The GVC is the Greater Vampyre Community. Its the whole world collective of Vampyres both online and offline. They are responsible for upholding the laws, principles, philosophy and the traditional practices of our kind. The Language of our people are developed by the culture of the movement. Sometimes you’ll never know who originated what terms or phrases or practices. But their anonymous contributions have helped shape the Vampyre tradition world wide.
The Whole of the community is not only shaped by Vampyres.
It is shaped by their supporters too. Donors and Black Swans, Cosplayers, and Lifestylers.
You’d be surprised to discover that the majority of the Vampyre community isn’t really populated by Vampyres. So I’d like to get into that a bit more later.
- Cosplayers: Humans who do not Identify as Vampires, but love to LARP as Vampires.
- Lifestylers: Humans or Witches who have adopted the Vampire Archytype as a means of self-empowerment, and a theme for their philosophy and witchcraft practices. (They are sometimes, actual vampyres, who live the Vampyre Lifestyle. But the Lifestyle, is open to anyone, so long as you adopt and uphold the principles of the tradition. )
- Donors: Humans who volunteer to be fed upon by a Vampyre
- Black Swans: Humans who support the Vampyre Movement, community, lifestyle, idenity and traditions… while not claiming to identify as vampyres themselves.
- Vampyres: We are the most rare in the community and even more so in the world. We are born out of the Abyss, and intuitively linked to the unseen world. We drink of the blood and the spirit. We transcend worlds because it is our existence. and we are always in states of transformation. The Vampyre is the only one who needs elaboration. Because we aren’t human in the sense that our souls and the spirit animating our bodies isn’t a human one. But the body itself, is of that of a human. Vampyre is the term we here in the West called ourselves when we did not have a word for Shaman. Therefore our identity and tradition was shaped by the Vampire egregore. Which in turn bloomed into what is now known as the GVC.
In a struggle to communicate our experiences, in a world ruled by people who are blind to the unseen worlds. We came together in the early years of the internet, which allowed Vampyres from across the globe to find each other. We turned to religious studies to find the words to best describe what we were experiencing as a collective. We discovered many similarities between our traditions and Tantric Yoga and Tantric Philosophies like that of Zen Buddhism, Shivaism, Shaktism, Taoism, Shinto, and various Shamanic traditions across many cultures.
You’ll discover that Vampyres are very very Tribal people, and our lifestyles resemble those of many indigenous cultures. The only time we ever feel seen or understood, is when we meet people from other tribal communities. This is a phenomenon that emerged on its own organically… But it is also a mystery that we need to explore more deeply… as a culture.
-Once upon a time Vampyre with a “y” was used to describe Lifestylers. And Vampire with an “i” was used to describe Real Vampires. But that created allot of confusion. Eventually we used these modes of spelling the way Aliester Crowley used Magick with a “k” in reference to the Esoteric Arts of Spiritual Manifestation. and Magic with a “c” in reference to Stage magic and the magic of fiction like that of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Today Vampyre with a “y” refers specifically to Vampyres of the Predatory Path of Spirituality. and Vampire with an “i” refers specifically to vampires of fiction.
-When referring to humans playing vampires, we spell Vampire with an “i” because they are playing into fictional roles.
-I can see that the difference in spelling will very much become an issue down the line, when Vampyres begin to insult each other by referencing them by the Vampire with an “i” spelling of the word.
-Another thing I’d like to note, is that Vampyrism as a Tradition is very syncretic. Which means that each Vampyre must tailor their own spiritual philosophy, by finding ways of expressing themselves and discover ways of communicating their experiences… by exploring various spiritual perspectives across time, and across the globe. Tantric Shamanism is the one tradition that is adopted and syncretized by nearly all Vampyres on this path. But others, like those of the lifestylers who fear death, are drawn to more Western Platonic Ideas that include an afterlife. So they syncretize Kemetic (Egypt) Structures of belief. and others aim to seek Vampires in even more Ancient roots.
-You can probably tell the difference between philosophies derived from Vampyres and those of Lifestylers by how they view death as well as Vampires. Lifestylers believe in a fear of the 2nd Death which stems from both Kemetic and Christian beliefs… where Immortality has to be earned by living a certain way in accordance to an ordained belief system. But True Vampyres believe that we are eternally trapped in a cycle of reincarnation… Some Vampyres celebrate life and look forward to reincarnating eternally back onto the earth, therefore there is no fear of any kind of death… Because death is an illusion, its only the mark of a new begining. While others like myself, Seek to return to the great abyss. That 2nd death that the Lifestylers fear, is the death of Nirvana… Nirvana meaning “To be Snuffed out” as alchemists would say “To be Dissolved”… For us on this end of Vampyrism, Death is an Option, a choice. But because we are the Spawn of the Abyss, we can always choose to come back to the realm of the living. as Death, is only an illusion.
-The only thing I can tell you about vampyrism in terms of beliefs and tradition is…. That there are many roads that lead to the same destination. But its important to recognize that they are not all the same. and no one should ever tell you that their way is the only way. You must look at all of the different perspectives, and find out which one best resonates with you. You’ll never find your tribe, but your tribe will find you. So walk the Left Hand Path, as Vampyrism IS a LHP tradition. And create your own spiritual philosophy by means of syncretism. But be respectful of all closed traditions, especially when they are of racial, cultural or tribal origin. Adopt the Principles, Values, and Methods but don’t appropriate their Gods. and don’t corrupt their language by misappropriating their words and terminology. Take inspiration from these concepts and create new words to describe those ideas and principles within your own tradition, as a means to best describe what your mystic experiences are as a Vampyre. If you have to adopt the terms and symbols, always share the origins and the original concept behind them, before sharing your interpretation of them.
-don’t fall into “Eclecticism” which is a colonialist approach to spirituality. Eclectics take Gods and practices from various religions and repurpose them to tell a new narrative that has nothing to do with the origins of those Gods, Symbols, Concepts or Ideas. “Syncretists” learn everything they can about a religion and adopt parts of those beliefs then mold them into other similar and compatible beliefs that they’ve adopted… syncretists will always tell you the origin of an idea, or concept or symbol and their original context, before telling you how they themselves view those Icons.
But the syncretist will never show you an image of Kali and tell you that shes a deific mask of Lilith.
But an Eclectic will do that. and that’s why I don’t support authors and figures like Michael W. Ford. who himself is the co-founder of the Order of the Black Dragon, and the Greater Church of Lucifer.
I shouldn’t have to tell you how I feel about either of those organizations at this point.