In 1858 a French professor and psychical researcher, named Z.J. Piérart, wrote a number of articles in which he proposed a theory of psychic vampirism. He suggested that vampyres were the astral bodies of incarcerated, or deceased, individuals that were revitalizing themselves on the living. A divergence indeed from the contemporary image of the vampire at the time.
The concept of “psychic” vampirism gathered its followers and in 1875 Colonel Henry Steel Olcott  and Helena Blavatsky  found the Theosophical Society in New York City. Olcott speculated that occasionally when a person was buried they may not be dead but in a catatonic or trance-like state, barely alive. Olcott surmised that a person could survive for long periods in their grave by sending out their astral double to drain the blood, or “life force” from the living to remain nourished.
In 1930 Dion Fortune  (Mary Violet Firth) published one of her more popular books, Psychic Self Defence. In her occult work Fortune had allegedly witnessed various instances of psychic attack which she was called on to interrupt. Among the elements of a psychic attack, she noted, was “vampirism” that left the victim in a state of nervous exhaustion, and a wasting state.” From these experiences she suggested that masters of the occult had the ability to separate their psychic self from their physical body and attach themselves to others and drain the host’s energy.
Never far from the surface in the vampire community is the grass-roots difference between the Sanguinarian vampires and the, now more populous, Psi-vampires. So, what is Psi-vampirism? Is it prone to the same difficulties as Sanguinarians experience? Why did the schism from the historical perception of vampires even occur?
Here to share their perceptions about Psychic vampirism with us are the lady’s Claudia, Emilie Conroy and Starfire.
RVN: Good evening ladies, thank you for joining us. We are honoured to welcome back Claudia and Starfire and welcome to RVN, for the first time, Emilie C.
C: Claudia here 🙂
S: Hello all it is so good to be chatting with you again.
E: Always at your service… 🙂
RVN: Before we begin with the questions, please tell us a little about how you came to identify as a Psi/ Psychic Vampire?
S: I knew from my teen years that I was different but it wasn’t until I happened upon my first vampire board in search of something else that I figured out what I was. The board in question was DarkRealms on ezboard.
C: While growing up I had that odd sense that most children get, about being different. I did not know how or why but I felt a little disconnected, even though I was surrounded by friends and family. As a child I could remember seeing things, which now I would simply state as auras. I also developed poor habits of finishing others sentences. As well as gaining a sense of knowing who or what I shouldn’t come in contact with by just looking.
As I reached my adolescence, these odd occurrences continued to escalate, with an odd sensation of wanting to be in situations that seemed reckless or a heightened level of emotion. Therapists would later diagnose me with Attention Deficit Disorder; even though I had a very good attention span and could memorize things very accurately. Thankfully my mother never really bought the idea of me needing medications and let me lead a normal childhood.
In my early teens, I found that I was getting better at controlling these odd sensations. But how did I make a connection to psi vampirism? Well as cliché as it sounds, it was my love for literature. I was an avid reader of Anne Rice novels. In my spare time, I read about these fictional characters having similar issues that I had. Instantly, I was hooked and felt a sense of connection. It wasn’t until a few years later, when in the privacy of my room, that I found that I was not alone. There were other people dealing with what I was going through. These people were not fan bloggers or role-players, they were actual people. After talking to a few of them, I began to feel much at ease and welcomed in what they called a community.
E: I do not identify myself with either description. I am a pranic vampire, with prana being the living energy that is the foundation of the universe. In my understanding, it’s not a question of feeding on a given substance that sets us apart. We’re really after what is in that substance, namely prana. The pranic method embraces all forms of feeding (I need a better word) because we are seeking to tap into universal living energy which exists in everything and can be taken from anything. By this theory,
sanguinarism is entirely reasonable as it is not the blood that a vampire seeks, but rather the living energy in the blood. Our entire enterprise of acquisition is learning the art of energy manipulation, which can be seen and experienced in whatever ways suit the individual.
The way I am describing that is called Tacrostica or Tacrostic philosophy is difficult to fully explain in words–not because it’s horribly esoteric, but because it’s a very
physical, passed from individual to individual, personal epiphany kind of practice. I mean I was very lucky to have wonderful guides and mentors to help with the “acrostic” viewpoint. And really, this is the first time I’m stripping away any smoke and mirrors.
RVN: How long have you identified as Psi or Psychic and have you ever been tempted to embrace, or tried, an alternative?
C: I began to identify myself as a psi when I was about fifteen years old. I do not remember ever truly embracing it. This is just a part of who I am. I will not lie and say it was an easy pill to swallow.
At first I was terrified to admit that I was a psi. Goodness knows, I didn’t want to admit I was to myself. I also was damn sure, this was something, I was not going to tell another soul, about my self discovery. Though the more I thought on it, the more I had to say…. well if this condition had any other name; would you be anymore re-leaved to admit you have it.
If you ask me today do I embrace being a psi vampire… I more then likely would have to say no, because for me, it is part of my nature that I truthfully cannot share without being criticized. Even after learning about psi vampirism, I tried countless methods to make sure I was not exaggerating.
Eating iron rich foods, change in diets, exercise… you name any alternative method to gaining more energy and stamina, I tried it. I won’t deny some things didn’t make me feel better, but in all something was always missing.
E: Keeping my initial answer here in mind, I have been an energy worker
for roughly 20 years. For the sake of better understanding I have
sampled other methods but my own has always been better suited to me.
S: I identified as a psi since finding DarkRealms which would probably be about the year 2001 (give or take a year). I have also fed sexually and can take energy (if needed) elementally (by this I mean: plants, storms, bodies of water, etc)
RVN: Do you think that, in essence, Psi-vampirism is; 1) a metaphysical form, 2) a psycho-physical form, or 3) a combination of both, in vampirism?
E: I really don’t have an answer for this, so allow me to say both.
S: I guess you could say it is a little bit of both. I am not a big one for thinking about my vampirism in these terms though. I am a vampire, just like I am a woman, sister, friend, etc. Those are the terms in which I think. I am a smart person but I just don’t go around thinking a lot about metaphysical and such terms.
C: Hmmm… I would have to say a bit of both. I find strong attachment to a psycho physical form during feeding, other then that it is predominately metaphysical when you incorporate other senses, such touch or smell.
RVN: Do you find any great difficulty in going without ‘feeding’ for any length of time?
S: My emotions tend to become a bit more frayed at those times, especially anger and depression.
C: I wish I could lie and say no, feeding is never an issue. If it has been two weeks or more I begin to feel a little out of my element.
E: Because of the nature of my “feeding” I am all day every day surrounded by the energies that I require, so I’ve never really needed to go without. The nature of my feeding is that ongoing challenge of life itself.
Sometimes I need a little extra boost; sometimes I need a lot. Rather than turning to coffee and 5 hour energy drinks, I tune into the universe (an ability that takes a considerable amount of time to master). Technically I’m always feeding, as the living energy in me is mingling with the greater energy matrix of the universe.
RVN: In 1858, the French psychical researcher, and a professor at the College of Maubeuge, Z.J. Piérart  wrote a series of articles in which he proposed a theory of psychic vampirism. He suggested that vampyres were the astral bodies of incarcerated, or deceased, individuals that were revitalizing themselves on the living. Why do you think the concepts of psychic vampires, such as these, developed?
E: These concepts existed because they were plausible explanations for some pretty extraordinary things. Additionally, I’ve found that any chance to connect the departed to any phenomenon on the mortal plain will be embraced and perhaps even cherished—the chance to catch up with a passed over loved one, for example.
S: I think it is easier to come up with some nonsensical idea, then to really get down to the researching of how we came to be.
C: That was comical, but oddly I think I can understand this concept. Most people identify vampires as dead to begin with because of folklore. The need to feed, or finding methods to feed, can result in sick manners and desperation. I guess you can compare a vampire with a drug addict. One day you feel a strong urge to quench your thirst, you might do so many things out of desperation; that might make you look quite mad.
RVN: In the event that a regular donor relationship is unavailable what, do you think, is a good alternative method of satisfying the Psi requirement?
C: For me a safe alternative to feeding on a donor would be a night out on the town. Most would frown upon that because in essence you are still feeding on someone or something. Also taking an interest in performing arts has really helped me, because it is fun, first and foremost, and it allows me to be around others and collect positive energy. Other then that I have never been able to find an alternative that is not dealing with people.
E: I’d recommend going into a public area of whatever sort and doing a little meditation.
S: I tend to then take from elemental energy and on occasion do a surface feed. A surface feed is when I psi feed off of a group of people. I am sure there are other names for it but I forget said terms.
RVN: Given the social structure within the OVC do you think Psi-vampires should have their own dedicated “organization” or group entity exclusive of any other vampire types?
E: After much time and experience, I’ve come to believe that the “community” would do so much better as a union of individuals rather than breaking into groups that seem to self-destruct. And I was in an Order for twenty years, so group dynamics are nothing new to me. I grow weary with the labels and the grouping. We are all of the same nation, whatever our tribes might be. I’d be so happy to see more coming together and less fragmentation.
C: Honestly I view vampires as one whole unit. I know many vampires that find themselves identifying with both sanguinarian and psi tendencies, so personally I do not see the need for an organization or group exclusive to psis.
S: I see no reason for us to have our own special group. I see no problem with those that want to create one, but I personally don’t feel I need to be in one.
RVN: Do you think that Psi-vampirism is a “natural” evolution of vampires?
C: No, I do not think it is an evolution. I will say that I think vampires have two sides to them but usually one is more predominate.
E: Actually I think any kind of psychic development and exploring what
our minds can do is indicative of evolution in general.
S: Yes I do because I feel most anyone can learn to feed this way and do. It is also safer and I feel more easily accepted by people.
RVN: Do you have anything else you would like to share with our readers about Psi-vampirism?
E: I’ve borne witness to an animosity between sanguinarians and psychic vampires—which is true, which really works, which addresses an actual need. Sometimes I wonder if the day will come when we’re all standing together against the outside societal forces that would write us off as deranged lunatics. Until that day, I will work for understanding. My three rules for surviving the social vampire mess
would be 1) Above all else, remain true unto yourself 2) Never lose site of yourself, and 3) Never fear speaking up for what you believe to be right.
C: I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.
S: Not at this time.
RVN: Thank you very much for sharing your time and thoughts with us today.
S: Thank you for having me once again.
E: Thank you.
C: Thanks again
Psi vampirism, not a simple concept and not one that is confined, or restricted, even within its own sphere. Attempts have been made to prove, or disprove, the activity of the psychic vampire during “feeding” or energy work and have been neither conclusive nor non-conclusive, in fact, as far as theory and evidence goes the strength of the Psi-vampires belief lies in much the same plane as that of the Sanguinarian, perhaps the two are not so unalike as at first might be thought.
In this respect the anecdotal evidence from donors to Psi-vampires becomes even more a consideration since it is they who “feel” and “experience” the changes that are wrought as a result of the Psi-feeding. Perhaps it is also experienced outside the community more often than any other form of vampirism, for example, have you ever heard a person referred to as “high maintenance” by another and recognized that the context is not necessarily material? Have you ever heard someone complain about how another person is “a drain” on those around them? Is it possible that Psi-vampires are more populous than even the community thinks?
© RVN, E. Conroy, Claudia and Starfire 2012 (except where noted)
- Henry Steel Olcott
- Helena Blavatsky
- Psychic Self Defence. Dion Fortune, Rider & Co., London, 1930
- The Works of Z.J. Piérart
The Vampire Book; The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 2 Ed., J. Gordon Melton, Visible Ink Press, 1999.
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