New Pagan Project. One year and a day. Each Friday The Pagan Project members will be given a letter of the alphabet, with a subject to write about.
This week three, selections for the letter B were Bees. Besom,Binding Spells, Burning Times and last but not least Raymond Buckland.
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I am entering on the B's as I did not get connected for the A themes.
My selection for this January 20, 2012 is BLOOD ....
Blood is a controversial magical topic among many neopagans and Wiccas.,blood, called" the River of light," is identified with this whole and is the vehicle that carries the vital energy of the universe through the body in magic, blood is revered and feared was a miraculous power it possesses and confers. Blood is believed to unleash power, sacrificial blood scattered on the earth regenerates the crops, animals, Al and humans are sacrificed in religious and some magical rites. The blood of executed criminals is said to be a powerful protector against disease and bad luck, because of the energy of resentment and Perry. That is released upon execution.
Blood is used to bind those and brotherhood, either by mingling or in signing. Blood oaths are considered invalid, according to lore, devils pacts are always signed in blood.
In folklore, the magical power of witches is a neutralized or destroyed by burning their blood and fire hands. The common European method of executing by burning at the stake or a practice called bloodying. Witches were scored about the breath caught above the mouth and nose and allowed to bleed
sometimes to death.
A few drops of blood of a person used in magical charms and spells, sprinkled in potions and witch bottles or in effigy, is said to give a witch or magician power over that person in the same manner as to the hair and nail clippings. Adult blood also is used in folk charms and spells. The blood of a black cat is said to cure pneumonia. .
Menstrual Blood ...
Menstrual blood is particularly very potent, and sacred to the Goddess. Menstrual flow is linked to the phase of the moon. The blood of God as, also called wine, milk, meat, and "Wise blood." Appears universally in mythologies, it is drunk for wisdom, fertility, regeneration, and in mortality.
The menstrual blood as a healing charm. The blood of Iris is, symbolized in an drink, convert PBT Ontiveros. According to the wisdom. Read and choose, as menstrual blood was called, confers a long life or immortality.
A pagan custom that has survived Christianity is the carrying of seeds to the field in a cloth stained with menstrual blood.
In some cultures, menstrual periods is said to be accomplished athe witch to her path of power in Christianity and Judaism.
Men traditionally fear menstrual blood, which was associated with uncleanliness and evil. Contact with menstrual blood, even being in the presence of a menstrating the woman was considered dangerous, even fatal.
In some societies, menstruating women are still shone or isolated. In the first century, indicate Romans believed the touch of a menstruating women,
, at least, they pollute the earth and harm others with their blood.
In the Old Testament,
Leviticus 18.19 states. You shall not come near a woman while she is into uncleanliness to uncover her nakedness. In orthodox Judaism
specifies that husband and wife are to be sexually separated, and sleep in different beds, for 12 days a month an average of five days for menstrual followed by seven clean days to make sure the woman is free of every drop of blood.
Sex may be resumed after a ritual bath in which the woman is to wash every part of our her body. In it is still the custom among some Orthodox Jews not to shake hands with a woman and never to use the same wash water as a woman for the same reason. In Christianity, menstral blood has been thoroughly scorned and feared.
Early church scholars came to shame womem for their uncleanliness. At various times, up to the late 17th century, menstruating woman were forbidden taking communion or in some cases even to enter a church.
Menstrual blood was believed to spawned demons. Some faction within the Catholic Church continues to believe menstruating women would defile and alter, one reason why they should not be admitted into the priesthood.
In some magical ceremonies menstruating women are barred from participation, because it is believed their flux interferes with the rise of psychic power and the effect activities of spells.
In folk magic, menstrual blood is believed to have been a powerful ingredient in love charms. A few drops of menstrual blood, mixed in a man's meal. Suppose will secure his undying love. Conservatively, menstrual blood, also is using charms took to increase potency.
You could go on and on about this subject, however, as this is my first weekk, I will end this selection and remember, if you want to also become a member. Click on the purple banner and take a look at the rules and then sign in for the e:mail.
May you walk in the Moonlight till the wind sets you free.