Madame X - The House of the Dreaming

Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions

Define vampire and vampirism.
A vampire is a creature who feeds from others. In a human connotation a vampire feeds on other human's life essence, be it sanguine, energetic, emotional, mental, astral, etc… Vampirism is a practice, a nature, and/or a fetish involving feeding/drawing/utilizing other human's life essence. Elemental draw cannot be considered vampiric in my book, it is magical craft.

Section 2 : Traits

Do you believe vampires are born, made, or some of each?
Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
I believe vampires are generally born so, but there are some who are made and those who become it. I believe that Non-Vampires can become vampires (be turned…although I don't care for that word). There are actually several ways an individual can be turned. One way is sympathetic vampirism where a donor becomes tapped out and develops the need to feed. Another way is where an individual becomes irreversibly tapped out, or energetically altered to the point where they need to feed. Following these lines, there are certain magical permutations that facilitate such `making'. In addition there are other rarer occurrences of what can be called walk-ins or crawl-ins by etheric revenants. Years back I wrote an article "Transmigration and Transmutation" that better describes this; it's available for public view at http://www.houseofthedreaming.org

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.
There is a particular aspect I call `innate awareness' that develops around the time of awakening, if not before. This type of instinctual knowledge simply tells us who and what we are regardless if we can or not substantiate it. Vampires need to feed, if an individual does not `need' to feed, in some way, to reach a certain type of balance, I can argue that the individual is not a vampire. Vampires utilize the essence they draw to augment their own, if an individual simply draws energy without need or usefulness, I can argue they are not a vampire. Vampires have a type of energy signature which is very different from the unawakened or even awakened others, some of us have learned to recognize this…

Section 4 : Spiritual and Social

Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
I consider myself an eclectic spiritualist. Spirituality is very important to me as it validates who and what I am, my life journey and is my internal motivation. As such, I find my particular brand of spiritual truth among many accepted or less accepted religions and philosophies. I revel in exoteric studies for the more I lean about the universe the more I learn about myself…and ultimately that is the greatest challenge. Although I am baptized and confirmed (and barely escaped a nunnery) I cannot be considered a catholic. I have studied Judaism and Jewish mysticism, and Eastern Spiritualities thru Tai-chi and Yoga (not just from an exercise based perspective). Shamanism (Eastern/Western as well as North and South American) has always been an interest, as the many facets of Paganism were always a passion to me. Originally coming from a ceremonial magic tradition, thru the years I have become more of a chaos magic practitioner.

I hope this gives you a bit of an insight into who I am, and what I believe. Meanwhile I am the Matriarch for House of the Dreaming, which stands for diversity under integrity. I welcome you to peruse my site as it is perhaps the best reflection of who I am…or at least of who I try to be. Please let me know if there is anything further I can do. I'm very happy to be in this group, as I have enjoyed the site and the chats very much. Thank you for having me. I'm looking forward to participating.

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