Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions

Define vampire and vampirism.

I think the definition, and the definition of anything for that matter, much depends on who you are asking, and especially what culture and language they are native to and living in. Just for me, in my own life, to say I am a vampire is a statement on enough levels, so I will start with that, as I don't know a lot of other vampires very well, and am not well researched enough to speak about vampires in general. First, with respect to energy, which is what I feed on, I think everyone gives and takes to varying degrees. It is a part of life, like physical consumption and release. As a vampire I fall very much towards the taking end. Anyone can practice vampirism, for magick, sexual satisfaction, prolonging life, or to repair damage to the body or energy; it simply requires the knowledge, conscious or not, of how to take energy. However, because I fall towards the taking end of the continuum, it is natural for me to take more and give less, though naturally I do give energy off. Further, I myself could choose to take no more than anyone else, but for the same reason, would wither away energetically. Just as one with too much overcooks themselves if they don't dump it somewhere.

There are other paradigms or levels if you prefer where it is a different definition for me; I will address the physical and spiritual below. Here I will also talk about the mental level. Basically, I have a different mental makeup than a nonvampire. Fluid, going easily from one state to another, I fit in with people easily, and take on their characteristics; fluid and mercurial would be appropriate. People open up to me easily, and then I get energy. I just know naturally how to get them to do it. Then, when I am alone, and there is no one there to flow into, I just flow into myself and touch a less solid world altogether. Like a lot of people, I have to consciously tune out things others don't even see and hear. I believe it is that same sensitivity that allows me to be so efficient in getting energy.

Would you define vampires as human or non-human?

At the physical level I am human though I was born with the atavistic characteristics of long canines. I believe the atavistic birth characteristics are also why I have some of the increased physical sensitivity that I do, as well as strength and speed above normal, though still in human range. All of that runs in my family, and none of the rest of them are vampires. However, the physical level is a part of the definition. Spiritually - well, I tend to think that I am built like a pyramid. I have a middle self, low self, high self, many animal and plant spirits, and above it all, at the place where I am connected to a collective, is a god spirit, which is for my spiritual family, though my physical family also has one. And that god spirit, to me, is Lilith, or Kali, depending on the mythos you choose, though it is just personal, so I won't argue if someone else's tradition says those two don't goddesses don't correspond. And while it takes all those levels to define vampire and vampirism as I experience it in myself, I believe all the lower levels are there because I am hers, and that all that belong to her are my spiritual family, and they are not human.

Do you believe that there's more than one kind vampire? If so, what do you think those kinds are and what defines them?

I don't have a lot of experience to go on on this one, but right now I think the differences are a combination of differences in inherent nature as well as the way the people reflexively see and define themselves. Since vampirism in and of itself can be learned, I think one kind of vampire could easily learn to supplement with another kind, such as another kind of energy, but one will always be more natural. I have no idea about sanguinarians, because I don't know any that I have talked to about it. I do think they need blood, because I can't imagine one who doesn't just waking up one day and going, Gee, I think I would like to have some human blood today.

Section 2 : Traits

Do you believe vampires are born, made, or some of each?

I think some vampires always were, always have been, always will be; they are children of other times, places, and worlds. Others have such severe sickness physically or in their energy they do it to survive. Some people probably just like the rush or the power. I think you can get fed on so much you start draining others yourself, after all, if you are a donor, you can feel first hand how it is done.

Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?

In the ways I mentioned above, yes. I believe a person can be permanently altered at the soul level as well, but I don't believe anyone in our modern western culture is doing it anymore.

If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?

I believe turning a person into a true vampire requires permanently altering the subtle body at the level closest to the physical. As far as I know, in other older times it was only practiced as a curse put on someone that followed them through many lifetimes. I don't believe it is the same as having a different kind of soul, or god spirit.

Do you think there are certain traits that all vampires share. What are they? If a self-proclaimed vampire doesn't exhibit these traits how would you classify them?

I think there are certain generalities, but the only real decided on agreement seems to be that vampires need to feed on humans. I don't know how you would get exacting scientific proof of that process, but if a person seems to get ill on some level unless they feed that seems to me a good indicator. Ultimately, I think a person's character and motives will betray them if they are not the real deal or just vampirising without need, even without asking them to prove it.

Section 3 : Sang~Psi~Self-Perception

How do you know you're a vampire, or if you're not, what would make you think someone else was one.

When I realized for the first time that I had been feeding unconsciously for quite a while, my initial response, after denial, was to be appalled at what I was doing and force myself to stop. I got very sick and weak, both physically and emotionally, and realized that I couldn't go without feeding and live a decent life. I would not do what I do unless I had to, I don't like having to take energy from others, but it is a fact of life.

If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?

Energy for me is sexual energy, the energy of emotion and feeling, and natural and artificial electrical energy in some cases can supplement. I often wonder if it is actually the bioelectric energy of a person I am feeding on as well, but it seems I still need the human element for now.

Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?

Only my own, when I have accidentally pricked my finger. I love the way it tastes. I think I could feed on blood, but don't want to start.

Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?

I think it probably very much depends on the individual. Obviously, psychic vamps would. I don't see why anyone couldn't learn, even if it didn't come naturally.

Do you believe that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?

I believe that all can learn to feed on energy, but some may also have to have blood.

Section 4 : Spiritual and Social

Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?

I follow an eclectic path that focuses heavily on esoteric meditation and mysticism.

Does your spirituality or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?

For some people, including me, I believe it can go hand in hand with religion. But not for all. As a soul, my path is in large part about the duality of healing and warriorship and how they relate to taking and giving life. Feeding and the energy I work with, as well as the goddess I serve, are concerned with this for me.

Do you believe in physical immortality, and if so can vampires be immortal? What about spiritual immortality?

I believe that the body can live much longer than most people know, maybe indefinitely. Spiritually, I believe we are all immortal, but to carry over consciousness from one life to the next special meditation exercises are necessary. I believe vamps and non-vampires alike can do that, as a faster route to ongoing awakening and enlightenment.

What do you think would be the ideal relationships between vampires and society? What do you see the real relationship between vampires and society as being?

I believe for the purposes of the law, since vampires are physically human, we should be treated as a minority, and be given protection as such. In reality, society doesn't even recognize the existence of anything beyond science and organized religion, so we are on the fringes and treated as outcast if society finds out what we are.

Do you think there should be an overall community or organization for all vampires? If so how should it be structured? If not, why not?

I think the most important part would be helping new vampires fit in in a safe way and find the resources they need without fear. Also, helping vampires find legal aid if they are hurt or harassed.