Welcome to Freaky Friday. It’s paranormal day, and I have a special treat for y’all. Please welcome guest blogger Kimberlee Edgar to Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie.
Kimberlee is going to tell us about a form of Appalachian folk magic that has been practiced in her family for many years. It’s called The Blood Verse.
First, let me explain a little about what that is.
The Blood Verse
And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.
— Ezekiel 16:6
When spoken by a practitioner, this verse is said to stop hemorrhaging in both people and animals.
Many people claim this verse has worked for them or on them. There’s no science to back it up. It’s an unexplained mystery.
The healer does not even have to be in the same room with the afflicted. The verse can be spoken over the phone. All the healer needs for The Blood Verse to work is the bleeding person’s full name.
I’ve read different things about who can be a practitioner of the blood verse. Our guest today came by this ability through her ancestry. Rather than tell too much of her story, I’ll let her take over here.
The following is Kimberlee’s experience, in her own words, with The Blood Verse.
Kimberlee’s Experiences with The Blood Verse
The knowledge and use of the Blood Verse–Ezekiel 16:6–has been passed down through my family for centuries.
I had always heard stories about my ancestors in West Virginia, especially my two great grandmothers–Margaret Virginia VanMeter, my father’s grandmother and Rebecca Duckworth, my mother’s grandmother. These two women were said to have had great healing abilities.
They would read out of the Bible and be able to touch people and heal them. It is said that people came from miles around to seek their help. They reportedly could cure bleeding–both internal and external–burns, gout, and other ailments.
I came into the knowledge of how to use the power by my mid-thirties. I found an old suitcase in the basement of my parents’ house. Inside it were yellowed papers. On one paper was the Ezekiel 16:6 verse; on the other paper there were words written to cure burns.
I asked my mother about the papers. She directed me to my father’s collection of Foxfire books. It is the book in the Foxfire series containing the section about the occult and faith healers. I read the section on how it was done, memorized the verses, and began to use them to treat people in need.
[Catie’s Note: The book to which Kimberlee is referring is The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, and Other Affairs of Plain Living . Clicking the link will take you to Amazon.com. If you have the book, the information is on page 368.]
I found out later that my family is mentioned in a book called: Signs, Cures, and Witchery: German Appalachian Folklore
. The name mentioned is Ketterman. These people have been said to have abilities also according the stories passed down through the years by my family.
I have talked to other family members about our abilities. They call it “the power.” They said for it to be effective, a man must teach a woman the words or a woman must teach a man the verses.
My uncle said that the power was particulary strong in the women of the family. He also said that these people were called power doctors, blood doctors, moon doctors, bloodstoppers, conjure people, white witches, and faith healers.
Everyone in the family does not have the ability. You could have 5 or 6 brothers and sisters, and maybe 1 or 2 of these siblings would have the ability. I also heard some stories about how some relatives used the verse and were able to save some lives.
I, myself, have saved some lives with this ability.
My husband’s grandfather had an aneurysm in his chest that was ready to burst. He had 4 days to live. I treated him and the aneurysm sealed up. He lived another 18 months and passed from a heart attack not associated with the aneurysm.
Three weeks ago, my mother-in-law called on the phone in a panic. She had burst a blood vessel in her nose. I treated her over the phone and the bleeding stopped.
When she visited the ENT doctor the next day, they were very confused as to how the bleeding had stopped. They said that it was bad enough where she should have bled out and died, and the blood vessel was just hanging there like a faucet had been turned off.
I have also removed toothache pain from some people. If you use the blood verse to treat anyone, it is extremely important that you use the patient’s full name. I will use my full name as an example:
As I passed by, I saw Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar laying on the ground wallowing in Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar’s own blood. Even though Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar was covered with blood, I would not let Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar die. Live!
When treating a male patient, it is very important to use his full title. Some examples: John Doe, Sr., John Doe, Jr., John Doe III, John Doe IV, ect. If you do not provide the patient’s full name as it stands, the magic of the charm may not work. It is extremely important to remember this and apply it to the verse.
I hope this blog has been interesting and informative to you all.
About Kimberlee Edgar
My name is Kimberlee Edgar. I live in Virginia with my husband and son. I love the outdoors and nature. I like to go camping and fishing. I have a female Eastern Box turtle named Missy the Turtle. She has her own page on Facebook. I also have a female Bell’s Hingeback Tortoise named Ma Ma Bell. Both are very cuddly pets.
I am an artist. I enjoy painting and drawing wildlife and fantasy themed subject matter. My artwork has been published in Fantasy Review magazine, Science Fiction Eye magazine, and World War II magazine.
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