All life needs some form of energy to survive. In the natural order of things the predator eats the prey; the predator dies and fertilizes the soil; the soil then grows plants that the prey consume; and the cycle begins again with the predator eating the prey. Even a human body needs to consume other living things such as plants, animals, and fungi. It is a simple fact of life and a cycle. While this is overly simplistic, it makes a point – it is necessary and natural to consume something with life force to create the energy needed to live.
As humans we have placed ourselves out of the cycle. The current trend of consumption of all kinds from electronics to an overabundance of rich food is a new cycle; one of self destruction through instant gratification and entitlement. I believe the ideology behind our consumption has fostered the current trend of instant gratification and narcissism we see in today’s modern society. I believe this is also one of the many underlying reasons that vampirism has become a popular subject and controversy.
In the occult and witchcraft communities there has been a noticeable rising trend of vampirism. Whether it’s a blatant statement of being a vampire, or accusing other people of being vampires; it has become a major issue in online forums and groups.
Before going any further, I wish it to be known I am not against anything that consensual adults agree upon. If a person is of sound mind, and wishes to involve themselves in taboo activities, it’s frankly no one’s business but their own. What I’ll be discussing is the types of energy vampirism that may be used without consent.
What is a Vampire?
Vampires have been popular as monsters in the past. In modern times they are romanticized as mysterious entities with emotions. Like witchcraft, the rise of occult interest in vampires seems quite popular with the disenfranchised. Many of the younger generation have a romantic views of what a vampire is, while the older community tends to revel in the darkness of the original vampire ideology. A vampire, in the sense I will be writing about, is anyone that consumes another being’s energy or life essence. Life force would be akin to the energy that keeps your ethereal and physical body alive, in this instance. Feeding can be done with physical fluids, or ethereal (spiritual) energy. It can be taken through the mouth, hands, genitals, or even tentacles/appendages attached to the astral body.
As humans we all have some ability to connect and either take away, or send energy. This is natural, though some people who think they do this are vampires. That is not true since they don’t need the energy, they just react to the energy sent or taken. Vampires need the sustenance from energy or fluids to survive, or they will become sick and weak. In some some instances a lack of an energy source can lead to insanity or, in rare cases, death.
Though there are communities that actually drink blood and fluids, I will not be discussing these types of vampires. The different types of vampires I’ll be addressing are commonly referred to psychic vampires, or psy-vamps. These types of vampires feed off of energy essence and life force.
Types of Vampires
There are many ways to consume life force, and many reasons to do it. Vampires, however, need it in order to maintain their health. Most people that claim to be psy-vamps are collectors of energy that get a high from the feeding, similar to a junkie. They do not need it to survive, but enjoy the rush of consumption. This, honestly, is most people I have met or spoken with in forums and online communities. They are not true vampires, but energy junkies. True vampires need certain types of energy to restore their own energy supply. They consume because the need is similar to a lion needing to eat a gazelle to sustain its strength. For simplicity, we’ll call the following psy-vamps for all energy eaters, since the feeding is done similarly.
Emotional Energy Vampire: This is perhaps the most common of psy-vamps. These vampires need emotional energy. Most have to touch a person, or be in the same room where their target resides. There are a few that have the ability to troll for energy through the internet, but that is also a physical locale. The reason I call internet forums a physical locale is because a person can tangibly touch the screen, and see the target’s picture or comments.
Being the most common type of vampire, it’s the most easy to identify. Sometimes they seem the nicest people, and want to “take away your negative feelings and emotions.” This seems quite benevolent, until you realize that you are drained of energy, becoming exhausted. Everyone needs their painful and uncomfortable feelings, as these emotions are part of the spiritual growth process. It’s not just energy taken, but your personal experiences.
Psy-vamps may also invoke a specific emotion to feed off the person. However, just because a person is narcissistic or antagonistic, does not mean they are a vampire feeding off your energy.
There are many different subcategories of emotional energy vampires from the narcissist that feeds off of the misery of others (or alternatively must be adored and will do anything to get that emotional energy high), to the Social Vampire that feeds off of the emotions created by social situations.
Spiritual Energy Vampire: These vampires feed off the actual energy created by the soul. That is to say these people eat the essence from actual energy centers. Essentially they are stealing the power source behind an individual’s magical abilities in order to amplify their own power or skills. These people would be akin to the African shamans and warriors that eat people to consume their power – though vampires usually just take the energy through etheric means and do not consume flesh.
This type of energy thief is common in occult and witchcraft communities. I have seen several pose as teachers and offer help to “cap,” “consume,” or “get rid” of negative auras, magic, or energy. They usually claim that a person has attracted dark forces to them, and offer to help the target control their powers that attract these dark beings. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, GIVE YOUR POWER AWAY FREELY.
Sexual Vampires: Sexual vampires are also known as succubus (female) and incubus (male). These types of vampires need both emotional intimacy and physical sex in order to feel healthy. Usually this requires physical contact.
I have had several women and men claim to be succubus/incubus, but state they are celibate. These are not true sexual vampires, but usually people that crave attention and adoration (and most likely fall into a class of Emotional Vampire, if they are truly vampires). A Sexual Vampire needs sexual and intimate contact on a regular basis – or they begin to feel spiritually, emotional, mentally, and physically ill.
Astral Vampires: On great occasion there are vampires that can travel astrally to fulfill their needs, and don’t need to have physical contact with the target. They may be any type of vampire mentioned above. While a connection may be established, most people can’t sustain an emotional energy high, or successful feeding, through manifesting the spiritual act into the physical plane. I’ve met less than a handful of vampires that are successful at this technique; especially feeding through sex and touch in dreams. These are usually very powerful magicians in their own right with years of practice. I would venture to say these are the most dangerous types of vampires, and the hardest types to break off the connection.
As a side note, if someone claims they have no human contact but are vampiric, this person is most likely not a vampire and may have a mental illness. These types of people should be avoided as they can be manipulators within their own right.
In closing, no one is inherently evil or malevolent, even vampires. There are a lot of vampires that practice ethically and understand how to take safety measures for both parties involved. I have found it is the people who use vampirism as a pretense that pose a problem. Regarding any energy practice, a person must consider all consequences, and take full responsibility for their actions.
In the next article I’ll discuss more how to identify different types of bonds created through energy, and symptoms of a psychic vampire attack.
February 24, 2017 6:04 p.m.
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