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Llewellyn Magick Blog: Ritual Use of Blood, Yesterday and Today   2 comments

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From the Llewellyn Magick Blog, August 31, 2015:

The subject of the use of blood in magickal rituals arises every so often in modern occult discussions. And, as you might expect, it tends to be a rather polarizing force. Some are willing to use blood—either their own or that of an animal—in their sacred rituals, while others consider it animal cruelty and are vehemently against the practice. Sadly, these discussions usually get off on the wrong foot from the very beginning, thanks to a very distorted view of ritual sacrifice held by Western culture. Most often, I see the assertion that ritual sacrifice is a method of “powering your magick via the death of a living creature.” And, even more unfortunate, it is sometimes said the magick is powered specifically by the terror and pain suffered by the creature.

I have addressed the subject of ritual sacrifice in many places—see Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires chapter four (Llewellyn), my introduction to Ritual Offerings (Nephillim Press), and a few other places on blogs and forums. I will briefly summarize here what I had to say on the subject elsewhere:


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Posted September 1, 2015 by kheph777 in atr, llewellyn blog, solomonic

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More on Blood Substitutes – Gosling and Black Cat   4 comments

The Key of Solomon calls for the use of the blood of a gosling in the consecration of the White-hilted Knife.  (This is the knife used to prepare all other holy implements, cut herbs, candles, etc, etc.)  It also calls for the blood of a black cat in the consecration of the Black-hilted Knife.  (This is the knife used to inscribe the protective circle and command the infernal spirits. It is in many ways like the Solomonic Sword.)  On my Solomonic Group, someone asked about the possibility of using my “Solomonic Herbal Water” method to substitute for these ingredients.  I decided to use this as an opportunity to offer two good examples of how to apply the method I have described:


I did some poking around on the gosling, and found a great resource:

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art
Goose entry: p. 198-200

As I suspected, the goose (a white animal) is a celestial symbol:  “Probably because of its high flight, it is a solar creature, associated with male virility, divine knowledge and the ability of the mind to communicate on all three levels…  the bird symbolizes wisdom, discrimination and spiritual knowledge.”

Quite appropriate for the White-hilted Knife, and very solar.  I would suggest making some holy water according to my “omiero” method, using Solar plants and Psalms that invoke the wisdom and knowledge of the Most High.  And just for good measure, you can add some goose feather to the final mix.

Update 1-5-11 : A member of my Solomonic group recently pointed out that Mars should reside in one of the signs it rules – Aries or Scorpius – when the White-Hilted Knife is consecrated. When I put together this blog, I had somehow passed over that fact and thus made no mention of Mars. The group member suggested geese were sacrificed to Ares and Mars, but I have not been able to verify that info. (The animals I have found sacred to Ares and Mars are the poisonous serpent, the wolf, the jackal, the owl, the vulture and the woodpecker.) At this time, it appears the gosling may not be directly linked to the martial force after all. Jake Kent, another member of the group, has suggested that magickal knives in general may be sacred to Vulcan (blacksmith of the gods), who has been associated with Mars in the past.

The black cat (and the Black-hilted Knife) is associated with Saturn.  (Coupled with the Sword consecrated to Mars, you have the Mars/Saturn combo often associated with controlling spirits in the grimoires.)  Of course a cat represents magick in general, and then the black color associates it with lower and infernal spirits.  (After all, the Black-hilted knife is a goetic tool.)  As the “Continuum Encyclopedia…” points out on pages 74-75, during the medieval era cats were kept mainly to control the rodent population- so it makes sense to use the blood of a cat to consecrate a dagger to control infernal spirits.  At the same time, black cats (especially) were associated with witches and black magick – hence my association of the black cat to Saturn.

So, in place of the blood of a black cat, make the “omiero” holy water with plants related to Saturn, and Psalms invoking the wrath, might and protection of the Most High.  (You could also add some fur, a whisker or even a claw from a black cat to the final mix.)  Be careful, though!  Many of Saturn’s plants are poisonous, like hemlock.  You don’t want to absorb that kind of thing into your hands.

Hopefully that will give you a good idea of the process involved in making such substitutions.  🙂

P.S. – The Key of Solomon also calls for blood in the case of magickal inks.  In that case, the blood is a thickening agent.   Thus, besides creating a holy water to substitute for the animal in question, you’ll also need to add something like gum-arabic to the ink to thicken it.


Posted December 8, 2010 by kheph777 in magick, solomonic

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Blood Substitute – ‘Solomonic Herbal Holy Water’   7 comments

Every once in a while, the subject of ritual blood use is raised among those who study the Old Magicks.  Blood and sacrifice were fairly common in both religion and magick until relatively recently in history.  I discuss the subject in depth in chapter four of “Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires”, if you want to read about my take on the subject.

Today, however, many modern practitioners (especially those of American WASP heritage) have sensibilities that preclude the use of blood in ritual.  Perhaps this will change, if our Great Western Civilization eventually collapses and we are again forced to raise and slaughter our own food.  But until then, some of us would rather not engage in the practice.

We can take heart, though.  Even ancient traditions that regularly make use of blood and sacrifice – such as the ATRs (Santeria, Palo, etc), the medieval grimoires and various forms of conjure and folk magick- also include paths and methods that do not require blood.  From what I have seen, no one looks down upon those paths nor upon their adherents for their choice.   That’s great, because it gives us avenues to explore the Old Magicks without the use of blood, and still learn how to do things right.

Omiero is a liquid used in Santerian traditions, whenever an Orisha (or  god) is born into a new vessel.  (These vessels are urns, filled with consecrated items, that become the center-pieces of altars to the Orishas.)  The Orisha will quite literally live inside the vessel, and offerings and sacrifices will be made to him or her upon the altar.  However, the Orisha’s very first meal is not blood at all – it is omiero.  Because of this, omiero can be considered even more potent (in its way) than blood.

Of course, the secrets of making true omiero are a closely guarded secret. I only know it involves the ripping and tearing of sacred herbs and plants beneath running water, so that a green-tinted water is collected. And there are mystical songs that must be sung during its preparation.

Meanwhile, the concept of herbally-infused holy water is not unheard of outside of these mystery religions. We can especially find it within the practice of Hoodoo – a folk practice that originated in the American south, and was itself heavily influenced by the ATRs. In this case, the process is much simplified – usually involving little more than steeping sacred herbs in water to produce a “tea” or extracting the scent of a plant and infusing it into water (such as the very popular Florida Water – which is named for its sweet floral scent, not for the US state).

Drawing from the concepts of omiero and herbal holy waters, we can use a similar method to produce a blood substitute for our own magick.  Below, I will outline a method of making a kind of holy water based upon the omiero concept (note:  this is not the recipe for true omiero as used in the ATRs), which I have incorporated into a Solomonic framework.


Solomonic Herbal Holy Water (UPDATED)

NOTE: If you want to see pictures of this process in action, click here.

For this you will need Holy Water, the Bible, plants and herbs gathered (as much as possible) locally by hand, and (for this example) a gallon of fresh spring water.  Yes, it needs to be fresh water from a spring.

1) First make or obtain a few ounces of Holy Water- either as outlined in the Key of Solomon, or obtained from a Church, etc.  In any case you will need about sixteen ounces of lightly salted consecrated water (a bit less is fine), if you are making a gallon of the finished herbal water.  Avoid Holy Waters that contain rose or other herbs.

2) Find several Psalms or other Scripture that relate to the Force/Angel/Spirit you are working with. (Try to find a number of Psalms based upon the number sacred to the entity.  Six Psalms for solar entities, eight for mercurial, etc.) My primary source for these is always “Use of the Psalms”- often found appended to the “6th and 7th Books of Moses.”  Another good source is called the “Book of Gold”, recently published by Avalonia Publishing.  Also, don’t hesitate to sit down with an online Bible and search the Psalms and other Scripture for keywords that relate to your needs.

3) Gather some fresh plants that relate to the Force/Angel/Spirit. (You don’t want woods or resins or roots – look for leafy green plants!) Scott Cunningham wrote some good source material for this kind of thing. See “Incenses, Oils and Brews.”  Again, gather a number of plants based upon the number sacred to the entity in question.

4) Prepare your ritual space, and yourself, as you normally would for magickal work. It is best to perform this work on the proper Day and Hour according to the table of Solomonic hours.

5) During said Hour, put the spring water into a large bowl.  Take some of the plant material in hand, and begin to sing/recite the Psalms as you immerse the plants into the Water and begin to rip and tear at the plant material. For tougher plants, you can make use of a knife to tear the material – use your White-Hilted Knife for this if you have one.

Keep going until the plants just can’t be ripped, torn, squeezed or pressed any further, and you finally run out of plant material.  In a best-case scenario, the water should have turned a very dark green.  (Not all plants will result in deep dark green water, and it will likely take some practice to know how much plant material you’ll need in each case.  Give yourself time to perfect your recipes.)

6) Strain out the destroyed plant remnants.  Then take the pure Holy Water and make a small prayer of your intent as you add it into the bowl.

I like to store this away in refridgeration, since it involves plant material.  I use it as needed for sacrifice/offering.   You can use it in place of blood anytime it is called for in a spell.  You can also use it any time you create a spirit pot – not only as a first offering to the spirit, but also to wash every object you will place into its vessel.