About Vampgeist Creative Media
You never expected to find out vampires are real. You especially never imagined that vampires could occupy so much of human fascination or that there could be so many ways to interpret the vampire.
You may have heard the expression "Zeitgeist" which literally breaks into Zeit (time, era, an age) and Geist (spirit). But instead of being the spirit of an age, Vampgeist is the spirit of the vampire--who we are, what we're seeking, what we're doing. It's very real and it's happening right now. More importantly, Vampgeist has been coined as a term which is more or less synonymous with prana or lifeforce. The only difference is that Vampgeist is this living energy as it pertains to the vampire and to vampiric practice. In other words, it's subject-specific. You may already be aware of what is called the OVC or the online vampire community. Vampgeist exists in part to serve the members of this community, but it is not part of said community. Vampgeist is independent of all ties and influences as it operates as a mediating entity between vampires of whatever community and the world beyond. We are adamant about not bringing any biases or baggage with us when we are working for Vampgeist. There is no favored few and no disreputable dregs--we are working on a level playing field. We're checking personal gripes at the door. Impossible? Perhaps. But still it's a worthwhile goal.
Let's face it. "Vampire" is a loaded word. It seems to be one of several visceral words in the English language, words so powerful as to engender a reaction just by speaking them. But let's take a closer look.
Etymology: French, from German Vampir, from Serbian vampir
1: the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep
2: one who lives by preying on others
Well, all right, if you insist on frolicking in folklore and Saturday horror movie matinees. Vampgeist prefers a different definition.
There exists an entity of living energy all around us and in the universe. This energy is both alive itself and imbues all things with life of one degree or another. A vampire is an adept at energy play, an adept at tapping into this living energy for self-benefit. A vampire knows how to take what energy they want and need and use it for their own purposes.
At Vampgeist, we are especially interested in the vampire archetype. Our studies over the years have brought us to conclude that some variation or variety of the vampire exists in the common lore of human beings around the world. In brief, this suggests that the vampire is an archetype we all have in common as humans, or perhaps it is further evidence to suggest a collective subconcious mind. Whatever the case may be, the vampire has been humanity's companion since the earliest days. Recent interest in the vampire--fictional and real--indicates that the vampire will be with us for a long time to come.
But let's go back to the vampire as a common archetype among humans. Suddenly there is much more involved than Hollywood schlock, gothic fashion, and darkness. The vampire and the human need each other. What would happen to the collective subconcious mind if the vampire had never been? What if it disappeared? And why is it there in the first place? If we study the vampire, we are also studying a keystone in the human experience.
Simply put, vampires move us. Whether in horror or fascination or sexual excitement, we can't help the lure of the vampire. This is why Vampgeist exists. This is a transition place, a realm between worlds where questions can be answered and impressions expressed. Our relevance is the relevance of the non-waking mind on human thought.
The possibility of human beings better understanding ourselves through the vampire--if that's not reason enough to move ahead, what is?
There are already more real vampire sites and projects on line than any online explorer could visit in their lifetime. All right, maybe that's an exagerration, but there are still a lot of sites out there.
So what is Vampgeist? What is the operating idea? What is it we plan to offer those who come a seeking? In short, it goes something like this. First and foremost, we are seeking to better understand ourselves through the vampire archetype. This archetype has been found in virtually every human culture around the world. Vampgeist aims to describe a system of vampiric practice that can be understood by society in general. While the origins of Vampgeist and its creators lie with the vampire Order of Maidenfear, Vampgeist operates independently of Maidenfear or any other vampire group. Vampgeist operates independently of the real vampire community and of society at large. In this way, we serve both through information and education. Vampgeist will assert that our paradigm is but one of many in the vampire community.
Vampgeist seeks to represent the real vampire community with respect and dignity.
Vampgeist is here to provide information to people outside of the community about the phenomenon of real vampirism. If you think people aren't perennially interested in vampires, ask someone.
Vampgeist hopes to provide timely and relevant warnings and cautions against media traps and disambiguations.
Vampgeist will mediate access to the real vampire community for those seeking to learn or satisfy their curiosity.
Vampgeist can provide provisionary legal advice to individuals who feel that their essential rights are being threatened.
Vampgeist exists to protect individuals from media predators and exploitation.
Vampgeist will produce quality non-fiction articles and press releases independently and at the request of Client-Members.
Vampgeist is a SERVICE, not an Order or a Court.
How can we do this? We are media professionals, with experience in print and broadcast journalism. Our basic tenet is that being a vampire is fascinating enough without needing to dress the part or throw in some stereotypical imagery.
I welcome you to visit http://www.vampgeist.com for more information.
A Vampgeist Glossary
When we're talking about a concept that is as fluid and as fantastic as the vampire, we really need to define our terms upfront. I've already outlined our definition of vampire. For the sake of clarity, here are some more words we use and what we mean by them in this instance.
An advisory is an announcement with the intent to warn or otherwise make readers aware. When an advisory is posted, it means that there has been sufficient evidence to consider a given situation as a threat.
These are the people you want to get yourself across to, whether in writing or another form of media. There really is nothing so valuable as an interested audience.
A group of individuals united by a common interest is a community.
This academic field is really what Vampgeist is all about. A fuller definition is here reposted rom Wikipedia.
Cultural anthropology is one of four or five fields of anthropology (the holistic study of humanity). It is the branch of anthropology that examines culture as a meaningful scientific concept. Cultural anthropologists study cultural variation among humans, collect observations, usually through participant observation called fieldwork and examine the impact of global economic and political processes on local cultural realities. One of the earliest articulations of the anthropological meaning of the term "culture" came from Sir Edward Tylor who writes on the first page of his 1897 book: “Culture, or civilization, taken in its broad, ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” The term "civilization" later gave way to definitions by V. Gordon Childe, with culture forming an umbrella term and civilization becoming a particular kind of culture.
The anthropological concept of "culture" reflects in part a reaction against earlier Western discourses based on an opposition between "culture" and "nature", according to which some human beings lived in a "state of nature". Anthropologists have argued that culture is "human nature," and that all people have a capacity to classify experiences, encode classifications symbolically (i.e. inlanguage), and teach such abstractions to others. Since humans acquire culture through the learning processes of enculturation and socialization, people living in different places or different circumstances develop different cultures. Anthropologists have also pointed out that through culture people can adapt to their environment in non-genetic ways, so people living in different environments will often have different cultures. Much of anthropological theory has originated in an appreciation of and interest in the tension between the local (particular cultures) and the global (a universal human nature, or the web of connections between people in distinct places/circumstances).
The rise of cultural anthropology occurred within the context of the late 19th century, when questions regarding which cultures were "primitive" and which were "civilized" occupied the minds of not only Marx and Freud, but many others. Colonialism and its processes increasingly brought European thinkers in contact, directly or indirectly with "primitive others." The relative status of various humans, some of whom had modern advanced cultures that included engines and telegraphs, while others lacked anything but face-to-face communication techniques and still lived a Paleolithic lifestyle, was of interest to the first generation of cultural anthropologists.
Parallel with the rise of cultural anthropology in the United States, social anthropology, in which sociality is the central concept and which focuses on the study of social statuses and roles, groups, institutions, and the relations among them, developed as an academic discipline in Britain. An umbrella term socio-cultural anthropology makes reference to both cultural and social anthropology traditions.
The process of attaining knowledge of both a practical and esoteric nature hopefully leads to better awareness and understanding.
For our purposes, a medium is that by which we gather our knowledge of the world around us. The media refers to the relay of information from a source to an individual.
Hopefully, this would be a trustworthy and honest repository of information that can be accessed by individuals.
We are all seekers. Vampgeist uses "seeker" to differentiate from "vampire", the latter being self-described as such.
At the moment we are undertaking an enthusiastic public relations campaign both with vampire groups and sites and with various media outlets (US, soon to go global). We are also interested in showing that real vampirism doesn't have to be a masquerade and can be based in some very solid philosophy and experience.
The Pranic Principle
You may have heard the expression Zeitgeist which literally breaks into Zeit (time, era, an age) and Geist (spirit). But instead of being the spirit of an age, Vampgeist is the spirit of the vampire--who we are, what we're seeking, what we're doing. It's very real and it's happening right now. Vampgeist is living energy, it is lifeforce. It is PRANA.
Literally and figuratively, everything starts with prana.
The word comes from the Sanskrit prana, meaning lifeforce or living energy. Prana not only is in everything, but it IS everything, from what we call the forces of nature to the power that keeps our blood flowing. It is all energy.
We were introduced to vampirism as energy play, or pranic manipulation. The pranic vampire is a creature who absorbs the energies of the living world--a creature of energy play. Blood is most often associated with vampires, and is of course a strong source of prana. But there are other ways of being a pranic vampire too, methods that involve the mind and mental ability.
Let us look at what we mean by vampire. We're not talking about ghouls, revenants, or other creatures from folklore. We're not talking about immortals walking around preying on the innocent. To us, a vampire is an individual who understands and indulges in energy play and exchange.
Science, specifically Physics, inadvertently supports the pranic principle. The universe and everything in it contains energy, and it's not a big stretch to call that energy prana. That energy cannot be destroyed, only changed, or manipulated.
We ourselves are beings of energy. Our energy and the energy of the universe are the same energy. The Vampgeist concept of vampirism is the practice of plugging ourselves back into the pranic matrix of the universe and engaging in energy play. Vampirism is working with energy according to will. There is never any energy drain, because what is taken and handled is replaced--remember the energy cannot be destroyed idea?
What's the benefit? Why bother to learn this practice? While it's true this pranic vampirism takes an investment of time and effort, the results can astound you. Sharpen your mind, increase your perception, heal yourself more quickly, help someone you care about with a gift of prana, and step up to become a citizen of the universe.