|By Clyde Lewis
America's Obsession with the Vampire has its roots in Hollywood. The Vampires that appear in films have been depicted as handsome, tragic figures that are hypnotically sexy. We see the offspring of such obsession in the Goth movement and with the media pointing fingers at the "freak show" that is a byproduct of a system that embraces the antihero. Vampires are no heroes. They are loathsome creatures that can turn on you at any moment. Ancient writings claim that they are among us and in places of power. It is a horrifying trend that we are embracing an archetype of corruption and victimization.
Throughout the ages and in every part of the world the sinister demon revenant awakens from his cold tomb and preys upon the living, to take from them their life force. Early mythology provided the pariah a home where he could sleep comfortably. The earth of his homeland was sufficient, the grave was his domain, the coffin his home, and the moonlight was a beacon that enabled him to observe his victims and pounce on them with the accuracy of a wild cat.
The Vampire is offered heaven but chooses a life of hell where his soul burns for all eternity. He must purify himself with the blood of the innocent or wither away into dust.
While many say that the Vampire is a product of our imaginations, one has to pause for thought about the whole game of who gets whom after death. In mythology we all know who gets the Vampire. The Vampire is condemned to the earth much like a fallen angel.
It has always fascinated me that all that is holy lives up in heaven and all that is evil is condemned to the ground. Where did that legend ever begin?
We hear of the heavenly host, and the angels of Lucifer that fell to Earth to become demons and minions of Satan. Some religions maintain, to this day, that a vast underworld exists inside the Earth.
Whether rewarded with heaven or punished in the fires of hell, it is always presumed that the dead survive in another form. We learn that the dead often return. From the religious tales to the profane we see that somehow the dead just don't die.
How much of us survives is the ultimate enigma. We take for granted that where God resides is where the spirits of the dead reside. Yet ancient writings say that the dead are condemned to walk the earth until the first resurrection. Other Ancient writings concur that some beings that have been condemned to walk the earth in some form, feast on the blood of the living and that their hearts are in the grasp of the serpent.
In the ancient Emerald Tablets of Thoth we read :
Far in the past before Atlantis existed,
men there were who delved into darkness,
using dark magic, calling up beings
from the great deep below us.
Forth came they into this cycle.
Formless were they of another vibration,
existing unseen by the children of earth-men.
Only through blood could they have formed being.
Only through man could they live in the world.
In ages past were they conquered by Masters,
driven below to the place whence they came.
But some there were who remained,
hidden in spaces and planes unknown to man.
Lived they in Atlantis as shadows,
but at times they appeared among men.
Aye, when the blood was offered,
for they came they to dwell among men.
In the form of man they are amongst us,
but only to sight were they as are men.
Serpent-headed when the glamour was lifted
but appearing to man as men among men.
Crept they into the Councils,
taking forms that were like unto men.
Slaying by their arts
the chiefs of the kingdoms,
taking their form and ruling o'er man.
Only by magic could they be discovered.
Only by sound could their faces be seen.
Sought they from the Kingdom of shadows
to destroy man and rule in his place.
But, know ye, the Masters were mighty in magic,
able to lift the Veil from the face of the serpent,
able to send him back to his place.
Came they to man and taught him the secret,
the WORD that only a man can pronounce.
Swift then they lifted the Veil from the serpent
and cast him forth from the place among men.
Yet, beware, the serpent still liveth
in a place that is open at times to the world.
Unseen they walk among thee
in places where the rites have been said.
Again as time passes onward
shall they take the semblance of men.
The ancient writings speak of those who hide their true faces from men. That underneath they are blood sucking serpents and that perhaps they are in positions of great power. Changelings, Shapeshifters, Werewolves and Vampires are a constant in mythology. Many of them were considered great leaders albeit leaders who ruled with an iron scepter and a bloody nobility.
There were leaders anciently who desired blood sacrifice. The Babylonians shed innocent blood to Ishtar, the goddess of war. Ancient Phoenicia practiced a ritual of human sacrifice to their god of war, Baal. This was all done for prosperity and protection.
Vlad Dracula of course was a 15th century Prince who ruled Wallachia ,a province of Romania . He was known as Vlad the Impaler because of his ruthless and murderous ways.
Vlad was a member and was vested in the Order of the Dragon. The Dragon was a symbol of power. A serpentine symbol that many attributed to Satan. His coinage bore the dragon symbol. The dragon was the symbol of the devil and consequently and alternate meaning of 'drac' was dragon. He was the son of the Devil the son of the dragon. He was a prince, which placed him in a place of great power. He was literally the prince of darkness.
Dragons are now seen in parts of Europe and in England on or near buildings that house the British Monarchy.
The idea of a Vampire being a Count has new meaning now doesn't it? He is seen in a position of great power that hides behind the glamour and eventually reveals himself as having the cold lifeless heart of a serpent. He has been condemned to the ground where he sleeps away from the light.
In theory the idea of Vampires being in positions of great power may apply today in an eerie sense of irony. Our modern leaders bring us into wars where the blood of innocent young boys is shed on foreign soil. Not to mention the casualties of war that lie in decay with their blood flowing freely into the earth.
While we look at Halloween and the Day of the dead as days set aside to remember the darker and lighter side of death and dying, we learn that in history bloodshed happens in the spring. That the spring is when the leaders of the world decide to enact reigns of terror where people die and blood screams from the graves of the innocent.
Jesus Christ was killed in a sacrifice of blood in the spring. He was put to death by the powerful government who saw him as a threat. He preached the word of high places, however the powerful that were held closer to earth condemned him and crucified him.
Vampires don't drink wine, for it represents the blood of Christ who triumphed over the grave and ascended to heaven. The light they shun is a representation of the light of Christ and the waters they avoid are in similitude of the waters of baptism which in and of itself is a representation of the body being placed in the grave and then rising again. When the body immersed in the water at ground level and is brought back up it is ancient symbolism. The concept of blood atonement and transubstantiation is a founding principle of the Christian faith.
The very symbolism of the communion is vampiric in nature. Once you eat the wafer and the wine, you are in theory eating the flesh and blood of a God to protect you from the spiritual demons of the underworld.
There must be some truth about the power that lies in the very make up of human blood. Blood is the liquid that gives us our mortality. Without it we die. With it we live, and are protected. The more pure the blood, the more noble the human. That is why the Vampire tale is so important in our mythology. It warns us that the human life force is the most sacred of all. That the blood that runs through our veins is valuable not only to God but to Satan as well. Satan has no flesh, no blood, so he sees fit to summon his agents to shed the blood out of jealousy.
The Vampire is the agent of Satan. It always has been since the beginning of time. The Vampire has the soul of the serpent and the serpent in antiquity was the being that had the power to spare or take life. The Vampire takes life and then returns it with a covenant. A blood covenant that guarantees a life eternal in misery and a bloody nobility.
The mirror image, where a vampire has no presence is the promise of the Christian God. Life leaves the body and if you are faithful, your covenant is eternal life through the blood atonement of the lamb of God. This covenant guarantees happiness and a holy nobility known as the kingdom of God.
Here we are seeing the Christian symbolism in the Vampire mythology. The war against evil is very real to them. The serpent Vampires exist in some form on the earth today and they are hidden among common people. Christian religions decry that the ways of evil are subtle and often very cleverly disguised.
However they never look at the wolves and vampires that may exist in their flock. It has been written in the New Testament that Satan can quote scripture, even to the Son of God. Vampires in modern stories no longer fear the cross. There are vampires who have already resolved that religion is a sham and therefore have no reason to run. They look at religion as way to further lies and deceit.
That is what we are to fear. The Vampires who have learned to embrace the crucifix for their own gain. The Vampires who have been quick to deceive in order to seize the keys of power in order to manipulate and even sacrifice the blood of the innocent. They use the "struggle" between good and evil as an excuse for bloodshed.
It seems eerie that history has led us back to the place where the Vampire legends began. Blood has now fallen on the ground in the former Yugoslavia and wars continue to flare up near the ancient mountain areas where these beasts were rumored to roam. Fortean Times reported that during the Serbian Conflict there were Kosovars who believed that Slobodan Milosevic was a vampire and many tabloids had went as far as tracing his genealogy back to Vlad the Impaler.
U.S, News agencies reported that the Prime Minister of Armenia was gunned down on October 26th 1999. The gunmen shot and killed Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisian and Parliament Speaker Karen Demirchian when they burst into the parliament chamber.
The gunmen claimed that they had stormed the Armenian parliament to save the country from political and economic collapse. The leader of the gunmen Nairi Unanian, was described as a nationalist and former journalist. He claimed that the Armenian government was allowing the country to disintegrate. He also accused the country's elite of bleeding the economy dry with corruption and called for a national renewal to restore pride and prosperity.
Before the gunmen opened fire in the chamber Unanian, their leader went up to the premier and said, "Enough of drinking our blood."
Common sense tells us that perhaps it was a figure of speech. He wasn't insinuating that Sarkisian was a Vampire.
Or was he? The question is, why is this happening? To what can we attribute this strange coincidence?
We begin to realize that the supernatural is actually human psychology that we have yet to understand. We learn that synchronicity has a strange way of telling us that our nightmares can be real and that by some sick and twisted joke we find ourselves in the middle of them.
Carl Jung has written about how the fears and nightmares of the collective unconscious can create very real entities and philosophies. We see our children enamoured by the image of the Hollywood vampire. They dress in black and wear white face for protection. Some even shed blood.
The Goth movement in America is a direct result of our embracing of the Vampire archetype. We make heroes out of losers and cheer on the villains because we have been taught that villains or more sexy. This is developing ever so slowly. Our obsession with the vampire is purely the Ying to the Yang.
The Vampire has become the symbol of power, terror, and sex that sucks the blood from the living. It can be argued that the world governments are also symbols of the same. Could it be that there is some truth to the rumor that Vampires exist in government positions? Places of high power? Do they control what we see, hear, and read?
Next to the alien grey the vampire is a symbol that is a constant in pop culture. Children are now subjected to seeing the vampire as not a repulsive corpse but a cartoon figure that has magical powers.
Sesame Street has the Count who loves to count things. There is a breakfast cereal called Count Chocula. There are animated series devoted to Vampires as well. Buffy the Vampire slayer and Forever Knight are television series devoted to vampirism. Moreover they are merely symbols of Vampirism and not based on the original legend of Vampires.
We find ourselves ever closer to the nightmare. We know that the Vampire is evil but we are under its spell. We are seeing ourselves being lured towards its image knowing full well that it represents all that is profane. The Vampire was seen anciently as a harbinger of trouble and now it seems to be nothing to fear. With our embracing of the Vampire the Devil seems a bit more approachable.
It makes one ponder the possibility that someone as evil as Adolph Hitler could very well be watered down with time. That perhaps he will have his own breakfast cereal with marshmallow swastikas floating in the milk? It is a sick thought but look at how hundreds of years have reduced Count Dracula to a tragic misunderstood figure. Look how easy it is to glamorize vampires in Ray ban Sunglasses commercials.
It may sound like an overreaction but consider this.
It has always baffled me when people tell me that if anything evil were to take over this planet or this country that we would not stand for it. That we would fight against evil at all costs.
If the Vampire was a real entity we have signed our fate in blood. The Vampire legend and it's devolution is a fable that illustrates once again how society develops an acceptance for what is considered evil and corrupt and forgets what the consequences are for accepting it in the first place.
It reminds me of the story of the Scorpion and the Frog.
A Scorpion was drowning in a pond when he saw a frog.
"Help Me sir Frog for I am drowning."
The Frog called back;
"You shall drown anyway, for you are a scorpion and your sting is poisonous, if I touch you I shall surely die."
The scorpion then said;
" Sir Frog you shall not surely die, for I will owe you a life debt if you see me safe to the shore."
The Frog, seeing the scorpion's plight decided that he would oblige and save him from drowning. When the frog brought him to shore immediately the scorpion flipped his tale and stung the poor frog.
The Frog gasped;
"Sir Scorpion you told me that if I saved you that you would owe me a life debt and that I would not surely die. I feel your venomous sting and I am not long for this earth."
The Scorpion shook his head and said to the frog has he gasped his last breath;
"I know silly fool. I will always be a scorpion it is my nature."
The Slavs feared the vampire. They feared it more than any other creature in their mythology. They still do. Yet here in America, after years of conditioning we have been told that Vampires are not scary anymore. They can be fellowshipped and accepted in society. Their bite has no sting and the evil they represent has no consequence.
They are erotic, immortal, and powerful. Yet they represent victimization. We see leaders who rule with an Iron scepter. Their legacy is a bloody body count. If anyone were to speculate that Vampirism still exists in the world they would be labeled crazy. Yet how do you describe the actions of people who do not hold life sacred? How do you classify humans who victimize and suck the life force out of individuals?
I guess you will have to decide what the Vampire represents in society today. In the past it was the symbol of disease and a threat to life. Now it represents the very sins that can drive us into the hell of enslavement. If vampires truly exist in metaphor alone, they dwell in secret conclaves of the paranoid mind.
If they are real and are in positions of power, they probably are planning the destruction of you and me while you are reading this right now. They could be the smiling politician or the Generals who shine their shoes and sharpen their smiles lying in wait for the next opportunity to victimize and attack innocent people.
Maybe the alleged Satanic conspiracy is something more than just born again Christians ranting about ritual sacrifice. Maybe it's more complex, subtle, and not all that new.
We have probably gone too far. Our embracing of the Vampire has manifested itself in the flesh. Society is deteriorating into one big lifeless corpse. The body moves, but the soul is dead. There are still many that have not yet fallen into the clutches of those who are really serpents in magical disguise. The serpents are busily trying to increase the body count. So many bodies to harvest so little time. Isn't it uncanny that perhaps all things indicate that the Vampires are here? If not in the physical, then perhaps in the spiritual.
Are you one of the frightened?
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