Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]


Views: 16,501,631


April 20th. 2014 ...

Six Rules for Safer Pagan Sex: A Guide

Safety: Let's Shift Our Focus

A Pagan Perspective on Easter

Morality and Controversy in the Craft

The Oak King's Domain (A Story)

The Star Child


April 13th. 2014 ...

Magick and Consequences: My Experience with Sigils

Being a Worrisome Witch

Don't Talk Yourself Out of Trying Something New!

What to Do When the Spell/Ritual Flops


April 6th. 2014 ...

The Elements and the Quarters

Dark Moon Scry: Aries 2014

How the Wheel of the Year Works “Down Under”

13 Keys: The Understanding of Binah


March 30th. 2014 ...

Manifesting the Dream: On Religious Organizations, Pagan Abbeys and our Order

True Meaning of Community

Thoughts on Unverified Personal Gnosis

My Beautiful Grove- A Matter Of Perspective


March 23rd. 2014 ...

Spirituality and Social Change

The First Step to Anywhere!


March 16th. 2014 ...

From Christian to Pagan (Part I)

Nature And The Celtic Tree Calendar

The Teeth in the Darkness


March 9th. 2014 ...

Healing the Witch Within

Incarcerated Witches

Discovering Wicca as a Young Child

March Pisces Energy: Pre-natal Memories and Standing Upright


March 2nd. 2014 ...

Lessons of Ostara: Six Ways to Move Forward

The Wiccan Priest - The Misunderstood Role

Which is Which? Am I a Warlock or a Witch?

The Secret Teaching: Selected Aspects


February 23rd. 2014 ...

Wicca or Traditional Witchcraft: Some Differences

Everything is Not Under Your Control: Making Sense of the Senseless

The Wonders and Gifts of Paganism and Community

What Makes Us What We Are


February 16th. 2014 ...

The Stones of Fear: Anxiety Relief

Death, Grief, and Psychopomp Work in Shamanic Healing

Spiritual Traveler: Form To Essence

Alternative Medicine – What Is It?


February 9th. 2014 ...

Words of Power!

The Allure of Glamour in the Apocolypse

Lunar Insight Planetary Preponderances: Year of the Horse, Imbolc and Mercury Grazings


February 2nd. 2014 ...

The Magick of Jewelry and Metals

Building a Magick Mirror

The Golden Bough: a Study Guide (Part 2)


January 26th. 2014 ...

Love of Self: The Hardest Thing To Do

The Golden Bough as a Seminal Work in the Neo Pagan Movement (Part 1)

13 Keys: The Mercy of Chesed

Lightworking In The Screen Age: Staying Connected


January 19th. 2014 ...

Open Letter to the Goddess

A Southern Girl's Guide to Hospitality

Social Conventions and the Pagan World

Reclaiming Independence


January 12th. 2014 ...

Never Once Was There a An Athame Near My Chalice: My Very Sheltered Occultist Upbringing

One Wiccan's Journey Through Depression


January 5th. 2014 ...

Religion vs Practice: Defining Witchcraft in a Modern Age

Traditional Apprenticeships: Training in the Modern Pagan Abbey

2014's Magickal Magnificent Manifestations!

Lunar Insight Moon Musings, Planetary Preponderances: Wise and Wild


December 29th. 2013 ...

My Top Ten Favorite Cauldrons (Part 3)

13 Keys: The Might of Geburah

Beyond The Season of Greed


December 22nd. 2013 ...

My Top Ten Favorite Cauldrons (Part 2)


December 15th. 2013 ...

The Hex Murder of 1928

My Top Ten Favorite Cauldrons (Part 1)

Lady of the Forest Mist (A Story of the Woods)

Lunar Insight Moon Musings: Hunting, Fires and Parting Shots


December 8th. 2013 ...

Help and Thoughts for Pagans New to the Journey

Using Your Wand in Reverse

The Cry of the Soul

Leaving a Group - Part 2: Leaving, Healing and Moving Forward


December 1st. 2013 ...

The Tarot as a Tool for Raising Consciousness

A Pragmatic Look at Neo Paganism

Leaving a Pagan Group – Part 1: To Leave or to Stay?


November 24th. 2013 ...

The Groovy Aquarian Christ: Jesus From a Pagan Perspective

The Pagan and the Papacy


November 17th. 2013 ...

Which Witch? Philosophical and Psychological Roots of Wicca

For Love of the God

A Threat to Religious Liberties?


November 10th. 2013 ...

Where did Aleister Crowley’s Influence on Wicca Go?


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.










Article Specs

Article ID: 11418

VoxAcct: 224301

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,558

Times Read: 5,185

RSS Views: 54,354
On Psychic Vampirism (From A Psychic Vampire)

Author: Sickle
Posted: April 22nd. 2007
Times Viewed: 5,185

A few days ago, my attention was drawn to a specific book on the shelf of a bookstore. It was a book that I would probably never read, its subject matter bearing little interest for me, and so I felt there should be no reason to pay it any mind. Nonetheless, it drew and held my attention. This particular tome, advertising through its title, suggested that the author could help readers escape the dangers of psychic vampires.

Now, in my run-ins with the term "psychic vampire", I have come to understand it in two very different ways. On one hand, it refers to someone who uses personal tragedy and trauma to gain the attention of others at the expense of the others' emotional stamina.

On the other hand, it refers to a person who has the ability to take the very essence of life (known as chi, ki, prana, etc.) from another for their own nourishment, similar to the way Stoker's Dracula consumed the blood of his victims.

Reading the title, I became suspicious at its suggestion. Surely, I thought, the author must have written about the dangers of allowing others to tax us emotionally, robbing us of the potential of positivity in our lives. While this was my hope, it was not what I felt the subject matter to be. A quick glance at the review on the back made concrete what I had suspected: The author had written about the "dangers" of those who, through psychic means, are able to nourish themselves from the life force of others.

Upon finding out the true nature of the book's contents I became offended, which is not something easily accomplished. I was not offended over the topic of psychic vampirism, but at the notion that psychic vampires are somehow innately dangerous to general society.

I was offended, you see, because I am the kind of psychic vampire of which the author wrote. Reading the title of that book was the equivalent of walking into a bookstore today and finding a book whose title read: "How To Avoid The Evil Tendencies Of (insert ethnicity here)."

Even though I find the book to be offensive, I see no need to take it from the shelves or to tell people not to read it. I have no doubt that the techniques taught in the book, providing supposed "protection" from psychic vampires, are not aggressive towards others. I'm sure they are concerned more with the process of avoidance, for which I am grateful. It helps keep me from the bitter disposition brought on by being subject to the presence of those who would believe the nonsense suggested by the title of the book I have mentioned.

As it is, I would like to speak out on the topic of psychic vampirism, from the point of view of just such a creature, and allow myself the indulgence of pondering aloud what dangers vampires pose. Who better than one of the so-called "dangerous" to let you know the score and raise vital questions?

For whatever reason, psychic vampires are unable to produce enough of the subtle life force created by all living things to sustain their own health. There are several theories as to why this is the case, but that is not important for the purpose of this writing. What is important is that we vampires require something that, while everything else is able to self-generate, we are not able to produce sufficiently.

As such, we must find exterior sources of this life-stuff, which are generally people. Either through teachings or trial and error, we eventually learn to manipulate our energy bodies in order to connect with our chosen sources of energetic nourishment. As we are learning, we can sometimes cause harm to others.

"Feeding" from the sick, the elderly, or the very young can seriously affect not only the psychic health, but also the physical health of such people. It is quickly noted, however, that feeding from such people is not only harmful to them, but a waste of time for us, as their energies are lacking in the sustenance we require.

As our talents mature and we grow in experience, we learn how best to feed and from whom. Contrary to what some authors may think, being fed upon by a vampire when you are healthy is not damaging. As it is, the process often leaves the "donor" feeling slightly euphoric or pleasantly sleepy (this seems to be an aid in feeding, like mosquitoes producing a natural anesthetic). The energy lost is quickly recovered, and the donor has suffered no harm.

So where, exactly, is the danger of being amongst mature vampires? It has occurred to me that it may be a simple matter of evolution. The predators in the realm of nature are certainly feared by that on which they prey, this being nature's gift to the prey to help promote its longevity. It is then perhaps a matter of a certain author being the potential source of sustenance for another that gives said author a certain queasiness in the stomach. Is this a valid concern? Should non-vampires run and hide in the knowledge that, bottom line, they're all food?

Hardly. As it were, everyone is potential food for everyone else, but the possibility of psychic vampires running rampant and draining everyone dry has as much potential of coming into being as mass cannibalism.

Morals and ethics do come into play, and while immature vampires can pose a risk to others, anyone who doesn't live in a hole in the ground knows the risks of immaturity in general.

Thus, I'm still left questioning the innate danger of psychic vampires. We are no different in our necessities than someone who needs constant blood transfusions. I shall not find some more palatable term than predator to describe us, for by definition we are predators. Unlike most predators, however, we do not take life until there is no life left to take.

The wolf and the tiger kill their quarry, consuming essence and source in order to maintain survival, yet that is unnecessary for the vampire. The source of the essence is left, undamaged, to regain that which was taken out of need.

We may take without permission, but we take without injury to those who sustain us. Save for the possible feeling of wanting to take a nap, you'll never even know what you gave us.

Perhaps it is our very essence as predators that make others see us as dangerous. Maybe it is our potential to cause great harm, or the fact that we are not quite like the rest of the two-leggeds that causes alarm in some.

The way I see it, being a two-legged creature who preys on others and has the potential to create total annihilation describes all of humankind. Thus, I am led to believe that the true reason certain people are sounding the alarm does indeed reside in simple evolution: You now know something is above you on the food chain, and you're worried about it.

If you find yourself shuddering at the idea that psychic vampires are around you and feeding from you, relax. Calm your nerves. Chances are you've been fed upon and haven't even known it. Oh, you may have had a strange sensation come over you as a stranger passed you by, but you were no worse for wear (especially since it might just have been gas from that Chinese food you ate at the mall).

If you're still unconvinced that we mean you no harm, you're probably the safest of all.

Your intellectual dilapidation would probably be an affront to our psychic taste buds.





ABOUT...

Sickle


Location: Mt. Jackson, Virginia

Website: http://www.geocities.com/covenoftorchandoak

Author's Profile: To learn more about Sickle - Click HERE




Other Articles: Sickle has posted 4 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Sickle... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Sickle ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).