The Bloody Sacrifice
(Recently released by Mandrake of Oxford, available directly from the publisher or from Amazon and numerous local bookshops)
Extracts from recent reviews:
'I would be very happy to recommend this book as essential reading to any serious magickal practitioner who is interested in blood rites' - Sporter 93
'Charlotte Rodgers has a powerful, clear and magical voice that I hope we will hear much more from in the Future. Highly recommended' - Josephine McCarthy, author of 'The Exorcists Handbook' and 'Magical Knowledge'
'A fantastic work that helps place the body centre stage in the contemporary magickal revival. highly recommended' - Stephen C Davies
'Original, intelligent, enlightening, this fine book draws from personal experience, interviews and research to create a valuable resource' - Mark Ramsden author of 'The Sacred Blood'
The Bloody Sacrifice - Abstract
Charlotte Rodgers is a non denominational magickal practitioner and an animist, and The Bloody Sacrifice is the story of her work with blood.
This book recounts her experiences using blood in a conscious, spiritual and creative context. It chronicles her use of road kill and blood in art, ritualised scarification and tattoo work, and the use of venous and menstrual blood in magick.
Also included are Charlotte’s interviews with tattoo artists; priests from belief systems which utilise blood sacrifice; artists who use their own HIV positive blood as a medium; and those who use mortifications and body modification to effect changes in consciousness and self.
Some of those interviewed, such as Mogg Morgan and Steven.V.Mitchell, are well known within their sphere, whilst others are not so well known, but share a common bond of talent combined with an ability to articulate their beliefs.
Among those interviewed is Louis Martinie, a priest in the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. Martinie has integrated his Tibetan Buddhist beliefs into his Voodoo practice and in doing so shows how personal spiritual evolution can effect change within a syncretic religion.
As a blood related illness affected various parts of Charlotte’s life, she was given a chance to explore blood ritual in a very different way and her documenting this part of her journey gives an understanding of AIDS, HIV and HCV, and its effect on spirituality and contemporary blood rites.
Blood Ritual, with all its history, baggage and dangers holds a power that has the capacity to create change. Whether this power is held within blood itself, and how much impact is created by our perception of the substance, is part of your own process to decide and is something this book can perhaps provide some illumination to.
The Bloody Sacrifice is an honest, thought provoking and insightful personal perspective of an ancient aspect of our spirituality and creativity, in very modern terms.
Charlotte Rodgers was born in New Zealand and after many years of travel, fast living and dodgy magick, now leads a life of quiet eccentricity commuting between England and Asia. She creates, exhibits, and occasionally sells, art made from road kill and has had articles published in many magazines. Charlotte is a non denominational magickal practitioner and an animist for whom art, magick and life are expressed as one.
All Content Copyright (C) Charlotte Rodgers, 2011 unless otherwise stated .