Vampyre Terminology




Ambient Energy:

Energy generated by large crowds or the general atmosphere of a place.


Ambient feeding:

To feed on the energy created and felt above large crowds.



Inherited symbolic imagery  and knowledge common to all people.


Archetypal realm:

The realm or plane in which the Archetypes are present and have significant meaning and Magickal context.


Astral Plane:

The plane or world beyond the physical and Etheric. a person can reach this plane by various methods, and when ones physical body dies.


Astral Body:

The non-physical counterpart of yourself. your spirit/soul


Astral Projection:

The ability to move outside of your physical body. it Can happen when you are asleep and during meditation..  Examples of this: are when you have flying dreams...or falling dreams and you jolt yourself awake...


Astral Vampire:

A psychic vampire that exists on the astral plane. It can also be a skilled magician who's physical body has died, but chooses to resist death and eventual rebirth by way of becoming a psychic vampire.



The subtle energy field that surrounds all living things. The aura is capable of changing colors depending on a mood or health of a person.



 The process or transition of moving from an unintentional vampire to an intentional vampire. (as referring to psychic vampires not Sanguines)


Auto vampirism:

The act of drinking of one's own blood. A lot of the time this is a desperate attempt to replenish energy  because of lack of donor or other reasons.



The physical and mental changes that occur when someone awakens to their latent vampire nature. The awakening typically occurs during or shortly after the onset of puberty, but in some individuals may take years to manifest. Those undergoing the awakening, undergo various mental and physical changes. These changes often include an increased sensitivity to light and particularly to sunlight, a growing affinity for night and darkness, switching from a diurnal to a nocturnal to a diurnal sleeping schedule, and experiencing the first symptoms of the thirst. Many experience acute feelings of isolation and alienation during this process, as their changing nature distances them increasingly from their "normal" family and friends. Many seek out organizations or groups to help understand their desires and newfound feelings.  





A particular feeling or energy signature generated by vampires in general, but latent or potential vampires in particular. The beacon seems to exist to attract other vampires to the potential vampire so that they may instigate the awakening process. Usually this is because of their "energy signature" or their aura, it is usually a "different" feeling to be around a real vampire. (see also "Energy Signature")


the Beast:

The primal, instinctive, animalistic, bestial nature of a frustrated or desperate vampire, where he or she gets really evil-minded and aggressive and wants to just go berserk, rip people and things apart for the pure "fun" of it, and feed violently. It's destructive and cold, and if you don't control it, then you will be under its control. This is different from just "vamping out" but that is when it's most likely to manifest. Usually this is an effect due to lack of feeding and is found more often in sanguine vampires opposed to psychic vampires. (See also "feeding", the "Thirst", the "Need", the "Hunger")


The Black Veil :

Also (what used to be) known as the "Thirteen Rules of Community". Composed by Michelle Belanger, Father Todd Sebastian and COVICA, this is a set of common-sense guidelines for the Sanguinarium as well as the general vampire community. It deals with such things as responsibility, etiquette, feeding practices, the lifestyle, discretion, etc. The Black Veil has undergone several major revisions since its first incarnation in 1997 in attempts to be made more applicable and palatable to the real vampire community and not just the Sanguinarium; in 2003, it was revised once again and cut down to just seven tenets.



The ability to manipulate space and time in such a way that one appears to be moving faster.



Rumored underground vampire havens, which have a members-only and very secretive policy. They are only open to properly initiated (usually through a coven) members of the community, if then. It is said they serve stored blood and/or have willing donors who provide blood over a bar. Certainly if they exist they are only a part a of a local population's Cabal (a far-underground "shadow" community of sanguinarians in a particular geographic location).


Blood Bond:

1.) A strong, sometimes undesired, bond or attraction which can develop in a donor towards the vampire he or she is feeding; this bond can be a mutual thing between both the vampire and his or her donor, but often is felt only by the donor.

2.) A rite, ritual or ceremony marking a commitment to a coven or an individual. It is also a term to reflect a vampiric marriage.

3.) The exchange of blood between lovers, donor and vampire, and often times good friends. As a rite of trust as well as a bond between "friends", sort of thing.


Blood Doll:

Someone who gives blood in hopes of looking cool and/or who may have erotic desires fulfilled by being fed on. Also a person who simply wishes the company of a vampiric person (usually with the hopes of being "turned", which can't really happen yet, some believe it can from being fed from over a prolonged period of time).



Anyone who drinks blood, regardless of motivation.



Someone who is erotically attracted to the sight, taste or smell of blood; he or she generally has no physical need to consume it, and will usually be happy with small amounts. Blood-fetishism is often accompanied by other sexual fetishes, including sadism and masochism, and the blood is usually taken during sexual or fetish play, as in a bondage or domination situation. This doesn't make a person a real vampire either, this is simply a love for blood.


Blood Junkie:

A derogatory term for someone who experiences the physical need to consume blood, a sanguinarian (see also "the Thirst", "sanguinarian"). Particularly refers to one who has no control over his/her thirst and goes around feeding indiscriminately.


Blood Vamp:

A short form of "blood vampire", or sanguinarian (also known as Sang Vamp).



The physical act of cutting or piercing the flesh in order to extract blood. This is commonly used for feeding as well as in bloodplay and fetishism. (See also "bloodplay".)



Similar to bloodletting, bloodplay is the act of using blood in sexual or fetish situations. Bloodplay can also refer to the integration of blood and bloodletting in ritual. (See also "bloodletting".)


Blood sharing partner:

A more appealing term for a donor. Some donors dislike being called "donors", as they feel it somehow belittles them or their role in their vampires' lives (though this is not always the case).




Son Of Adam, Who Killed his brother Abel and was exiled.



The Chinese term for life-energy. It is also often referred to as pranic energy or life force. Chi is the bio-electrical energy which runs our bodies on a subtle level. Energy vampires and many psi-vamps believe that they can manipulate chi and feed upon it to sate their hungers. It is believed by some that, to a certain extent, blood vampires also feed upon chi, for a great deal of this subtle energy is believed to be concentrated into the blood. See "psychic energy".



A fledgling who is apprenticed to a "sire" and taught The Black Veil and the ins-and-outs of the Vampyre scene. Once they have learned these rules, they can be presented to the Elder or their household or Court through a ceremony of recognition.

Circle or Clutch:

A small coven; can be related to a pack of wolves or a pride of lions.


Clinical Vampirism:

A psychological condition, such as Renfield's Syndrome, in which the afflicted person experiences a psychological urge to drink blood. This urge is often satisfied with their own blood, and sufferers of clinical vampirism typically bear slashes from razors and knives up and down their arms from where they have drawn blood from themselves. Particularly sociopathic forms of clinical vampirism drive sufferers to attack and sometimes (although rarely) even kill other people in order to drink their blood.

A related condition is known as SMS, or Self-Mutilation Syndrome. This newly named pathology is becoming alarmingly common in American youths. Sufferers of SMS, often known as "cutters", feel the need to cut into their flesh and watch themselves bleed. Some sufferers of SMS also drink the blood drawn out this way, although this is not standard for the disease. Most sufferers of SMS are redirecting feelings of anger, frustration, inadequacy, or emotional pain onto their bodies. (See "Self-Mutilation Syndrome", and "Renfield�s Syndrome".)



A monthly social event which is much like a "town meeting" for members of the vampiric community in a specific geographic area. Court is usually held once a month at a local tea or coffee house, lounge or haven, and only vampires and those within the community are welcome. This is an opportunity to socialize with others in the community. News and announcements are made, poetry is read, new members, elders, etc., are introduced. Here vampires are generally free to escape mundane society. The host of the court is usually a locally respected Elder who secures a date, time, venue, and promotes the event.


Coming Out (of the Coffin):

This means the same thing that it means for Gays (except they come out of the closet...). Involves being open or frank with people about being a vampire, drinking blood, feeding upon energy, etc. Those who have come out in this way do not hide their lifestyle at all, not even in their daily lives. Many people in the vampiric community choose to be "in the coffin" and are not public about their lifestyle outside of the community or scene.



Groups of individual vampires or vampyre lifestylers, usually but not always located within a certain geographic area, who have banded together under a specific theme, set of ideals, traditions, common Sigil, havens, membership requirements, hierarchy and/or rites. Covens range in size from as few as three members to as many as hundreds. The organization and purpose of each Coven varies from fraternal (House Sahjaza); religious (Church of the Vampire - not to be confused with the Vampire Church); or familial (Clan of Lilith). Some titles given to leaders of Covens include Elder, High Priest, Patriarch, Matriarch or Coven Master. There are no requirements for forming a Coven other than a group of people getting together, choosing a sigil, name and theme. (See also "House" and "Order")



The now apparently defunct Council of Elders drawn from many different traditions whose purpose is to help network the community, standardize language and terminology, and encourage cooperation, if not outright unification between the diverse aspects of the Sanguinarium and vampire communities. COVICA stands for Council Of Vampyric International Community Affairs.



See Self-Mutilation Syndrome.  





Someone who gives or shares their blood or life-energy, without obligation. Many donors prefer to offer themselves to just one vampire, but some donors will offer of themselves to entire covens, provided their offerings are appreciated and not abused. (See also "source", "supplier")





A prominent member of the vampiric community who is honored and respected for his or her experience, knowledge, willingness to help others, accomplishments and devotion. Elders are often those individuals who have helped establish a community, organize groups, or help network the community.



Beings from the elemental realms, such as: Sylphs (air), Undines (water), Elves (earth), and Jinn (fire). Each corresponding to a particular element. Not to be confused with otherkin, these beings exist solely in the elemental realms.


Elorath / Scrolls of Elorath:

From House Eclipse: "According to the OSV, this is the great vampiric essence and the vampiric astral spirits, called by the Temple of the Vampire the Undead Gods. This is one of the inner teachings of OSV. Some say this term evolved from the word "el-or-ath", which is the Atlantian term for a vampiric spirit. However, this is--" untrue! In actuality, the word originated back in the days of the original Coven, then operated by Raphael Osiris, and the "Sanguinarium" was still "the Sanguinary", and is an acronym for "Eternal Lord Our Regent Aaron Todd Hoyt". Seriously (and pretty pathetic if you ask me).



A hug. Since turning or awakening someone does not involve any sort of hug, where the vampire wraps his arms around a person, drawing him or her close so he can bite them on the neck to feed or turn them into a vampire, (a la Dracula or Christopher Lee), I am not going to define it as such, -- regardless of the misusage of the word by others. Embrace does not mean turning, but it is an incredibly romantic word for an event which, in a lot of people's minds, is extremely pseudo sexual and erotic. (See "turned" and "awakened").


Emotional Vampire:

It is important to note that there are two forms of emotional vampires;  one is the psychological term of an emotionally needy person. This person may not technically be a vampire just an ordinary mundane who might have had something traumatize them, and they crave constant attention or emotional energy from a person...Unfortunately for the vampire community,  psychologists coined the term "psychic vampire", to represent these emotional vampires...They are often called emotional leeches.  Without help, these types of people are usually incapable of having a normal healthy relationship.. But with therapy, they usually get better.

       The other IS a Psychic  Vampire that feeds on emotion...



The ability to know and feel someone elses emotions psychically. Also see the psychic lessons section for further details



Technically there were two Enoch's, The one that was Caines Son; And the Enoch that was the father of Methuselah. The later created the �Book of Enoch 1 & 2�.

Though in Occult circles Cains Son , Enoch was also said to have created a �Book of Enoch � of a more demonic nature.


Emotional vampire:

Usually an empathic being who feeds from the emotions of others for their own well being. As opposed to feeding from blood or pure psychic energy. (See Also "psychic vampire")


Energy signature:

The pattern of energy, vibes, or the feeling that is unique to each individual; a person's psi 'fingerprint' identifiable in real life or astrally and oftentimes left behind long after a person has gone. Vampires supposedly have a particular kind of energy signature, and those who can pick up on this can identify them as vampires. An energy signature is different from a presence, though you can feel the presence of someone's energy, too. (See also "beacon")


Energy vampire:

An individual who has a need to feed upon the life force of others. Most energy vampires feed upon chi or pranic energy and avoid drinking blood. Some intermingle energy vampirism with blood-drinking. Also referred to as psi-vampires, most energy vampires exhibit the same characteristics that distinguish other real vampires, including light sensitivity, a nocturnal lifestyle, and periods of the Hunger or Thirst. (See also "chi", "hunger", "psychic vampire", "real vampire", "thirst")


Equivilant Exchange:

 The process of which one sacrifices something of greater or equal value , in order to gain something in return...This philosophy is considered to be the one break in Karma.



Cast out of a coven, house, order, or the vampiric community as a whole (which doesn't really make sense as no one person has control over the whole vampire community). (See also "Invisibles", "Sin nomine")





A term used by many people to describe their coven or their close circle of vampires and friends. Also, a general term for all members of the vampiric community.


Fashion vampyre:

This is not a type of actual vampire. Someone who does not have the vampiric condition, and who just dresses the part. The fashion vamps are only into the aesthetics (fangs, contacts, fashion) and not the philosophy or spirituality of the lifestyle -- think "fashion victim". However, some real vampires do dress the part of their own nature. (See also "wannabe" and "poser")



The act of consuming blood (or, in the case of psi or energy vampires, pranic energy) from someone (or an animal). (See also the "Hunger", the "Thirst", and the "Need".)


Feeding circle:

A group of donors, usually from three to seven, who feed a specific vampire or coven of vampires.





This is a type of lifestyle which is looked down upon by the rest of the vampiric community in which a vampire randomly and without discretion feeds upon unscreened donors or sources typically picked up in nightclubs and Goth bars.






A strong form of haematophilia.



A strong psychological craving for blood.



An erotic attraction to the taste, sight (or smell) of blood.



See "blood fetishist".



A Vampyre nightclub or other gathering place. Considered hallowed ground, the haven serves as the social hub of a given community, providing a place where all the community can gather and socialize. Often, special functions arranged by the vampiric community in an area are held at the local haven.


House / household:

A group of vampires united under a common theme, set of traditions, philosophy / beliefs, sigil and hierarchy/structure. The purpose of a House or household can range from the merely fraternal, to the spiritual. The number of members in a house or household can be as few as three or number into the hundreds, although I generally think of "household" as having a smaller number and "House" as being the larger counterpart, perhaps consisting of a number of households.

Any group of several or more vampires can get together and form a household or House; there is not a requirement to be "approved" by some official council or board; becoming recognized and accepted by the rest of the community, however, is a matter of time, publicity, reputation of the members, their conduct, etc. Some of the more widely known, established Houses are House Kheperu, House Eclipse, House Sahjaza, House Quinotaur, House Nekhbet; there are many others, as well. (See also "Coven" and "Order")



A term used for the purposes of distinguishing those who are not vampires. At best, this term is misleading because it implies that vampires are not human. (See "mundane", "normal", ")


the Hunger:

The desire to feed, also identified as the Thirst or the Need. The Hunger is both a psychological and physical sensation. Physically, it manifests as an intense hunger or thirst -- but is not satisfied by food or drink. Psychologically, a vampire in the throes of the Hunger feels agitated and empowered at the same time. Pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, and sometimes even body temperature, increase in anticipation of the act of feeding. (See also "feeding", the "Thirst", the "Need", the "Beast")



Someone that hunts, stalks, threatens, or does harm (whether it be physical, psychic, psychological, or emotional) to someone because he or she is a vampire, or because the hunter believes them to be so; or which gathers information to report those who are vampires. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Blade fans are not included in this category; it applies to seriously unbalanced individuals who really are on some sort of holy hate crusade and intend to follow through with violence or action. They are usually those you see on the news who shot their friends in the face and claimed they we're vampire. (See also "slayer")



Actively going out and seeking donors or sources in havens or in public. (Some even go to the mall!) This means bringing them home to feed or to eventually screen them. At one point, this was considered safe, but with the advent of HIV and AIDS, hunting indiscriminately is considered irresponsible and extremely dangerous; there still must be a period of screening time. Vampires who feed irresponsibly are looked down upon; and are sometimes "excommunicated" by their elders for this offense. Also a used as a term for the search for other vampires for friendship, companionship, or more.



A vampire who is capable of feeding on blood as well as psi energy. It seems to me that most real vampires are capable of feeding from both, or using blood and psi interchangeably.





Usually what one seeks when looking into the lifestyle of real vampirism for the first time. However, not used with real vampires above the fact that many vampires believe in a sort of "immortal vampire" life after death. When one remains on the astral plane and feeds from the energy of the real world around them. This is usually a term only used in role playing, Anne Rice books, and movies as immortality isn't a real thing in the real world.



The plural is incubi. Often a term used to refer to male sexual vampires, however is an inaccurate term. (See "sexual vampirism" or "tantric vampirism"). Historically, the term was used to describe a reason for the sexual dreams a person sometimes experiences, and were thought to be caused by a demonic spirit which took the form of a female in order to drain a person of his or her energy and lead the defenseless person into sexual sin while they slept. Also known as a vampiric demon.


Intentional Vampirism:

Popularized by "Vampires : The Occult Truth" by author Konstantinos. Used to describe a vampiric being who is aware and realizes that they are feeding upon other living things.



Those members of the community who, having been ostracized and stripped of their name, are treated as if they no longer existed. Invisibles have committed some great crime in the eyes of the community, and for this they are no longer allowed to associate themselves with the rest of vampire culture. See also "excommunicated", and "sin nomine".









An Eastern belief that is the result of a  persons actions and conduct.


Kirlian Photography:

 A type of electrical photography that allows the energy fields of living things to be photographed and printed. Auric and energy field colors are also visible with this type of photography. (see figure 1)

(figure 1)



an Egyptian word meaning to transform.



One of a class of Egyptian Gods associated with a particular animal; Kepri is the sacred scarab. The Scarab, typically lays eggs in animal dung as well as the bodies of dead scarabs. The hatching of these eggs from this seemingly unpromising material developed into the Egyptians associating the scarab with renewal, rebirth and resurrection.



 A type or group of vampires believe themselves to be among a specific family of people who received an Alteration to their energy body some thousands of years ago which made them vampires. House Kheperu is only one Kheprian organization, and not all Kheprians agree with its teachings and practices. It needs to be emphasized that following the beliefs of House Kheperu does not make you a Kheprian, nor does being a Kheprian mean that you're a member of House Kheperu.



 A Vampire Councelor.



Latent vampire, a term created by the V.C. that isn�t widely used anymore.



 Latent vampire:

Someone who is already naturally a vampire (usually an "unintentional vampire"), but whose vampiric tendencies have not yet manifested. Apparently, some latent vampires may need to be "awakened", while others may have their tendencies "activated" by indeterminate causes. Latent vampires sometimes seem to stand out to other, already established vampires through a phenomenon known as the "Beacon". (See also "awakening", "beacon")


Laying on of Hands:

A form of alternative medicine, using less skill than Reiki.



1.) A small, bloodsucking worm;

2.) An incredibly rude and derogatory (well, at least disrespectful... as most real vampires are respectful about feeding) term to call someone who is a vampire.


Ley lines:

Lines of powerful energy within certain types of geographical locations and outcroppings.



 One Who lives a vampire or gothic lifestyle but may not necessarily be a vampire.



History's first recorded feminist, she was the first wife of Adam (who was made of mud by God), and created as an equal. When she declined to submit to Adam as his subordinate, he went whining to God, and God cast her out of the Garden of Eden, then created Eve, allegedly from Adam's rib, and therefore supposedly subordinate to him; apparently she was, as he didn't whine for a third wife (but since this is not about Eve, I won't elaborate). Lilith was later demonized by patriarchal societies who felt threatened by female equality; still later, she was deified by others.

It is theorized by some that, though entirely as human as Adam, since Lilith had her own complete set of genes and DNA, she is the progenitress [female progenitor] of a separate strain of humans, which is nonetheless capable of intermingling with the more common Adam/Eve strain. It is theorized by some that this strain is where vampires come from. If this is so, then it could explain why vampirism seems to run stronger in some family lines, yet appear spontaneously or only sporadically in others. Later it is believed that Lilith had become a Succubus which is an ancient Summerian demon, and became the "Queen of Demons".


the Long Night:

The name for the festival celebrated on the Winter Solstice. Occurring in mid-December, this night is the longest night of the year, and many households and covens gather together to celebrate this. It is a festival of community where everyone relaxes and socializes. It is also the traditional night to recognize new members of the community or a coven or to perform rites of passage.






Magick is a means by which using the magickal formula, one can affect the outcome of the greater reality/universe., though it is still bound by the laws of this universe for the most part.. Magick with a "K" is used, in order to differentiate itself from "stage magick"


Magickal Formula:

Thought + (will or intent) + Energy = Magick


Magickal Construct:

A magical manipulation or entity (usually non-sentient) created to manage certain tasks, or perform certain functions. I.E. cleansing or protection from certain spiritual entities.. Though created non-sentient, some constructs if used for a long enough amount of time seem to gain a form of sentience.


Medium :

 A medium is someone who is sensitive to 'vibrations from the spirit world' and who is able to convey messages i.e. relays a message from a departed relative. Or �gives voice� to a spirit/ghost at a particular location



A guide and teacher to a new or inexperienced vampire; the one who helped him or her through the awakening. (See also "sire")



A term used for the purposes of distinguishing those who are not vampires. This term is, at best, misleading because it implies that vampires are "immortal" and is usually not used within the community. (See "mundane", "human", "normal")



A Vampire Warrior.



A term used to distinguish those who are not vampires from those who are. This is, I feel, more accurate (as is "normal") than "mortal" or "human", and serves to distinguish those who are merely living normal, mundane lives and unencumbered with the life of a vampire.





the Need:

The need to feed. When experiencing the Hunger, one is said "to be in Need." Very strong feelings of the Hunger are referred to as "deep Need". (See also "feeding", the "hunger", the "thirst", the "Beast")


Neovampyre / Neovampire:

A person who is not a natural vampire, but who is a student of vampyric/vampiric skills, philosophies and/or magicks; i.e., a person who (for lack of a better word) "converted" to vampyrism. This person is not a "real" vampire and feeds unnecessarily.



The Children of Human woman and a group of angels called �Watchers�. The Nephilim were giants and were referred to as the �men of great and terrible renown". They were said to have taught the people sciences and magic�s, and �to wear makeup�. Unfortunately they were poor swimmers.. They were drowned in a big flood .. aka the Noah's Ark  story.



See Mundanes




 "of the Blood":

A term sometimes used to refer to someone as being a vampire.



a group of vampires united under a common theme, set of traditions, philosophy / beliefs, sigil and hierarchy/structure. The purpose of a House or household can range from the merely fraternal, to the spiritual. The number of members in a house or household can be as few as three or number into the hundreds. (See also "House", "coven")



Someone who identifies with something other than their human side, such as a particular animal, mythological or fantastical being. He or she takes on the astral form of the animal or being when they are in the astral plane. Often, otherkin have physical attributes, mannerisms or thought-patterns identified with their particular being, such as fae having an elfin appearance, or wolfkin having a pack mentality. Types of otherkin include therians (were-beings), fae or faeries, dragons, elves, angelics, and so forth. Some consider vampires to be otherkin, while others do not.






A pagan is a general term for a polytheist



A completely insulting and derogatory term to refer to or call a psi-vamp or emotional vampire, implying that they are thieves and have no honor. (see also "leech")



An acute medical condition which has been postulated by some scholars to have inspired the vampire myths of the past. Sufferers of porphyria have pale, flaky skin and are very sensitive to sunlight. Their gums often recede excessively, giving their teeth an elongated and possibly fang-like appearance. Porphyria is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme which helps produce heme, a constituent of the blood which helps carry oxygen through the body. Dr. David Dolphin was the first to suggest that porphyria was the inspiration for at least some of the Medieval vampire myths, contending that some of the sufferers may have been driven to drinking blood in order to relieve their symptoms. As a result, the condition has come to be known in modern times as "the Vampire Disease". This appellation is very misleading, however, as porphyria only superficially resembles the vampirism of folklore and there is no supporting evidence to Dr. Dolphin's assertion that porphyria sufferers have been driven to drinking blood by their disease.



Someone pretending or claiming to be a vampire who is not, with the intent of deceiving others, by making false claims as to their "powers, abilities, lifespan, etc."


Pranic energy / Prana:

See "chi", "psychic energy".



A vampire, almost always an elder, who founded or is the leader of a large family or coven of vampires.



A general term for the life-energy which is found within and throughout all living things. Also called prana, chi, pranic energy, psychic energy, etc. The life-force that surrounds and is contained in living things. This is the life-force that energy and psychic vampires feed upon. This energy is also contained in the blood and is believed by some to be an integral part of the transfer which occurs between a donor and a sanguinarian. See also "chi" and "pranic energy".



The teaching, practice and manipulation of energy to acheve specific effects which may include but is not exclusive to psychic phenomonon...


Psychic attack:

Any type of unwelcome paranormal or ethereal intrusion intended to cause harm or disruption to the recipient. Psychic vampire attacks are considered a form of psychic attack, especially when forced upon an unwilling victim. See also "psychic vampire attack".


Psychic energy:

See "chi" and "psi".


Psychic vampire, Psi vampire (psi-vamp, for short):

1.) Someone who "drains" life-energy (prana, chi, life-force, whatever) rather than blood from others. Psi-vampires may or may not consume blood as a means of extracting pranic energy.

Though the two terms refer to the same being, they do so with different meanings in mind. Some insist on calling psychic vampires "psi-vampires", and insist that "psychic vampire" is incorrect, and then proceed to "prove it" by splitting etymological hairs. I disagree. There is a distinction which needs to be made between the two terms. "Psychic vampires" are called such because they feed psychically, as opposed to physically. However, it could be argued that psi is the auric or life-energy where as "psychic" is actually now thought to be shared thoughtwaves from a collective consciousness. So "psi-vampire" refers to what they feed upon, whereas "psychic vampire" refers to how they feed. Not infrequently, psi-vamps may also experience the Thirst in varying degrees of intensity, and in fact, there are many similarities in condition between the psi-vamps and the sanguinarians, with the main difference being, so far as I can see, the psi-vamps' need to drain pranic energy, and ability to do so.

2.) A psychic vampire, in psychiatric terms, is someone who drains emotional energy without giving anything back, and can make the other person very tired, depressed, emotionally unbalanced, or worse, if too much is drained; an emotional vampire. Katharine Ramsland discusses this in depth in her book, Piercing the Darkness, (Harper Prism, 1998), pp. 190-196, referred to as "covert vampire". Anton Levy author of "The Satanic Bible" also uses this term for his discription of "psychological vampirism". It's a bad term for something that isn't psychic vampirism, but "psychological vampirism". (See also "psychological vampirism")


Psychic vampire attack:

An uninvited and unwelcome draining of one's vital energy, or chi or pranic energy. A psychic vampire attack occurs when a psi-vampire targets someone and feeds or attempts to feed. This can be done from casual contact, from across a room, or even through dreams. These attacks are not always just for draining; they can also be an attack on the mind itself, causing the target to hear, see, and feel things. Attacks of this nature can range from mild to very severe, sometimes leaving the victim despondent or even physically sick from being drained so. It's debated whether one can become a psychic vampire from repeated severe psi-vampire attacks. In general, though, this seems only to produce a condition known as sympathetic vampirism. (See also "sympathetic vampirism".)


Psychological vampirism:

These individuals often have a histrionic or narcissistic personality disorder and they are constantly drawing attention to themselves. They usually create dramatic situations and then demand emotional support from those around them. These individuals are emotional vampires. There is nothing metaphysical or spiritual in their condition, it is a simple psychological disorder. Yet it leaves the victims of these clingy, whiny people emotionally and mentally drained after dealing with them. These individuals are not to be confused with psychic, psi or energy vampires. (See also "psychic vampire 2".)



A somewhat derogatory term for one who has developed an undue fascination, obsession or bond with a vampire and follows him or her around, trying to gain the vampire's attention or approval, and fawning over him or her, in a manner not unlike a puppy dog follows his or her master around. (See also "blood bond".)








 A vampire priest.


Real vampire / Real vamp:

Someone who has a condition which includes but is not limited to a physical thirst or driving need for blood (which is non-erotic in nature; and in more significant quantity than is generally required or desired by other blood-drinkers, such as blood fetishists) or psi energy; increased physical and/or psychic sensitivities; sensitivity to light or sunlight and a nocturnal circadian rhythm; amplification and/or alteration of emotional states and feelings, etc.; and perhaps the (unsubstantiated*) potential for an indefinitely extended lifespan (which is not to be confused with "immortality"), although many vampires do maintain a youthful twenty-something look well into their thirties or even forties. It does NOT include the abilities to change shape, fly, command others' wills, heal instantaneously, accomplish superhuman feats of strength or speed, etc.

*Some vampires believe the condition does include the potential for an indefinitely long lifespan, but this belief has not been incontrovertibly proven, to the best of my knowledge.


Remote Viewing:

The Process by which one finds/or sees an object where that person has never been ..Also associated. with clairvoyance



"Rei" means spirit, and  "Ki" means the universal life energy. It is a form of medicine popularized by Mikao Usui of Japan. A Reiki practitioner heals the physical body through the manipulation of the subtle bodies of the patient...Much of the Reiki the practitioners or masters  in the United States learn is on a 3 level system, different skill levels receive different attunements.   


Reiki Master:

One who has completed all the instruction and attunements of Reiki



The belief that when you die your spirit lives on to continue and may choose to be reborn on the physical plane again.



A structured Magickal ceremony with intent.



1.) A vampire or blood-drinker's former donor or source who parts company on hostile terms and causes trouble;

2.) A vampire who can't handle things and becomes violent and/or irresponsible, posing a danger and threat to both him or herself and others.

3.) A lone vampire or lone "wolf" type person who does not ususally associate with the vampire community as a whole.


Renfield's Syndrome:

"Some attention has been given to a condition named 'Renfield's Syndrome' in psychological literature, based on the fly-eating character Renfield in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Renfield's Syndrome is described as having four stages: a trauma or 'critical incident' in childhood in which the patient discovers that the taste and sight of blood is 'exciting' or attractive; 'autovampirism', the drinking of one's own blood (autohemophagia); 'zoophagia', or the consumption of blood from animals; and finally 'true vampirism', in which the patient must have human blood, and may resort to stealing blood from medical facilities, or serial murder." -- Vyrdolak. (Apologies to Vyrdolak, whose site is the only site I could find with any information regarding this.) So far as I know, this is not an officially recognized mental disorder.



1.) Someone who engages in role playing games (RPGs).

2.) This is often used as a derogatory term for those who play Vampire: The Masquerade or similar vampire RPGs and/or who pretend to be a vampire in their free time when they are not. RPGers are also associated with posers and other fakes who dress the part and pretend to be something they are not. (See also "poser" and "wannabe")





A Blood Drinker/vampire, Short For Sanguine�I�m not qualified to comment, So If you are one, please Check out: Http://www.sanguinarius.org



A Common protection method against psychic attack, and being fed upon.


Silver Cord:

A subtle energy cord located in the third chakra that connects the physical and astral bodies, as well as supplying energy.



A form of vampyrecrafte, or vampiric magick, which specifically involves the use of blood in the rituals. (See "vampyrecrafte".)



Someone who has a physical thirst, need, craving for blood (which is non-erotic in nature) in more significant quantity than is generally required or desired by other blood-drinkers. Sanguinarians (a word from the Latin root "sanguinarius", meaning "bloodthirsty") apparently do not get the benefits from pranic energy, or else they are unable to feed psychically like psi and energy vampires, for whom blood and pranic energy are apparently interchangeable.


the Sanguinarium:

The network of like-minded organizations, events, businesses, websites, individuals, havens (nightclubs) and resources for the greater vampire and vampyre lifestylers communities. Inspired by the "vampire connection" of vampire bars, nightclubs and safehouses founded in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the Sanguinarium serves to bring this vision to life as a real "Vampyre Connection". Many real vampires frown upon the Sanguinarium because of the non-vampiric lifestylers it attracts and the artificial pomp and aristocratic hierarchy it endorses.

Note: The Sanguinarium is not to be confused with Sanguinarius Organization for Real Vampires, which is the author's effort to help real vampires, blood drinkers and vampiric people.


Sanguine / sanguin / sang vamp(ire):

These are shortened forms of the term "sanguinarian". See "sanguinarian".


the Scene, or Vampyre Scene:

The "scene" is a general term for the social aspects of the vampire subculture including nightclubs, havens, events, businesses, societies, and even the online part of the subculture. Many vampires and vampyre lifestylers are a part of the vampiric community, but do not go out and socialize.



Someone who is seeking after vampires, or knowledge of vampires, usually desiring to become one him/herself. Unlike a wannabe, the seeker has a more thoughtful approach to vampirism and is willing to learn all he or she can about the condition before jumping head-first into it.


Self-Mutilation Syndrome (SMS):

A psychological condition which has apparently begun to grow among American youth. Sufferers of SMS, also known as cutters, feel the need to cut into their flesh and watch themselves bleed. Some sufferers of SMS also drink the blood drawn out this way, although this is not standard for the disorder. Most sufferers of SMS are redirecting feelings of anger, frustration, inadequacy, or emotional pain onto their bodies. Some eventually get involved in body art and blood fetishism. See also "clinical vampirism", "Renfield's Syndrome".


Second Death:

Death of the astral body



A worshiper of the God Set.



The term sensitive, often interchangeable with psychic, refers to a person with psychic powers, but eschews communication with the dead, instead concentrates on the experience of emotion and feelings. A sensitive is thus distinguished from the medium, or channel. A medium is usually also a sensitive.


Sexual Vampire:

A psychic vampire that feeds on sexual/tantric  energy and arousal.


Sexual vampirism:

A form of psi-vampirism where feeding is done primarily from sexual energy, or energy generated during sexual activity, with or without the exchange of blood. The feeding can be done intentionally or unconsciously / unintentionally. Also known as Tantric Vampirism.

A common term for female vampires who feed exclusively through sex is "Succubus", a word which originally denoted a Mediaeval demon which was believed to visit the dreams of men and tempt them into sexual misconduct; the male version of the word, although not as widespread, is "Incubus". The above words (incubus and succubus) I feel are very inacurate words to be using as they are still both reffered to as demons. (See also "incubus", "succubus").



The identifying symbol of a house, haven, coven, or individual. The sigil often has ritual or symbolic significance for the individual or members of the household. For example, the Sanguine Ankh represents members of the Sanguinarium, the Winged Ankh represent the members of the Ordo Verethi.


Sin nomine:

Latin for "without name". A vampire who has been stripped of his or her name and recognition within the community for having committed some great crime in the eyes of the community. (See also "excommunicated" and "Invisibles".)



A term from Vampire: The Masquerade roleplaying system that has crept into general usage meaning the one who turned (or awakened) someone who is a vampire. Or one who refers to themself as a sire who has a "mentor" to teach them the ways of basic vampirism (See "mentor").



A loud-mouthed dumbass that makes public and obnoxious claims of killing people who are (or who the slayer thinks are) vampires. Just like hit-men for the mafia, those who may be real vampire hunters or slayers are NOT going to publically announce what they do, as that's a surefire way to the Big House, or the Happy Hotel. At any rate, they'll get investigated. If they are posers, then they will continue to remain free and flap their lips a lot; if they are real, then the Law will deal with them accordingly. Whatever the case may be, Almost all of the vampire community (and Vampires of Eternal Night, along with Sanguinarius) urges you to report these individuals to the proper authorities. Maybe being investigated will put a reality check in their miserable lives and cause them to tone down their racist shitspeak. (See also, "hunter")

Whether they are harming or killing people, or desecrating graves and corpses, or conducting illegal interstate commerce (ex., a site on the net, offering vampire hunting or slaying services in exchange for money or goods) -- even if they have had no takers!, -- they are doing or offering to do illegal things, and should be reported. I believe conducting illegal interstate commerce is a felony--?

It's one thing to be a fan of Buffy, or Blade, or Jack Crow, or whoever, and it's one thing to have a ROLEPLAYING persona of a vampire hunter, but if that's the case, then those who do need to put some sort of indication that this is the case!



A vampire who chooses not to be involved with a coven and has little if any interest in interacting within the community. (see also "Rogue").



Someone from whom a vampire will get blood. This is a neutral term that I prefer to use; I feel that it's more accurate than "donor", as the blood's not always a donation...



deriving from the latin meaning "Breath", it is the substance of the soul.


Strigoi Vii:

A term meaning "living vampires" in Romanian folklore, it is used by some to refer to the condition and philosophy of being a vampire. The movers and shakers of the Sanguinarium have appropriated the term for their use in describing their more spiritually oriented path, the Order Strigoii Vii.

In actuality the "Strigoi" is a Romanian vampire which, after burial the creature can rise and rejoin the community (or town or whatever) and dwell within it. It can walk about in daylight hours, wed, raise a family, and hold a job. In the eairly stages of it's unlife it may need to return to it's grave each night, however as it feeds it gets stronger and can accomplish humanly things.



A female sexual vampire/demon. Common names are lilith and Nahemah. The plural is succubi. Often a term used to refer to a female sexual vampire, however is an inaccurate term. (See "sexual vampirism" or "tantric vampirism"). Historically, the term was used to describe a reason for the sexual dreams a person sometimes experiences, and were thought to be caused by a demonic spirit which took the form of a female in order to drain a person of his or her energy and lead the defenseless person into sexual sin while they slept. Also known as a vampiric demon.


Subtle Body:

as referring to the etheric or astral bodies.


Subtle Reality:

A minor reality, in which one can work through.



A Psychic vampire that feeds solely on negative energy.


Someone from whom a vampire will get blood. This is a neutral term; I feel that it's more accurate than "donor", as the blood's not always a donation...


Sympathetic vampirism:

A condition which sometimes occurs in individuals who have been fed from too frequently. This most often occurs in the donors or sources of energy vampires but can manifest itself among the sources used by sanguinarians as well. In general, the victim's resources become so depleted that they have to resort to vampirism themselves in order to replenish them. In addition to a need to feed, the sufferer of sympathetic vampirism may manifest symptoms commonly associated with real vampirism, such as heightened sensitivities and sensitivity to sunlight. Often, this condition causes some real vampires to mistakenly assume that their donors, -- or the donors thinking that they, themselves, -- have somehow been turned or awakened. This condition may last for a few weeks, although sometimes it can be drawn out for months or years. The best course of action is for the vampire or vampires who feed from the person to stop completely. Without the constant depletion of resources, the person's system should gradually correct itself over time. Some even believe that a link can remain from sympathetic vampirism for life.






 Sacred Sex, A path to enlightenment. Tantric practices raise exorbitant amounts of energy. Originally Hindu and Buddhist,  but has many different branches, and has recently gained popularity with the new age movement.


Tantric Vampire:

 A sexual vampire


Tantric Vampirism:

A form of psi-vampirism where feeding is done primarily from sexual energy, or energy generated during sexual activity, with or without the exchange of blood. The feeding can be done intentionally or unconsciously / unintentionally. Also known as Sexual Vampirism.

A common term for female vampires who feed exclusively through sex is "Succubus", a word which originally denoted a Mediaeval demon which was believed to visit the dreams of men and tempt them into sexual misconduct; the male version of the word, although not as widespread, is "Incubus". The above words (incubus and succubus) I feel are very inacurate words to be using as they are still both refered to as demons. (See also "incubus", "succubus").



A spiritual path that literally means �The Way�.



A cruel "game" that non-vampires, or even other vampires, sometimes play where they tease or taunt a blood vamp with either thoughts of blood, or actual blood, which they have no intentions of giving to the vampire being teased. While it might be amusing to watch the vamp's reactions, this "game" causes misery for the poor vampire, and can result in his or her vamping out or worse, if it's not stopped.



An extension of the subtle body that works as a way to drain and obtain energy from a distance.


the Thirst:

The craving, need, desire, urge to drink blood, experienced as an intense thirst-sensation and withdrawal-like symptoms. To say the least. This manifests not unlike an addiction, and is very difficult and annoying to have to deal with. (See also "the Hunger, "the Need", "Feeding", the "beast")


The Thirteen Rules of Community :

See "The Black Veil".



See Veils


to Turn:

To make someone into a vampire. This is most likely a misunderstanding or misconception of the awakening process. See also "awakening", "latent vampire".



Another term for becoming a vampire. Some groups believe that ordinary people can be turned into vampires, but this is most likely a misinterpretation of the awakening process. The method for this turning varies from group to group, but generally involves a rite of blood or energy exchange between the vampire and the person to be turned. If someone appears to have been turned, he or she was most likely a latent vampire to begin with. (See also "awakening", "latent vampire").



An alternate, less blatant, and less cheesy-sounding, term created as an alternative for the phrase "vamping out". See "vamping out".




 Unintentional Vampirism:

Popularized by "Vampires : The Occult Truth" by author Konstantinos. Used to describe a vampiric being who is unaware and does not realize that they are feeding upon other living things (usually unawakened vampires).






A much-disputed term with many meanings, depending upon whom you're talking to. See also the definitions of "sanguinarian", "blood-drinker", "blood fetishist", "psychic vampire", "Vampyre Lifestyler", and "Vampiric Community". Here, it is used to encompass all of the above-listed groups into a general category. Also, here, it is not used to define any of those as some sort of supernatural or superhuman beings or someone who has returned from the dead (excluding being revived by medical procedures), and so forth. Anyone who makes those sorts of claims, is lying.


Vampdar (a.k.a. Vampire radar):

A humorous play on the word "radar" and inspired by the gays' term, "gaydar", this term is used mostly by vampires who are experienced in meeting other vampires (live and in person) to describe the particular feeling they get. It's not something that can really be described well to others, but if you've experienced it, you'll know. (See also "beacon")


Vampire aesthetic:

The art and style associated with the vampire. This includes figures with long, slender limbs and pale or bone-white skin, androgynous beauty, Victorian or Mediaeval styles and themes, trappings of lace and velvet, funerary d�cor, and overall dark and melancholy themes. Scenes of crypts, abandoned castles, and shadowy landscapes abound in artwork that appeals to the vampire aesthetic. The work of Gothic artist Joe Vargo of Monolith Graphics, which can be found on the Web at www.monolithgraphics.com, is an excellent example of this.


Vampire bait:

A poser or wannabe who is just screaming for a vampire to come after them. (What they get may be an entirely different situation than what they hope for or expect...)


Vamping out:

Experiencing an acute flare-up of the thirst. This also involves a change in the person's manner, breathing, pulse rate, thought patterns, etc., as their body gears up to go out and attempt to satisfy the thirst. This is a real thing, not a fantasy thing, and I won't let anyone else who does not really have this as a real occurrence claim it; to do so makes a mockery of those of us who really do have to deal with it! (If they don't have it and they claim it, then I wish it on them; let them have it!).


Vampire community:

The community of people who identify with or have been identified with the label "vampire". This includes blood-drinkers, psi and energy vampires, and Vampyre lifestylers. The community also includes donors and sometimes the friends of vampires. (See "vampire")


Vampyre (spelled with a "y"):

Another fancy word for real vampires which many have come to adopt more and more. Which is based upon OSV teachings and other factors. Many believe this spelling better represents real vampires and others believe vice versa.


Vampyre lifestyler:

Someone who incorporates fictional vampire imagery and trappings into his or her personal life, often cultivating a "Vampyric" physical appearance, including but not limited to a very pale complexion, a wardrobe made up predominantly of dark clothing, a style of dress which is modeled on Victorian or Renaissance fashions, black or blood-red lipstick, sunglasses, fangs, FX contacts, and a generally melancholy or lugubrious air. Lifestylers often form alternative extended families and social structures modeled on the "covens" or "clans" of vampire fiction and role-playing games. Many also utilize lingo and terminology taken from vampire fiction and RPGs. Some are real vampires in the sense of craving blood, while others are blood fetishists, and still others are just drawn to the "Vampyre aesthetic". This is an outgrowth of, but distinct from, the Gothic subculture.



In general, this is the magick practiced by vampires or vampyre lifestylers. Many of them are pagan and follow the old ways, and the ways of magick are an integral part of their beliefs. Most vampires or vampyre lifestylers practice numerous techniques associated with energy manipulation. Many also practice some form of magick, most oftenly ritual magick or chaos magick. Vampyrecrafte refers to magickal techniques specifically designed by vampires and vampyre lifestylers to take advantage of their unique abilities. Vampyrecrafte often has a dark flavor to it, although in general it is more of a balance between dark and light techniques.



Doorways or gateways of perception through which one must traverse, in order to go to the otherside.





A Peaceful Goddess Based Earth religion, that celebrates the seasons and the wheel of the year. There are many different Traditions , which have their own take, and celebrate various deities that are important to them. They ARE NOT Satanic�.they don�t even believe in the Devil



 Someone who cannot tolerate the Vampyre lifestyle and proves antagonistic to the scene. In general, White swans are still a part of the gothic or fetish scene, which often brings them into contact with the vampyre community despite their disgust at our ways.