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The Vampire Ritual Book by Michelle Belanger 2003

The Vampire Ritual Book by Michelle Belanger 2003

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The Vampire Ritual Bookby Michelle Belanger[2003]Table of Contents
Introduction: the Vampire Ritual Book p. 7Chapter I: An Introduction to Ritual p.11Chapter II: Ritual and Sacred Space p.17Chapter III: Creating Living Ritual p.29Chapter IV: The Four Pillars of Ritual p.39Chapter V: Personal Rites p. 45The Welcome of Twilight p. 47My Daily Meditation p. 49Chapter VI: Archetype Rituals p. 51The Vampiric Bond p. 53Vampire Sunrise Vigil p. 59Death and Rebirth Rite p. 61Chapter VII: Yearly Rites p. 73Notes on Caste and Gender p.75The Night of Transformation p. 77Night of the Immortal Stars p. 81The Night of Double Power p. 85The Festival of Radiant Life p. 89Chapter VIII: Rites of Passage p. 93Rite of Dedication p. 95Sanguine Initiation p. 99First Degree Initiation p.103Marriage: A Sharing of Life p.107Naming Ceremony p.112Family Ritual p.116The Promising of a Donor p.122Rite of the Dead p.128Chapter IX: Community Rituals p.133Establishing a New Household p.135Convening a Court p.140Blessing a Haven p.142Gathering Rite p.145Chapter X: Other Prayers and Invocations p.149Sanguine Ankh Consecration p.151Prayer for Strength p.152
 
Kheprian Charge p.153The Family Prayer p.154Song of Calling p.155Invocation of the Vampire Soul p.156Conclusion: A Note on Gods p.157
Introduction:The Vampire Ritual Book
Back in 1999, Father Sebastian asked me if I would be up to the task of composing a vampire ritual book for theSanguinarium. This was at a time when I was highly active on a couple of Internet sites that allowed freelancersto post their work and then paid them a small amount of money for each independent hit that their workreceived. I had found early on that I had great success with my rites and rituals on these sites. I got a great dealof fan mail from Pagans and Wiccans who had encountered my work on the sites, and there were manyrequests to use my rituals for handfastings, child naming ceremonies, funerals, and the like.I had already been hard at work developing the ritual structure for House Kheperu, and some of the earlyversions of seasonal rites and rites of initiation were up on my website at www.kheperu.org. These also gainedme a great deal of email from individuals who wanted to make use of the rites or who simply wanted to let meknow how much the rituals there had moved them.However, House Kheperu is a pretty unique animal in the vampire community. At that time, our caste systemwas still very controversial, and many of our past life beliefs also distinguished us from other vampirehouseholds. As the past life material was worked into a number of our rites, it made them a little hard for groupsthat didn’t have that background to make use of. Many of the other rites have integral roles played by membersof each caste, and this further excluded the Kheprian rituals from a widespread, general use. Several groupswere still borrowing bits and pieces of our rites and integrating them into their own practices, mainly becausethere were no other well-written ritual traditions publicly available that were vampire-based.At first, Sebastian and I considered developing “official” Sanguinarium rituals, but I tabled that idea right awaybecause there was too great a chance such a tradition would just degrade into something rigid and inflexible.Based on my experiences with ritual and my strong beliefs on the purpose of ritual for the group and theindividual, I felt it would be healthier to develop sample rituals that would serve as a guideline for others whocould use them as inspiration for writing their own.I wrote up a number of rites, rituals, and prayers that I felt would appeal to a generalized vampire audience.In the meantime, Sebastian continued to evolve the Sanguinarium, taking it in different directions, until it gaveway to his private occult order, the OSV. The idea for the Sanguinarium ritual book was tabled, and nothingmore became of the manuscript. However, as I’m wont to do, I kept the completed manuscript on my hard drive,tinkering with it now and again, and adding new rituals as they occurred to me. Some were adaptations ofKheprian rites, but others were designed exclusively to answer needs I saw within the vampire subculture.Today the community is constantly changing, but the need created by organizations like the Sanguinariumremains. Many people are drawn toward the vampire as a spiritual archetype, and those people feel a need forrites and rituals that differ from those belonging to more typical Pagan and Wiccan traditions. In the interest ofhelping such people develop a tradition more suited to their tastes, I picked up the old ritual book, dusted it off,and presented it here. Several of these rites have a distinctly Sanguinarium flair, for they were written with thattradition in mind.
 
Even in its heyday, the Sanguinarium did not appeal to everyone, but there are many individuals whocelebrate the spirituality of the vampire. Because of this, even with the lingering Sanguinarium influence, I feelthe rituals compiled here can have relevance to some aspects of our community. Certainly, with a few alterationshere and there to customize the rites for a specific group, many of these rituals can be appropriate to anyonewho feels drawn to that powerful archetype. It’s important to keep in mind that even at the time of their originalwriting, none of these rituals were cast in stone. The section on “living ritual” addresses this more fully, butsuffice to say that I firmly believe rituals should grow and change as the need for them grows and changes, andindividuals should never feel shy about tailoring the rites to their own tastes in whatever ways seem mostappropriate. Perhaps the most important lesson you can take away from the introductory portions of this book isthe knowledge that a ritual has no power if it does not appeal directly to those who are participating in it. Assuch, treat your ritual work as divine play. Change the rules when it feels right, and adapt the words so you canfeel your heart resonating through them.
--Michelle Belanger 
 
December 14, 2003 
 
Chapter One:An Introduction to Ritual
Ritual is most often associated with gods and with religion. When Wiccans perform ritual, they are invoking theGoddess and her consort, the God, bringing their presence down into the sacred space. When Catholics performritual, they are calling their God to be present at the ceremony, in the form of the Eucharist. However, ritual itselfcan be independent of specific gods or even specific religious practices. In this respect, ritual is a tool used toachieve a heightened state of consciousness, awareness, and focus, especially in a group setting.Ritual is often performed with an expressed purpose such as to reaffirm the bonds shared by a community, tocelebrate a particular time of the year, or to acknowledge an individual's rite of passage. Rituals can beconstructed for extremely specific goals, and these will vary depending upon the group, the individual, and thesituation. The heightened state that ritual inspires in the participants enables them to raise energy, harness it,and direct it toward a unified goal.An additional purpose of ritual is to build a temporary or permanent structure of energy known as sacredspace. Within the confines of sacred space, ordinary reality is heightened and refined so that it may come morecompletely into contact with the realm of spirit. Ritual establishes sacred space as a crossing-over point betweenthe spiritual and the mundane so that the participants can move beyond the confines of ordinary reality.Ritual often utilizes hand gestures, drama, music, the spoken word, and objects that appeal to all the senses.The use of candles and incense is common, as is the use of specific ritual clothes. These all serve as tools thatestablish focus and move awareness from ordinary reality to a more elevated frame of mind.Ritual balances the sacred and the mundane, integrating body and spirit for all who participate. The elevatedstate of ritual is very energetically healthy and it provides an atmosphere that induces clarity, focus, and refinedawareness. Ritual can also facilitate contact and integration with your Higher Self and for this reason can be veryenlightening and empowering.Sacred space improves the quality of energy in an area, and maintaining a constant presence of sacredspace creates a cascade affect that heightens and refines the energy in a widespread location. For thesereasons, it is very helpful to integrate some aspect of ritual into your regular routine. It does not matter what form

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