feel free to utilize this powerful tool.

A good implement to have for blood magic is the prickers that diabetics use to test their blood sugar.

Practicing Safe Blood Magic

Before I begin discussing ways to use blood in magic, let’s discuss ways to use it safely. First, there are a few don’ts to keep in mind:

  • Don’t ever take more than a few drops
  • Don’t ever take blood from an unwilling participant (this includes animals because they cannot give consent)
  • Do not smear your blood on people, let people smear blood on you, or try to exchange blood in any way; remember that many diseases can be transferred through blood
  • Do not ever consume blood, either directly or by putting it into a drink; aside from the fact that you can catch diseases, blood itself is toxic to human beings. More than a couple of teaspoons can cause haemochromatosis and potentially do some serious organ damage.
  • Don’t let others drink your blood, either directly raw or by putting it into food or drinks; this is essentially giving your power over to that person, and not in a good way.

The correct way to perform blood magic safely would be:

  • Sanitize the area of skin with an alcohol pad or sanitizing gel.
  • Sanitize a small poking implement, such as a pin.
  • Poke only enough to break the skin.
  • Squeeze out your few drops to collect for your use
  • Clean the wound immediately and put some antibiotic ointment on it. If it’s still bleeding, put a bandage on it.
  • Handle and dispose of anything that has been touched with blood with extreme caution until the end of your ritual or spell.
  • Disinfect surfaces (of your skin and your work space), implements and any other tools after performing blood magic.
  • Keep the wound clean as it heals.

If you are a woman and you prefer, you can use your menstrual blood rather than pricking yourself. You can catch menstrual blood easily with a diva cup if you need to temporarily preserve it for ritual—just don’t hang onto it very long, and all the same sanitary practices regarding care and clean-up also applies.

A Little Goes a Long Way

What's Your Experience?

What is your experience with blood magic?

  • I perform blood magic fairly regularly
  • I've tried it and don't see the big deal
  • I've tried it, but never again
  • I've wanted to try it but I'm too scared
  • I'm learning about it and plan to try it when I'm ready for it
  • I will never, ever try blood magic; it's too dangerous
  • Someone used blood magic against me
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When (and When Not) to Use Blood Magic

I can't tell you exactly when and where blood magic is your best option, but I can tell you my reasoning: I use it only in extreme need for the most important circumstances.

  • I’ll use it for protection— not minor protection, such as if my co-worker is a nuisance I’m not going to use blood magic to keep her out way; but major protection, when there is a potential for serious life-changing threats (accident, crime, etc.)
  • I’ll use it for health and wellness—not minor issues like sore throats or skinned knees, but big health issues like disease, injuries, surgery or breaking unhealthy addictions.
  • I’ll use it for desperate needs—not minor things like saving money for a Disney trip, but big things like if I were on the verge of being homeless or starving I would use it to draw what I need to survive.

That’s about it. I have more rules about when to never use it:

  • I never use blood magic unless I’m (or the person I’m doing it on behalf of is) fully prepared to accept whatever the consequences may be (which means thinking them through very carefully).
  • I never use it to target other people without their permission (unless, of course, it’s deadly necessary for protection; I had no issue banishing a violent family member who refused to leave my mother’s home and threatened my life with a gun)
  • I never use it in love or relationship magic; bonds between people need to be naturally developed, not forced. Blood magic turns a potential bond into a chain: emotional slavery.
  • I never use it to gain power; if you can’t earn it naturally, you don’t deserve it and probably won’t know how to wield it.
  • I never use it to bring harm to anyone or anything.
  • I never use it for vengeance or retaliation

Spell Casting with Blood


Using Blood in Magic

Now that you know the correct way to safely use blood in magic, let’s talk about how you might put it to use. There are countless ways, actually, limited only by your imagination. But here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • In candle magic, mix blood drops with oil to dress and charge your candle.
  • Use a small drop or two to anoint and charge any talisman or amulet.
  • In jar or container magic, add a few drops of blood to the container.
  • In petition magic, smear some blood on the paper the petition is written on.
  • Place a drop of blood in a mojo bag before tying it up.

Alternatives to Blood

Though not entirely as powerful as blood, there are other things you can use to personalize a spell and lend it a boost: urine, saliva, semen, nail and hair clippings, for example. These are all effective options that will lend power to minor workings, or workings when blood magic wouldn't be appropriate or advised.

When you're first learning magic, it's advised that you work with these first before graduating on to blood. Take some time, experiment with these things. You'll begin to get a sense of how much putting 'part of yourself' into a spell affects your magic.

Once again, nothing is inherently good or bad—it all depends on how you choose to utilize it. So practice ‘safe magic’ and you'll be okay.

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Oztinato 18 months ago from Australia

It sounds like a type of mental illness that could lead an unbalanced mind to injure or kill.

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Dizze Blogger 18 months ago from Oregon

I was cautious about your article at first, considering the term "beginners" in the title. I personally don't think that blood magic is something any beginner should be undertaking. It is extremely powerful, extremely potent, extremely dangerous, and often very permanent. Like you say in your article, it creates connection. A pact made in blood can be extremely costly to break, causing illness or death.

However, I think you did a good job explaining the risks and outlining that it isn't to be used for just anything (though it could be). It should only be used when in dire need, and never when dealing with relationships. A blood oath to your deity may be appropriate (and even required by some gods), but should only be done if you are truly willing to be committed to that god for life. In any other relationship situation, it really shouldn't be used.

While the health risks and health safety are important, the magical consequences when dealing with even a drop or two of blood really truly can be deadly (where a drop or two of blood physically isn't likely to harm you, unless diseases are transferred between people). It really is a potent thing not to be undertaken lightly, and should only be done by those who know what they are getting into. In my opinion, not something to be done by beginners.

Well thought out and organized article.

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Demetre Winfield 18 months ago from chicago

i just so happen to practice blood magik just as much as i cast without it. its quite an interesting experience because you can actually feel parts of your life force being drawn upon for whatever you were using it for. @dizze, very very true. blood to me is the most potent instrument in the craft other than selling your soul directly to whoever your calling on. i have been practicing for about 8 years now and only started dabling in blood magik on a serious note last year. however!!!! i am willing to admit that during my 2nd year of the craft, i was drawn to use blood for a spell, (due to a vampire coven i was a part of....totally different story...) but i still pay for it every now and then. Also to Sage, although its true that large amounts of blood can be bad for the human body, i feel that since this is about the craft, we should consider those select few, such as myself, that actual consume it. i will say i can't donate blood because of iron levels, but there are some of us that can digest it despite what those docs say.

blessed be guys. and great article!!


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WiccanSage 18 months ago Author

Unfortunately, with an unbalanced mind, there are all kinds of potential triggers for someone to do harm. Thanks for your comment!

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WiccanSage 18 months ago Author

Thanks for your insightful input, Dizze Blogger. I agree; it's not for total beginners to jump into. In this Witchcraft for Beginners series I've been trying to introduce people to different styles of magic and different concepts. This is one that people are very curious about it and sometimes dabble with straight away. I'm hoping a more serious student will understand the undertaking here. I appreciate your comment!

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WiccanSage 18 months ago Author

Thanks for sharing your experience, Demetre. I don't recommend consuming blood myself, and I can't write an article about blood in good conscience without making that point. Hopefully anyone considering it will do the necessary research and take the necessary precautions. I'm not going to touch that topic beyond this, though. I appreciate your comments.

TeiwazSpiritWarrior 17 months ago

thank you for the awesome info !

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WiccanSage 17 months ago Author

Thanks Teiwaz, gotcha!

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Pollyanna Jones 16 months ago from United Kingdom

I always enjoy reading your articles, Sage. I've come across this being used as ink, and it is also used to colour runes once they have been handmade by the practitioner. It puts a bit of the self into them and makes them more responsive to their owner.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

Thanks Pollyanna, I'm so glad you enjoy my hubs. Using blood in magic is a pretty ancient concept, just about every culture has some kind of magic involving it. I've found it can be very powerful, as long as like all powerful things-- it's used with care, respect, and serious thought. Thanks for your comments!

Lauree 16 months ago

I really enjoyed your article... Although I haven't used any blood magic i have been drawn to do so about a yr ago. I could envision myself writing out a spell and finish it up with a drop of blood at the end and then hitting the stop with some sort of small hammer and watching it splatter across the page. I could feel myself there, see myself doing this and knowing i was capable of doing it.... But i never went through with any of it and since then i have felt lost and empty.... Like I missed my chance at something that needed to be done. Like it was time sensitive and i missed it...

The only reason i held back is because i was unsure and not sure why i was so drawn to do it to begin with. I was scared of the unknown and didn't trust my intuition to just go with it. So now i feel like i cheated myself and upset the inner voice, god or goddess that was helping or coaching or leading me. ... Every thing about witch craft, voodoo, spells and nature feels so right deep down but i also feel like i have some kind of block or cloud not letting me see my true potential and with no one to talk with or ask questions to iv'e just stayed in this limbo of sadness and void.... But i so believe i'm something and that my experience with it would be okay. So again thank you for your interesting article.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

Thanks so much for your comment, Lauree; the blocks are there for the vast majority of us to work through. I've had to work through them, too-- still do. You will reach your potential though.

Rabbit 16 months ago

I have used saliva, semen, clippings, and blood. I'm not too interested in using urine, but I can understand it's appeal for some. Thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

And thanks to you as well, Rabbit, for sharing your experience, too. I'm not big on urine either myself. Thanks for commenting.

Lvna 16 months ago

Do you have any advice for someone you know have used blood magic against you without no motives but the simple desire to destroy your life?

athina moody 16 months ago

can i use my blood to heal or help the healing process for my mum

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

That is always tough when someone vindictive tries to bring you harm. There's a lot of ways to deal with it, from protection (both common sense ways, as well as spells or talismans), cleansings, and learning to shield yourself well. The more belief and worry you put into it, the more power you will give them over you.

The thing about people who do malevolent magic with no reason other than to harm someone is that they are usually just dabblers. People who study magic seriously usually respect it more than that, and they learn they don't need to push someone else down. Only dabblers try to do that, because they can't use it well enough to lift themselves up. So generally their ability to do any real damage is limited.

Hope that helps, Lvna, thanks for commenting.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

Hi Athina. The answer is, it depends... like I said, it's best to be adept at blood magic before using it. Blood can help with any kind of magic, including healing or protection, but it is more of a matter of knowing what you're doing. Then of course there is the reality that some illnesses can't be healed, by magic or otherwise; it's all part of the natural process, and there's only so much magic can do to interfere with that, so much will depend on what's wrong with your mom and what you're hoping to accomplish.

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aesta1 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I have never tried witchcraft. It is interesting but it something I don't really know anything about.

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Sonja Starr 16 months ago

Hi, I'm new here and I'm new to magic as well. I do have one suggestion that might be helpful though. As a diabetic I know that the most painful place for a finger prick is the middle of the end of your finger. That is where all the sensory nerve endings are that make your finger tips your tactile interface with the world. Take the blood from the side of the tip of your finger using a lancet device and there's a lot less pain. You can buy single use lancet devices at Amazon and elsewhere so you don't have as many risks, no clean up, no special disposal needed etc.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

Hi Aesta, thanks for your commenting. For some of us it's very interesting and meaningful, very spiritual way of life. But like everything else in life, it's not everyone's cup of tea. I hope you'll find some basic info enough to give you an overview in my articles here.

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WiccanSage 16 months ago Author

Thanks for the tip, Sonja. I am diabetic and have poked myself enough in a lifetime to not think about pokes that much anymore, lol. But the 1-time use lancets are really convenient and safe for these purposes. Thanks for your comment!

raven 15 months ago

Not for beginners. Ffs

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WiccanSage 15 months ago Author

Hi Raven; I'm not sure what "Ffs" means. You're right, blood magic is not something beginners should jump into (as I explain in the article, it something that should be worked up to). But knowledge is power, so it's good for beginners to know about it. Thanks for commenting!

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Jonas Rodrigo 15 months ago

Very interesting hub! Blood is a powerful thing if you think about it. It gives life but it is also a sign of loss of it. Great writing!

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WiccanSage 15 months ago Author

Thanks so much Jonas Rodrigo, I appreciate your comments! Glad you found the article interesting, I know a lot of beginners or even non-Witches are very curious about this topic.

Gemini 15 months ago

I myself am a beginner at practical herbal magic. I have been practicing light magic for over 6 years and am very skilled at basic home protection magic.. but I have an issue. There is an entity that is very dark and very powerful that is threatening to hurt myself and my family and I was considering using blood magic in my protection spells. Though I am a beginner at Green and Herbal magic, I am more than a novice at light and protection magic.. Your article helped answer some questions, but I am wondering. Should I use blood magic to power my protection spells, as this entity isis stronger than any I have encountered before (and I have encountered quite a few) or should I just pile up on the protection and hope it lasts?

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WiccanSage 15 months ago Author

Hi Gemini, sorry to hear about your difficult situation. It would be hard to give you guidance on this entity you're dealing with without investigating more, but generally protection spells alone are only going to go so far. I myself wouldn't use blood magic in this situation; I'd probably start myself with a jar spell and use urine, and then of course a good cleansing and purification and protection (salt, in particular) done on the home. What you will really need to get into the root of the problem, which lies more with banishing than just protecting. I hope you're able to take care of your problem and free yourself from this dark entity soon.

hydie duke 14 months ago

Is it okay to drink your own blood? (aka: a few drops)

Fey 14 months ago

You cannot undo blood magic.

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WiccanSage 14 months ago Author

Hi Hydie; I strongly recommend you research this through a qualified medical source before you consume any blood, even your own.

I'm not a doctor but in my research I've learned that blood is toxic to humans-- it doesn't matter whether it's yours or someone else's blood. Even if the blood is pathogen free, it is still toxic because it contains a lot of iron and humans are just not equipped to digest and excrete that much excess iron. Like many toxic substances, small amounts will usually not hurt people, but it doesn't take much to cross that line into the danger zone. Ingesting more than a couple of teaspoons of blood *might cause organ damage or death, and is a risk not taking.

There simply is no biological need for humans to drink blood; I encourage people to use a substitute, such as cranberry juice or wine, to indulge in fantasy role playing.

Thanks for your question and best of luck in your research.

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WiccanSage 14 months ago Author

Hi Fey. I wouldn't agree with that, but a lot depends on the situation. There are spells that use blood that can be undone, that are even made to be undone at some point (a jar spell, for example, can be undone by dismantling it). It won't reverse what's happened already, of course, but it can put a stop to the effects. Other types of magic, such as petition magic, is harder to undo, because there is nothing to dismantle. There are ways to try and nullify effects of magic gone awry, with varying success rates that depend on many things. It's really something that would have to be considered on a case-by-case basis, though. Thanks for commenting.

Melissa 13 months ago

Blood Magic is absolutely NOT a mental illness. It is a power tool in working any magic and as such I use it ONLY in positive spells (I'm a White Witch anyway so wouldn't be casting any negative spells). I don't see where it says who wrote the article so i'll just say, To Whom It May Concern : thank you for writing on a taboo subject. I've been practicing Wicca and Witchcraft for just over 10 years and this is the first article I've come across about it. Granted, I've read about it in a few of the books I purchased in the beginning of my journey, but in only a few and that's not many considering that at one time I'm sure I had at least 100 books on Wicca and Witchcraft! the only thing I see in your article that I would change is some of your spelling is off (i.e. a couple of times you wrote it's when it should have been its). and I only noticed those because I'm an author. sorry, I'm not trying to be like Ross in FRIENDS. lol. thank you again for writing the article!

Melissa 13 months ago

OMG! I meant to write 'powerful' not power tool! lol. Sorry!

Elspeth Silverstar 13 months ago

Terrific article - i havent seen one like this before. Please add me

ShatteredHarmony 13 months ago

Just fyi, Haemochromatosis is a genetic disorder. You can't and don't get it from inhibiting "too much blood". Where do people come up with this crap? Leave medical diagnosis to the experts.

Ben 13 months ago

Some of this was good.

Basically magic of any sort, shouldn't be practiced by beginners.

Haemochromotosis is to much iron in the blood & isnt caused by drinking blood.

Why not use this for gaining power? Unless your Gods/esses or the universe doesn't want you to have it; you deserve it.

You can use the blood of animals, as long as you eat the animal (like in Santeria) & give thanks to that animals spirit.

Remember, magik is a tool. Use it wisely & remember that what goes arounf comes around & if you work negative magik, there will be a price to pay.

Aaron 12 months ago

Just to clarify... animal sacrifice and blood magic are different, but the article misinformed about legality... it is legal in the USA to perform animal sacrifice and a case involving it was brought to the Supreme Court in the early 2000s. It was up held as legal under the 1st Amendment.

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Lionrhod 12 months ago from Orlando, FL

As usual, a well thought out and intelligent article.

As a runevitki (a witch who uses/specializes in the Runes) amongst other things, I use blood magick for much of my runic practice. Runelore suggests that blood gives vitality and energy to the magick, as well as binding the spellcrafter to their goal.

I put in "regularly" as there wasn't a slightly lesser option, like "once or twice a year or so.". There are plenty of other ways of using the runes, so runic blood magick isn't my main focus.

But I'm not squeamish about using blood if the situation calls for it.

While I'm not sure on the subject of iron overload, Haemochromatosis is clearly incorrect, and you might want to edit that. Consider though that our ancient ancestors often ate the bloody organs (heart and liver especially) fresh out of their kills or drank blood as manhood rituals on their first hunt.

I've also read of Arabs facing dehydration in the desert who drank the blood of their Arabian horses (just a small nick - not enough to kill the animal) to survive.

And then there's my Polish grandmother, who made Duck Blood Soup and Blood Sausage. (I'm grateful I was not subjected to either.)

And I happen to prefer my steak as close to rare as I can get it. Show the cow a match, and it's done.

Is human blood different from animal blood? I'm doubtful here, especially considering that pigs are often used as test subjects for human medicine.

That said, I agree completely that ingesting human blood (other than your own, when you suck on a minor wound) is a VERY bad idea. Even if the iron overload thing isn't true, lets say the person has HIV and you have even a small bit of bleeding gums/gingivitis. Yep, you've just contracted a lifelong menace of a disease. Same for TB and many other blood-borne diseases and pathogens.

And I agree that you should never allow someone to have the kind of power over you that allowing them to drink your blood would confer.

Many years back I was invited to a ritual at one of our local ceremonial churches. (I'm always interested in learning and the HPSS was a very nice lady.) Then I learned that as part of their sacrament, she puts a drop of her blood in the cakes. Even though the blood was cooked/heat sterilized, I declined because I felt that consuming her blood would give her power over me that I wasn't comfy with. (It's not always the consumer who gains the power, but the fact that an irrevocable connection happens. Why else would, "blood brothers" be such a powerful bond?)

A long time ago, one of our local HPsses went on the radio and somehow ended up talking about using menstrual blood in spells. Sadly, it became a PR nightmare. I'm glad you have the courage to address such a controversial topic in a calm, reasoned manner.

Winter 12 months ago

Good article. I agree blood magic is for dire situations, but then again, I only use magic at all when I feel I really really need to, and sometimes not even then. My reasons being that I am one insignificant human on one minisucle planet in some corner of of a galaxy that's part of a universe that is humongous beyond human comprehension. Even though they usually do, what reason does the universe, or the gods have to help me?

Also why do with magic what one, with hard work, can accomplish anyway? I mean, I know it helps me, but I save my spiritual energy to assist others.

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Hi Melissa, thanks for your comments. I'm glad you found the topic interesting. I agree, the topic isn't given enough attention.

I couldn't actually find any instances where I used 'its' as a possessive pronoun; in every use of 'it's' in the article, it's meant to be a contraction of 'it is', hence the apostrophe. But I'll take another look when I get a chance. I'm a writer by trade, but admittedly not the best editor in the world.

Thanks, ~Sage

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

It's okay, lol.

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Thanks so much elspeth, I appreciate your comment. ~Sage

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Thanks for the info, ShatteredHarmony. I don't know where people come up with it as I am not a medical professional, nor am I diagnosing anyone with anything. Some health experts have come up with it, such as here:

", the human body is not well adapted for digesting blood. Small quantities may be harmless; however, anyone who consumes blood regularly runs a risk of hemochromatosis (excessive iron content in the blood), which results in iron deposits forming in internal organs, damaging them. Blood consumption from other individuals can also result in contracting blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C."

Another warning is found here:

I double-checked with the National Institute of Health, and they don't go into blood drinking but they do list there are 2 types of Haemochromatosis: primary (genetic) and secondary (from other causes).

But, as you can see, this is not a health article, nor is it meant to be. But thanks for your concern. I still don't recommend blood drinking.


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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Hi Ben; thanks for your comments. You make some good points.

See the other post where I pointed out links to blood drinking being linked to haemochromatosis. I'll leave people actually interested in consuming blood to consult medical experts, as that is not the purpose of this article.

Thanks! ~Sage

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Hi Aaron; thank you for commenting.

In the 2000s, the supreme court ruled that laws couldn't be made against animal sacrifice. But that didn't make animal sacrifice wide-spread legal, either. State laws and local ordinances vary, but in most cases there are strict regulations that require permits-- both for sanitary and animal cruelty concerns. It's not something people are simply free to engage in because they feel spiritually inclined.

Thanks for your comments and clarification! ~Sage

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Thanks for your comments, Lionhrod!

I have addressed the heamachromatosis issue in other comments. I would hope anyone who is considering consuming human or animal blood would do their own exhaustive research on the topic, but I can only say I don't personally recommend it, and the article is not intended to deal with using blood in that specific manner.

Thanks for sharing your experience-- I don't blame you for declining cakes laced with blood. It's true, any bond like that can go both ways.

Thanks for sharing! ~Sage

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WiccanSage 12 months ago Author

Hi Winter;

Thanks for commenting and for sharing your perspective. I appreciate it~ Sage

Kaitlyn 12 months ago

Thank you so much for this article! I have been very curious about blood magic for quite some time! I have been studying and practicing witchcraft for a long time, and I needed something more personal to cast a powerful protection spell. I will take all safety measures in account, as well as the consequences. I understand how powerful and dangerous this may be, and I appreciate your article!

Goth 12 months ago

I've tried normal spells but they don't work

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WiccanSage 11 months ago Author

Thank you Kaitlyn, and I'm glad the article was useful to you. Experience is key; blood magic isn't recommended for beginners, but for those like you with a long time of experience it's just another useful thing to learn to employ. Thanks for commenting, and best wishes in your endeavors.

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WiccanSage 11 months ago Author

Hi Goth; what do you mean by 'normal spells'... if you mean spells you found in books or on the internet, well, the problem is (as I say in my articles), spells don't really have power on their own. The power is in the person casting... and power only comes with knowledge and experience. Beginning Witches should start with study, not spells. There's a lot to learn before you'd be ready to successfully cast spells. I recommend reading everything you can for the first few months (many times over, actually, and taking lots of notes). Also spend a lot of time mentally disciplining yourself through a daily meditation regime. Hope that helps!

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Snakesmum 10 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Excellent article, WiccanSage - enjoyed reading it.

Although I'm aware of blood magic, I've only had reason to use it on one occasion - it certainly is a powerful spell. On that occasion, it worked really well.

Like you, I wouldn't recommend it to someone just starting out in the Craft.

Alyssa 10 months ago

Hi. I'm a beginner in the world of Magik and seeing this article while researching was very interesting to read. However, I need help increasing my skills and knowledge on the subject of Magik and spells in general. I definitely trust your advice and insight and would like to know if you have any tips or suggestions for me.

Thanks so much!


afpilotgirl 9 months ago

*sigh* A woman does NOT bleed when her hymen breaks b/c there is NO SUCH THING as a hymen! If a woman bleeds it's due to an inexperienced or careless (or both) partner, or a partner that's too large and he didn't let her adjust (again, inexperienced and/or careless).

This false and archaic believe is what lets men chase virgins and treat virginity as a prize to be won, when in reality it's nothing more than the difference between ignorance and experience. Please stop perpetuating sexist stereotypes.

Joe Moore 8 months ago

Thank you for writing this article! I have been very interested in blood magik, but was not sure of the should and shouldn'ts,

Afpilotgirl, I don't know where you got your information about the hymen but its wrong. The heyman is a very thin membrane that protects the female organs. Any biology class should have taught you that. All of the medical classes in college that I have taken also confirms that there is such a thing. Please educate yourself before making such a statement. This article couldn't have come at a better time for me since I am having surgery Thursday. I think I will try it the night before. As to this article? Very well written and researched. You were spot on. Thank you so much for your research and your knowledge.

Samnation 8 months ago

Same old Pagan practices - cutting yourselves like the priests of Baal always have.

Soon you will be passing your children through the fire to Molech - no wait.... Thats planned parenthood in a nutshell.

You serve a dark master, who masquerades as an angel of Light, and his ministers as ministers of righteousness-

Woe unto you who call evil good, you will have your reward.

"Vengeance is mine saith the LORD, I will repay."

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Snakesmum 8 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Samnation, Your comments are showing your ignorance of the Craft. Perhaps you should do some research into the beliefs and practices before expressing your opinion. Modern Paganism is not evil, nor do Pagans worship the devil.

Samnation 8 months ago

Well Snakesmum, how would you define evil?

Surely any Pantheistic belief system such as Wicca, must accept that dualism is inherant?

ie light cannot exist without darkness, good without evil, as above so below, etc.

the 'forces' are inexorably bound, even interdependant, ie the yin yang - light contains darkness and vice versa.

Essentially what you are advocating is a subjective belief system in which there is no absolute truth.

Therefore no right and no wrong.

"Do as thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law. " to quote the "beast666' Alister Crowley.

Now 'white' witches will add the caveat ', as long as you are 'not hurting anybody ' - but now you have to define 'harm'.

As this article has already shown, hexs are 'justified' in 'self defence' (the violent family member).

This reminds me of Harry Potter.

Jesus Christ said that "a little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump".

"And who ever commiteth sin, is the servent of sin"

So already the line is being blurred, it gets fuzzy, where do you really draw that line if evil is inherantly good?

Like Darth Vader.

What is evil? and how can it really be wrong if there is no judgement?

History teaches us that power corrupts, and the more power, the bigger the temptation.

There is a good reason why Jesus Christ advocates the death penalty for witchcraft and sorcery.

Are you suggesting Jesus is a lier?

I contend you are decieved thinking that the 'Craft' can be used for good, please reconsider and read the numerous testimonies of former witches who were delivered from bondage to Satan by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ can deliver you from your sins, and he can give you things that you cannot imagine in your wildest imaginings, why risk that for cheap parlour tricks now?

I will prey for you, and the lost Wiccan sheep, at least those who are not already reprobate.

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Snakesmum 8 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Yes, there is dualism, in everything, even Christianity. Did Jesus actually advocate death for anyone? What happened to "Turn the other cheek"?

For a good explanation of Wiccan beliefs, check out the following site.

Yes, I do believe the Craft can be used for good, as any form of power can be used for both good and evil - there is duality again.

As Satan is a Christian/Abrahamic religions concept, Pagans of any kind do not believe in him, let along worship him or submit to him in bondage.

Prey, btw, is spelt incorrectly. It should be pray, but anyway, I thank you for your prayers, even if I disagree with your motives.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I have a question. I found two of my items placed in a can that I did not place them in. It was a belly dancing belt and a pendulum in a can full of nails and screws. When I took them out they were rusted and when I took out my pendulum I had a vision of it dipped in blood. There are signs of my husband being an emotional slave to this woman he was married to previously and she is not giving up. Somehow I was able to start breaking the curses but when she got ahold of one of his shirts it is beginning anew again. How can I stop it? I have a feeling they have been using the dark side of blood magic for a long time.

4 months ago

I drank and let myself be drank from last year by a man who is quite into vampirism claims to be a direct descendant of lord Byron and worships Lillith and performs spell casting under the seal of the seventh star (Alister crowleys cult) each time I was quite intoxicated but I've always admired the vampires of Anne rice stories and tv shows from a very young age I had a fascination with vampires so he drew me in by curiosity and I'd drank and crossed blood with others before but he told me if you drink from me 3 times and I from you we'll be forever bonded and you will need blood in a desperate way as I do to drink regularly ... I poo pooed the idea thinking ha! You have no power over me I'll do as I please and these rules don't apply to me but I wonder what others think of such claims of grandiose ? Am I forever tied to this sneaky person or am I tied to everyone I've shared blood with no matter how many times we've drunk from each other or held out blood against each other's open wounds ? I really hope not, or I hope there's a way to undo it or Block certain people from being attached to me . I'd be grateful for your advice or opinions or knowledge . Thankyou .

Ridichone 4 months ago

I love how the article is like:

"I don't use blood magic for [anything that would serve as an undeniable indicator blood magic is bullshit], I only use it for [large complicated issues that I can make excuses for when the blood magic doesn't do diddly-squat]"

Hoodoo 4 months ago

According to the Army, blood is food. Don't drink another person's blood. It is dangerous. Drinking the blood of Christ is safe.

BlackMagickWoman 4 months ago

I use blood in magick when ever I need to or other forms of DNA it makes spells more powerful

Suizou 3 months ago

I look forward to using this tool, obtaining blood is nothing for me. I have T1D which requires lancing many times per day, every day, 365 days a year.

sree 3 months ago

Nice article

But may I ask can we just add a drop of blood to any one of the element spell and we can control it better???

Tima 3 months ago

Hello! This is a very interesting article. I'm a beginner as well. I'm drawn to this article out of curiosity and an experience I had. What I would like to know is can a blood bond be made with a partner who is menstruating and having intercourse without protection? A detailed explanation would be appreciated. 2 months ago

I really liked this article. Can you suggest some books on Blood Magic that I might be able to get my hands on?

I have done some blood magic workings and would like to have a better understanding so I may do more and more advanced workings.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

afpilotgirl, you will have to take that up with medical books that define what a hymen is and say women have one.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Samnation, I believe in free speech, so in good faith I've approved your post. But I'll ask you to bring your proselytizing elsewhere. If you have questions or comments, please keep them on topic.

You are entitled to your beliefs; I don't happen to agree with them at all, but you should follow what you believe. I'll follow what I believe to be true. I don't go to your websites to preach, please allow me the same courtesy.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry I didn't get back for a while as I've been busy working & teaching, and hubpages fell kind of low on the priority scale for a bit. Have you considered an uncrossing ritual? If your husband is open to it, it can very much release him from any workings anyone might have been doing on him.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Hi V2; personally I don't believe anything can force you to continue to be tied to someone if you choose not to be tied to them. A ritual 'breaking' of your bonds (perhaps using cutting a red cord as a symbol) and a cleansing should be able to help you sever that connection. Most of the time what keeps us connected is our belief that we are, it feeds the energy of that connection.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Depends on the spell, sree. I do believe that in many general causes, blood magic is kind of overkill... taking a machete to a job when a simple steak knife would have done well enough.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Hi Tima; not exactly sure what you're asking for. People can make bonds whether menstruating or not, whether using blood or not. They can also break bonds. I'm not real clear on what you're looking for.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Ridichohne, not sure where you read that part; you seem to be making some assumptions about me and my belief and experiences. Whether it involves blood or not, magic is not a 100%, nor do I expect it (or anything else) in life to be. My dishwasher is old and only works about 75% of the time; but it's still overall a useful tool to have in my kitchen. So frankly I don't even understand what you're complaining about.

If you think magic is bullshit, though, it seems that being here is just a colossal waste of your time, isn't it?

RaevyneStormborne 2 months ago

Thank-you for writing on such a taboo subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the article. I have not used blood in my work yet but have always been open to the idea, I knew I just needed more time and the appropriate need to arise. I appreciate all of your articles. Blessed Be!

Bloop 2 months ago

Kinda surprised you didn't talk about using moon blood in rituals! No poking necessary, freely given every month and it's great for healing/fertility rituals cuz of the stem cells it contains. I use it for consecrating ritual tools, mix it with wine for offerings to gods who are into that, seal pledges and sigils with it, anoint candles... Moon blood is pretty all purpose

Illkufe 2 months ago

Good contribution

Greybeard 2 months ago

Somehow every meaningful task seems to require blood sacrifice, from cutting firewood to car repair to home construction, as most any mechanic knows well.

When I was younger my GFs often used menstrual blood for blood magic. That can be a lot more fun than other blood, especially when mixed with semen can become very powerful creation magic.

I have attended a couple of wedding rites where the couple wanted to include blood magic in their vows. None of the weddings lasted a year. I wouldn't recommend it.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Thanks bloop for your input. I did mention women who menstruate can use it, but not all of my readers are menstruating women (many are men, many are women who are already in menopause) so I did not focus on it.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Greybeard thanks for your comments; it's definitely something people need to really think about if/when they plan on using it and having a good reason for it.

Heartbroken 5 weeks ago

As a beginner, most of what I learned was from books and online articles .

Apparently I made a huge mistake by making two mistakes , the first I am not sure if it was a real spell, since my ex loved to have sex during my period and drink from me. Spell or not, what could be the consequences for this ? The second one is that after our first break up, I made a reversal spell guided by a wicca ex friend, and when he came back to me I was so afraid of loosing him again, knowing he loved me but emotionally disabilities and insecurities that made him crazy in live one day, and hiding on the other ( bipolar ). So I did a spell found online , and put on his favorite drink, which happened to be red, a few drops of my menstrual blood. The spell asked for a chant before and the importance of keeping it a secret from him. He drank ed willingly not knowing it. So. After he proposed and moved in with me, but slowly he was more and more distant and one day he was frustrated because he did not have his meds. He lost control of his emotions, yelled at me and disappeared. Almost a year and I never saw or talked to him again, as he changed address, phone number, blocked me on Facebook...I never understood why he just disappeared without even having a talk. I still love him and hurt every day. I know I did wrong in trusting the online spell , but what do I do now ? He is still avoiding me, and I know he really loved me. Please help.

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WiccanSage 4 weeks ago Author

Hi Heartbroken,

Your ex is the one most at risk by drinking menstrual blood; health-wise, that is, but it sounds like that risk has passed. But magically, it's considered a form of you giving your power to him. What he does with it, I can't know. If you feel it's not a concern, then I wouldn't worry about it... it shall fade in time. If you are concerned, you can ritually sever this connection-- such as using a red ribbon or string between something that symbolizes you and something that symbolizes him. Link the red cord to the power in your menstrual blood, and cut it.

I'm sorry about the loss-- unfortunately love spells are never 100% guaranteed and can muck things up pretty badly because they don't actually solve the problems a couple has; they just intensify obsessive feelings. It's better to let someone go than to attempt to emotionally enslave them (sounds like he deliberately attempted to escape this situation, whether he knew it consciously or not, his subconscious picked up that something was wrong).

You may not want to hear my opinion, but I have to be honest: you don't need a spell to get him back. You need a spell to heal yourself and move on. Just because you love someone, or he loves you, doesn't mean it's a healthy, beneficial relationship. When we cling to someone who doesn't want us, or when we cling to an unhealthy relationship, it's usually a sign that we need to work on an area and undo emotional blocks, heal, bring balance, etc. It is not really that we can't live without them; it's that we are stunted somewhere with what this person represented to us.

Doing the ritual, severing the connection, will likely help ease your pain. You might want to try a spell such as I've listed here:

You may not agree, but that's my opinion on such matters. Ultimately what you do will be up to you. I wish you luck!

Tim Begg 4 weeks ago

This is a very useful article because it explains how 'Blood Magic' can be used constructively, as well as showing that - as with all magic - there is an element of danger when it is abused. Personally, I would use the part of the Rede 'Harming None' as a criteria. Firstly, its not what one does, but how and why that really makes the difference. If you harm another being in your ritual, or if your ritual is intended to do harm to another being, then it is indeed wrong. But using one's own blood, or a blood substitute is not necessarily bad.

colin stroud 3 weeks ago

You said blood is associated with Death. This is true . But also with life (Birth

gandolf (visual wizard 3 weeks ago

um quench a dagger in blood for a soul binding. does this count as blood magic?

Jackie 3 weeks ago

I came from Ohio and live in Florida now. I am 63 I have been witch since high school. I use blood in magic when I need it to work now.i have no actual tradition. I just do what I do. With my own blood it works like magick.i have done it to protect me and mine. People are afraid of me in Ohio because of this but I have protected 3 children and myself from nasty drug dealers with this. The whole story is amazing and true. Jackie

Tim 2 weeks ago

Okay - I'm going to jump right in and respond to'jasmine', especially the words of the so-called 'Prophet': While I agree that it would be ideal to find a lasting solution, it is not always practical. Neither is it necessarily for your own good, and sometimes not even for the good of you children. All too often couples remain together 'for the sake of the kids'. There is no attempt to actually reconcile or to settle the problems in the marriage, so there is still a great amount of animosity and resentment between them. And this has a negative impact on the children.

I have counselled couples long enough to advise, that if there is no love between a couple, it is better for all for them to go their separate ways. Now, before people try and lynch me for saying this, let me make this straight: Divorce should always be a last resort! My parents are divorced, and we were the lucky ones because it brought the rest of my family closer together, but I have seen too many families ripped apart.

However, having said that, I have also seen too many children whose lives have been made a misery because their parents stayed together 'for their sake', even though many of them could not bare to be in the same room. When the situation become that bad, then it is better for everyone that the couple stop playing around with other people's lives.

Children are not stupid. They are extremely aware of tension in the house, and when mum and dad are either always at each other's throats, or there is a dark silence in the home because they are not talking to one another, this has a terrible negative affect on the children. So, while I respect the ideal, I have to say that it cannot be at all cost.

Andrei' 11 days ago

I want to start my own journey in the field of practicing magic. Is there any advice you'd want to give, or a starting point you can direct me to? Your article seems very interesting.

rajendra khatri 6 days ago

Hey there my name is r.k. I want to become a girl please turn me into a white sexy smooth skin girl please help me thank you

AlexSpell 5 days ago

This article was very helpful and intriguing to read as I have an affinity for a blood magick. I avoided it for the longest time because of the taboo mark and held in my affinity like some dark secret. Over the last year I have been living with some fellow wiccans that have come to discover my affinity and helped me understand that its not taboo it just needs to be treated with care. In the last month I've taken it upon myself to learn more about it so I can become better acquainted and strengthen my affinity and your article has helped answer a lot of questions and has given me many ideas.

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WiccanSage 16 hours ago Author

Thanks for your comments Tim; I agree, but I also respect that not everyone has adopted the Wiccan Rede. But sure, we have to think about what we're trying to do and the ethics of it before we do it. I appreciate your comment!

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WiccanSage 16 hours ago Author

Yep; I said death blood is associated with death and life. Sorry but your question seems to cut off so I'm not sure what you're asking.

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WiccanSage 16 hours ago Author

Using blood in magic would be blood magic. Not really sure what soul binding is... the only time I've heard the term is in role playing games. I tend not to mess with people's souls. I don't know why you would soak a dagger; seems a little dramatic/overkill to me.

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WiccanSage 15 hours ago Author

Very true Tim, I agree. Jasmine got deleted for spam but this is an excellent answer.

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WiccanSage 15 hours ago Author

Andrei, hello and welcome. My advice: read read read. Throughout my Witchcraft articles I have a lot of book recommendations. I wish you well!

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WiccanSage 15 hours ago Author

Hi Raj; sorry, but it doesn't work like that in reality. Anyone who tells you it does is lying to you, so please do not let yourself get scammed.

Edward Jenn. 15 hours ago

I hear that a spell can be reversed or broken if uncrossing oil is used. A bath in it and aplication should work correct?

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