Blood is never required for ritual use in The Luciferian Dominion, but some members choose to use their blood to seal commitments, bond with each other, as offerings, anointment and many more reasons. Nothing can deprive you of your will like disease, so for these occassions we insist on the highest degree of blood safety.

Don’t Maim Yourself Like An Idiot

Character Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) slices open her palm like an idiot in WGN America’s Salem

Brainlet justifications for doing this include, “the pain is part of the magick” (if suffering were power, we’d all be gods), and “psychodrama”. “It’s the symbolic crippling of the self.” Does that sound very Luciferian to you?

The fact is that nothing about this enhances or empowers your working in any way. It is primarily the domain of edgelords and tryhards who take their cues from TV and movies. A disadvantageous wound isn’t going to make you more powerful, it’s going to diminish you in every way and expose you to infection. Is a round of antiobiotics and a tetanus shot part of your ritual? Both your dull pocket knife and a new scalpel offer different, but very likely ways to accidentally disable yourself, create nerve damage or end up in the hospital. Don’t do it, and don’t take advice from people on Reddit.

Hey, you figured out the spell that disappears $2,300 from your bank account!

A Few Drops Is All It Takes

Physically, blood is red and white blood cells, platelets, water, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, hormones, vitamins, electrolytes, dissolved gasses and cellular waste. There’s a lot of life-stuff in there, and before we even knew about that, humans have always regarded blood as our vital essence, and the medium for transmitting things through, into, and out of our bodies. It’s no surprise, then, that human fascination with, and ritual use of blood is older than recorded history.

Ancient Aztecs were all about that shit.

Unfortunately, all that blood didn’t save the Aztecs from Spanish colonialism, and there’s no reason to think that more is more when it comes to blood and ritual potency. Blood is chemically interesting, but not particularly special. The elements in it are also all around it. Every person you meet is a big waddling 5-liter bag of the stuff. It contains your DNA, which is neat, but so do your boogers.

The use of blood is, therefore, purely symbolic. It is a human’s most (literally) visceral expression of their unique vital essence. To us, it is a whisper of our soul stuff, inseparable from the self. We shed it. We spill it. We die without it. There is no better way to imbue the vital you into something than by offering your blood.

For this, a few drops will suffice. As many diabetics will tell you, there is a safe, easy way to produce this.

Just A Little Prick

Spring-loaded lancets are the best, safest device to use to procure a few drops of blood. Typically from a finger or thumb, they can be used anywhere on skin. A tiny, spring-loaded sterile needle or blade punctures your skin at a safe, controlled depth, creating a wound that will produce a few precious drops of blood before clotting on its own within seconds.

Safety First

Lancets themselves are safe enough, but we have to do more to protect against infection and the transmission of bloodborne pathogens:

  • The person administering the wound should be gloved.
  • The site should be wiped with an alcohol prep pad.
  • Direct contact with blood should be avoided by everyone except informed and consenting participants.
  • A spot bandage should be applied immediately after the blood has been used.
  • Lancets should be disposed of in an appropriate sharps container.

Informed Consent Is Key

All practitioners and participants should be familiar with bloodborne pathogens and CDC exposure guidelines.

Practitioners should discuss the ritual procedures several times with participants, ensuring they have a clear understanding of the ritual itself, the symbolism, the risks involved and the steps taken to minimize those risks.

Violating consent is a grave sin. All participants must willingly consent, and may refuse or withdraw from any part of any ritual, at any time.

Animals, babies, children, intoxicated, mentally disabled people, and persons under duress are incapable of giving consent, and therefore cannot participate in blood rituals.

Practitioners should obtain consent through a release form suitable for body piercing in accordance with local laws, which covers skin penetration with a sterile instrument.

The Original Ritual Blood

Hold your horses, you can hardly talk about blood rituals without mentioning the OG of witchcraft blood staples: menstrual blood. You won’t have to look far to find numerous uses for sacred moon blood, but our purpose here is to discuss safety, and for the most part, menstrual blood is just blood and apart from collection (wait for it to come to you, don’t use a lancet on your vagina, please) there are just few things to keep in mind:

Menstrual blood is just blood, but it comes with other tissues. Specifically, clots and endometrial lining.

All blood contains bacteria, but menstrual blood, by virtue of where it comes from, carries more and varied bacteria than other blood. That doesn’t mean it’s “dirty”, it’s just going to contain more bacterian than fresh blood from the tip of your finger.

Menstrual blood has been safely used, and even consumed from time immemorial. Simply understand it and its properties as you would any other ritual subtance.