“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
I have had far more to say about the inner machinations of the vampire subculture than most care to listen to. Love me or hate me, you must understand that no matter how aggressive or hostile or destructive or belligerent I might get or may seem, everything I do comes from a place of love and genuine concern.
It becomes necessary to acknowledge the fact that there is no legitimate Vampyre community in New York City—in spite of what a certain ascended concubine and their fetish troupe entourage might imply. A “Nightside society” comprised of washed-up party promoters, sweaty Goth performers and S&M fetishists does not constitute what a Vampyre Halo ought to be or needs to be. This is truly more an issue of self-respect than self-expression, but I digress.
This lack of a concrete local network of true Vampyres anywhere—outside of myself and a small, private collective of associates and Seekers—is risking great harm to those youngbloods outside of our current reach who are newly Awakening and cannot find their Family or learn their true history. In an era where history is constantly being rewritten by the losers instead of the winners, time is truly of the essence and the history of our Legacy must be spread and acknowledged so that the current and next generation of Sanguines might come to know the truth.
I suppose I should start by finally clearing the air around certain points of contention in regards to much of the rhetoric used by myself and my network of associates. In this, I hope a better understanding and comprehension can be reached between us and our readers.
All the World’s a Stage
Some time between late 1996 and late 1997, a partnership between two men was formed in New York City’s dying occult underground which changed the course of many lives and re-invented what was, up until that point, a very garish, primitive and rather mediocre subculture, for all it was worth.
This moment in time, of course, is the birth of an organization which began simply as a lifestyle social order for those drawn to the vampire archetype before being further refined between 1998 and 2000 into the Sanguinarium, the international Vampyre network from which stems what is commonly accepted as “Vampyre culture” or “the Legacy.” The Sanguinarium drew inspiration from a number of pre-existing subcultures and historical periods to form what would later set it apart from the rest of the primitive, ugly and fetishistic “vampire subculture”—a focus on aesthetics, fashion and beauty; an appreciation of high culture and the arts; the proliferation of masquerade balls and similar functions; a revival of chivalry; and a focus on esoteric practices, rites and ritual drama.
cul·ture | \ ˈkəl-chər \
· the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group
· the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization
When we speak of “Vampyres” or “Vampyrism,” with the certain spelling as was used during the Sanguinarium’s early days to distinguish Blood from role-players or gaja, or when we use very subjective language such as “Vampyre society” or “true Vampyres,” we are referring specifically to the philo-cultural societal framework established by the Sanguinarium network.
When we say “Vampyre,” we are exclusively describing a very specific type of individual: a certain sort of “esoteric transhumanist” who has transcended the human condition, either by birth or by practice, typically (especially in the case of the latter) through self-discipline alongside a host of necessary ritual and occult practices (i.e., “Nightside Vampyrism”), including the arbitrary consumption of human vital energy (“predatory vampirism”) and ritualized interfacing with sympathetic incorporeal entities of similar constitution (“Communion” with the “Strigoi Morte”), while also embracing the secular facets of Sanguinarium culture such as aesthetics, decadence, chivalry and refinement (i.e., the “Black Veils” of “Dayside Vampyrism,” or “Vampyre Virtues”).
When we say “Vampyrism,” we are referring to that collection of esoteric and spiritual practices through which the “Vampyre” either achieves or maintains their übermensch (“posthuman”) condition which are usually taught and encouraged by the Ordo Strigoi Vii, the Sanguinarium’s magickal order.
The term “Vampyre society” describes a hypothetical (currently non-existent) neotribal social order often confined within geographic limits without necessarily denoting physical boundaries (the “Halo”) within which a sizable population of Vampyres exists, whether or not they choose to come together under specific sub-groups (“Houses,” “Tribes,” “Clutches,” “Guilds”) or political forums (“Courts”) but celebrate and encourage among themselves the ideological and cultural ideals of the Sanguinarium.
The definition of the term krere, meaning “Discordant,” can be found here.
An in-depth treatise I wrote about the asarai, the “psychic vampire”—more accurately called the obligate etheric parasite—can be found here.
I touch upon the gaja here, as well as gaja, asarai, krere and their relation to the so-called “vampire community” or “VC.” The essay also briefly addresses the difference between Vampyres and Strigoi Vii, though, for coherence, both terms are used interchangeably here on Vampyre Gnosis (Also, a chapter in Sanguinomicon seems to insist that such a distinction ultimately may not exist, anyway, hence said interchangeability).
A Bitter Pill
When one looks at the history of the broader vampire subculture between the late nineties and the mid-2000’s, it becomes obvious that it is this organization, the Sanguinarium, which—for better or for worse—sat at the helm of the subculture and defined to outsiders what “vampire culture” was. No other organization has been as widely known. No other organization has ever become, or will ever become, such a household name. No other organization received such media attention as to be the focus of countless documentaries, nearly a half-dozen publications and even (in the case of its founders) a diss track by Aurelio Voltaire. Within scholarly discourse regarding the vampire subculture after the year 2000, the terms Sabretooth and the Sanguinarium appear more times than any other vampire organization, most of which would not have existed without the Legacy, besides.
This is indisputable, documented historical fact, whether or not the broader vampire subculture cares to admit it.
The truth does not care for your feelings, as truth is objective and inalienable.
Ultimately, we care little if you disagree with the truth or if the truth in any way upsets you, as that’s why people felt the need to rewrite it, anyway.
In regards to our Legacy, which is historically recent and tangible compared to the mostly irrelevant and hazy memories of the broader “VC,” it doesn’t concern us that you ordered some Vampire Temple reading materials from the back of some glossy heavy metal rag in the nineties, and we do not particularly care for the stomach-turning escapades of a handful of blood fetishists in the back of some seedy, pre-Giuliani era nightclub or the self-absorbed “secret” ramblings of a washed-up undine and her unquestioning goddess cult. These footnotes in history could not have inspired, in any meaningful way, the extant Vampyre culture we have today, even if such individuals were, indeed, present when such culture was being formed.
It could not have happened any other way, and it clearly did not happen any other way. There is a reason why the Legacy ankh is the most widely used and widely recognized symbol of Vampyre culture.
We understand that the Sanguinarium and its contributors set a respectable and aspirational standard of what a “Vampyre” is commonly thought to be—or perhaps should be—and we have already established the historical fact that the movement defined “Vampyre” culture and tradition as well as setting the course for the rest of the subculture.
A considerable amount of the countless extant vampiric movements, organizations, “Temples” and “Orders” which exist today are, whether they care to admit it or not, descended from the Sanguinarium Legacy. It is pretty foolish to attempt to argue this fact when nearly every derivative vampire organization—with few exceptions—imitates the original to such a degree as to be alternately flattering or offensive. These derivative groups likely would not exist today and perhaps could not exist at all if the Sanguinarium did not occupy the place in history it does today, introducing Vampyre culture to the world at a time where, generally, occultism and spirituality (ex: Neo-paganism, Wicca, New Age movements, Kemetism, left-hand path, etc.) were not quite as palatable by the masses. I am referring only, of course, directly to movements which formed or flourished post-millennium, hence the label “derivative.”
In any event, a subjective term like “true Vampyre” means to us something totally distinct from what it may mean to the follower of any of the derivative movements, as they have appropriated Sanguinarium culture (ex: Blood Nations) and practices (particularly groups appearing after 2004) to varying degrees—their definition of the term might thusly be utterly unrecognizable to us.
Other vampire movements only appropriated parts of the concept without comprehending the whole. One rather small but controversial magickal order had to supplant what they borrowed with ridiculous pseudo-historical myths about ancient Egypt and various immortal Illuminati priesthoods and bloodlines, making their paradigm out to be little more than an egocentric occult-themed LARP reminiscent of a canceled Scorpion King sequel or Queen of the Damned spin-off with a smattering of Kheprianism. There’s nothing particularly Vampyric or honorable about that, but we cannot speak for them. The previously mentioned Discordant movement borrowed aspects of the secular culture but undermine them with malicious virtue-signaling giving way to tasteless commercialism by way of manipulating the Legacy of a man who has been dead for nearly fifteen years and putting forward a fictional history meant to negate our Legacy and its founders while pandering to the ego of that movement’s own matriarch and her feminist cult of passive-aggressive Amazonian zombies.
But once again, that is their concern.
Thus, the opinions expressed here on this website and connected social media come from a position of interest only with the unadulterated history and traditions of that culture which we share and love—this phenomenal expression of Vampyre culture called the Legacy or the Current. It might be a matter of debate to some whether we were the “first,” but what cannot be disputed is that we are certainly the largest, the most well-known, the most creative and the most successful.
When we speak of outside movements, we speak of them only in relation to our own movement, in spite of how derivative their movement might be. When we speak out against negative or destructive organizations, movements or individuals, however, we do so as a moral and philosophical responsibility, as we do not wish for our lost and roaming Sanguine sisters and brothers to come to harm…
End of Part I
Published 04:07, 4 Apr, SY 23
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