Yes, there's a story coming... please read on.
I have had this interest in learning more about blood magick, starting from learning about protection. But I have never had anyone to teach me about such things, and have always just relied on everything else I've learned mixed with my intuition, common sense, and of course need. All of this is driven by both curiosity and the desire to help a dear friend.
Until my bigger questions have been answered satisfactorily, I've been sticking with little things, for practice, if you will.
The latest adventure in using a bit of my blood in some cooking for a magickal purpose has worked out wonderfully. It found fruition immediately, and perhaps travelled back in time to manifest as well. So that is the good part.
The bad part is that I suck at getting blood out of myself without a major gash or major mishap. For the collection for the above story. I tried three times to make small cuts to the outer base of my thumb on my receptive hand. Seems like no big deal, but they would NOT give so much as a drop. (Maybe I should have taken two aspirin a few hours before??)
So I moved to a more tender area - my forearm, just above the wrist. The same nothing scratches still yielded nothing, so I kind of took aim, closed my eyes, and gouged at it quickly to avoid the pain. Well, it did hurt, maybe a LOT, and I was horrified to see an evil looking little mouth cut into my skin! It's a good 1/2" long, clean, and somewhere between 1/8" to 1/4" deep. Wayyyyy too deep for this! Even then, it took several minutes to bleed. I kept squeezing it shut (it was scary-looking, after all!), and then was able to collect a few drops from the blade of a knife used to scoop them up.
How Nasty, huh? KIDS, DO NOT TRY ANY OF THAT AT HOME! :P
So even all this is not the main question... It's just the background so the question would not be quite as random.
It needed stitches, but embarrassed, I tried to tend it myself. It's been doing soooo well, everyhting knitted back together just as if there had been stitches (I tried to do like surgical tape), and was healing to a happy little pale lime until a couple of days ago. Then, I decided to remove the moisture barrier and bandage and let the water run over it in the shower. I got a good look at it and it's progress - It was really great.
But as I stepped out of the shower, it started to twinge and itch. I looked at it and the previously uninflamed tissue surrounding the healing cut was turning bright red.... at it appeared to be spreading. I freaked and bandaged it again, using pain-killing neosporin to dress it as that numbed the itch.
Today, the bandage has been off all day in the hopes of drying out this bizarre little mystery-rash, thought the cut would do better and give less of a scar to keep it covered another week. Anyway, up close, the redness is ITTY BITTY BLISTERS! Like poison oak or poison ivy blisters. At first I thought it was the hive of an allergy, but this is no hive, and it's still here.
So, does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about any of this? any advice on incorporating my own blood into my own magick and ritual, now to get a nice clean drop without gouging yourself like I did, and finally what this little psycho rash now might be? It's just kind of alarming because it couldn't have come from anywhere that I can detect. It was so well protected, with ZERO infection of the cut. A perfect mend. Until this. Oh and it itches to beat the band like poison ivy, too!
Please share any thoughts, ideas, resources, instructions, or stories that you think might be relevant, helpful, useful, interesting, or simply on topic.
Thank you very much in advance!
P.S. Wasn't sure which category this should go under... I don't think it's a COMMON question, but it is a serious one, so I hope this is ok. Thanks. BB.
P.P.S. Here's a photo of the malady taken tonight. The cut itself is drying out too badly, but I was trying to dry out the rash as well. Hard to heal one and hurt the other... Anyway, it's hard to see without the light just right, but here you can kind of make out the natures of the blisters.
Thank you anyone who can help with this, or knows what's going on.