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    Blood-bound Handfasting

    Have any of you ever done a blood binding as part of your marriage vows/ handfasting? How do you feel about it in general? Do you feel differently about whether it's for this life only, or for eternity? (Also, I know we've had blood magic discussions before. I don't want to see this devolve off-topic. We are talking specifically a blood binding between two or more willing, loving adults as part of a joining ceremony.)
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    Have any of you ever done a blood binding as part of your marriage vows/ handfasting? How do you feel about it in general? Do you feel differently about whether it's for this life only, or for eternity?
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    No. Blood may be with you through this life but it's intrinsically part of your current mortal shell and formed of said current mortal shell. Power anchored to things of your current shell has no guarantee of surviving past it. Also, "until death do us part" makes for a decent closing clause on the oath. Is it possible to use blood to carry an oath further? Err maybe but I doubt it can be done by accident. You have to be trying to do so and other factors (like say, omitting "until death do us part") will matter at least as much if not more. Like almost all mortal acts of craftwork, the physical props are secondary to emotion, energy and will. Blood is a very, very good prop but it's still a prop at the end of the day.
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    I suspect blood binding is often more important to one party than another. As a way of tying one to another, even when love has flown out of the window, it sucks. Use blood by all means, but it doesn't really strengthen anything in the long term.
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    Do you feel differently about whether it's for this life only, or for eternity?
    I don't know much about blood binding so let me ask: wouldn't it be more like a covenant between bloodlines? So, in my point of view, the blood belongs to more than just myself, it belongs to my family as well. So to mix my blood with another's, that would include my life force but also the life force of my relatives. So the covenant extends beyond the two individuals and indirectly includes relatives.

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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    Blood has always had this "Magical" image,think of the Vampire myth,and blood being a needed liquid to sustain the vampire. Blood is said to contain the life(Life blood)
    In ritual it is often described as the blood(in the form of wine) consuming the blood of a deity,and the body(So in a way a ritual cannibalism) There were primitive groups that consumed the bodies of dead members of their tribe in order to keep the spirit of the dead within the tribe.

    I am no expert on blood rituals,but a google search should find a lot of information.

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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I don't know much about blood binding so let me ask: wouldn't it be more like a covenant between bloodlines? So, in my point of view, the blood belongs to more than just myself, it belongs to my family as well. So to mix my blood with another's, that would include my life force but also the life force of my relatives. So the covenant extends beyond the two individuals and indirectly includes relatives.
    My roots have a belief that one curses bloodlines so blood bindings are things not to be entered in lightly. Yet inversely there is also the belief, abet old, that a few drops of menstrual blood, will bind a man to a woman and act as a fertility type thing. Sort of tying the two lines together via their children which again binds two blood lines together. Don't think either is really practiced to much anymore but then again I am male and in my heritage the menstrual stuff would be passed via the women's mysteries and blood curses, well those aren't taken lightly.

    But I figure blood memory is supposed to be from generation to generation. Figure blood oath's are supposed to be from generation to generation and cause all sorts of issues, even in the modern world and not just in so called 3rd world areas.
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    In my tradition, the joining of two individuals joins their families as well and we don't use blood to do it.
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    Although personally, I am not above using blood for something incredibly personal and sacred, weddings of all faiths and practices usually involve the mixing of...other...bodily fluids. Which means the joining of the two lines is fully realized into the world as a baby.

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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    So we're looking at this as a poly ritual, joining our three souls together. When it comes to bloodlines being joined via children, that works for the hubby and me, and the gf and the hubby, but not for the gf and me. Not in the same way. Azvanna, tying in our relatives through our blood isn't actually a thought that had occurred to me. It's something I'll have to consider.

    It was a thought that seemed to click, and we've had several discussions since. We're all more or less in agreement, after much negotiation on wording. Just getting some opinions and maybe ideas here.

    Thanks for the responses all.
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    Re: Blood-bound Handfasting

    When Angela Jolie wa married to Billy Bob Thorton, she wore a necklace with a vial of his blood. A lot of people thought it was weird, but I thought it was a wonderful idea, because you literally have a part of them wherever you are.

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