Blood is the essence of life, the essential component of our
being. This was realized as early peoples observed when they
watched a man's life, and his living energy drain from him
as he lost blood. The connection between blood and
life-force is not entirely based on physical evidence;
it has a metaphysical comparison as well.
In the book titled "The Black Arts" by Richard Cavendish,
he details the history of the use of blood for magick.
A person's life experiences characteristics and
qualities are contained in his blood; i.e. it represents
the essence or soul of who he is. According to Cavendish,
an ancient cure for epilepsy was to drink the blood
of a slaughtered gladiator, which would give the
person the strengths of the warrior who had fallen.
Cavendish says that the epileptic should reach the
warrior before he has fallen in battle and drink of
his blood as it fell from his wounds. Another
example of blood containing the
essence of life force is the historical "vampire",
Countess Bathory who bathed in the blood of noble
women to preserve her age and beauty. 1
The Spectators of hangings
and executions, like that of hanging of Charles 1 of
England and Louis XVI of France, dipped their
handkerchiefs into the blood of those who were
executed, to gain the vigor of their dying energy.
During the 17th century, It was said that the blood
carried the life force of the executed criminal and that
it was a strong protection from disease and misfortune.
This is because the blood contained the "vigorous energy"
of a man cut off in full health and during the expression
of the powerful force of his resentment and anger. 2
People believed that blood was the life-force
and to them it was more than just folklore, it was common belief.
The association with blood and life-force and vigor
can be compared to sympathetic magick because it
contains the qualities and energy of the life-force.
The use of personal items like fingernails, hair, or
even bits of clothing in a Black magic spell that come
from the target, is a practice that began long ago in magick.
It is based on the principle that an item or something
from the body of an enemy target, is a direct link
to that person. The hair and nails contain the same
essential cells as the original body, and clothing or
some other personal item has the same energies or
vibrations that are attached to it for quite some time.
In modern times, the use of these items can be just
as beneficial for creating a strong link between the
magician and the target. The use of a photograph or
descriptive drawing, or the writing of a name, is
useful as well.
These items can be used during ritual magick or
witchcraft to create the necessary link between
you and your target.
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1. Richard Cavendish, "The Black Arts" pg. 22
2. Ibid pg.23