Zeta - Les Vampires

Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions

Define vampire and vampirism.
I tend to define a vampire as a being that has a permanent need to intake human vital energy from the people around them. Vampirism, to me, relates to the practice of taking energy in any way shape or form from one being into oneself, though I place a distinction that the draw has to be greater than the output [take more than give] for it to be considered such. I just use those as working definitions so as to have something to base my talk around.

Please note that in my definitions I fully believe that both sanguine and psionic vampirism results from the same need for energy. Blood cannot be digested by a human system in anything beyond incredibly small amounts, and thus it makes sense that only energy is gained from the feeding process of a sanguine.

Would you define vampires as human or non-human?
Both. In terms of the physical makeup of a vampire, I would say that I believe that a vampire is for the most part genetically human. While I do believe it is possible that somewhere a vampire of a different genetic makeup exists in the world, I have not encountered one so I cannot say for sure. If one did exist as a physical non-human it would have to have a much different immune, digestive and neurological system than a human does, especially if it had any of the attributions of contemporary fiction.

In terms of spirit I believe a vampire is different from a human being. A vampire has a different energetic system which, unlike a human beings, must take in substantially more energy than it gives off.

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 do believe to a limited extent that there are "types" of vampires. My opinions have shifted radically over the years, however, and I don't recognize the same types of vampires that I once did.

Specifically in reference to feeding types I see sanguine and psychic flavors of vampire, and they do not always blend together. More importantly, I view a distinction between vampires that have chosen to embrace their vampirism and use it as an evolutionary pathway and those who live with their vampirism alone, accepting but not pursuing it.

Section 2 : Traits

Do you beleive vampires are born, made, or some of each?
Both. Vampirism as I have encountered it is primarily a matter of spirit. Damage can cause a vampiric state which is temporary, or on a rare occasion permanent due to irreparable damage (though that is quite rare). Vampires can be made as well, though that process I believe must be very difficult to accomplish at this day and age simply due to the very nature of the world as it exists today.

Otherwise the vampire archetype may be used as a spiritual pathway itself, although those who follow that path are not always "vampires" in the sense of being HLV's.

Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
Yes, but I think more common would be the creation of a vampiric, a temporary condition of vampirism within an individual. I believe turning is possible, but improbable.

If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
Modification of the soul/subtle body in specific pathways and areas. Perhaps it's instinctive, perhaps it's fully conscious. I'm not sure, and even if I did fully know the answer I'd never let it out anyways.

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 believe the only trait that all vampires share is the vampiric need for energy in some form from beings similer to themselves. Humans need natural energy, they need many energies. I define a vampire by the need for additional vital energy from other humans, and only by that. If that trait is not present then in my opinion they are vampiric.

Likewise to anyone who claims to be a sanguine, I say that if it is a desire you feel for blood, you are not a vampire. It's not like "Oh, gee, I think I need blood/energy, I'm getting cranky." No, it's more like "God Damnit, I wish I could stop. Make it stop, please. I just want to hug someone, why do I have to fight with every fiber of my being not to bite into them and drain them dry." Vampirism isn't nice, it's not pleasant. It's like being a cocaine addict and trying to stop cold turkey off the drug. It's a physical need to do anything you possibly can to get what you need. And it only gets worse; it doesn't go away with time. If you don't get the blood, you get nasty. You get mean. You start losing, ever so slowly, every bit of humanity left in you to a beast of more and more base instinct and desperation. It's worse than physically starving, and I can testify to that fact.

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?
My vampiric nature manifested first of me in freshman year of high school when I realized I was very needy and I started paying attention to myself at times where I was being that way, and to why I cause so much drama. I noticed the feelings, both emotional andů otherů I went online and looked. I have come to believe I am the way I am through a lot of introspection and understanding, and importantly, time.

If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?
Energy is very basic, in my opinion. Currently it has many names: Chi, Prana, Mana, Ki, Lifeforce, Orgone, etc. At its most basic level energy is simply energy. It vibrates at specific states and frequencies to produce various things, such as matter and heat. I wish I could give a better explanation, but that's the best I can do. Energy sustains a being. In my opinion energy has to be within a specific frequency and in a specific state to nourish a form as well, as can be seen by the different types of energy which are at work within a physical form. Vital energy is what keeps a person alive, emotional energy is formed by various emotions, etc.

I'm sorry that's a bit confusing, but I can't think of how to best describe it otherwise.

Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?
Yes, I have, on a number of occasions. As for how it effects me, that's something that could take many days to explain fully.

Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?
I think any being that is forced to work with energy at it's most basic level constantly will have enhanced abilities in that area, and vampires are no exception. For some reason I hear more sanguine people talking about acute physical senses rather than psychic ones. I think this has to do with the enhanced senses on every level that most vampiric/vampires experience when they have a mild hunger. It's sort of like a mildly hungry person being able to smell dinner from upstairs or outside. Vampires, they have the same potential as anyone else; just a more instinctive grasp of it.

Do you believe that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?
All vampires, in my opinion, need the energy. I think that sanguine tendencies are actually in the minority where vampires are concerned. So really, I believe the opposite of this question. Vampires need to feed psionicly and some of them can only feed through blood.

Section 4 : Spiritual and Social

Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
One could most correctly classify me as a Hard Polytheistic Dark Pagan with a Left Hand Path philosophy and Pantheistic leanings. What that means would take up too much space to explain here; if you want the full version you'll have to email me directly.

Does your spiritualiy or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?
I believe vampirism can most definitely have a spiritual context, both for vampires and for non-vampires. Vampirism is a practice in my view, and a spirituality can be built upon any practice. Doing the dishes could be spiritual if you wanted it to be [and really tried to work past the boredom, lol]. Vampirism has quite a bit of potential as a spiritual path. Just because the path is dark does not mean it is evil, and once a person understands this it is possible to grow upon it immensely.

In my personal world vampirism doesn't have a direct correlation to spirituality, just a correlation with darkness and thanatoic energies.

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

Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? No.

As far as spiritual immortality is concerned, I think the Kheperians achieved something like it. They remember much of their past lives and never go through the second death [the death of the astral body], and furthermore can control their incarnations. This, in my opinion, would be the way to spiritual immortality. Their persona does not die, but is integrated into the whole, and then they incarnate again keeping much of their own memories from past lives and more often than not an awareness of their own natures. I think that's as close to spiritual immortality as anyone could get.

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 don't think vampires should be mainstream. Acceptance is one thing, normalcy is quite another. Vampires are, in my opinion, not a mundane matter. Leave the mundane vampire to the movies and Halloween. Leave the true vampire to the shadows it is best in. Those who need the information will always find it; those who do not need never know the reality of it. Vampires today are becoming more and more open, and honestly, I don't see the point. So vampires want to be accepted. That's fine. But what's the point? Even if all vampires were openly accepted as true, you would still have movie fanatics coming to be "turned" and people looking at you weird. Leave the darkness to something, please? Not everything belongs in the light of mainstream culture.

Do you think there should be an overall community or organisation for all vampires? If so how should it be structured? If not, why not?
Honestly, and let me say I'm not a role player in any facet of my life before I say this, I think that the Sanguinarium has the right idea in part. Organize those who are spiritually vampires into houses, organizations for support and such of the vampiric/vampire community. I like the idea, partly because it is effective when run correctly and without ego problems, and partly because it gives some romance back to vampiricy. I do hope anyone who reads this will forgive me for sounding so role-player like, as it's not my intention.