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Vampirism 101

Vampirism 101
**Originally published in The Vampire Church’s E-Zine in May 2003**


I think here I should take the time to define what vampirism is so that you might better understand the finer details contained herein.

Vampirism is a physical condition wherein the afflicted person’s body does not either produce enough, or none at all, of the essential energies to maintain a proper balance of physical, mental and emotional well-being and must, therefore, turn to outside sources to attain these energies. These sources range from blood to psychic energy to empathic energy to elemental energy to the ambient negative energy present every day to eclectic mixes of any of the above sources.


*Sanguinary- The most widely known, but also the most misunderstood of all the feeding types. Being falsely dubbed psy-vamps on training wheels or some other such nonsense, this is, of course, a blood feeder, a person who can pull their much needed energies directly from a physical source.

*Psychic- This type of vampire must feed on the ambient energies given off by all living entities, yet others, feed through direct link. They must have this link in order to draw in their much needed energies.

*Pranic- This type of vampire, though touch-based and physical, like the sanguinary when attaining the energies they need, derive their much needed energies from all of the dense prana energies given off by the body, including sexual contact. The difference between the Pranic and Sanguinary vampire is that a true sanguinary only draws their energies from the blood.

*Elemental- Most feed on the elements of fire, water and wind, due to the difficulty most have when attempting to feed from the prime elements of the Earth. They can tap into the ˜para-elementals” of plant-life (IE trees, grass, bushes and house plants), but for some reason dirt, rocks and gemstones elude them.

*Empathic- This feeder pulls their much needed energies from the emotional energies given off. Most of this ambient emotional energy, however, some, as with psychic feeders, must establish a link in order to do this.

*Negative- Most of these vampires feed on the already prevalent negative energies that are present each and every day. They hold an innate ability within themselves to flip this energy to a ˜positive” feeding for THEM. HOWEVER, there are negative feeders out there that will CREATE VERY negative situations in order to feed. These beings have been dubbed by many within the community as ˜psychic leeches” due to their obvious hazardous nature.

*Eclectic- These vampires have awakened with the need for multiple sources of energy to maintain their already precarious balance of energies. This distinctive nature gives them some obvious advantages, like the capability of drawing energies from many sources in stead of being locked into just one and having to adapt to others. The drawback to this, is that sooner or later, if they not do not maintain a semblance of balance in these feeds, they too will feel the same side effects any other vampire would feel not feeding.

*Adaptive- These vampires, through necessity, such as a lack of donors for a sanguine vampire, have ˜adapted” to other feedings in order to attain there much need energies. However, there is a slight drawback. Adaptive feeders must return to their primary feed. The primary feed implies the source of energy that was needed when the vampire first awakened..


There are some common factors (perhaps falsely) labeled as ˜symptoms”. These ˜symptoms”, as with many other physical conditions, mimic a variety of other physical conditions. The key to remember here is that a vampire NEEDS the energies he or she is drawing upon to maintain their physical, mental and emotional balance.

These symptoms include but are not limited to Migraines, photosensitivity, obsessive/compulsive behavior, depression and mood swings.

There also seems to be an underlying psychic ability to hone in on their specific energies needed to maintain their precarious balance.


The misconceptions of vampirism have become so widespread due to the popularization of fictional vampires, such as Dracula and Lestat, and the steady dogma pushed upon society as a whole by Catholicism and Judeo/Christians alike. This perpetuation of myth and misconception by religious forces has done nothing but create an air of fear and suspicion, to which psychologists and psychiatrists have added to this stating that persons are not suffering from vampirism but some sort of dementia or psychosis.

Some of the more common misconceptions surrounding vampirism are: Severe/deadly reaction to silver, severe/deadly reaction to garlic, adverse reactions to holy objects/holy ground/holy water, people of faith cause pain and/or suffering, sunlight is lethal, Cain is the father of all vampires, Lilith is the mother of all vampires, and vampires must either sleep in coffins or possess earth from their homelands in order to rest.

There are organizations out there that are trying to combat these misconceptions (and others), yet I caution all who read this, that there are those that are fully immersed in these misconceptions and perpetuate the myths. There are like minded organizations trying to combat these myths and misconceptions, so I thought I would list a few of them here. They are the Vampire Church, Vampyre Society, Vampiric Nations Council, and the House of Mystic Echoes. There are others, but these are those that I have had personal dealings with and know you, in your search, will find answers to your questions.

Well, this ends Vampirism 101, I hope that you have found this writing informative and suggest that you check out each of the groups listed above. For more information on them, I suggest you go to..

Vampire Church
Vampyre Society
House of Mystic Echoes
Vampiric Nations Council (no site as of yet, but keep checking with us (hehehe)

Written By: Belfazaar Ashantison


About The Author

Zaar Ashantison

Belfazaar Michael Bousum Ashantison is a well versed practitioner and teacher of archaic magic, Voodoo and Native American spirituality, Zaar is the founding member of the New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA) and works at Voodoo Authentica in New Orleans when not helping the homeless.

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