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Subject: TEMPLE OF THE VAMPIRE _________________________________________________________________ From: firstname.lastname@example.org (TofVampire) Subject: Temple of the Vampire FAQ Date: 5 Sep 1994 20:01:05 -0400 Box 3582, Lacey, Washington 98503 USA Yes, Vampires do exist. Thank you for your interest. The following information should answer your wider questions concerning who and what we are, and what that may mean to you. _________________________________________________________________ THE HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE. The Temple of the Vampire is an ancient religion now registered with the federal government of the United States and possessing an international membership. Shrouded in secrecy, the Temple has been known in historical times by many different names to include The Order of the Dragon, The Temple of the Dragon and, in ancient Sumeria, as HEKAL TIAMAT (The Temple of the Vampire Dragon Goddess Tiamat). Membership until the present time has been closed except by personal sponsorship and invitation, subject to the approval of the Inner Council. THE MODERN TEMPLE The modern Temple is a carefully calculated experiment to more publicly reach those who may be of the Body of the Blood yet unaware of their full heritage. We seek only those who have become aware of their unique difference from the mass herd of humanity, those who resonate with the Dark of the Night, those who have recognized their nature as predators, those who sense there is something more to life and want to possess it. VAMPIRES EXIST. Vampires are the predators of humans. We have come from the human stock but represent the next stage in human evolution: we who accept and glory in our predatory nature. We fully accept our bestial instincts and origins while applying the power of our minds and Will to the achievement of our deepest desires through earthly and magical means. We are the Masters of the World. Our reach extends from the highest corporate executive offices to the most secluded country estates. Our membership includes virtually every profession and lifestyle. We have a rational plan for the world and for our own personal physical immortality. We are the few who truly rule this material world and those who throw their lot with us are wise indeed. Many are called. Few are chosen. Fewer, still, enter. THE RELIGION OF VAMPIRISM. Thus the religion of Vampirism has been and remains the Religion of the Rulers. Ours is a selfish and brutal philosophy dedicated to personal survival and triumph. We have no interest in humanity as a whole other than in how they may serve us. At the same time all other religions of the world were founded and continue to be directed by those of our kind. The religions we have created for humanity are designed to curb human pride and inculcate a slave mentality. The Vampire knows that there is no God who loves or cares for humanity for it is we who created and taught them their idea of God. In truth, we are the Gods of humankind while remaining atheists ourselves. DANGEROUS BUT NOT CRIMINAL. The Vampire is dedicated to the rational enjoyment of life. No pleasure is forbidden or sinful to the Vampire. At the same time the Vampire respects the reality of causality and is not a mindless hedonist. Therefore all members of the Temple of the Vampire are forbidden from criminal acts within the laws of their own society's government or governments. Any person found to be involved in criminal activity will be promptly reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, and immediately and irrevocably expelled from the Temple. There will be no exceptions. THE EARTHLY VAMPIRE. The Dayside of the Vampire's personality is that of the skeptical materialist who approaches life with a no-nonsense perspective. The key word here is doubt. We laugh in scorn at the humans who find themselves believing in the superstitious nonsense which our kind created for their control. The earthly Dayside Vampire is dedicated to personal, material mastery of life. While this seldom entails the seeking of monetary wealth to the exclusion of personal pleasure, the Religion of the Rulers leads one toward material success as a natural consequence of respecting the realities of the world as it is. THE MAGICAL VAMPIRE. In Ritual and other magical acts, the Vampire exhibits the Nightside of his personality. The key word here is belief. The Vampire learns to slip in and out of belief systems as they serve him, and absolute belief in magic is only engaged in when magic is actually used. The many powers of the Vampire (to include shapeshifting, flying, mesmeric power, superhuman strength and physical immortality) are accepted as real first within the Nightside of the Vampire's mind. Here, from the Will's connection to the Powers of Darkness, the fantasies of power become realities. These realities are manifested in what are called out-of-body lucid dreams and are approached by the sincere and dedicated application of the Higher Teachings of the Temple. THE TENSION BETWEEN THE WORLDS By developing and maintaining the opposing Dayside and Nightside perspectives, the Vampire produces a powerful stress between the worlds of truth and fantasy. The result is a growing capacity to cause change in the material world by magical means such that dreams of the Night leave footprints in the Day. TEMPLE DEVELOPMENTAL LEVELS. There are several divisions and levels within the Temple based upon the successful application of the Higher Teachings which are made available in order of development. A Lifetime Member is any individual who has made some material donation to the Temple such as money or other exchangeable objects of value. A Lifetime Member is eligible to obtain The Vampire Bible, the Vampire Ritual Medallion and the Vampire Temple Ring upon making a suitable minimum donation as listed in the "Current Offerings Available" sheet. An Active Member is a Lifetime Member who makes formal application for affiliation and is granted entrance by the Council for advanced study. This is considered the First Circle of the Outer Temple and carries the title of Vampire Initiate. The Vampire Predator is the Second Circle of the Outer Temple and is the title granted to the Vampire Initiate who successfully achieves specific results in Vampiric development both earthly and magical. The Priesthood of UR is the Third Circle of the Temple of the Vampire and is also known as The Inner Temple or the Temple of the Dragon. A Vampire Priest or Priestess has successfully demonstrated an advanced application of the principles of Vampirism and has sworn an Oath to serve the Temple. The Priesthood of UR is the Gateway to the Hidden Mysteries of the Temple from which this earthly world is quite literally ruled. These Mysteries are revealed to those who prove themselves worthy of such trust. The affiliations of the oldest organization on earth are, of course, numerous and far-ranging. (ET IN ARCADIA EGO . . . ). MAGICAL RITUAL. A Vampire is made, not born. This making comes from direct and personal contact with the Undead Gods. The original and correct purpose of all magical ritual is to attract and meet with the Undead in the sacred act of Vampiric Communion. The gatherings for Vampiric Communion have always drawn the human aspirants as well as Those Who Have Risen to remote and isolated settings and shall continue to do so until the end of the world. INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ACTIVITIES. At all levels of the Temple, the sacred ritual magic ceremonies of Vampiric Communion (The Calling of the Undead) are entered into to achieve magical results. Vampiric Communion can be enjoyed in solitary ritual or in group ceremony. It is entirely possible for the solitary member to successfully pursue Vampirism without physically ever meeting another member. While there is no requirement for socialization, most members discover that not only is ritual strengthened by numbers but a thirst to be in the presence of those of our own kind can only be quenched by such meetings. For this reason, the Temple commonly conducts Conclaves, often annually, at various international locations to better enable contact between interested active members. Details are provided in a timely fashion for active members expressing an interest in such meetings. AFFILIATION. To acquire additional information on application for membership, you must submit a written letter and a token donation (usually $5 U.S.) to the Temple requesting current information. What you are now reading is the whole of what shall be made available through the Internet so as to retain control over those accepted as members. This Temple is not for everyone. Above all, the Temple exists to serve the Undead Gods. Those who simply expect to be entertained will be ignored. Those who refuse to make strong personal efforts to serve by study and application will be expelled. Vampirism is real and most ancient. Mortal life is swift and short. We may pick and choose amongst the billions to replenish the Elite. You have just this one opportunity for life undying. Your next actions will decide your future as either just another mortal lost to the winds of time, or as one who will join Us as a true Vampire, an undying Ruler of this earth. The choice is yours. _________________________________________________________________
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