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My Mother thinks She’s a Vampire

Posted: Tuesday, 17 February, 2015 by deacongray in Articles of Interest, Community Announcements, Uncategorized
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(A 19 Year old Girl talks about struggling with her mother’s unusual identity)

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By Deacon Gray

2/10/2015 © Graveyard press

Everyone knows that kid you grew up with who had a weird parent. Jimmy’s mom might be a hippy tree hugger, or Donald’s dad makes everyone separate their trash for compost. But, what if it was your parent, and what if they were much more unusual? Insert Lizzy

Lizzy is a nineteen year old young lady, with bright green eyes, soft red hair, and the pale skin. She was her class vice president, and the leader of the pep club at school. She was in nearly every way the typical teenage girl. Typical with one exception “My mom thinks she is a vampire. Do you know how hard that is to explain to a guy after he picks you up for your first date?”

Lizzy (Elisabeth) laughs a little but the amusement doesn’t reach her eyes. Since she was a little girl her mother has been not only obsessed with vampires, she dressed like one, had fake teeth made, and has been known to drink cow blood. “Thankfully, not in front of guests.”

In time she even started to claim to be a real living vampire, something that not only caused her daughter a little embarrassment, but concern. I’ll let her tell you about in her own words. “I didn’t start out knowing there was anything different about my mother. When other kids talked about their mom, the basics all seemed to match up. She made me clean my room, she got on me about my music being too loud, and she had this weird insistence that leafy greens are important for me to eat, even if I hated them. It wasn’t until a family day at school when I was nine that I really started to notice how she was different.

The kids noticed that she always wore dark colors, they also noticed that she had a Ankh and Pentagram she wore around her neck.  It wasn’t unusual to for kids to ask me if I my mom was a Witch, or Goth. I settled for telling them she was a goth, it made more sense than saying she was a vampire, though given any time more than a few minutes and the subject of vampires was bound to come up. She really came off as mental to most other parents. Parents didn’t allow their kids to come over to my place for sleep over’s, and several told their kids not even play with me.

I honestly don’t think she knew what she was putting me through, though I have to admit it could have been worse. By the time I was in high school my crowd of friends was pretty well established. We were the freaks, the geeks and the rejects, you know… good people. Perhaps that was for the best. We didn’t have to worry all the time about falling out of favor with the cool kids, because to us they weren’t cool. My mom taught us to be ourselves, to understand that we have to allow others to be themselves as well, and I guess that’s a powerful lesson.

I won’t lie to you, it is hard nothing being popular. It’s difficult only having the cool guys pay attention to you because they think they can hook up with you. It’s hard to be seen as less than human, too stupid, ugly, poor, different or dorky to be included. It’s a hard lesson, but I learned it well. Tolerance isn’t about ignoring those you don’t understanding.

I learned My mom is an amazing person; someone who is indeed different, but not crazy. I learned there will always be those people out there who don’t understand, and never will. But, I think the lesson I learned that means the most to me was this one. People who love you for who you are, are the only ones who matter.

I don’t believe that my mother is a vampire, but I know she loves me, and I would rather live a life with a weird parent that loves me, rather than a picture perfect life with a parent who doesn’t take the time or make an effort.

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Sangomancy

Posted: Sunday, 28 October, 2012 by deacongray in Articles of Interest, Ask the Vampires, Community Articles, Religion
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Sangomancy

Postby Aislin Ni MorRhiaghan

Sangomancy
© 2007 Aislin Ni MorRhiaghanSangomancy or blood magick is an ancient arte that has been a part of nearly every path. In the old days blood sacrifices via animals or human were performed to honor the old gods and the sanctity of life. Divine ties between all beings are held within the blood and it is through the blood that the magick of the ages is carried still.While most modern Pagan paths and even some vampyre paths do not condone, endorse, or perform blood sacrifices (in the form of animals or human), some old paths still use ritual sacrifice to honor the old ways. Modern Heathens still attend and perform blots, a ritual that involves the sacrifice and consumption of an animal in the most sacred of ways, with much prayer, forethought, and respect. Usually this animal is one that would normally be consumed (pig, goat, and such), and the blood of the animal is offered to the gods, a way of offering the life back to the source that sustains us all through the flesh of the animal.

Blood magick is not solely a Pagan tradition and early Christians and many Jewish paths also performed blood sacrifices often and in abundance. The sacrificing of oxen, cattle, sheep, and even first born children was utilized to atone for the sins of their tribe. Other tales have blood being used in ancient Egypt to prevent Azrael from imposing death on newborns. In other paths, blood sacrifices were done on a daily basis in droves. The Aztecs and Mayans were the most prolific sacrificers doling out hundreds of them a day.

Blood has been used throughout the ages because it has such potency and power to attract. It is the most intense of sympathetic magicks and among Nightkind the most potent. Blood may be used to shield, to divine the future, to form a barrier, to bind or blind, to ensure that a spell is done in the utmost sincerity, and to seal dedication rituals.

Lunar Blood

Menstrual blood is one of the most potent forms of blood as it is the essence of primal feminine power, the divine ability to create and give life. Its strong tie to the earth (the iron in blood representing earth) and heaven (the lunar association and relation to the divine feminine force) align it with power and strength. In the old days menstruation was hailed with rites, much ceremony, and celebration. It marked the time of change from young girl to womanhood, around the year 13 which is in itself a point of extreme power for young girls. At this point our senses are alive and our spirits begin to awaken to whatever path we embark upon. A primal feminine force indeed this type of blood, once honored and later condemned, is a potent magickal ingredient.

Vampyre lore tells of young women being hidden away during this time, not because they were a detriment to their village, but because vampyres were drawn to menstrual blood for its primal life giving abilities. There are still some who consider this blood potent, although it should be considered unsafe to drink.

In the old days one could purchase menstrual blood or rags used during this time for magick involving healing, fertility, love, impotence, repelling demons, chasing away death, faithlessness, attaining or strengthening marriage, or protection. Menstrual blood was at one time a base ingredient to many spells. Today it is rare to find energy workers who will work during their cycles, much less with it. Part of that has evolved from the belief that we are unclean during our cycles. The other stems from simply not having the energy to work magick during this time.

Fatigue and general muscle discomfort are usually good enough reasons not to try to perform magick, as most of us don’t if we’re not feeling well. However, it is a prime time for harvesting energy for magickal workings. Elemental and ecological harvesting is usually done without much effort. Generally speaking when someone is low in energy, the greater areas of energy in their environment will compensate. Going outside for a few hours a day will recharge you. When you step outside take a deep cleansing breath. Spend a moment sitting on the ground and notice that your palms and feet are tingling. If there is a breeze take it in. Even if it is raining feel the energy coming from it and pull it in. Magick can be worked during this time with great effectiveness. It is a personal choice of whether to work during this time or not.

Blood Shielding

Blood has remarkably potent shielding properties so much so that even blood bonds may be superceded with it. Blood is already charged and a potent form of sympathetic magick. Placing a few drops of your own blood with a mixture of herbs and placing it in mojo bags around your bed, entrances to your home, and even in your car offers a great deal of protection. Generally only a few drops is needed, depending upon whether or not you use herbs with this mixture. Blood without the herbs may also be used.

Blood has been used throughout history to ward evil, disease, and death away from doorsteps, a remarkable feat considering that most diseases and death were caused by blood born pathogens. In various parts of Europe warriors painting their faces in the blood of their enemies or their fallen comrades in an effort to carry some of their power with them back into battle. Menstrual rags were hung to ward off evil spirits as were a virgin’s sheets. The purer the blood the more potent the warding. It’s not a common practice today, but the same effect can be achieved with creating sigils with blood. Choosing a deity that is closely tied with blood (theMorRhiaghan, Baba Yaga, Cailleach Bheur, Kali Durga, Sekmet, etc) create a sigil using their name. Create an ink from a few drops of your blood and India ink. Draw the sigil with this ink and hang it somewhere near the entrance of your home or bury it near your entrance.

Weapons and magickal items (blades, shields, pikes, halberds, etc) were often consecrated and blessed with a drop of blood from the owner. This was to bond the weapon or tool to the owner so that they would act of one accord. If the blade was consecrated to a specific deity, the blood acted as a bond between the owner and the deity. It was also a way of purifying and sanctifying the weapon.

Wearing blood charms can be particularly effective especially at nightside gatherings. A small vial is all that is needed. You can use only blood or a mixture of dragonsblood and alcohol or peroxide with a few drops of your blood. Another formula is ground hematite (a small chip is fine), ground dragonsblood resin (you won’t need much), and blood. You may use a liquid such as peroxide or alcohol to keep it from clotting. The life of blood is relatively short if it’s allowed to dry. It’s only good unrefrigerated for a short time. After that the risk of putrefication is high and it should be discarded.

Should the need arise to ward or shield yourself from someone you share a blood bond with, using your own blood can be extremely effective. A vampyre can trace the energy patterns they are familiar with and especially so if they have engaged in communion with you. The best way to shield…use your own blood. During sanguine communion you exchange energies as well as blood. Normally using your own energy only intensifies the energy print, however using the combined energy is confusing. It can shield you from them or vice versa. I discovered this through an experiment a few months ago.

A newly awakened friend accompanied me to a nightside event where a mutual acquaintance was going to be. I share a bond with him, she does not. He had been pursuing her much to her aggravation. Nonetheless, I prepared a vial charm for her to wear hoping that my blood was strong enough to shield her from unwanted attacks and attention. Alas it worked better than I planned as the gentleman in question walked passed her several times, once even brushing up against her and she didn’t even see him. After a few days of trying to figure out why he was practically invisible to her but plainly visible to everyone else, it occurred that he could not penetrate his own energy field. The bond that we share was still present in the blood and therefore strengthened the shield.

Shielding with blood is not only limited to the physical world but also to the dreaming world as well. I once discovered while being pestered by a particularly aggravating dreamwalker that a simple bite to my wrist and a circle of blood was all I needed to keep him at bay. He simply could not cross the barrier and the rest of the night went by quite peacefully.

Love in Vein

Blood has also been used for creating love filters or potions intended to attract or enthrall a lover. Its intention is to bind someone to you for eternity. Generally this type of sympathetic magick is administered in strongly flavored foods or strong….very strong….drinks.

An old Romany recipe takes a ground devil’s hand root and mixes it with a little menstrual blood (although blood from a finger is every bit as effective as long as the woman is menstruating). The two are ground together and dropped in the unsuspecting gentleman’s dinner. Other variations of this from other parts of the world include adding a single drop of menstrual blood to someone’s food or beverage, mixing it with a dried passionflower and placing it under the pillow of your intended, and wrapping a rag containing menstrual blood around a stick and burying it under their bedroom window. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that specific type of blood as long as it is obtained at that time of the month. The day is also specific as most love spells are best worked on May Eve or Belteane.

While that may be the best time of the year and month to work love spells, regular blood works as well. In the old days blood was much easier to obtain than it is now and so were the organs used to obtain it. Using a cow’s heart or sheep’s heart (if you live on a farm where these animals are routinely slaughtered it’s not a big deal to obtain. Some may be able to get them at butchers that sell organ meats.) for love magick is not unheard of. In the more rural parts of Western Europe it was actually quite common. The heart was stuck with a needle much as a voodoo doll would be stuck these days. The intention was clear, albeit messy.

Folk magick aside, the most typical image of the vampyre is the enthralling, irresistible, ever potent lover. While this is generally a myth, vampyres do indeed have a higher level of pheromones that are greatly enhanced when they are in need of sating their hungers. It would seem that the urge to mate and the urge to feed are closely connected, likely due to the intimacy involved. After all, what is more intimate than our blood? Emotional attachment with those we commune with may well be the strongest form of binding magick as we are bound to them body, mind, and spirit. Until at least the two opt to release each other. But vampyres are not the only ones who drink blood.

The legendary Jim Morrison is noted as claiming to have partaken of blood. Drinking human blood is an old cure for ED as well as other potency and fertility problems. It was so common that in ancient Rome one could purchase bottles of the stuff at market. Warriors would drink it to enhance their fighting skills well into the dark ages. As Christianity took hold the practice became taboo and this old manner of honoring one’s fallen friends and family members ceased. The idea being that when one ingested the blood of their loved ones they were taking in the essence of that person, thus absorbing their strength and vitality allowing them to move on.

Blood and sex magick are a powerful duo. Unlike modern sex magick techniques, ancient practices show sex magick not occurring between people but between a person and a discarnate (an ancient that resides on the other side of the Veil and is not dead but no longer maintains a physical body). Blood is often used to attract these discarnated ancients as they are drawn to the life force within it. During this practice the person enters a trance state and by either placing sigils on their body written in blood, or by placing a vial of blood nearby, they access the astral where these ancients reside. Once contact has been established, they engage in communion which in this case involves some sort of sexual communion. This could be as simple as deep feeding via a kiss or a bite, or through actual intercourse. During communion the discarnate enters the physical body of the person giving them the sensation of pleasure and intimacy while raising the energy level and vibration of the magickian so that magick may be worked via sexual release. The energy raised in one is poured out through the other thus forming a continual circle.

Sacred sexuality among people requires a distinct level of well placed boundaries and even more so when mixed with blood. This can be used through complete sexual contact, partial contact, or contact through flagellation or other fetish behavior. Working through fetish behavior could involve anything that draws blood and raises energy at the same time. Pins or needles could be slid into the skin of the bound person. Intricate lacing with ribbon is then done lacing all of the sharp points together. This is done with much slowness and anticipation so as to raise the energy silently. Both parties should be conscious of the end result which is to release energy towards a specific goal. At the appropriate moment the ribbon is pulled, the pins pulled out, and the blood and energy harvested for ritual use. Flagellation may also be used.

General sex magick could incorporate two to as many people as someone is comfortable working with. The main focus of the work should be toward a specific goal. This process could last for hours, if the people involved are skilled enough to maintain their energy levels that long. In general they should focus on raising as much energy as slowly as possible without achieving orgasm. Blood obtained from this sort of magick is potent as it is filled with life giving chemicals and highly charged with bioelectrical energy. Use the blood obtained as soon as it is harvested as this is when it will be the most potent. Blood obtained from this sort of work may be used for healing, fertility, and bonding.

This form of magickal work is especially effective between those sharing blood bonds as the blood. Warming the blood by first releasing the fire of kundalini energy may be a potent prerequisite. You do not have to be in the same room or near each other for this. It may be achieved by bilocation (physically being in one place and astrally or aetherically being in another), by thought transference (many who share blood bonds share a form of telepathy similar to beacon that allows thoughts to be transferred to the other person), dreamwalking, or using energy fingerprinting. We are known for our smoldering sexuality, in part due to our ability to heat the blood without laying a hand on the recipient. By reaching out to the other person using any of these methods and sending a tendril into the chakra the fire is stoked. Once the energy has begun the transference of thoughts, energies, dreams, or the feeling of being touched is enough to inflame the blood.

Other ways of raising this energy without involving the energy centers at all is to simply raise the temperature of the blood. This should be done with infinite care as too much heat may damage the precious blood and thus the person carrying it. Blood carries energy in its purest form. To raise the temperature by barely a point is enough to cause a kinetic stir. The energy in the blood is stimulated by delicate and steady amounts of influx of energy from the other person. When the temperature is heated it will feel as if it is rushing through the person’s veins. The heart may race a bit, they will become flushed, dizzy, perhaps even a bit warm to the touch. The skin will tingle and they will be very sensitive to the slightest touch.

Blood bonding is one of the most common forms of vampyrecraft. Blood bonds occur when a vampyre engages in sanguine communion with either another vampyre or a latent vampyre with the intention of siring. The initial purpose is to help the younger one on their path and with their skills, with energy balancing, and to create a cohesive bond that will last until they achieve adulthood and hive off to form their own coven or household. Blood bonding between two adult vampyres are usually created to enhance an existing relationship. Blood bonds are created when the more mature vampyre engages in communion with the less mature vampyre. An exchange is made and with it an intentional exchange of energies thus raising the energy level of the younger one. In the case of bonding, the energies that are exchanged leave long term fingerprints and the two people are woven together so that they are completely conscious of each other on many different levels. The old myth that a vampyre can’t come into one’s home without an invitation from the owner is simply a metaphor for this type of bonding. Once you invite someone to share in this primal life force you will likely not be able to un~invite them in the future.

Blood Divination and Juicy Tidbits

Divining using blood is probably not as old as some of the other forms. Nonetheless I thought it deserved an honorable mention. This is done on a full moon, a Blood Moon is best but any of them will do. You will need a black bowl, matte black if possible or a cast iron cauldron. Fill it with water and set it underneath a full moon so that the moon’s reflection is in the water. Concentrate on what you need to know. Prick your finger. Squeeze a drop into the water. Sit patiently and wait. If it drifts to the left your answer is yes. If it drifts to the right your answer is no. If it goes nowhere wait. It is not the right time.

It’s lucky if you happen to get a paper cut while using your tarot. They’ll be more responsive to your use. I received a vampire deck that I had trouble relating to because of all things, it was too colorful and the artwork was actually distracting. It was a brand new deck and as it happened I got a paper cut. It’s now one of the best decks I have. Ironic but true.

Figures may be crafted from blood and clay and used in sympathetic magick. An image of someone may be crafted from red clay and a few drops of blood. Use it for binding or banishing. It is best that it contain something of theirs, hair or nail clippings. If you’re fortunate enough to find something with their blood on it (a razor or paper) even better. Just add the part containing the blood and do away with the rest.

In closing, I’d like to remind everyone reading this that any time you use blood as a medium for any type of magickal or ritual work, you open yourself up to a lot of possibilities. We are vampyres but we are not immortal in the common sense of the word. We can get sick and we can die. Know the people you are involved with and know thyself first and foremost. If you engage in sanguine communion it is best to get tested for bloodborn pathogens on a regular basis. These include a routine VDRL, Hep and AIDS test. If you donate to the Red Cross they will run these tests for you free of charge. Know first aid. Know what to do in case of an emergency and establish safe, effective, and life affirming boundaries prior to any type of communion or blood letting.

Aislin Ni MorRhiaghan
 
 © 2007 Aislin Ni MorRhiaghan

Hello, dear readers! We here at the GraveYard Press do hope you are enjoying your beautiful Sunday. Or, whatever day it is, if you happen to be in a different hemisphere. Right, that would be Monday then! This week, we are skipping the quotes and getting straight to our interview with Chuck Henderson. We hope that you enjoy this as much as we did!

Hello and thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. I know that religion is a very personal topic, one that many of us are not willing to discuss with others. It is especially difficult to discuss with those outside our respective religious circles as not everyone is open to beliefs other than their own.

GYP: Will you please start us off by explaining your vampirism? Are you sang or psi?
CH: Good morning. My vampirism seems to be a hybrid of both sang and psi, however I refer to myself as a sang vampire.

GYP: Why do you choose one name over the other? Is it just for the clarity of being able to claim a particular feeding style, or is there a deeper reason?
CH: Personally, I choose sang over psi because it is more inclusive of the energy and life force that blood gives. More commonly I choose “hybrid”. The reasoning is relatively basic but does have deeper meaning in my path of study that I have followed in my youth until present.

GYP: Thank you! And what faith do you follow?
CH: I follow the Ecclectic Wiccan faith; Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Celtic belief systems.

GYP: And what led you to these particular belief systems? Is it an issue of your ancestral background, or did they “speak” to you in a way that others did not?
CH: At 8 years old I sought out a belief system that connected the best with my own personal beliefs. Eclectic Wicca most closely fit my own ideas on how to live my life. My ancestry does play a part in my beliefs; I’ve Native American Shamanism and Irish magick running deeply in my family tree. These two belief systems fit with me perfectly as I am a very nature loving individual.

GYP: Do you attend regular services?
CH: I do hold regular services for my Coven, when possible, based on the Sabbats and individual schedules.

GYP: And do you hold a particular position within your coven?
CH: I am the founder of Stonehaven Coven and have held the High Priest position for the past 16 years.

GYP: How long have you followed this particular path?
CH: I have followed the Wiccan faith for sixteen years.

GYP: What, if any, religious path were you raised in?
CH: I was raised in a household that went to church for holidays and funerals only. My mother raised my brothers and myself alone. She always told us different myths from Europe and the U.S. and it made me realize that magick is all around us. I started studying Wicca at 8 years old.

GYP: Do you ever feel that your vampiric needs are contrary to the teachings of your religion?
CH: I feel that the teachings of vampire civility, The Black veil for example, and the Wiccan rede are very similar in direction. One must follow a code of conduct as either Wiccan or Vampire for the community to function and progress. “To harm none” is essential in my practice.

GYP: I personally, and many others within the community, feel that the Black Veil is outdated and unnecessary. It has always been my personal stance that as long as we are following the laws of our respective city/county/state/country then we are doing well as a community. Do you feel that the Black Veil is vital for the community to function and progress, or do you think that we could/should all act as the responsible adults we claim to be and that would work just as well?
CH: I do feel that the Black veil fits contemporary and should still be followed but could use some amending. Following laws based on location should also be considered for common sense and the future of the community as a whole.

GYP: Do you incorporate your religion into your vampirism?
CH: The incorporation of vampirism and Wicca together has made for some potent magick and magickal feedings. With the will of the very life force of the body you can strengthen your intent, your focus, banishment, etc. When you feed you can make it as dear and great as the Great Rite itself.

Religion and the Vampire, Interview Eight

Posted: Monday, 4 June, 2012 by deacongray in Religion
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A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss. ~ Swami Vivekananda

Each week, we interview a member of the community to learn more about their spiritual path. As I have said before, I truly believe that this allows us to better understand our fellow community members. Vampirism can be – and often is – such a small part of our totality, but too often what we really know about each other begins and ends with feeding habits. This week, GraveYard Press staff spoke with Laurentz Yvann, who is a vocal and well-liked member of the community.

GYP: Will you please start us off by explaining your vampirism? Are you sang or psi?
LY: I don’t actually distinguish between the two as I am adaptable to both modes of feeding…but predominantly, I am a psychic vampire. I am adept at psychometry which makes me essentially a touch telepath…and I am also highly empathic; so I’d say that I find psychic feeding ( line of sight ) and astral feeding the most convenient methods. But my all time favorite is via ceremonial sanguinarian methods which employ the butterfly phlebotomy tools and Waterford chalices. (Yes I’m kind of a crystal snob. LOL )

GYP: I must ask, when you do indulge in a sanguine feeding, is it for the energy or something more (that may not have been defined yet?)
LY: It is reserved for a two fold purpose; the first is to cement permanent and lasting bonds between “kin”… the second reason is for a mutual psychic energy exchange. Yes I did say “psychic” because it is my belief that the blood is merely a physical “witness” that amplifies donor and vampire telepathic rapport and thus facilitates the exchange of vital life force or chi.

GYP: At this point, Laurentz Yvann has asked that I mention something for him: As a Bennuine (member of House Bennu), he holds a monthly Communion Rite in effigy with his fellow Bennuines that mimics Catholic Consecration. This rite serves to meld the House and Member life forces by merging their hearts and minds through symbolism.
GYP: Thank you! And what faith do you follow?
LY: I am an American Catholic, catechized in the post Vatican II traditions emphasizing resurrection, triumph over death, self sacrifice, purposeful suffering and life everlasting.

GYP: For those of us not of the Catholic faith, can you differentiate American Catholicism from Roman Catholicism?
LY: Roman Catholics are slavishly devout to the dogma of the church teachings including all their prohibitions. American Catholics are a little more reformed from such strict adherence to the church’s prohibitions. For example, in the American Catholic church, you’ll find splinter groups like Dignity Church who embrace Gay Catholics and you’ll find many pastors turning a blind eye to contraception and remarriage under certain circumstances.

GYP: Do you attend regular services?
LY: In the past two years, my attendance has been mildly erratic, but in earnest…I’ve buried 5 beloveds in the past 15 months, and that has shaken my faith a little. But what remains behind of my faith is still what I’d describe as a kind of cosmological gnostic mysticism. (very similar to that of the Essenes)

GYP: I’m sorry to hear about your losses. That’s really rough.

GYP: Can you explain cosmological gnostic mysticism and the Essenes to readers?
LY:  Cosmological gnosticism is by my personal definition the search to see a unifying vivifying creative force that animates and gives varying levels of intelligence to organic cell and tissue systems from simple plant and amoebae all the way up the many phylum to ultimately humanoids. It is an animistic philosophy that recognizes both creationism and evolution seamlessly and implicitly.

The Essences were a Rabbinical group of mystics who sought the Divine in a variety of outwardly ascetic practices and held to the belief that they would receive their souls back after they mortally died. I’m including a definitive link… albeit not a complete one…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essenes 

Central to my belief system is that (like the Tibetan Monks too) Vampire maintain a hold on their core identity or soul which is immutable and inviolable and immortally eternal. Jesus is purported in John 14:2 to have said…”In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” As a Catholic Vampire I interpret that to mean that there are multiple dimensions of equal physicality and expression in which my soul will extrude into after I leave this current vessel and I will assume another physically expressed body in yet another life-cycle.

Mortal life and death are central themes to my Catholic Vampiric Spirituality Mikyla. Through the lens of my beliefs I view mortal death as a gateway of rebirth… a resurrection of one’s soul, much like that found in the mystery of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. As a Vampire incarnate in humanoid form, I feel that it is my life quest to take and give life energies in accordance with the Divine Order. I also understand human suffering much more intimately now and appreciate it in a gentle and self sacrificial perspective… I see it as a prelude to the Death Angel’s kiss… so to speak prosaically. But in accordance to Divine Order I also believe that personal suffering should be assuaged medically and conciliatorily. Our many sciences of healing allow us to lessen and make bearable the human suffering that accompanies this human condition.

Do I believe that our sciences will evolve to a point where organic life and humanoid life will become virtually physically immortal? Yes, I believe it is entirely within our ken and evolution to achieve virtual organic immortality. But I believe that the soul will still have to slumber after some time in the state of “immortality” to then reawaken refreshed and renewed. So I foresee that the human “vampires” of the future will still “have to go to ground” at different times in their elongated mortal life spans. But I also foresee that even they will eventually opt to leave the body mortal out of sheer weariness and ennui and wise yearning for something far better in other dimensions. This is to me the Divine Order of Creation.

GYP: How long have you followed this particular path?
LY: In all complete honesty, I would have to say that my mystical form of Catholicism has been an indelible part of my psyche ever since early childhood. As a young Catholic child, I was particularly fascinated by the scriptures referring to Jesus’ miracles…most notably his raising Lazarus from death… the reference to Jesus’ curing the woman with the heavy bleeding-whom was cured when she touched the hem of his garment….and of course the scriptural references to Jesus’ mystery of his death and resurrection.

GYP: Do you ever feel that your vampiric needs are contrary to the teachings of your religion?
LY: No…to my reasoning, the surrogacy of the transsubstantiation of water and wine and host into the “Body and Blood” of our resurrected Christ is very much in keeping with both my Catholicism and it’s many pagan origins.

The notion of blood sacrifice goes back to at least Sumerian customs; I suspect even further.

GYP: Do you incorporate your religion into your vampirism?
LY: Every chance I can I use my Catholicism as a quasi religious model to base either my rationale or my ceremonial rituals upon.

Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well.
Dalton Trumbo

This week, we are talking to community member Belfazaar Ashantison. Zaar, as he might be better known to the majority of the community, has been involved in the Vampire Community, both offline and online, for many years – much longer than this writer. He was one of the first people I met when joining the community – and he is one I have stayed in contact with, through various groups, over those years. One of the few lucky enough to live his life openly, he talks with us this week about his spiritual path.

Hello and thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. I know that religion is a very personal topic, one that many of us are not willing to discuss with others. It is especially difficult to discuss with those outside our respective religious circles as not everyone is open to beliefs other than their own.

Will you please start us off by explaining your vampirism? Are you sang or psi?

–Thank you. I am a sanguinary vampire who believes that our condition is a physiological one. I’ve seen too much “evidence” to support this belief.

GYP: Thank you! And what faith do you follow?
BA: I am Vodouisant. A Voodoo practitioner. I am fully initiated in New Orleans style of Voodoo and working on my Haitian initiations through Voodoo Authentica, the shop/family that I’ve joined with and my God Mother, Mama Lola.

GYP: I have heard Voodoo is very similar to Catholicism. Is this because there are revered Saints in both religions, or are there other similarities?
BA: New Orleans style of Voodoo, as with many of the offshoots of Ifa/Vodun traditions, has incorporated Catholicism into its core beliefs… Both of the religions believe that there is only one God. Both also believe that this God uses intermediaries to aid the daily lives of the believers. In Catholicism, you have the Angels and the Saints to contend with. In New Orleans Voodoo, you have the Orisha and Loa…

GYP: Do you attend regular services?
BA: I host regular ceremonies in my home which are open to friends, family, House members and “visiting dignitaries. In Voodoo/Vodou, each house has its own way of doing things, though several similarities in their approach. Such as Ellegua/Papa Legba being saluted first in EVERY ceremony… However, we do come together on the “High Holy Days” which are termed “Fetes”

GYP: I see different spellings of Voodoo, both used here and across the Internet. Is this similar to the Vampire/Vampyre debate, or does each spelling denote a certain path within the religion?
BA: Voodoo tends to be the Americanized version of the spelling and denotes American practitioners and heritage, where Vodou is the Haitian spelling and denotes a Haitian heritage.

Of the offshoots of the original African traditions that came by way of the slave trade through the Caribean, each has its own heritage, system of advancement and stories of the Orisha and Loa…

GYP: How long have you followed this particular path?
BA: I’ve been a practitioner of Voodoo/Vodou for 15 years but only initiated for 11 years. It is my desire to work my hardest, achieve Houngan status in Haitian Vodou, and truly begin to help those in need…

GYP: What is Houngan status?
BA: Houngan is the Priest of the religion. To make it to this status means a person has dedicated themselves to the service of Spirit… In New Orleans style of Voodoo, I am Houngan though I only say that I am Vodouisant (a practitioner), I am not really going lay claim to it until I have fully initiated in the Haitian traditions with my Godmother, Mama Lola… It is truly my hearts desire to follow this path to its fruition…

GYP: When you say that you want to “truly begin to help those in need”, are you referring to your charitable works via NOVA (New Orleans Vampire Association), or do you mean as a mentor for those interested in following the Voodoo path?
BA: It is in my heart to help people, period… I feel that when I am fully initiated in Haitian Vodou as well as being initiated in New Orleans style Voodoo, it will further that aim and help me focus more on my goals, even with NOVA..

GYP: Have you ever experienced anything that might have shaken your faith, or caused you to doubt?
BA: Not stating this to down Christianity, but when I was a straight forward Christian, I saw things which struck down my faith rather regularly. Since expanding my conscious conception of “God” through my Voodoo/Vodou path, I’ve never once doubted the power behind my faith. “God” is real to me like he has never been before.

GYP: Do you ever feel that your vampiric needs are contrary to the teachings of your religion?
BA: In more than a decade of solid practice, I have yet to run into anything that would be contradictory to the physiological condition of vampirism in the teachings of Voodoo/Vodou.

GYP: Do you incorporate your religion into your vampirism? Do you incorporate your vampirism into your religion?
BA: To answer both of these questions, I will simply state what I have stated for several years. My Spiritual Path and my physiological condition do not cross each other’s paths in any other way than they have mutually affected/effected the way in which I draw energy. Because of my metaphysical path, I can hone in on that which the blood contains which I need. Because of my physiological condition, I found better ways to focus the energies I need for my metaphysical path. They have complimented and augmented each other, but other than this, they do NOT cross…

GYP: Finally… We all know there is loads of misinformation on the Internet about any religion that might be considered a “fringe” religion, especially one that is as misunderstood as Voodoo (no doubt, thanks to fiction and the media, much like Vampirism). Do you have any websites that you recommend for those truly interested in learning more about the path, or would you recommend they visit a practitioner?
BA: In all honesty, there is not one website that I would suggest one check out… There ARE, however, books that I would suggest to help the person who is truly interested in learning…

“Jambalaya” by Luisah Teish
“Divine Horsemen” by Maya Deren
“Tell My Horse” by Zora Neale Hurston
“Mama Lola” by Karen McCarthy Brown

These books, especially Louisah’s will give the reader a better view of what Voodoo/Vodou truly is and allow them the chance to decide for themselves whether this path is the correct one for them…

There are a few good CDs out there with Voodoo music on them as well…

“Rhythms of Rapture”
“Angels in the Mirror”
“Bwa Kaymon”

Each carries a bit of knowledge that would be appropriate for the Vodouisant…

Voodoo Authentica endeavors to answer any questions that comes our way… People needing advice or wanting to ask questions about Voodoo or Haitian Vodou can contact us at voodooshop1@cox.net

Faith is the force of life.” – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910).

Around the GraveYard Press, Sundays have become synonymous with the new installment in the Religion and the Vampire series. We enjoy getting to know other members within the expansive Online Vampire Community, especially those we might not interact with regularly (or ever). Despite the fact that religion and spirituality are uniquely personal and individual, often leading to heated arguments when discussed with others, we just cannot stop ourselves. Religion and spirituality drive us. This week, we talk to community member Zero Nightskye.

Hello and thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. I know that religion is a very personal topic, one that many of us are not willing to discuss with others. It is especially difficult to discuss with those outside our respective religious circles as not everyone is open to beliefs other than their own.

GYP: Will you please start us off by explaining your vampirism? Are you sang or psi?
ZN: I am a hybrid vampire, meaning I require both blood and energy.

GYP: Thank you! And what faith do you follow?
ZN: I’m eclectic wiccan.

GYP: Do you attend regular services?
ZN: Not exactly. I preform rituals regularly, but I don’t attend any particular service. I’m a solitary.

GYP: How long have you followed this particular path?
ZN: It’s hard to say. I’ve believed many of the tenements of wicca for a long time, and practices similarly. However, I never quite put a name to it, often calling myself spiritual rather than religious. It was only in the past year or so that I actually began putting a name to my beliefs.

GYP: Do you ever feel that your vampiric needs are contrary to the teachings of your religion?
ZN: Occasionally. Many other pagans and wiccans view vampirism as morally wrong because to them, it goes against the rede. The way I see it, without feeding you harm yourself, and then eventually those around you by unconsciously feeding, so feeding responsibly, in my opinion, harms fewer than not feeding would.

GYP: Do you incorporate your vampirism into your religion?
ZN: Sometimes. I have used blood magick in ritual before because I view it as very powerful.

GYP: Do you believe that working with energy in your religious practices helps you work with energy when you feed?
ZN: Somewhat. I believe that energy working during ritual is the same more or less as regular every-day stuff, except everything is more “amped up” so to speak because it requires a bit more focus on the task at hand.

GYP: Over the years, I have heard of the derision some Pagans and Wiccans feel for Vampires. Do you think this is due to lack of understanding on their part, crazy crimes connected to Vampirism by the media, or that they feel we are truly harming those around us?
ZN: I personally think it’s a mixture of misunderstanding, and a belief that we are dangerous which stems from that. Thing is, vampires, and the very idea of us, scares people. We can tell them that we aren’t really hurting anyone till we’re blue in the face, but the vast majority of people will still have the stereotypical image of us feasting on the towns virgins in their heads. Because of that, and the sheer insanity that gets reported as well as the prevailing prejudices that some people in covens may have, we may get judged long before we get a chance to explain ourselves or convince anyone that were not dangerous. It’s unfortunately far too hard to change most people’s minds when they arent open to being change, and fact is I think a lot of these groups like the idea of having a devil or a scapegoat. Problems in your life, must be a vampire time to break out the binding spells. It’s sad, and kinda pathetic.

Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part F

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all of the questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the process?

DMC: I doubt you could be “turned” into a vampire. My opinion is that vampirism can manifest in many ways but it wouldn’t be permanent unless you were a vampire. The term vampire for our community is loaded. This means different individuals and groups believe different things. No one has a exact agreement on what a vampire really is and I guess that adds to the mystery and at the same time in our community we respect the individuals wishes to express their ideas without restricting ourselves to just one set definition for the term “vampire”.

AN: Highly debated, incredibly controversial, not proven and even said to be highly unlikely for the process to succeed, even if it were possible.

Energetically it would involve permanently damaging the astral/energy body to the point that it cannot replenish/heal itself naturally. It is said that “No one physical person is likely to have the knowledge, skill and lack of heart enough to be able to perform such an act”. My personal theory is that, the energetic body and physical body are inter-connected. Damage one and the other will suffer to some extent. Damaging the energy body to such an extent (to cripple) could result in parallel damage (more or less) and/or complications reflected in the physical body. This is dangerous, not likely to be done, if done correctly and IF possible at all, and is definitely not worth the risk of trying.

I’ve also heard an energy-related theory regarding energy “transfusion”. One would have to simultaneously completely drain the “victim” (turnee?) completely of their life-force energy, give the victim/turnee their own (the turner?) energy (assuming that the energy signature of a vampire is truly different than non-vampire) and keep the victim alive.

Whatever the theory, It’s all complicated, not even agreed or proven to be possible and agreed that even if possible, not likely to be done.

HN: I have never seen anyone being turned a vampire, I have a friend though that believes to have developed vampiric traits by rituals and exercises. And who am I to say whats real or not, I can only say how the condition is for me and curiously ask about others

EEK: As stated above, one cannot become a vampire. You cannot bit another’s neck and turn them into a vampire by feeding them your blood. Vampires cannot be turned like they portray in films. This is purely fantasy and under no circumstances to be mixed up with the Real Vampires of today.

NDM: a human can be tort how to syphon energy from beings around them. But the need and pull to feed on it is lacking. A lot of people do play vamp in bed and get off in the ideal of it. But once again this is make believe. For me it’s like needed water, I get head aches and feel sic if I don’t feed. I also get very tired in the sun light. this could be due to my blood or sun sensitivity. Doctors say I’m naturally deficient in melitonin and this helps block sun rays. I’m not sure if this is vamp but my grandfather was the same.

MA: I do not believe that you can be turned into a vampire, although I do believe someone can experience a temporary need for additional energy. I believe there are many reasons for this such as continuous feedings from one donor, illness, and even being victim of psychic predators (which are completely different from psychic, or energy, vampires). Again, these are temporary needs, which does not make one a vampire.

ALR:  I think if this can be done at all, it would only be done under very special circumstances and quite difficult to accomplish. In general, I think this is something best confined to fiction

VFS: I do not believe this either.