Communication, Prognostication and Unique solutions

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Tim

In movieland we have come across Vampires that speak their own dialects, in some fiction too but where do these languages come from.

In the Movie “Blade”, for example, at one point in the movie Jared Nomak turns to camera and delivers a portion of dialogue – what language was it?

In the book ‘Encyclopedia Fictional and Fantastic Languages’, J. Matthew Pearson explains;
“As the vampires are an ancient race, they have their own language, and for this film, UCLA Linguistics professor Victoria Fromkin was hired to design a Vampire language (Fromkin is also the creator of the Paku language from Land of the Lost

Not enough of the language is provided in the film to construct a grammar or morphology, but phonetically the Vampire language sounds Slavic and is often mixed with Czech and Russian by the film’s director, suggesting that the Vampire race is Eastern European in origin (perhaps Transylvanian?)[1]”

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One would tend to suppose that since the majority of the tales of historical Vampires originated in, and near, the Balkan States that we should rationally expect the same sort of scenario and, if we are going to go “by the book” that started it all, in modern parlance, then we would have to expect that the “official” language of Vampyres would be some form of early Romanian.

What about Modern Living Vampires? What language should we employ, as a symbol of our unique identity and our… if I may use the term, unity?

Now this is gonna be a bit of a trip, just like the article Vampire Deities 2017, okay, maybe a bit less ‘tongue-in-cheek’ but if you would care to accompany me let’s take a look at the possibilities, maybe learn some shit along the way…

Written communication – development of

The earliest writing systems, dated to the Bronze Age, did not just fall out of the sky, nor were they the product of an ‘epiphany’… they were based on earlier systems of symbol usage that can’t be properly described as writing. These systems are most usually named “proto-writing”. Such “symbol” systems emerged in the early Neolithic period, as early as the 7th millennium BC, of which the oldest known examples are the “Jiahu symbols” from China.

Example of the Jiahu symbols;
img. source: wikipedia.com

Similarly, the Vinča signs exhibit an evolution beginning with simple symbol sets that gradually increased in complexity until they achieved the highest development represented in the Tărtăria tablets of c. 5300 BC[2]

The hieroglyphic scripts of the Ancient Near East (inc. Egyptian, Sumerian proto-Cuneiform, and Cretan) emerged from these earlier systems so that it becomes impossible to discern at what point “writing” actually became recognisable, or able to be classified, as writing. “Slavic runes” (7th and 8th centuries AD) and the “quipu” of the Incas (15th century AD) may well be classified as being of a similar nature.

Writing, as it is now generally classified, emerged in a number of Bronze Age cultures, most notably, the cuneiform system of Sumeria, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Cretan hieroglyphs, Chinese logographs, Indus script, and Olmec scripts of Mesoamerica.

img. source: Ancient Scripts.com

So, now, a big jump forward to the “Ogham Alphabet

Ogham (/ˈɒɡəm/; Modern Irish [ˈoːmˠ] or [ˈoːəmˠ]; Old Irish: ogam [ˈɔɣamˠ])

The Ogham Alphabet.
img. source: Staigue Fort House

Early Medieval – An alphabet used to write the early Irish language (in the “orthodox” inscriptions, 1st to 6th centuries AD), and later the Old Irish language (scholastic ogham, 6th to 9th centuries).

Although the majority of the inscriptions in the ‘language’ consist of personal names according to the High Medieval Bríatharogam, names of various trees can be ascribed to individual letters.

There is some argument that the earliest known Ogham inscriptions date to about the 4th century AD, [3] but James Carney believes its origin is rather within the 1st century BC. [6] The actual use of “classical” ogham seems to have been, according to experts, most prolific in the 5th and 6th centuries around the Irish Sea, however, considering it phonetically it is clear that the alphabet predates the 5th century.

Some scholars consider it a mere cipher of its template script (Düwel 1968: [4] points out similarity with ciphers of Germanic runes). The majority of scholars favour the Latin alphabet as the template, [5][6] although the Elder Futhark and even the Greek alphabet have been touted as progenitors. [7] A “Runic” origin, it has been pointed out, would explain the presence of “H” and “Z” (letters unused in Irish) as well as the presence of vocalic and consonantal variants “U” vs. “W” (unknown to Latin writing and lost in Greek.)

We can see, from this VERY brief history, the mention of both Slavic and Germanic Runic systems and thus we might well look upon Runes as the ‘not altogether missing’ link between ancient and modern languages.

Runes (Proto-Norse: ᚱᚢᚾᛟ (runo), Old Norse: rún)

“The letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. The Scandinavian variants are also known as futhark or fuþark (derived from their first six letters of the alphabet: F, U, Þ, A, R, and K); the Anglo-Saxon variant is futhorc or fuþorc (due to sound changes undergone in Old English by the names of those six letters). [ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes]

The three best-known runic alphabets are as follows;

The Elder Futhark (around 150–800 AD)

The Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400–1100 AD)

The Younger Futhark (800–1100 AD).

Nb: The Younger Futhark is divided further into the long-branch runes (also called Danish, although they were also used in Norway, Sweden and Frisia); short-branch or Rök runes (also called Swedish-Norwegian, although they were also used in Denmark); and the stavlösa or Hälsinge runes (staveless runes). The Younger Futhark developed further into the Medieval runes (1100–1500 AD), and the Dalecarlian runes (c. 1500–1800 AD).

The “Elder Futhark”
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The process by which Runic script became dispersed is contentious but it is worthwhile noting that the oldest known Runic inscriptions are found in Denmark and northern Germany, not near Italy. A “West Germanic hypothesis” suggests that the runic systems were spread by movements of the Elbe Germanic groups, while a “Gothic hypothesis” presumes that it was a product of East Germanic expansion.

“The word ‘Rune’ comes from the Germanic root run- (Gothic runa), meaning “secret” or “whisper”, while in Old Irish Gaelic, the word rún means “mystery”, “secret”, “intention” or “affectionate love.” Similarly in Welsh and Old English, the word rhin and rūn respectively means “mystery”, “secret”, “secret writing”, or sometimes in the extreme sense of the word, “miracle” (gwyrth).” [ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes]

Now, I can see the question that is forming among you dear readers, the obvious question, “What in the name of all the gods does this have to do with Vampires, and more especially Modern Living Vampires?”

A great number of “modern” Vampires that I know, and that I have been in communication with, favour worshiping in age old manners, in recognising the “ancient” deities and historical methodologies of worship; indeed, as an energy worker I have conducted rituals along similar lines, also, a great number of the modern Vampire culture describe themselves as Pagan, synonymous with neo-pagan, practitioners.

Paganism is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christianity for populations of the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism, either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population or because they were not Milites Christi (soldiers of Christ). [8][9] In the 19th century, paganism was adopted as a self-descriptor by members of various artistic groups inspired by the ancient world. In the 20th century, it came to be applied as a self-description by practitioners of Modern Paganism or neopagan movements who incorporate beliefs or practices different than those in the main world religions.

Contemporary knowledge of old pagan religions comes from several sources, including anthropological field research records, the evidence of archaeological artifacts, and the historical accounts of ancient writers regarding cultures known to classical antiquity. Forms of these religions, influenced by various historical pagan beliefs of premodern Europe, exist today and are known as contemporary or modern paganism, also referred to as neopaganism.”[10][11]

In Pagan practices and traditions the Ogham alphabet and the Rune systems were the province of a few “learned” persons and the systems were used to pass along information and messages in a secretive manner, a hidden manner. Indeed, this is one of the very tenets by which modern groups, covens, Houses and other organisations operate.

Runes, one method for both communication and divination, perhaps, given these two factors, a system of secular practice as well. One of the questions that has always been on my mind is; given that the majority of modern living Vampires subscribe to the belief that we, as modern Vampyres, owe little or nothing to the historical namesake by which we describe ourselves why is it that we embrace, so widely, ancient religious and spiritual concepts?

Several years ago a noted member of our culture developed a “Vampire” alphabet and language from scratch, this as opposed to the adoption of terms to describe ourselves. The language was, as all languages are, based in a currently understood alphabetic sequence and it presented extremely well, indeed, the script developed by the designer was something of beauty. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have taken a similar concept but wound the ol’ timeclock back several millennia and, taking a page out of Professor Fromkin’s book, I set to work…

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The instrument I have named “The Vampyr Futharc” (after the traditional method of naming the system for its first 6 letters) is a Rune system based on the “Engliscan Gesithas“, or Anglo-Saxon system, that satisfies the requirements, in the main, for both base communication and divination purposes. As I pointed out in the article Vampire Deities 2017 it wasn’t extraordinarily difficult to achieve, it simply took a little time (around a day in reading material then another day, approx. in the graphical and transliteration) and some attention to the detail (after all, the devil’s in the details you know) and I am able to present it to you here.

In this day and age we need to “communicate” some quite complex and extensive concepts and that is where our modern languages have been developed to, however, in ritual practices and in short communication of basic ideas we need only a limited range of “conceptual instruments”. Be that as it may you will note several peculiarities in this Runic instrument as compared to others you may have come across.

1) Replicated vowels – one of the things that is of considerable importance in any “secret” language is the repetition, throughout a message, of the common vowels, A, E, I, O & U. In this system those letters have dual representation that no matter how and where they are used will break the pattern of repetitiveness and thus confuse attempts to, at base level, decipher the written message.

2) The interrogative symbol – At the end of the Futharc stands the symbol for a question mark. As the lead character in the movie “The Arrival” pointed out, the ability of someone to get an answer to a question depends very much on the recipient’s understanding of what a question is.
By way of examples, dear reader;

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A most simplistic exchange in which Fred asks Lydia if she is going to harvest in the current month, to which Lydia replies, in the next sunny week.

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A warning that “An angry man (singular) with weapons (plurality established by the use of ~ ) travelling (by) horse (passed by – established by the interrogator) 2 (utilising the basic tally system of numbering) days” (Plurality established by ~ symbol and time frame established by interrogator)

As a final example, a simple message that utilises the alphabetic connections,

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In the end analysis a fairly simple system.

 

In the online resource Crystalinks it is written that;

Rune stones, (sometimes cards), are used as tools of divination – a way to predict one’s future. Rune Stones come in a set of 24 ancient alphabetic symbols. They can be made of different materials – wood or glass most common and attractive – and usually kept in a pouch or box.

The author goes on to describe a basic method for “casting” the Runes;

Ideally ruins are cast on an East-West axis or facing the sun. A white cloth is laid down and used to determine the direction of the casting. From here the focus should lie with the pressing question. After casting the stones onto the cloth the ones which have fallen the right side up are read and depending upon whether the rune is reversed or not will have a bearing upon its meaning and the reading as a whole.

Then goes further to offer an alternative to fully casting the Runes,

Pick a rune stone randomly for a day reading; you can also do what is known as a 3 rune spread. Some feel that the day rune is a good way to get an answer to a single question. The 3 Rune Spread is used for asking broader questions whereas the single rune can be drawn on a daily basis.

So, let’s go ahead and cast…

Let’s assume we cast the runes and we get the following runes come upward, not reversed;

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A simple interpretation might well be: “A man/ woman (perhaps representing you or you with a companion of the opposite sex) will be travelling to a ‘place of fire’ in your country/homeland in a month.”

In conclusion:

We, in the modern living Vampyre culture, like to speak often of our unique identity, our “difference”, our “place” in the ‘grand scheme’ of things but a great many of us, to one extent or another, operate with basic principles and concepts that have their roots in the most ancient of times. Any culture, any society, any population needs – to one extent or another – a method of expressing its unique identity and its “special” aspects and in this the most common tools are its art and language… look around, we’ve definitely got the “art” covered, you only need to look back at our editorials with Lady Kate Gallwey and Goddess Rosemary, amongst the many other fine artists out there. What we don’t have is a unique language or, with the exception of prosthetic fangs and variations on the Ancient Egyptian Ankh, unique tools of worship…

Do I want you to start dancing around bonfires chanting, “ædac Rusmeada osur orth, ædac Trixdamit osur eohx…!” while tossing corn dollies into the flames as offerings? Ummm… well, hey, sure, if you want but even if not I would suggest that we do owe it to ourselves to come up with something, something that highlights and celebrates OUR culture – just like everyone else in history has.

 

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  2. Haarmann, Harald: “Geschichte der Schrift”, C.H. Beck, 2002, ISBN 3-406-47998-7, p. 20
  3. O’Kelly 1989, p. 250
  4. Düwel, Klaus. “Runenkunde” (runic studies). Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 1968. OCLC 183700
  5. Ross, Anne (1972). Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts. London: Carousel. p. 168. ISBN 0 552 54021 8.
  6. Dillon, Myles; Chadwick, Nora (1973). The Celtic Realms. London: Cardinal. p. 258. ISBN 0 351 15808 1.
  7. Macalister, R. A. Stewart, The Secret Languages of Ireland reprinted by Craobh Rua Books, Armagh 1997.
  8. J. O’Donnell (1977), “Paganus: Evolution and Use”, Classical Folia, 31: 163–69.
  9. Augustine, Divers. Quaest. 83.
  10. Lewis, James R. (2004). The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-514986-6.
  11. Hanegraff, Wouter J. (1006). New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 84. ISBN 90-04-10696-0.

 

Other references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogham

http://www.crystalinks.com/runes.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_writing#Proto-writing

Further reading on Theories of the origin of Ogham script;

Fol. 170r of the Book of Ballymote (1390), the Auraicept na n-Éces explaining the ogham script.

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Who would you want at your back?

Danielle Panabaker
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Tim

Anyone who has been around the Real Vampire culture and associated cultures, for more than a few months will have, almost undoubtedly, come across some sort of discussion about the relative “powers”, “abilities” and “traits” of modern living vampyres and their Therian/Were counterparts. Almost certainly the majority of us will have seen some sort of entertainment representation of the two, either going head to head or acting individually, thereby displaying the awe inspiring powers of which ever one we happen to be “cheering on” at the time.

So, the question is – “If you were in a jam who would you want at your back, Therian/Were, Vampire, or….your mom?”

Yes, seriously…! Let’s look at this from a perspective of individual powers…

Superhero movies, the DC Universe, the Marvelverse… we’ve probably all witnessed the heroic acts of derring-do, sacrifice and battleground honour but how do we choose our “rear-guard”? The one who’s going to, at some point, save you.

Jaime Murray as Gerri Dandridge in
“Fright Night 2”
Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films, 2013

Beginning with Vampires… not being egocentric or anything but because I am most closely aligned with these fine, upstanding citizens –

It is common in fiction for vampires to gain additional, uncommon powers as they age. Certain vampires may have abilities that are unique to them or a small group of others. These have been noted as ‘Gifted’.

In the context of the older European Folklore we commonly find that Vampires possess some, or all, of the following attributes. They can be immortal though this is not such a strong distinction among modern real living Vamps, some of the more common traits are held to be enhanced strength, enhanced senses, enhanced speed, psychic powers to one degree or another, and somewhat unnaturally speedy healing.

Some of the lesser acknowledged, and dubiously claimed, attributes may also include flight shapeshifting/absorption, Psychokinesis and Pyrokinesis. It has been reported in the past (historically) that Vampyres may also display, some poltergeist-like activity and/or various other powers based upon region such as control over nocturnal animals or the ability to spread plagues.

All in all, if the majority are true, this makes the Vampire, with their legendary remorselessness, a formidable “wingman/woman” for those “jammed up”.

Okay, so much for the Vampire cadre, perhaps you might like to have a little more muscle and brute force, “The Wolf”, at your back in a tussle? By all accounts the modern living “Wolf” has the unerring ability to, “be humble while remembering, at the same time, that they are a wolf. Loyalty, above all else, and the capacity to learn, and the willingness that accompanies it.”

Other attributes that are awarded the “Wolf” include, “Extrasensory perception, surprising strength, and more than a few things they inherit from their parents.”

Commonly, in history, folklore and mythology the Vargulf, or Werewolf, has been reported as having certain other wide-ranging abilities and traits, such as, Shapeshifting, Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Durability, Heightened Senses not to mention big claws and teeth, an infectious bite an uncanny sense of lie detection and empathy.

Alpha’s, more so than other pack members, are held to have the power of Telepathy while most nearly all enjoy great longevity. Like Vampyres, Were’s have a heightened healing factor that enables them to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of their body with much greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human.

So, perhaps you might like a “wing person” of this variety?

Karen Black in
Trilogy of Terror
ABC Circle Films &
Dan Curtis Productions,
1975

This brings us to our final but by no means least important, candidate… your Mom. Much has been said, reported and written about “Mom power”, in fact I’ll wager that nearly everyone reading this has witnessed the legendary powers of Mom at some point in their lives, such powers as;

Super-Sonic-Selective-Hearing: You could be standing beside your mother screaming the most vile and horrible oaths and battle curses and she won’t even blink. But then stand at the other end of the house and whisper that you are bored into a pile of pillows and you will be rewarded with enough tasks to dispel any boredom for the foreseeable future.

360 Deg.-Sphere-Vision: Enables Moms, no matter where, or at what position, they are situated, to look round, through, over and past any obstacle in the vicinity and ‘KNOW’ exactly what is going on.

Something-Bad-Has/Is-About-To-Happened/Happen-Sense: A sixth sense warning of either impending, imminent or “already hit the fan” situations.

The “Mom Voice”: (a.k.a. Razor Tongue) this super power has the ability to send you, or any perceived wrongdoer, shrinking back into your own skin. The “Voice” that has the power to turn any evildoer to freezing stone instantly.

Freeze-smile/glare: This is perhaps the most potent, and fast acting of the “Mom Powers”, where a smile, of a certain nature, or a “look” has the Gorgon-like power to render the target frozen in space and time, unable to move or speak.

Embarrassing-Child-Belief: This power spurs their children past their initial inhibitions and creates within the offspring a great desire to achieve mighty, masterful and sometimes hazardous goals. However, it can result in children pursuing things they are less than suited for in an effort to please their proud mothers.

Projectile-Auto-Targeting-Mode: This seems to be a default setting, where the mom is capable of propelling inanimate objects, by sheer force of will we believe, with unerring accuracy over the length of the living quarters, or yard, to strike those of naughty or recalcitrant nature.

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Consider, if you will, the presentation of these “superheroes” of life and then make a sound and wise decision… who would you rather have at your back in a jam, a Vampyre, a Were, or… Yo Momma!!!

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Myths, Images, Metaphors and Symbols

20 Sep 2011

Author: Angel Night

Pic. credit ~ Univ. of Nottingham & gizmodo.com

Greetings,

There are many labels and beliefs as to what best defines a vampire and how to describe the particular types. The definitions seem to change with the culture and are frequently under debate.

Just when I think I have figured out the correct words to describe vampirism, I come across new or re-vamped (pun intended*grins) ideas and/or definitions. I don’t believe it is a bad thing necessarily but, it can lead to quite a bit of confusion.

I decided to look up some of the more common words used that either explain the reason for vampirism or is used to label it.

Cain, Lilith, Aliens, Karmic, Cursed, Viruses, Therian, Demons, Mutants, Vampyre, Parasites, Other kin, Evolution, Nephilim, Nosferatu, Atlantean, Symbiote, Fey/Faerys, Psi/Psychic, Elementals, Ancient Man, Alien hybrids, Soul Suckers, Fallen Angels, The Old Gods, Ancient Aliens, Astral Entities, Hungry Spirits, Sumerian Gods, Damaged chakras, Succubus/Incubus, Sang/Sanguinarian, Ancient Egyptian Gods, Human Living Vampires.

The list goes on….. *grins*

Some of these labels will evoke different images and emotions for each of us.

The question is …..which one is correct? Will we ever truly understand or know the answer? Do we have to pick one to feel at peace or find meaning in our lives?

I tend to think most ideas have a bit of truth mixed in with personal theories and urban legends. Its just difficult to know which part is which at times. The one constant thread through all of this …is the burning need to understand and make sense of our world and ourselves.To define who or what we are helps us to better understand our own needs . It is natural to seek out others who have experienced similar feelings and challenges.

The internet changed so much of our ability to share information and bring us together. The inevitable birth of the O.V.C. (Online Vampire Community) as an offshoot of the growing V.C. (Vampire Community) .

On a side note.

I think of the V.C. as the natural connections we make with one another as a whole and that we are an extremely diverse group. The O.V.C is just part of the V.C but, is a natural response to technology and using the information highway to help us further connect with one another. I know some people identify it as a type of Vampire Authority for all Vamps but, I wanted to clarify on how I classify it’s role.  I do not see the O.V.C. as “The” voice, just one of the voices within the V.C. *smiles*

Back to my original train of thought. I know. Angel go off on a tangent? Never! *grins*

I feel that we are drawn to each other for different reasons.

Maybe, we see something of ourselves reflected in each other and it helps alleviate our feeling of being alone?

To find another person that understands and does not judge is another reason to seek out other vampires. (At least we hope there is no judgement but, sadly we may run into that at times.)

I believe, it is part of the human experience to seek knowledge and learn who we are and to understand why we feel the way we do.

For Psi and Sang vamps, it is the need, the drive for blood and/or energy that first gets our attention. Then we begin to look back and see that the symptoms were always there and try to make sense of it. Due to denial, ignorance,beliefs and lack of access to the internet, we may or may not know what it is or what it all means. All of these things play a role in our ability to understand our own nature and what makes us who we are today. It also, inspires us to seek out others with vampiric traits.

Even after we find others we can identify with, the inevitable questions then arise.

Why am I this way? Is it all in my head?

Could all of us be deluded ? Am I crazy? Are they?

I am happy to say that I truly do not think we are crazy. *grins*

But, it does seem to me, that these are all good questions. It shows that we are searching for the truth. That we are not blindly accepting something just because someone said so or because its what we want to believe.

Back to the meaning of words.*smiles*

Words are always evolving and changing.   What was once a positive word or meaning can sadly, become lost in confusion or become inexorably linked to an event or idea and forever be changed.

The swastika is a prime example.

Thanks to Hitler, we only relate the word and symbol to hatred and violence. Yet, the original symbol and its true meaning is just the opposite. The pentacle and pentegram are other examples of words or symbols “gone bad”.

Swastika – correct spelling is Svastika it is a Sanskrit word and there is no “w” in Sanskrit. This is a traditional symbol used today.  It means : “It is!”, “Life is good!”,  “There is meaning!”, “There is value!”

The history:

This solar symbol dates back to ancient times to about three thousand year ago and was used by many cultures.  Greece , Northern Europe and India. It is used today by modern Hindus to symbolize “Good luck”, “Good health” and “Prosperity.”

http://www.sanskrit.org/www/Hindu%20Primer/swastika.html

The pentacle (five pointed star within a circle) and pentagram ( five pointed star without the circle) :

This symbol dates back to 3500 BC but, some scholars believe it is even older. Here are just a few of the original meanings:

This star symbol represents protection and the elements.  Earth, air, fire, water and spirit.

It was worn by Christians to represent the five wounds on Christ.( I love that.*grins*)

In medieval times it was used as a protection symbol and called the endless knot and was the symbol for truth.

It was used on a knights shield to show the five virtues:

Generosity,  Courtesy,  Chastity, Chivalry and Piety.

The sign of Freemasonry and the Master of the Lodge.

The Rosicrucian use it as a symbol to represent Humanity Reborn.

The Ancient Egyptians and the Celts both used it to signify creation. Most likely why, so many tombs have stars carved or painted within them.

Modern Wiccans use the star within a circle to denote the five elements.

This symbol did not become a negative symbol until much later.

These more negative aspects came out during the 17th and 18th centuries when occult and esoteric teachings became a popular focus. Hollywood then took over and did the rest.  Reference for this info: Please, see link for more on the pentacle/pentagram. http://paganandproudofit.com/The-Pentagram-its-real-history.html

If we just use these two examples of how an original definition or symbol can become something very different. Its easy to do the same with an emotionally charged or misunderstood idea or view.

Political and religious power struggles also, play a big part in the downfall of symbols and words.

A favorite tactic used over the centuries is when an image or idea is demonized in order to control a specific behavior and belief.

Pagan holidays are a good example of not only demonizing but, of hijacking an original belief in order to draw in the followers of these traditions.

The hijacked holiday or belief is twisted or changed just enough for the original meanings to be lost and the groups wanting to control the people then claim it as their own.  As though the Holiday was always, theirs.

Then they use religion as a way to wreak havoc and pain and then have the audacity to point to the evil pagans or witches as the ones to hate.  Such hypocrisy …uggh.

Sorry, I get a bit annoyed by that sort of behavior. * I step down from my soap-box and nudge it away with my foot. Grins*

Back to my original point.*smiles*

The word Vampire…even with all its baggage ….is the one word that seems to best describe our condition and has been widely accepted within the Vampire Community.

The word has many cultural and mythical meanings:

In modern times it has widely been accepted as a blood thirsty undead

immortal that sleeps during the day and can only come out at night.  The vampires only weaknesses being sunlight and a wooden stake through the heart.*ouch!*

Thanks to movies and series like Twilight, Interview With a Vampire, The Vampire Diaries, HBO’s True Blood, Cirque Du freak (funny, yet still a contributor) ,Blood Ties, Moonlight and Forever Knight….there has been a new and evolving view regarding vampires. Whether we fully agree with these portrayals or not, they have helped to create a more positive view of the concept. The image of pure evil and hunger has been replaced with a more human and moralistic vampire. It has nurtured a compassionate view of vampirism and a more open minded approach for all of us.

More people are discovering the OVC everyday and in time I believe, it will lead to more donors and support for all of us and less of a knee-jerk response that we are  evil or deluded.  There is both good and evil in any group or culture, we are no different.  We are many faiths and creeds and have as many traditions and cultural influences as well. I see that as a positive influence. It allows us to create powerful voice that represents more than one specific person or culture.

Back to the meaning of the word:

Another modern and popular  term is “Real Vampire”.  This is one that is used to mark the difference between the Hollywood Vampire and a person who needs energy or blood to function and stay healthy.

Someone, claiming to be a real vampire is not claiming to live forever or live on blood or energy alone. We eat, get sick , age and die.

We can go out in the sun without bursting into flames. (unless your me..  after just a short while I personally feel as though I’m on fire.  I burn easily and will look like lobster girl in no time at all. I am extremely fair skinned.)*grins*

I then began wondering as to the origin of the word vampire and its history?

Here is what I found or should I say…did not find. *grins*

There are a lot of sources that touch on this subject but,very few that agree on it. I found a plethora of theories and opinions but,  not any one person or source that can claim ,with absolute certainty , as to the origin of the word or its meanings.

I went round and round on the internet hoping to somehow surf my way to the Holy Grail of discoveries and sadly, never did. I know there are many facts on this topic, but to wade through them all seemed a bit daunting. I will leave that undertaking to people more driven than myself.*grins*

Each culture has its own version of spirits/undead humans and beings preying on the living. Usually for some sort of sustenance or to exact revenge. The common theme is the harvesting of energy/life force, blood and other bodily fluids.  It was quite fascinating to read the varied beliefs around the world. (That may be a whole other article.*smiles*)

With that being said, I have come to the conclusion that maybe, this is a good thing. It leaves us a bit of freedom in deciding how to define not only the word but, ourselves as well. Maybe, one day we will more or less agree on a definition and possibly have learned the cause as to why we are this way. Until then we may as well have fun figuring it out.*smiles*

I think our biggest challenge is to break away from the stereotypes and the Hollywood myths.  The other is to be aware that each of us can only define our own vampirism in the way we understand it.

That what I call myself may, be very different from what another may call themselves and thats ok.

As long as we keep the communication channels open and treat one another with respect and a willingness to see from another persons point of view, then I truly believe we will all benefit.

The OVC as a whole can continue to evolve and be a support for those in need. Even if we don’t always agree with each other we can still lend support to one another. It can help foster a more positive image and maybe, we will find others willing to share our journey.

A lot of us feel we have to travel alone through life and feel the need to step back from society and become observers. We sometimes, miss the opportunities and chance meetings that arise due to trying so hard to protect ourselves and keep our secrets.

To find others that can understand and are able and willing to walk along side us is truly a wonderful thing. We just have to be open to the idea and take the proverbial leap of faith.

I like to think that we all want the same things in life.  Happiness, peace , friends and family.  These are  just a few of the things that come to mind. ( I did not want to be too sappy. *smiles*)  So, if we are all on a similar journey and  want the same things then it seems logical to support one another and create a safe haven for discussion and sharing. Its not always easy but, well worth it in the long run.

Trust is earned but, it also starts with vulnerability .  *smiles*

Enjoy your journey.

Angel

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