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Vampire Names and Meanings
Vampire names haven't changed much over the years, at least not in a way that differs from the way human names change year to year.
Modern day vampires have all sorts of names, just like humans. Since vampires do not breed, vampires don't get a chance to name their children. Thus, those who become vampires typically keep their human name.
There is a movement, though, among certain vampire clans for clan members to change their "human" names to more traditional vampire names. These are typically Italian or Greek names (in honor of the "birthplace" of vampires, according to legend), but they also include ancestral clan names and any well known ancient vampire name.
Among vampires that choose a new name for their vampire life, the classics seem to remain the favorites. In fact, the more ancient the better it would seem, which is why the most ancient vampire name of all, Ambrogio, is still a popular choice among male vampires to this day.
"Ambrogio", which in Italian means "immortal", is the name of the famed Italian hunter who became the first vampire of legend. Some vampires, out of reverence for their maker, take the name "Ambrogio", though others refuse to take the name, opting instead for the name "Ambrogino", which translates to "little immortal one".
Similarly, for females the ancient vampire name "Selene" is very popular. Though Selene the moon goddess was never technically a vampire, she is considered by legend to be the mother of all modern vampires, which is why this is considered an ancient vampire name of stature.
Other popular vampire names come from famous historical vampires. It is worth noting that traditional names for males were almost always Italian while traditional names for females were almost always Greek. This, of course, is in honor of Ambrogio and Selene, who were of Italian and Greek birth, respectively.
The following list contains the name and meaning of each ancient vampire name for males:
ALESSANDRO: meaning "defender of mankind."
AMBROGINO: meaning "little immortal one."
AMBROGIO: meaning "immortal."
ARNOLDO: meaning "eagle power."
BALDOVINO: meaning "brave friend."
BALDASSARE: meaning "Protect the king."
BERTOLDO: meaning "bright ruler."
BONAVENTURA: meaning "good fortune."
BONIFACIO: meaning "good destiny."
CIRINO / CIRO: meaning "like the sun."
CLEMENTE: meaning "gentle and merciful."
DARIO: meaning "possesses a lot."
DOMENICO: meaning "belongs to the lord."
EDMONDO: meaning "protector of prosperity."
EDOARDO: meaning "guardian of prosperity."
EGIDIO: meaning "shield of goatskin."
ELIGIO: meaning "to choose."
ELIODORO: meaning "gift of the sun."
EMILIO: meaning "rival."
ERMANNO: meaning "army man."
ETTORE: meaning "defender."
FARAMUNDO: meaning "journey protection."
FINO: (Serafino) meaning "burning one" or "serpent."
GASPARE: meaning "treasure bearer."
GREGARIO: meaning "watchful."
GUALTIERO: meaning "ruler of the army."
LEANDRO: meaning "lion-man."
MARCO: meaning "defender of the sea."
MASSIMO: meaning "the greatest."
NERIO: meaning "wet one."
NUNZIO: meaning "announces."
ORAZIO: meaning "has good eyesight."
ORFEO: meaning "darkness."
PELLEGRINO: meaning "wanderer."
PONZIO: meaning "of the sea."
RAUL: meaning "wise wolf."
RODOLFO: meaning "famous wolf."
SANSONE: meaning "like the sun."
SILVANO: meaning "from the forest."
TACITO: meaning "mute, silent."
UMFREDO: meaning "giant peace."
The following list contains the name and meaning of each ancient vampire name for females:
ADRASTEIA: meaning "inescapable."
AKANTHA: meaning "thorn."
AKELDAMA: meaning "field of blood."
AMBROSIA: meaning "immortal."
CALLIDORA: meaning "gift of beauty."
DESPOINA: meaning "mistress."
EVA: meaning "life."
IEZABEL: meaning "chaste."
KHARIS: meaning "charm / grace."
KORA: meaning "maiden."
MAIA: meaning "nursing mother."
NARKISSA: meaning "numbness / sleep."
NATÁSA / NATASSA: meaning "resurrection."
NERINE: meaning "sea sprite."
POLONA: meaning "of Apollo."
SELENE: meaning "moon."
SEMELE: meaning "of the underworld."
THANA: meaning "death."
THYIA: meaning "Bacchic frenzy."
THYONE: meaning "inspired frenzy."
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How To Kill a Vampire
So you want to know how to kill a vampire? Hopefully this is you being pro-active just in case you run into a vampire one day that needs killing. Otherwise this likely means that there is a vampire outside of your door and this is your last ditch attempt to survive and/or keep your soul. If this is the case, you're probably screwed, but I'll try to help you out anyway.
There are only five known ways to kill a vampire and all of those methods are listed below. If you still have questions after this check out the Vampire Q&A.
How to Kill a Vampire with Sunlight
By far the easiest way to kill a vampire is via direct sunlight. Even before the first vampire became a vampire, he was cursed to forever have to hide from the sun. Any skin of a vampire that comes in contact with direct sunlight will be severely burned.
There is a certain vampire book series popular with today's youth that insists that vampires can, in fact, be in direct sunlight. Rather than burn, their skin supposedly sparkles. While I don't want to burst anyone's dreamy fantasies, this is simply not true. Vampires burn in sunlight. Always have, always will.
I say that sunlight is the easiest way to kill a vampire because all you have to do is get them in direct sunlight for about 10 seconds or so. Actually getting one into direct sunlight is not so easy. This is where being smart helps. If you can somehow trick or trap a vampire in a place where they will eventually be exposed to direct sunlight, you're golden. The problem with this plan is that vampires are very fast, very strong, and generally very smart. They aren't going to simply let you stick them in a place where they don't want to be and stay there.
The nice part about sunlight is that it shows up daily. If you can survive through the night and make it somewhere where you can see the sun, you're probably safe. The problem is this usually means you have to be outside prior to the sun rising, which pretty much just makes you a prime target for a hungry vampire. Still, if you can wait out the night until morning, find the brightest path to safety and move quickly.
How to Kill a Vampire with a Wooden Stake
Still a classic, the wooden stake remains one of the best tools to use for vampire killing. Really, all a wooden stake is is a piece of wood with one edge sharp enough to pierce human flesh. Or inhuman flesh in this case.
If you think of monsters in terms of sports, vampires are those great offensive players who can always score, but are pretty crappy defenders. Sure, their speed and strength give them a big advantage, but the truth about vampires is they are too used to overpowering their opponent with their offensive capabilities that very few have spent much time learning to defend themselves.
Knowing this, the key to killing a vampire using a wooden stake is to strike first. Yes, that means playing offense against the offensive powerhouse, but in this game of life and death, you only need to score once.
Okay, enough with the sports analogy, but the lesson remains the same: a vampire will let its guard down fairly easily. You should attack quickly and without hesitation. A vampire can heal from most injuries, but a wooden stake through the heart is not one of them. Though they heal quickly, their skin and bones are just as fragile as any humans, so the key to killing them is to make it so they can't heal. Which brings us to...
How to Kill a Vampire with Silver
Again, the curse of silver begins before the first vampire became a vampire, when the goddess Artemis (Greek mythology) cursed the first vampire so that his skin burned when it touched silver.
Using silver is a bit like a blend between sunlight and a wooden stake. It doesn't work as well as either of those two options, but it has advantages of its own. First of all, unlike sunlight, silver is highly portable. You can carry an item of solid silver (make sure it's real, solid silver please) with you easily. Secondly, it won't kill a vampire to stab it in the heart with silver (as it would using a wooden stake), but it will slow down the healing process, which can be very helpful.
In order to actually kill a vampire using silver, you'd probably need a lot of it. Silver is more helpful as a slowing or trapping agent. Vampires, despite their strength, cannot break a chain of silver, even if they tried. If you could somehow manage to handcuff a vampire to a tree, say, using silver handcuffs, all you would have to do is wait until the sun rose the next day and you would have yourself a fried vampire. Of course, how you would actually manage to accomplish this task is another story.
How to Kill a Vampire with Fire
At first, fire seems like an easy fix to your vampire problems, but there is a problem. Yes, it will burn vampires, just like it burns humans, but unlike sunlight and silver, it's only through natural means that a vampire will burn by fire. What I mean is, the reason sunlight and silver burn a vampire and cause its healing process to slow dramatically is because vampires are inherently cursed by these two elements. While fire can burn just as well as sunlight or silver, it does nothing to slow the healing process of the vampire, because vampires are not cursed with a weakness to fire.
If you're going to use fire to kill a vampire, you're going to need to have a big fire and have the vampire stuck in it for a long time. Probably, say, an hour to be safe, though about a half hour will usually do the trick. This is because the vampire heals as it burns. The hotter the fire, the faster it burns, but you're still basically trying to beat the speed of the vampire's healing process. Should the vampire be mostly burnt but then escape the fire, it can still survive.
This is another situation where tying a vampire down with silver to immobilize it would be very handy, if you could manage it.
How to Kill a Vampire by Tearing Its Head Off
If you're like me, you've probably never tried to literally tear anyone's head off, except perhaps in some sort of video game. And that doesn't count. Tearing a vampire's head off is not as easy as it might sound. Though their bones and flesh is as fragile as ours, they have strong neck muscles which make it a difficult task to achieve.
If you're really intent on removing a vampire's head, there are two good ways to do it. The first option is to use a silver knife and cut off the head. This will still likely be a bit of a chore, but the silver will stop the healing process and slowly wear down the muscles strength, so with enough patience and time, this will work. The second option is to have another vampire tear the head off of your vampire of choice. Vampires are built strong enough to tear each others' heads off fairly easily, though it's highly looked down upon for a vampire to kill another vampire, so convincing one to do this for you is not going to be easy.
In most cases, you would still want to burn the head and the body separately to prevent the vampire from healing.
How to Kill a Vampire using Vampire Disease
The final method on our list of how to kill a vampire might be a bit of a misnomer. This perhaps would fit better in a section called "How Vampires Can Die" rather than "How To Kill A Vampire", but I'm including it in this section anyway.
The term "Vampire Disease" is tricky because it can refer to two different conditions.
Most of the time, when someone talks about "Vampire Disease", they are referring to Porphyric Hemophilia, which is the disease that, when introduced to the human bloodstream, will eventually turn that human into a vampire. Porphyric Hemophilia is caused by a bacteria carried in all vampires, which can be transferred to a human via blood or saliva.
The other "Vampire Disease" refers to the condition known as "Sangue Debolezza", which translates to "blood weakness" in Italian. No one really knows what it is or how it is spread, but it's the only known disease that can kill a vampire. Sangue Debolezza is extremely rare and its origin is unknown, so the chances of somehow being able to inflict this disease on a vampire would be extremely difficult. However, seeing as there are only a handful of ways a vampire can die, I figured I would include it.
How To Kill a Vampire - Synopsis
Wrapping it up, I hope you feel confident by now that you would be successful in killing a vampire, if need be. When considering how to kill a vampire, feel free to blend any of the above suggestions together. They all work if done right. And if done wrong, well, chances are you'll be dead. Good luck!
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When using the term "vampire disease", it's important to distinguish between the two different definitions of the term:
Porphyric Hemophilia is a bacterial disease that humans can become infected by. An infection that is not cured will lead to vampirism.
Sangue Debolezza is a potentially deadly, rare disease that only vampires can catch.
Porphyric Hemophilia is a condition caused by a bacterial strain carried in the blood and saliva of every vampire. A human who comes in contact with the blood or saliva of a vampire can easily become exposed to this bacteria. Once exposed, an infected human only has about 72 hours to begin antibiotic treatments before the bacteria becomes incurable.
In essence, this "vampire disease" spreads through the human's body, changing the chemistry of the blood and skin. The first symptoms of infection may include photosensitivity or photodermatitis (sensitivity to light of the eyes or skin). Muscle weakness or seizures can occur, as well as inconsistencies in the nervous system, such as a slow or rapid heartbeat.
Eventually the bacteria behind this disease settles into the body and lives there, creating a perfect environment for it to exist in. At this point, the human body has been completely transformed with the curses, but not the benefits of vampirism. In order to gain immortality, strength, and speed, one must still drink the blood of a vampire.
The term "Sangue Debolezza" comes from Italian, literally translating to "blood weakness". The origins of this rare vampire disease remain unknown, but we do know that it only affects vampires.
The symptoms of Sangue Debolezza include severe exhaustion and chronic headaches, followed by nausea, which eventually leads to starvation in many cases.
It is a difficult disease to learn about because only vampires can acquire it, and they rarely subject themselves to medical examination. According to most sources, it is a very rare condition, but it is the only known disease that can kill a vampire.
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Do Vampires Really Exist?
People are constantly asking me - "do vampires really exist?" It seems that no matter how much evidence there is to suggest they either do or don't, most people are not satisfied without a conclusive answer. I suppose it's human nature to want to know definitively, but without hard scientific evidence in hand, how do we determine if vampires really exist or not? While we may not have an airtight case to prove that vampires are real, there is evidence to suggest that this may indeed be the case.
It's the classic problem with myths and legends in general, but especially with cryptids and legendary monsters - we can't prove that they are real, but we also can't prove that they are not. There are plenty of examples from the past where scientists believed a creature to be extinct only to find it alive and well in a remote part of the world. The legendary sea monster the Kraken was thought to have been pure fantasy until giant squids matching the Kraken's description were finally discovered.
Throughout this site, I've tried to explain exactly what the modern vampire is (and what it isn't), but remember that there are largely different descriptions of various "vampiric" or vampire-like creatures throughout mythologies around the world. While we struggle to come up with a fixed definition of what a vampire is, we may be leaving out various mysterious and unexplainable creatures around the world that have fed into vampire mythology. At the same time, it is exactly the fact that nearly every culture around the world has independently identified vampiric creatures that makes us ask the question - do vampires really exist?
If we had hard evidence, we wouldn't even be asking the question. It would like be asking "do zebras exist?" If we could prove it, there would be no question. At the same time, just because we can't prove it doesn't mean it isn't true. Plenty of people believe in a God that rules from a place called Heaven even though they don't have any hard proof of his or her existence either. So why not believe in vampires?
So, do vampires really exist? There's no way to be sure. There have been reports from around the world over thousands of years of creatures like these. If vampires don't exist, then how do you explain all of these sightings and encounters? A hoax is one thing, but the same hoax being played over and over again for thousands of years across independent cultures is entirely different. We have reason to believe they might exist because of these reports, but we have reason to be skeptical because we don't have the proof we so badly desire.
Keep in mind too that if you were to encounter a vampire, you probably would not live to tell about it. Not only are vampires insatiably hungry for human blood, but they live by a code that requires their existence to remain secret - only making detection that much more difficult.
In my opinion, the only way to answer this question is to give the only honest answer anyone can. Do vampires really exist? Maybe they do, maybe they don't. I, for one, treat vampires like I treat demons - if they do exist, I really don't want to run into one. Therefore, I choose to be cautious about my actions and activities, and limit my exposure to any of these kinds of beings to a purely inquisitive one.
Better safe than sorry. Or dead.
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The Scriptures of Delphi
Scriptures Of Delphi
The story behind these writings are almost as mysterious as the writings themselves. It's been a difficult but intriguing journey into the Scriptures and their history, and one that only recently have I come to finally understand. So if you are curious about what they are or where to find a copy, and have time a little time, read on.
What Are the Scriptures of Delphi?
I first came into contact with the writings via an acquaintance of mine from back in my early 20's. This person (who doesn't want me to use his real name, so we'll call him "Dan") knew about my interest in mythology for some time before he finally told me about a connection that he had to the subject.
It turns out that Dan comes from a family whose lineage goes back thousands of years to the area around the Mediterranean Sea. When Dan was a child his grandfather, an immigrant from Greece, would tell him stories about ancient Greek mythology because he wanted the old traditions to continue on in America. Many of these stories apparently involved prophecies and visions from the Oracles of Delphi. Dan's grandfather insisted that their ancestors had lived in the city of Delphi and that some had even worked at Apollo's Temple where the Oracles did their readings.
I guess Dan's grandfather really wanted him to carry on the stories, but Dan was, and still is, far from interested in mythology. In his later years, Dan's grandfather wrote down all of the stories he could remember, with the apparent goal of passing them down to Dan, who he still hoped would carry on the stories.
Though his grandfather has since passed away, Dan still has his grandfather's writings (as well as some small memory of some of the stories). Even though there is no formal order to these pages, this collection of stories and notes is what I refer to as "The Scriptures of Delphi" for two reasons. First, because that term is used occasionally in the notes that accompany the stories, and secondly because it needed a name and that one sounded good.
Now, what's really interesting is where Dan's grandfather got the stories from. Dan knew that his grandfather's mother had passed the stories down to her children, so Dan had assumed that these were stories that had been passed down from each generation to the next. This turns out to be partly true. The family was believed to pass down these stories generation after generation, but it turns out there was more to it than just that.
There is a section of these writings that seem a bit out of place with the rest (though in fairness there are a lot of pretty scattered stories and notes throughout). This section is all about vampire-like people and the stories about how they came to be, what they did, and how they lived as this underground cult in the shadows of society. There are mentions and tie-ins to the ancient Greek, Roman, and Turkish empires, yet these segments still seem to be almost more like a research thesis rather than myths and legends. Strangely, the notes that accompany these writings are far more random than those with the mythological stories. As in, they often aren't complete sentences, there are a lot of scribbles, they seem to have been written very quickly, etc.
This section, which is actually titled on the pages, is called "The Vampire Bible", even though it is somewhat more of an investigative look at vampire-like cults than a religious text. That's not the most interest part, though. What's most interesting is that it turns out that Dan's great-grandmother (Dan's grandfather's mother) was said to have the gift of prophetic visions herself. She wrote down the notes to the Vampire Bible from visions that she had of the past. Both Dan's great-grandmother believed that this gift was proof that her ancestors had not only worked with the Oracles in Delphi, but in fact were some of the Oracles themselves!
Of course, Dan's grandfather believed what his mother told him and seems to have taken great pride in this history himself, which is probably why he was so adamant about continuing the family legacy. Dan, himself, though, does not believe in any of this and thinks that if anyone finds out about it they will just think his family is delusional.
I have been lucky enough to get a chance to look through much of these writings, though they are still in Dan's possession. Even though I can't express how very, very much Dan does not like to even acknowledge the existence of the Scriptures of Delphi and his ancestors claims to an ancient prophetic lineage, Dan still feels somewhat obligated to carry out his grandfather's wishes (or at least not disrespect his life's work). Therefore, Dan reluctantly keeps these writings in his possession and lets me look at them on the condition that I don't tell anyone about his connection to them.
What this means for you is that I've been able to translate a couple of the stories and put them up on this site (thanks "Dan"!), but overall the writings are staying put (for now) with Dan. My goal is to eventually work out some kind of deal where I can organize the writings and publish them for everyone to read, but I don't think that is going to happen anytime soon. Someday, though, I hope it can work out.
Are They Real?
The question that I know is on the minds of a lot of people who have read this far is how legitimate these stories and writings are. It's a fair question, but one that is hard to answer. How do you define what is "legitimate" or "real" when it comes to mythology? We do know for certain that these papers were written by Dan's grandfather and great-grandmother and are not some ancient texts from thousands of years ago. At the same time, these papers are as physically real as any texts that were written at any other time in history. Every written word was written by someone, so who is to say whose words matter and whose don't?
This very question presents a challenge for me, in particular, because I have several articles on this site that discuss the myths from the Scriptures of Delphi alongside those that have existed since ancient times. If the Scriptures are indeed real stories that have been passed on orally through generations since ancient times, then they are indeed as ancient as the stories that were written down centuries ago.
I personally believe that these stories deserve to be heard. At best they are lost myths from ancient times. At worst they are fairy tales and fables that were created out of mythical tradition. The truth is we'll never know for sure how "accurate" the Scriptures of Delphi or the Vampire Bible are, but isn't that true of all mythology?
Some Myths Referenced In The Scriptures of Delphi
The Taurus Myth
The Mythology of Cancer
The Virgo Myth
The Vampire Origin Story
The Vampire Bible
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The History of Vampires
Until recently, we didn't know a lot about the history of vampires.
Despite being one of the oldest and most prevalent creatures of world mythology, the origin of vampires has remained unknown for thousands of years. It wasn't until the Scriptures of Delphi were found that we were given a glimpse into the early vampire history.
Only a vampire can create another vampire, so logic tells us that the history of vampires begins with a single vampire who created the others. Much like the chicken-and-the-egg argument, we had little insight into how the first vampire came about until recently. Logically, if there was no vampire to make the first vampire, how was the first vampire made?
The answer lies in the Scriptures of Delphi, specifically in the collection of writings known as "The Vampire Bible".
The first vampire started out as not a vampire at all, but as a human man named Ambrogio. He was an Italian-born adventurer who fate brought to Delphi, in Greece. You can read the full story here, but in a nutshell a series of blessings and curses transformed this young man into history's first vampire.
Specifically, it began with the sun god Apollo (Greek mythology), who in a fit of rage cursed Ambrogio so that his skin would burn should it ever touch sunlight again. Ambrogio's bad luck followed when he ended up gambling away his soul to Hades (Greek mythology), the god of the underworld. The next curse came via Apollo's sister Artemis (Greek mythology), the goddess of the moon and hunting, who made it so that Ambrogio's skin would burn if he touched silver.
The blessings came soon after when Artemis, taking pity on the poor young man, gave him the gift of immortality. He would carry his curses - his skin burning by sunlight or silver, but he would live forever in his current form. Not only that, but Artemis also gave him the speed and strength to become a hunter whose skills were second only to her own.
Blood-sucking (which, by the way, is called "hematophagy" in case you were curious) is also included in this "blessing". In the vampire origin story, Ambrogio hunts swans and uses their blood as ink to write love poems to his lady Selene. While this may be considered a little creepy by our standards, it wasn't all that unusual in ancient Greece to make do with what you hunted.
The First Vampire Clan
Ambrogio later moved back to Italy, now as a full-fledged vampire. Legend traces him to the city of Florence (Firenze), where he creates the first Vampire Clan.
We don't know a whole lot about this clan, other than they were most likely willing volunteers - humans who wanted power and immortality, and were willing to trade their souls for it. It was believed that the curse would continue for any vampire where their souls would remain in the Underworld (aka Hades aka Hell), where they could return to claim them, but then could never leave.
From what we know of the history of vampires, the clan grew in size and strength, until infighting created something of a "civil war" within the clan, and many vampires left to form their own clans.
What happened to Ambrogio and those who stayed with him is largely unknown, though many believe that he still resides somewhere in Florence.
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How To Become a Real Vampire
Vampire cults have existed for several years, but the majority of these cults are filled with members who display vampire-like activity, such as drinking human blood and hiding from sunlight. These cult members are, however, distinctly human, simply mimicking the behavior of vampires as this was, until recently, the closest a human could get to vampirism.
The details of how to become a real vampire have only recently come to light. Many of the ancient myths appear to be true, while others are still in question.
In "The Vampire Bible", ancient scribes describe the only known way that a human can become a vampire. As the following excerpt from that book details, it takes more than just a bite to become a vampire.
"As it was with Selene and Ambrogio, when Artemis allowed him to take of her blood, so it has been ever since. The ritual begins with a bite from vampire to human, where he may consume her blood. As she lays bleeding her pulse moves inside him, and they become one... "
"...and she must then drink of their joined blood, the first bite as vampire, the last as human..."
This description portrays a ritual that is consistent with earlier legends of vampires, where the human host must drink the blood of the vampire in order to transform.
According to "The Vampire Bible", the reason for this ritual goes all the way back to the beginning of vampire history, which is the story of the first vampire Ambrogio, and his star-crossed lover Selene.
As the excerpt above eludes to, the story goes that Ambrogio was made a vampire through a series of gifts and curses from Greek gods including Apollo, Artemis, and Hades. Long story short, his one true love was a mortal woman named Selene who he was forbidden from mating with. On her deathbed Selene begged Ambrogio to create children for her, so with the approval of Artemis, Ambrogio drank Selene's blood. Apparently the mixing of his blood and her blood together was the only way Ambrogio could pass on his vampirism to another human.
Later legends say that all future vampires were created by Ambrogio by the same ritual - he would drink the human's blood, which would mix with his own (and Selene's). The vampire would then bite his own wrist, and the human would have to willingly drink the mixed blood in order to become a real vampire.
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Spell To Become A Vampire
Note: The following information containing a spell to become a vampire may have dangerous after-effects. It would be wise to not read this article out loud unless you intend for these effects to occur.
Those who are familiar with the story of the origin of vampires will recognize the importance of the moonlight goddess Selene in vampire history. She is considered the mother of all vampires, though technically she lived and died a virgin. It was her blood mixed with her husband Ambrogio's that gave him the power to create new life through his bite. Though her "children" never got to know her during her lifetime, they are regularly in touch with her in the form of the moonlight she shines down upon them each night.
It is no surprise then that Selene maintains a position of great reverence among all vampires. It is forbidden to speak ill of her, as she is considered both mother and guardian angel among all vampires.
I am often asked if there is any kind of magic spell to become a vampire. While I'll be the first to say that anything is possible, I have not in my work found any actual magic spell, nor anything that indicates that one exists. Vampires seem to be made strictly from one another, and you would need a "living" vampire's blood or saliva in order to become one.
That said, there may be something that, though not technically a spell, might have the same effect. There are several poems in the Vampire Bible that are dedicated to Selene, the vampire mother. It is a tradition to honor Selene with poems just as her true love Ambrogio did while she was still alive. Ambrogio's vampire love poems are the inspiration for this tradition, though many of the later poems are more about gratitude and worship than love.
One such poem in particular is particularly interesting because it appears to be a prayer to Selene asking for her specific assistance in becoming a vampire. It's not exactly a "spell", but it is a request to the vampire mother to send one of her "children" to the reader of the poem in order to be turned into a vampire. This makes much more sense than a magic spell and could possibly be one of the only ways to attract vampires to one's self.
The poem itself is in Latin, with a translation into English following. If anyone were going to use this as a sort of spell to become a vampire, it would be best to read aloud the Latin version I would think. Use at your own risk.
Ode To The Vampire Mother
O dea tenebris
puer tuus fac me sicut renascentur
mea lux vestra absorbere
liceat mihi locus ad tenebras
sicut ex utero immortales
filios tuos in ulnis
quibus invocaverit te frater
O lunae lumen
puer tuus fac me sicut renascentur
me duce tenebris sunt
i ita erit renatus
Oh goddess of the darkness
mother to the immortal
let me be reborn as your child
let your light absorb my own
Allow me passage to the darkness
as from your immortal womb
into the arms of your children
to whom I will call brother
let me be reborn as your child
guide the dark ones to me
so I shall be born again
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Facts About Vampires
If you've ever wanted a compilation of facts about vampires, you have come to the right place. There is so much to say about vampires that we couldn't just dedicate one page to them. Both informational articles and questions (with answers) will be posted and updated right here.
There are literally thousands of vampire legends throughout history. Nearly every single culture on the face of the earth has some kind of myth about undead, blood-sucking creatures that relate back to vampire mythology.
Naturally, the legends are not all consistent with one another, though there are many common threads throughout the various cultural myths. In order to take a more analytical view at vampire, we must do a little scientific-style hypothesizing.
With vampires, it seems there are more questions than there are answers, so before we delve into the Question and Answer section, I'll hook you up with some basic facts first:
Basic Facts About Vampires
Do Vampires Really Exist?
History of Vampires
The Vampire Origin Story
How To Become a Real Vampire
How To Kill a Vampire
Traditional Vampire Names
Spell To Become A Vampire
Answers to Previous Questions
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Special Vampire Powers
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After The Change
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Are Vampires Always Evil?
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Do Vampires Turn The Willing?
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Where Can I Find a Real Vampire?
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The Life and Death of Vampires
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Is Reading About Vampires Dangerous?
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Can Humans Sense Vampires?
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Strange Vampire Name
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Can Vampires Fly?
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Vampire vs Human
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What Attracts Vampires?
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How Do You Know If You Are A Vampire?
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Mirrors and the Moon?
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Do Vampires Glitter?
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Vampires and Silver
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How To Invite A Vampire To Our House?
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Can U Bite Me Please?
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What Don't Vampires Like?
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Do Vampires Exist?
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Are Vampire Novels Accurate?
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Vampire Rules and Regulations
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Vampire Conspiracy Theory
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Are Vampires Heartless?
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The History of Vampires
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What Kind of Blood Do Vampires Drink?
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Werewolves and Vampires?
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The Vampire Origin Story
Ambrogio was a young adventurer. Born and raised in
Italy, he had always longed to travel to Greece to have
his fortune told by the Oracle of Delphi. When he was an
adult, he got on a boat and sailed to the western edge of
Greece, near Astakos. He traveled east until he
eventually reached the city of Delphi.
Delphi was home to a great temple of Apollo the sun
god. It was also the home of the Pythia, better known as
the Oracles. The Pythia would sit in a chamber within
the temple and speak of prophecies, inspired by Apollo,
to those who came to seek the Oracle's wisdom.
When Ambrogio finally arrived at the temple, he went to
speak to the Pythia. The Pythia, whose words were
often cryptic, said only a few words: "The curse. The
moon. The blood will run."
He couldn't sleep that night. He stayed awake outside of
the temple, pondering the meaning of the Pythia's
words. As the sun rose in the morning he realized that
he had not slept. As he walked back toward the town he
saw a beautiful woman dressed in white robes walking to
the temple. He ran over to her and introduced himself.
name was Selene, and she was a maiden of the temple.
Her sister was the Oracle, and so Selene tended to the
temple and took care of her sister while in her entranced
For the next few days every morning Ambrogio met
Selene at dawn before she entered the temple. They
soon fell in love.
On his last day in Greece, Ambrogio asked Selene to
marry him and return with him to Italy. She agreed. He
said he would make the preparations then meet her at
dawn the next morning at their meeting spot outside the
Apollo, the sun god, had been watching. He himself had
taken a liking to the beautiful Selene and was enraged
that Ambrogio would come to his temple and take one of
his maidens away. At sunset that night, Apollo appeared
to Ambrogio and cursed him so that from that day forth
a mere touch of Apollo's sunlight would burn Ambrogio's
Ambrogio was distraught. He was set to leave with
Selene in the morning, but he would not be able to meet
her at sunrise as he promised because of the curse.
Having nowhere else to turn, he ran to a cave that led to
Hades for protection. Hades, god of the underworld,
listened to his tale and made him a deal - if he could steal
the silver bow of Artemis and bring it back, Hades would
grant him and Selene protection in the underworld. The
deal specified that Hades would give Ambrogio a magical
wooden bow and 11 arrows to hunt with. He was to
offer his hunting trophies to Artemis in order to gain her
favor and steal her silver bow. As collateral, Ambrogio
had to leave his soul in Hades until he returned with the
bow. Should he return without the silver bow, he would
have to live in Hades forever, never to return to Selene.
Having no other choice, Ambrogio agreed.
He had no way to contact Selene. He had parchments,
but no writing implement, so he took his bow and arrow
and killed a swan. Using its feather as a pen, and its
blood as the ink, he wrote her a note explaining that he
could not meet with her but would find a way for them
to be together. He left the note in their meeting place
and ran off to find a place to hide from the sunlight.
Naturally, Selene was devastated when she found the
note, but she kept working at the temple as she did not
want to anger Apollo any further. The next morning,
Selene went back to the meeting place, but once again
Ambrogio was not there. She saw another piece of
parchment with writing in blood on it. It was a love poem
Before morning for 44 days Ambrogio slew a swan and
used its blood to write Selene a love poem. After
draining the blood and taking a single feather he offered
the body of the swan as a tribute to Artemis, the goddess
of hunting and the moon, and also sister to Apollo. He
hoped that even if he could not steal her bow, she would
be honored by the tribute and would be able to convince
her brother Apollo to remove the curse.
On the 45th night, Ambrogio had only one arrow left. He
shot it at a swan and missed, the arrow sailing into the
distance. He had neither the blood to write Selene's
poem nor the swan to sacrifice to Artemis. He fell to the
ground and wept.
Seeing how good of a hunter and how dedicated of a
follower Ambrogio had been, Artemis came down to
him. He begged Artemis to let him borrow her bow and
an arrow so he could kill one last bird and leave one final
note to Selene.
Artemis took pity on him and agreed to let him borrow
her silver bow and an arrow. He took the bow, and in
desperation, ran to the cave that led to Hades. Artemis
realized what was happening and cast her own curse on
Ambrogio. The curse caused all silver burn his skin.
Ambrogio dropped the silver bow and fell to the ground
Artemis was furious at his deceit, but he begged her for
forgiveness. He explained the deal he was forced to
make with Hades, his curse by Apollo, and his love for
Selene. He apologized profusely and swore that he had
no other choice.
Artemis took pity on him again and decided to give him
one last chance. She offered to make him a great hunter,
almost as great as she was, with the speed and strength
of a god and fangs with which to drain the blood of the
beasts to write his poems. In exchange for this
immortality, he would have to agree to a deal. He and
Selene would have to escape Apollo's temple and
worship only Artemis forever. The catch was that
Artemis was a virgin goddess, and all of her followers
had to remain chaste and unmarried, so Ambrogio was
never allowed to touch Selene again. They could never
kiss, never touch, never have children.
Ambrogio agreed. At least this way he and Selene could
be together. He killed another swan and left Selene a
note telling her to meet him on a ship at the docks.
Before dawn the next morning, she saw the note and ran
away before Apollo could notice.
When Selene arrived at the dock she found Ambrogio's
ship and met him down in the hull. There was a wooden
coffin with a note on it, telling her to order the ship's
captain to set sail, and to open the coffin only after the
sun had set. She did as the note said, and after sunset
she opened the coffin to find Ambrogio alive and well.
The couple sailed to Ephesus, where they lived in a cave
during the day and worshiped Artemis at her grand
temple every night. They lived happily together for
many years, never touching, never kissing, never having
After a number of years, Ambrogio's immortality allowed
him to stay young, but Selene continued to age as a
mortal. She finally fell ill and was on her deathbed.
Ambrogio was distraught, knowing that he would not
join Selene in the afterlife because his soul still resided in
Hades. At night, he went into the woods and found a
white swan swimming alone in a small lake. He killed the
swan and offered it to Artemis, begging for her to make
Selene immortal so they could stay together forever.
Artemis appeared to him. Thankful for his years of
dedication and worship, she made him one last deal.
Artemis told Ambrogio that he could touch Selene just
once - to drink her blood. Doing so would kill her mortal
body, but from then on, her blood mixed with his could
create eternal life for any who drink of it. If he did this,
Artemis would see to it that they stayed together
Ambrogio wanted to refuse, but after telling Selene what
happened, Selene begged him to do it. After much
convincing, he bit her neck and took her blood into his
body. As he set her limp body down, Selene began to
radiate with light, and raise up to the sky. Ambrogio
watched as Selene's glowing spirit lifted to meet Artemis
at the moon. When she arrived, the moon lit up with a
Selene became the goddess of moonlight, and every
night she would reach down with her rays of light to the
earth and finally touch her beloved Ambrogio as well as
all of their children - the newly created vampires who
carried the blood of Ambrogio and Selene, together.