The Grimoire of the Living Vampire
by Father Sebastiaan
|Publisher:||Weiser Books (2012)|
Reviewed by Frater U.I.F.
Father Sebastiaan, the author of Vampyre Magick, is a very public figure in the Living Vampyre community, having had the media coverage and representation that one would expect from a persona so inherently sensationalistic. Father Sebastiaan currently resides in Paris coordinating vampyre balls, writing books, and selling fangs.
Vampyre Magick is a continuation of the work that Father Sebastiaan began in Vampyre Sanguinomicon: The Lexicon of the Living Vampire. This work carries on the tradition of what I like to term “Ritual Skinning.” It is a resource that allows one to paint their Magick black to match a desired aesthetic, much as one would choose a theme for their Twitter account, a style for their their blog or a background screen.
At its core Vampyre Magick provides general magickal theory, practice and organizational structure wrapped in thematic packaging. Any reader of occult material will recognize many magickal concepts and philosophies just below the vampyric decoration. There are sections on astral travel, servitors, meditation, protection, the chakra system, and all the other common components of instructional occult workings. Each one is presented in a slightly modified manner to fit the overall aesthetic. This typically consists of renaming, relabeling and generally repackaging each surface detail for each ritual.
This rather superficial restyling job aside, I do have to admit that in neglecting to modify any core portions of the material he presents, what we are left with is a work that could steward some young devotees of the vampyre culture toward a form of actual Magickal practice. In this respect the author has accomplished a level of success at Magickal instruction and was intelligent enough to not modify the essential structure of the teachings and rituals.