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, require 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 magickian, 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 mortalminded 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 upwards 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 magickian, 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, god forms, 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 magics 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 Keys of Solomon, The Greater Keys 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 magickian 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 Voodoo 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 ca n 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, god form, 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 Incubus, Succubus, 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 skin ride 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.
Orgasm in sex magick has been a powerful tool throughout history for focusing and raising energies. Kundalini Yoga techniques are very similar to Riding the Dragon in Sexual Congress and can be used to come closer to the Dragon Within. Two Vampyre Sex rituals are presented in this book for you to experiment with.
Vampires in legend are known to shape-change into a bat, wolf, or mist, but in reality, this is virtually impossible to achieve within the corporeal layer of reality and can only be done in the ethereal and astral realms. Within the perspective of Strigoi Vii, shape-shifting can be done by many Awakened beings, but it is predominately on an astral plane since this is the most intangible energy frequency of all the realms. Once shape-shifting has been mastered there, it requires more energy to shift the etheric body and enormous amounts of energy to change shape to the hard and inflexible energies of the corporeal. Refer to chapter 6 on Lycanthropy for more information on how shape-shifting is achieved and handled within the Strigoi Vii paradigm.
Black is said to be the primary color of the Vampyre and there is some truth in this cliché.
Symbolically, the color black represents authority, elegance, mystery, silence, death, chaos, strength, fear, secrecy, power, darkness, and seriousness. Black is worn by priests, judges, police, academic graduates, lawyers in many countries such as the United Kingdom and France, and black tuxedos are worn for formal black tie functions. This is also the color mortals associate with witches and sorcerers. “Black Magick” is symbolic of the unknown, which is now known as science.
Those who wear black are often said to be makers of their own destinies. Energetically, black is a very good conductor of energy because it absorbs all frequencies of light. Black is a near perfect absorber of energies even in the infrared spectrum. This absorption of energies can increase the power and focus of the wearer and the observer’s thought forms. Black also functions to neutralize negative energies and, thus, is good for banishing, purification, bindings, and defensive Magicks; it also acts as a protective shield.
Throughout mortal culture many groups considered black to be a strong symbol. The ancient Christian sect, the Cathars, considered black to be a color of purification; black mirrors in esotericism are used for scrying; many societies are considered black when they are highly secretive; the bandana code of the gay community in the midtwentieth century considered black to be the symbol of BDSM.
Within Japanese culture black is symbolic of experience, nobility, wisdom, and age. This is why Strigoi Vii Magisters wear black stones, and in rituals black robes are often used.
Red for the Vampyre is symbolic of life-force, sacrifice, and blood. The Strigoi Vii draws upon the powerful other symbolisms of this color, which represent fire, heroism, vitality, vigor, birth, beauty, sacrifice, passion, lust, physical energy, strength, courage, enthusiasm, and sex. For the Vampyre, red is deeply symbolic and the use of this color increases and stimulates the mind, spirit, and sexuality.
Use caution, however, because if red is used to over stimulate the human psyche, it can lead to anger, fear, arguments, and hatred. Insurance companies charge more for bright red cars because police will pull a red sports car over more than any other color.
Purple represents royalty, magick, divinity, and aristocracy for the Vampyre. This color is traditionally connected to mysticism, spirituality, purification, and devotion. This is why the Vampyre Adept wears a purple stone in their sigilium, and it is the color of the Elder Twilight Mysteries.
Silver is an essential color for the Strigoi Vii because it is symbolic of lunar energies and purity for the Vampyre, and it contains the most alluring reflective and symbolic element for most Vampyres. Most Vampyres prefer silver over gold for personal purposes and for meditation. There are many Inner Mysteries, which cannot be explained here, that relate to the concept of silver and its importance to the Vampyre.
The word sacrifice comes from the Latin sacrificium, or “sacred rites,” and the old French facere, “to do, perform.” In mortal-minded terms, it refers to offerings such as animals, plants, money, gifts, or even living humans to the divine in exchange for favors.
Living Vampires respect free will of sentient beings and never harm humans or animals (except when hunting or slaughtering for corporeal food). However, in the most sacred communion rite, the Sanguine Mass, Vampyres offer up their life energy plus that obtained from the practices of the Art of Vampyrism, in exchange for sorrra, which is energy of a spiritually immortal and divine frequency. This process of the free will releasing energies in ritual to the Strigoi Morte is known as the “Offering.” This circuit of Vampyrism and Communion with the Ancestors is the central act of energetic exchange within Vampyrism and perpetuates the consciousness after the first Death and strengthens the Etheric and astral bodies so that they are able to exist consciously in the undead state of existence (not dead or not alive but timeless and prevent the second Death.
It is inefficient and against Vampyre Principles for the Vampyre to destroy life, because the Vampyre seriously distinguishes between roasting kitties on the BBQ for fun and entertainment and humanely slaughtering cattle for sustenance. We are catalysts of the flow of life, and murder of an animal or human is the destruction of life and a source of life-force. When a living being is destroyed, their excess life-force is released into the subtle world where it dissipates and is recycled, often changing frequency. This is worthless to a Vampyre. The only exception is when killing animals to sustain the need for corporeal food.
For the True Vampyre offering this energy to the Ancestors is a natural process, which many Vampyres have been doing naturally since we were children with our Patron Spirits, Strigoi Morte mentors, and spirit guides who some Vampyres call Whisperers. What differentiates the initiate from this subconscious act is intent, which can increase the amount of energy provided in an Offering. The Strigoi Morte seek only the highest Quality of Prana and wish not to sit at a table of scraps. If deemed worthy, the Whisperers will manifest within the sanctum in which the ritual is being performed, feasting upon the Offering and providing the energies of the Zhep’r in return. Since energy is the currency of the Vampyre, this is the most sacred form of sacrifice and the Strigoi Morte have no interest other than the Prana, which a Vampyre harvests and refines.
The more the communion is performed with honesty and intent, the more Zhep’r is evolved.
As with many other powers, Vampires of legend are known to have many servants such as beasts of the night and supernatural creatures at their command. Reality is far from these legends. The Living Vampire seeks to master of Life and Belief; therefore, by combining both of these elements, they can servitors, which are beliefs, thought patterns, at higher frequencies or combining both, conscious entities, are programmed for a specific purpose. The human mind will often fuel these servitors through fear, faith, worship, or even by acknowledging that they exist simply by the will of the Vampyre. Marketing, advertising, and propaganda engineers put forth similar concepts into the human collective consciousness as magickians use to make egregores and servitors into human cultural programming. This is effectively creating a miniature elemental made of will and intent that is programmed for a specific purpose. Servitors can be used to protect, to harm, or to achieve a specific task. What makes Strigoi Vii servitors different from those of other magickal systems is that they are embued with life force directly from the Vampyre and at the same time the elements of the Current itself. This is the “Blood,” which is required to initiate their existence and attunement as being Vampyre Servitors.
According to Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology, the Shadow is the portion of ourselves that is the catalyst for all our negative emotions and self-destructive tendencies. The Shadow is comprised mostly of repressed emotions, uncontrolled ego, and primitive urges.
This Shadow is like a great beast within all sentient creatures— even more so for Us, because We reject the eternal optimism and placidity offered by mortal-minded belief. We must at all times keep the Shadow from becoming overwhelming and causing Our Selves and those around Us to be wrapped in negativity. Strigoi Vii are more susceptible to the Shadow than the mortal-minded because We are more in touch with what humans call our “dark side.” This is especially true for those who are still de-identifying from their mortal-minded roots. Controlling the Shadow can be a challenging process for many of Us, and it takes sheer Will. Do not become hardened and jaded in your rejection of belief and illusion and turn to despair and nihilism. Remember that there is still much life, love, creativity, and joy in this world. Your existence is what you make of it. Choose to be the catalyst of all good things in your life. Choose to be empowered. Choose enjoyment. Remember always – you are your own god and divinity!
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