April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Blood is symbolic of sacrifice; spilt blood, in particular, because of its function as an indexical sign of a sacrifice having taken place. Liquid substances, like milk, honey and wine, that were offered to spirits and gods in antiquity, are all images of blood as well – substitutes of the sacrificial blood, which was the most precious thing that could be offered.
Sacrifice is linked to the concept of inversion, which is the principle that everything can be transmuted into its opposite – for example illness turned into health, defeat into victory, poverty into luxury, etc.
When a potentiality for inversion appears, symbolized by a cross-roads (X), the sacrifice can be made. After this the process of inversion and transmutation takes place. The spiritual energy that is gained from the sacrifice is thought to be proportional to the importance of what is lost (i.e. how great the sacrifice is).