May 20, 2019

Defining the Vampire

Happy Wednesday, dark passengers. (And a big happy birthday to my co-writer, Star7). We’ve been on serial killers for a while now and, though I have volumes to say on the subject, I thought tonight was a good time to switch gears and delve into the paranormal.

Specifically, I’m talking vampires tonight.

For whatever reason (which I’ll be speculating on in another post at a different site), vampires seem to be the mythical creature/human-hybrid that captures the most imaginations over the years. Now that the vampire community is more out in the open about their practices, people even hear more about modern vampirism and real vampires. And, of course, when I say the community is more open about it, I mean they no longer choose to actively hide who they are from the population at large anymore, though I would suspect that many, many members of the vampire community choose not to advertise their affiliation.

Okay…when I say suspect, I mean I actually know it as a fact, but…time and place.

So, let us briefly run through vampires in all their fanged forms, just to clear a few misconceptions. If the interest exists, we can go into more depth on each topic in the future.

Vampire Lore

According to myth, legend and fiction writers, a vampire is an undead creature who stalks the night in search of necks to bite. Sunlight and a stake through the heart will kill a vampire. They do not drink or eat food, instead feeding on the blood from the living – both animals and humans, although humans are preferred. During the day, a vampire sleeps in a coffin, sometimes filled with cemetery dirt.

Vampires, by nature, are mesmerizing and can lull their prey into a trance-like state if they so choose. Power and speed are at their disposal. And, lest we forget they can turn into bats and fly away…

Vampire Definition

According to my handy dandy copy of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary – hard copy, of course, because I love the smell of books – a vampire is defined as:

  1. A night-wandering bloodsucking ghost
  2. A person who preys on other people
  3. A woman who exploits and ruins her lover

That’s it. Short and sweet. What is not short and sweet is precisely how that definition fits in with real vampires. (Yes, you heard right. REAL)

Modern Vampirism

Real vampires within our society aren’t wandering ghosts. They aren’t supposed to prey upon others. If the vampire does happen to be a woman who ruins her lover, she does so because she chooses to, not because she’s a vamp.

Modern vampirism is comprised of two distinct vampire subsets. What you will not find present in real vampires is immortality. Instead, you find regular people with an inability to make and/or store sufficient energy to function. You may find that light hurts their eyes. Occasionally, you’ll even find some severe food allergies.

Basically, ladies…You won’t find Edward Cullen.

Sanguinarian Vampires (Sang Vamps)

Sanguinarian vampires drink blood in order to obtain the missing pranic energy they need. Make no mistake, real vampires don’t jump out of the shadows and drain every drop from their victims. (Well, I supposed one or two might, but that’s because they’re killers first, not vampires.) In a world filled with blood-borne disease, these vampires seek out a donor who grant permission for the sanguinarian to feed. While they may enjoy the taste of blood, they do not require massive quantities for survival.

Psi Vampires (Energy or Psychic Vampires)

Personally, I hate this term because of the confusion it yields. A psi vampire feeds off the psychic energy, or aura, of an individual. On the other hand, a psychic vampire is a vampire who also happens to possess psychic gifts. This means it’s possible to be a psychic sanguinarian vampire because sang vamps can still possess psychic gifts.

Psi vampires can draw pranic energy from people, animals, nature, heavenly bodies and weather. At this point in time, psi vampirism is the most prevalent and tolerated form of vampire. It’s also the most difficult type of feeding to master. Let’s face it, anyone can drink blood, but to reach out with your own aura in order to tap into the aura of another person takes a little finesse. There are no statistics, of which I’m aware, to cite on this, but I’d venture that some sanguinarian vampires are actually psi vampires who became frustrated with their inability to feed and went looking for an alternative. (This isn’t to say there are not legitimate sangs, just that not all of them are.)

By no means is this meant to be a full accounting of vampires in all their forms, just an overview. A vampire foundation, if you will.

So, now it’s your turn. What are your thoughts about the lore, definition and reality of vampires?


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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.