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The Grimoire of the Living Vampire
By Father Sebastiaan
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2012 Father Sebastiaan
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ELEMENTS OF VAMPYRE MAGICK
Is it not more sensible to worship a god that [man], himself, has created, in accordance with his own emotional needs—one that best represents the very carnal and physical being that has the idea-power to invent a god in the first place?
If man insists on externalizing his own true self in the form of "God," then why fear his true self, in fearing "God,"—why praise his true self in praising "God,"—why remain externalized from "God" IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN RITUAL AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN HIS NAME?
—Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible
Vampyre Magick has many elements, ranging from small rituals and ceremonies, which are conducted every day, to the secretive rituals of the Synod. Within Strigoi Vii Magick We know belief is a tool, so We always focus on the positive and remain aware of the negatives. This attitude truly brings an empowering spirit to workings. We see magick as "psychological technology" from the Dayside, and from the Nightside, a spiritual and abstract concept. Learning how to differentiate reality from fantasy is one of the most difficult hurdles for the neophyte Vampyre to overcome. Only wisdom and reason can be employed in the Dayside of Vampyre Magick, which almost always has a psychological or scientific rationalization. The Nightside relies on results and flexibility of beliefs; even more complex is the Twilight, which accepts and lies between both perspectives. Here, once Twilight is experienced, is the Immortal Mindset truly realized.
One of the Inner Mysteries, the Principles of Vibrational Vampyric Sorcery and mastery of the three layers of reality, delves into the Principle of Agreement. Without agreement magick is lost and lacks any power. All of reality, be it the marketing propaganda of corporations, the confusion of politics, or the stage performances of a magician, requires agreement for success. Group ritual is a point of agreement. If individuals are not in sync, they will only fall out of the experience and potentially ruin the ritual for all others. This is why true initiation at the basic level is a statement of agreement; many systems of spirituality and even culture have such rites of passage. Democracy is agreement of the majority, and the rest must follow, but agreement can be manipulated and changed. This is why the Strigoi Vii validate reality and experiences as individuals, and when They join together for workings, the magick is most powerful.
Mastery of Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE) and astral travel, known to the Strigoi Vii simply as "Flight," are at the core of raising Zhep'r and achieving Nightside Immortality. The MoRoii level of ascension and higher begins to focus heavily on these workings and techniques. Astral travel is simply projecting the consciousness away from the body into the vast astral layer of reality. This is more deeply handled in the Vampyre Sanguinomicon Book IV, "Coming Forth by Twilight." However, we will touch on this within this book to supplement those mysteries. So please refer to Liber MoRoii for more information on the core of these techniques.
Astral travel is heavily important for higher levels of Vampyrism and deeper face-to-face meetings in the realms where the Strigoi Vii exist in Their natural habitat. The astral is an abstract reality, the place of dreams, visions, and knowledge. Here lies the Akashic Records, the astral layer of the Self, and the place of emotions and thoughts. Being in the astral is akin to being in space or under the sea, which is an alien environment. Lucid dreaming, or being aware within a dream, is a technique that is required to be mastered to fully benefit from the experiences in the astral, because only through lucid dreaming can a Vampyre truly differentiate between reality and imagination and validate if They are truly projecting.
Strigoi Morte have mastered Flight and learned to maintain an etheric body of Prana, which allows Them to interact with the corporeal world. Effectively, They are disembodied consciousnesses who learn to tap and manage pranic energies in Their human lives, and once the First Death comes, They can maintain Their conscious existence and reside between the First and Second Deaths.
Since the Vampyre is a chaos magician, belief is a tool. The flexibility of belief is essential for a Vampyre to achieve Zhep'r. In ritual the Vampyre finds most results when belief and disbelief are both suspended; this is the true nature of the Twilight experience. This state of consciousness is the major benchmark of Zhep'r and is the state in which Communion is best experienced. The more the Vampyre experiences results, the more They begin to focus on such over the common systems of beliefs. This is where reason comes forth.
Neophyte Vampyres, those of Prospectii and Jahira levels of initiation, will have the most difficulty achieving this state of disbelieving and believing. Most Jahira, when first performing the ritual of Communion, will find that They will not receive "results," and this is due to the reality that They cannot experience, even for a short while, true Twilight. However, as Zhep'r builds through stronger consensus, through experience, and through results, validation will gather within the mind of the Vampyre.
Not believing in something is the natural rationality of a mortal-minded skeptic and essential for the Vampyre's Dayside perspective. This is of no use to the Immortal Mind and is the first blockage that must be overcome.
Many claim that drinking corporeal blood is the only way a vampire can obtain the energies they need for their emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. Of course, the Strigoi Vii respects free will but sincerely disagrees with this perspective as an application of the act of Vampyrism. We have discovered and learned to be free of these perceptions and look toward more subtle forms of energy consumption. It will become clear which form of feeding is valid, safe, and efficient. Culturally, it is impossible to justify the need to drink blood, and there is no scientific evidence that consumption of corporeal blood provides genuine health benefits. Even though blood can in itself be a powerful and romantic ritual or sexual symbol, it simply does not provide energy that is of use for preservation of the Self beyond death. From the Strigoi Vii perspective, blood drinking is most emphatically not a sensible path to Immortality of the Self!
At its core, the vampire archetype in legend, myth, and most literature is about Immortality and surviving death as an Undead. If one cannot preserve the Self beyond the First Death, they are either mortal or have not succeeded with true ascension. Attaining Immortality depends on the very basic principle of surviving while disengaged from the body. Once an individual defeats the First Death and has no corporeal body, of what use will be the consumption of blood? What skills will benefit them when they exist in a completely subtle state? Moreover, how does one attempt to drink blood when they have no physical mouth? Those individuals who espouse blood drinking must look for a more pragmatic and achievable route to Immortality.
Medical science has proven that diseases such as HIV can remain dormant in the blood for upward of ten years. Draining one individual will provide two major impractical issues from the perspective of the Strigoi Vii's interpretation of Vampyrism. First, one must have a screened and healthy donor from whom to feed. This requires extreme trust in a donor, who must wait ten years to prove their health in a quarantine of sorts. If this donor leaves or turns on their Vampyre, the only result is the Vampyre is out of a source until They can safely screen and build a relationship with another donor. Human relationships are quite complex and not all humans, as free-willed beings, are as obedient and loyal as man's best friend. They change their minds. Feeding sessions must be frequent to satisfy a proper Thirst for blood and certainly blood drinking is not efficient for the Strigoi Vii. What of two Vampyres in a relationship? Do they feed from each other? It is against common sense for predators to consume each other, and it is considered spiritual cannibalism. Secondly, why would such an independent and individualist spirit be able to depend on anyone but Themselves? Does this limit the Apotheosis of the individual? Absolutely!
The Strigoi Vii may wonder how Blood Magick relates to this discussion. Quite simply, Blood Magick is different from feeding on corporeal blood. Blood Magick includes body modification, sacrificial rites in Caribbean and African religions such as Yoruba and Santeria (in which animals are sacrificed in a fashion little different from your neighborhood butcher), and such forms of art as blood paintings. If done in a sterile and safe fashion, no different than the butcher shop, these rituals do not involve the risks that come with the consumption of blood.
Intent and Sincerity
Without intent and sincerity, all is lost in magick. As important as agreement, one must be honest and come with a sincere intent to be able to direct Will and energy. The Strigoi Vii hold high standards in individual and community. When you go to perform a ritual, be it the most sacred Communion or the simplest arts of Vampyrism, you must put aside the humor and fantasy and bring into full realization your own focus.
Invocation is the internal summoning of energies, forces, or entities into the magician, equivalent to a possession or self-identifying with certain spirits. This term hails from the Latin verb invocare, which translates as "to call on," and Magus Crowley put it perfectly: Crowley states that Invocation is to "invoke," to "call in," just as to "evoke" is to "call forth." This is very applicable within the Strigoi Vii system of magick in that We use it for the Arts of Vampyrism and in certain Communion rituals where We invoke the Undead to "skinride," or invoking and raising the Current of Elorath. The one exception, the Invokation of the Dragon Rite, is not as much invoking the Dragon Within as it is more or less recognizing its presence as the core of the Self and the throne of perception.
Invocation can also be employed to identify with complete, or aspects of, godforms, spirits, or entities, such as the Trinity Currents or the Duality of Kalistree and Mithu, where the initiate becomes an embodiment of that aspect of the Current. For example, if a Strigoi Vii initiate wants to invoke the strength of Mithu or the sexual energies of the Kitra, They would take aspects of those and invoke them.
To successfully invoke, one must have Their consciousness attuned and opened to welcoming that specific energy or entity. This is done with trance, sexual stimulation, fasting, deprivation of sleep, pain, SM, dance, and ritual, which clears the mind to a primal state where transmissions, visions, and voices can be brought through the initiate.
The direct opposing action of an invocation is an evocation, which is to bring an entity or energies external to the summoner. This is often looked upon in mortal magicks as calling a spirit into a container, circle, ritual chamber, etc. Then in a literally face-to-face situation, the summoner can interact with the entity in person and ask for favors, make pacts, or gain information. Historical examples of evocation are found in ancient grimoires such as The Lesser Key of Solomon, The Greater Key of Solomon, The Dragon Rouge, and The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. This involves heavy systems such as symbolism, fire, dance, offerings, tools, and environment.
Within Strigoi Vii and other Communion Rites We use evocation in the Sanguine Mass to invite the Ancestors to come feed from Our offered sacrifice of Prana, which We have fed from. Evocations are best used for group rituals and will gain a common experience; on the other hand, an invocation is more about one central magician performing the ritual and having the deepest experience.
There are several forms of meditation, each containing specific benefits and focuses. The primary purpose of meditation is to achieve an altered state of consciousness. The two most commonly used within Strigoi Vii and Vampyre Ritual are active and passive. Passive meditation is what people most think of as meditation, which is a more relaxed trance state with eyes closed and with little or no movement. Active meditation is when the subject is moving, and can take place during dance, sex, running, physical exertion, sport, performance, painting, etc. Both have their specific benefits and applications.
The esoteric process of speaking with the spirits of the dead for divination is known as necromancy. The Living Vampire is a natural necromancer, and these practices, which are Communion with the Undead, are at the core of Strigoi Vii Mysteries on spiritual immortality. However, there are other uses; the Vampyre can tap into the Dream Matrix of dead souls and pull out information; some Strigoi Vii have mastered the practice of exorcising spirits of humans, animals, demons, elements, or even Renegade Strigoi Morte. We hear in human legends the tales of Haitian Vodou priests making zombies, witches dealing with demons, and necromancers capturing and containing entities and spirits of the dead. Necromancy is often considered taboo and forbidden to the mortal-minded, yet since it is natural to the Strigoi Vii Vampyre, this becomes a powerful tool of self-deification. These transmissions and messages from "the other side" can come forth in ritual, spontaneously, elementary divinations, or visions. This is one of the main ways in which the Strigoi Morte communicate with Us.
The Ritual Chamber
The chamber for ritual can range from a private room, an isolated forest grove, or the stage of a performer to the mind of an individual. At first it is important for the Strigoi Vii to have tools and environment, but what is most important is mindset. Rituals require focus, and performing them requires a specific environment that is free of distraction and allows for focus. The Strigoi Morte will only respond in ritual when They are not distracted from Their goals. The place of last resort for a Vampyre who has a mortal lover or family present is, miraculously, the bathroom. Here there is usually a mirror and privacy, where others will not interrupt and intrude. However, many of Us maintain ritual chambers in Our homes or have the privacy through a properly managed Dayside to perform Our sacred rites in solitude amongst other members of the Family.
Sex in Vampyre Magick is a very powerful tool just as it is in many systems of magick and esotericism. The symbolism goes even deeper, as sensuality, BDSM, fetishism, romance, mystery, and seduction are all strong elements of the vampire archetype and can be used within this paradigm. Initiation offers a rebirth from mortal to Immortal-Minded perspectives, and the ritual chamber is similar to a womb from which We Rise from death into Life.
"Sacred Marriages" take place when sexual congress occurs with the involvement of a Strigoi Morte, godform, entity, or one of the Currents of Elorath. This can be done in ritual or trance or it can, especially in the case of the Strigoi Morte, be similar to a possession experience. Legends of incubi, succubi, and demons mating with humans may be, in fact, sexual sacred marriages. It is common for a Strigoi Morte to possess a mortal and be a "second seed" in order to increase the chances of a child with Vampyric potential. Other times a Strigoi Morte will make love to a human woman or will skinride during sex. These experiences are highly energetic and often extremely stimulating. Such encounters are often used to create trance states for meditation or increasing Zhep'r. One example of a Sacred Marriage is the Temple of Kalistree ritual presented in this book.
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