The Essence of the Modern Day Vampyre

Oh–lord.  I am so sorry it has been so long.  The semester is getting into full swing and the workload is just killing me.  I haven’t even touched a computer for a reason other than homework in about a week and a half now.  So, sorry for the mini hiatus, but I’m back and fully intend to update regularly once again.

I’ve got to thank my dear Daley for this next post.  She was frustrated with my lack of updates so she helped me out a bit.  This is a collection of quotes from and about modern day vampyres that I think are all really beautiful.  I don’t often talk about vampyres in such an endearing way since I’m surrounded by the culture daily, but it is nice to see that there are those out there who see the beauty in the being, the culture, and the lifestyle.

These are all collected from various and unknown sources from books, to blogs, to forums.  So, enjoy!  And, I will be back soon with some full length posts for you.

“Vampirism is something which infiltrates the heart and consumes the soul until nothing else matters but what you are. There is no mercy.”

“We feel things differently, see things differently, experience life differently.”

“I think vampyres are a lot like people, except they should/or do live in a world of: mystery and fabrications…one of no boundaries but the ones they place on themselves.”

“Just like real people, only they can see things and do things that others can’t. They have the same choices others do, but are more deep in the choices made.”

“Vampires are people who understand things and feel things the way the rest of the world doesn’t. Vampires savor the essence of life, be it blood or pranic energy. Vampires feel emotions differently and more potently, whether they understand what they feel or not. They are strong, emotional, understanding beings…”

“Powerful. Other than that, I don’t know. All I have to go on is what I feel and I can’t seem to put that into words.”

“Vampires are able to live with greater intensity and depth of experience than the typical human.”

“I think they are seductive, passionate people, who find beauty in the dark side of life.”

“Deep, in touch with ourselves, beyond most narrow-minded people’s way of thinking.”

“We have the most sensual, beautiful, and passionate souls out of the many different people that walk this backward earth.”

“They feel pain, love, passion, angst, any emotion, deeper than any other. They know what it is to feel true loneliness, yet at the same time they yearn for it.”

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Oh god, poor Rosemary!

I…can’t believe this.  I’m offended, angry, and–I’ll be honest, a little amused–at the fact that this stuff is even in EXISTENCE on the internet, in the news, or what-have-you.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a lovely article on Sunday entitled “Don’t let your kids grow up to be…” And although they did it in an obnoxious, flowery, almost story-weaving way, they finished the sentence.  Don’t let your kids grow up to be…  …vampyres.

Oh yes, that’s right.  The Pittsburgh masses have a new problem on their hands with all the “fresh blood” coming into their “five major universities:” Vampyres.

Now, excuse the sarcasm, but this is just ridiculous.  I’m not going to quote the whole article, but please join me in reading this wonderful work of fiction woven by a nameless “journalist.”  Basically, he pulls at our heartstrings with the story of Rosemary, a small-town girl, wishing to feel beautiful and important in the midst of all the fast paced city-folk in Pittsburgh.  Well, luckily, she’s found by a debonair cult leader who “told her what she wanted to hear” and lured her into a “very militant, anti-social environmental group” called agitprop (a combinationf of “agitation” and “propaganda.”  Inevitabley, this lead to her breaking the law, and somehow getting pregnant.

But oh!  Thank god for Rosemary!  She ONLY broke the law and got pregnant!  At least she wasn’t recruited into a “vampyre family!”

Yes, that’s right my friends, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review would like to do its part by warning the worried parents of soon-to-be college students by letting them know of the dangered of “vampyre families” invading it’s schools.  They conveniently blame it on “raging hormones” and as an excuse to be “sexually active with one another but with no one outside the group — thus they believe there can be as much sexual activity as they can handle without fear of AIDS/HIV.”  There are rituals including the drinking of blood (OR cranberry juice, according to the article,) and better yet “photographs can make these sordid rituals and couplings look and feel excitingly exclusive.” And to top it all off, vampyres manipulate the “Rosemarys of the world” so that they “won’t return very quickly to a more normal society.”

What horror!   Vampyre families?!

…now excuse the sarcasm, but wow.  With all of the information available out there on modern day vampyres attempting to speak the truth, THIS is what newspapers are coming up with?  …If you read the article, it doesn’t even sound like a serious a serious piece of journalism.  There are no facts, quotes, statistics, anything, just a cleverly woven hypothetical and fictional heartstring tugger to instill fear into the hearts of worried parents whose worst fear is that their little Rosemary will be tainted.

I’m sorry, anonymous journalist, no offense–really.  If you were writing a short story, this would be fantastic…but–as a factual and informative piece of journalism, it’s lacking.  …Please stop writing about things you know nothing about.

Love always,

Abigail

P.S:  Readers, I hope I do not have to walk you through WHY this article is ridiculous…(for more information on why, please see–the rest of my blog.  <3)

The Black Veil – Control

And, now for part four of the black veil series–Control.

Note: For those who don’t know, parts 1-3 can be found under “The Black Veil” in the categories section, if you want to get the info on what the black veil is and why it exists.

Anyway, part four is “Control”:

We cannot and should not deny the darkness within. Yet we should not allow it to control us. If our beast or shadow or darkside is given too much sway, it clouds our judgment, making us a danger even to those we love. Never indulge in pointless violence. Never bring willful harm to those who sustain you. Never feed only for the sake of feeding, and never give over to mindless bloodlust.

We are not monsters: we are capable of rational thought and self-control. Celebrate the darkness and let it empower you, but never let it enslave your will.”

Although this makes us sound like crazy mythical creatures just the way I hate, it makes a very good point–unfortunately, or sometimes not, vampyrism is indeed a “dark” practice, and is seen as such by a good majority of people.  Some let this get the best of them.

Vampyrism can be harmful if used for the wrong reasons: feeding for the sake of feeding, feeding to cause harm, feeding beyond personal need (being gluttonous about it), etc.

And I’ll be honest, the power of being able to give and take energy, just by manipulating it with your mind–is intoxicating.  The temptation is always going to be there, to push the limits, or use it for things it should not be used for.  The quote says it best, “We are not monsters.”  Or shouldn’t be, it’s all up to the individual.

The only thing about this section that I have to disagree with is the emphasis it puts on darkness–as darkness is often, but not always a key component of vampyrism.  But even more commonly, darkness is part of a vampyres being, but not the whole.  Some find vampyrism to be deeply spiritual, and many vampyres also practice energy manipulation for energy healing, energy cleansing, some use their refined psychic abilities for angel and spirit communication, etc–things that are not ruled by darkness, but instead quite the opposite.

So, if you are or realize you are a vampyre, remember that although darkness is empowering and intoxicating, it should not be abused, and it should not be allowed to consume you, only strengthen you.  And always–always try to find that perfect balance between your darkness and your light.

Rogues, Drama Queens, and Nymphos: Your Basic Survival Guide

I’d like to say a special thank you to Mirado Crow for getting in contact with me and giving me permission to use some of his information on rogue psychic vampyres.

Rogue psychic vampyres are the ones I keep warning you about–the ones who use psychic vampyrism in ways that cause harm to other people, or remove their energy against their will. These are those who take from strangers, take for vengeance, for fun. In general–they go against the “Psychic Vampire Codex.”

Mirado Crow actually runs a website mainly for and about Wiccans, but I love her approach to rogue psychic vampyres and how to protect yourself from them, which is important to both vampyres and non-vampyres alike.

Mirado offers a few different alternatives, but my favorite is the fact that she suggests using white/silver/gold energy as a defense. Since the energy of rogue psychic vampyres is “dark,” as they are using vampyrism for harm, light energy can jolt or overwhelm them, or in Mirado’s words they will “choke on the energy you just blasted them with.” This will not only send a signal to them that you are aware of what they are doing (which should stop any vampyre in their tracks), but it will cause them discomfort and hopefully make them a little less willing to target you as their “victim.”

There are also a some tell-tale signs that you are dealing with a rogue psychic vampyre. Some rogue psychic vampyres are often labeled “Drama Queens” because they feed off of the negative energy they generate with their actions or gossip. Some are mistaken for “nymphomaniacs” because they take their energy through a person during “intimate play.”

But–the most commonly noticeable thing is that around rogue psy-vamps you’ll often feel a cold, crawling, or invasive feeling, much like someone is watching you, or even like someone is touching you if their energy is strong enough. Stronger psychic vampyres can sometimes even feel when their are latched on to by the “tendril” of a rogue psy-vamp and can in turn combat them with their bright and positive energy.

But–you much keep in mind that all of these things can be attributed to other causes as simple as–“This person really is a nymphomaniac” to your spirit guide giving you that “cold” feeling as a warning against a just-plain-bad-person. When you get these feelings, or notice these people there is no reason to jump up and scream “ALL RIGHT, WHERE THE HECK IS THE ROGUE VAMPYRE?!”

…Just be wary and observant.

Here is the full article where you can read more about how to recognize and combat rogue psychic vampyres, and really–knowing how is a really good idea. I’m the last person you’ll find losing faith in the human race, and the last one to believe that there are people out there who would harm people through vampyrism–but there are. Some psychic vampyres don’t even realize what they are doing when they do it, so it’s great to know what to do just in case.

Kind of like “Stop, drop, and roll.” Just saying.

Vampyre Myth #5

Vampyre Myth #5: Vampyres are immortal.

I definitely addressed this somewhere else in the abyss of posts I’ve accumulated over the past few months, but it’s shown up in my e-mail a couple of times since so I thought I’d revisit it.

…Are vampyres immortal?

No.  I wish we were, it would make life tons more fun, I’d jump off of more buildings, eat more junk food, take more risks, and be less afraid of athority. (What’s 10 years in prison if you’re gonna be alive forever?  …I suppose life in prison would be an issue though…)

But, alas, as I’ve said it before, it all boils down to the fact that we are still human beings, and in being so, we die. 

Although, (and this will probably be another post in and of itself) it is VERY VERY unlikely that any vampyre will ever die from not feeding.  We can certainly feel like complete and utter shit if we don’t, but I’ve yet to see someone who’s actually died as a result.

Anyway, while fictional vampyres revel or brood over their gift or curse of immortality, modern day vampyres come one day closer to death every day, just like everyone else. 🙂 

When someone finds a remedy to this aging thing though–please let me know.  Immortality wouldn’t be so bad…

Psychic Feeding Method #3 – The Aura “Net”

This method is great, and completely non-intrusive if you don’t have a specific donor and you have moral issues with taking from a stranger without permission.  It’s called the Aura/Aural/Energy Net.  Choose your favorite. 🙂

The technique is simple and can be used a multitude of ways.  Like most feeding techniques you kind of have to experiment a little and see which is most comfortable and effective for you.

The Aura Net is used to feed on ambient energy, meaning that it is no longer connected to a person but “given off” by them, like–body heat.  Ambient energy exists anywhere and everywhere that people are expelling energy or emotions, but it is most concentrated where there are large crowds (clubs, concerts, rallies, etc) who are preferably gathered for a similar purpose, this synergy makes the energy more intense.

When around such a crowd, it is often the nature of a psychic vampyre to absorb the energy anyway, but for more concentrated feeding, you use the aura net.

Take a moment to focus on your own energy field, visualize it if it helps.  Some see it as a sort of field of light, or a big amorphous cloud, but it can be whatever you see it as.  Now, as you imagine this energy field, or your aura, focus on extending it outward from yourself and into the crowd around you, thereby creating a “net” that captures the ambient energy in the room.  At this point, the energy joins with yours and can be absorbed through your “net” and back into yourself, or simply pull your energy back in and bring the ambient energy with it and into you as your energy closes back in on you.  Always always remember though to pull the energy back in after feeding rather than leaving yourself open.

Simple as that!

With this technique you are not “stealing” the energy from another human being, but simply taking what they willingly give off.  Though, it should be considered that it is not often suitable for sustaining most psychic vampyres for long long periods of time.  Energy directly from a donor or other human being is almost always more potent and sustainable, and should be used if available.

Ignorance is bliss?

I had a very interesting experience the other day…one that I haven’t encountered in a while, but I’m sure happens every single day. I’ve been lucky up until this point, I suppose, to only encounter people who are accepting of my beliefs and the information I present, and if they aren’t, they kindly keep it to themselves.

Like everyday I check my “incoming links” to see who’s linking to me or talking about my blog so that I can thank them for helping me out. Well–I followed one of the links to a forum the other day, which was a “vampire lifestyle support” forum. I was pretty impressed, and there were some great people in there answering questions for the people that came in and said “OMGZ vampires exist?!” or “I think I’m a vampire, help!” It was great…

…until I started getting a little further in, where some guy came in and started tearing these people apart. He claimed he was “debating” but in all honesty he was just being condescending, unreasonable and rude. He claimed he’s been researching vampires for five years and he had a speech prepared on the proof that they don’t exist (which he copied and pasted into the forum).

That’s fine…state your opinion. But when the vampyres in the forum proceeded to kindly disagree he would pound them with remarks such as (and these are taken completely out of context, it’s just the condescending tone I’m talking about):

” Yeah it’s a little thing call eating food. You should try it sometime.”

“Would like to try the “vampires have already back their claims bullshit again?””

“If you do a little RESEARCH which you vamps are avoiding it like it was the plague, you would know that the type of anemia that is not treatable, is the one that people who are HIV positive! Once again you guys don’t like looking for answers so you stick a monster sticker on yourself and be done with it. Wow what kind of lable would I would choose if I never look up infomation about my dyslexia? One eye one horned flying purple people eater?”

He got every assumption he made about them wrong, and continued to demand “tangible” proof that vampyres existed. Everyone, to my surprise, stayed very calm and tried to explain things to him and correct his misconceptions, but he continued to come back with claims that our explanations were vague, inaccurate, or had an alternate explanation that could be explained by any array of medical conditions that he’d “researched.”

I honestly wanted to participate in this thread, but his ignorance is leading me to act like I normally would not…and I don’t even want to go there.

The thing is–there is not “tangible” proof of everything that exists.  No matter how hard you try, there are not yet scientific instruments that can record energetic or spiritual experiences.  (With the exception being the camera that photographs the aura, but this does not show how the person is actually altering the aura as this man demanded.)  Some vampyres display certain visual effects of vampyrism, such as fatigue if they have not fed for a long time, and evidently there are a good many that exist for sanguinarian vampyres that do not even touch what psychic vampires experience.  (Photosensitivity, anemia, etc.)  But these are not symptoms of some vampyre condition, they are simply effects that vary from person to person, or do not exist at all in some, and can not always be associated with vampyres.  Not all vampyres have anemia, not all anemics are vampyres.  You see?

Vampyrism, when it boils down to it, is an energetic thing a spiritual thing (even the blood-letting kind) and neither can be perceived with the eyes or measured tangibly.

One of the girls in the forum made a very good point, and I’m going to have to paraphrase because it’s now 240+ pages long and I can’t find it, but she said something to the effect of:  “There are no concrete facts, because we don’t know all of the answers ourselves.”

Wisest words I’ve heard all day.  Vampyres are human beings too, and in being, are all different.  Things that affect one vampyre, may never affect another.  Some feeding techniques will work for some and not others.  But most of all, there is no concrete proof, no checklist, to lable someone a vampyre.  And from what it sounded like, if he didn’t have this, he refused to believe there was a possibility that there were modern day vampyres speaking to him on that thread.

It’s sad, really.  If you go through life demanding proof for everything you wish to believe in.  There is so much that can not be seen or touched that you miss out on if you live this way.

But in the end…he’ll leave feeling triumphant, and the vampyres will continue being vampyres.  Proof, or no proof.

So, the moral of the story is:
1. Not everything needs proof to exist.
2. There is no need to “flame” the people who believe something different than you.
3. Ignorance…is not bliss.

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