I first met up with Occult vampirism with “The key to Black Magick”, by Stanilas De Gaita.
De Gaita did not gave pratical ritual in his book. His text deals about story all old men praticing what he call “a form of reverse magnetism” on young personn and even childrent, to prolounge their own life. He also mentionned that afterdeath, there were two possible destinies for that type of practitionners. The lesser practitionners will pretty much become “Shades” , in the very deffinition given by Connor Kendall. Some will find a way to “densify” their ego, and become “demonlike”.
Few good books about vampirism existed at the time. I have a pretty good memory from “The book of the Witch Moon” from Michael Ford, as well as “Akhkaru, vampyre magick”, wich are still amonsgt the coolest book about vampirism to me. And of course, last but not least, Work with Darkness as a very interresting chapter about vampirism.
I already talked a bit about immortality in topic highter. The book propose three different approach for immortality, readers will be able to choose, or make there own mix with the different keys.
-The first is what I like to call “the progressive transformation”. It is, an approach that have been popularize during the two last decades. The book of Michael Ford, deals essentially with that approach in my opinion. By working with different entities, such as demons like Eurynomos, Ipos, or Dark Gods such as Hecate, Zalmoxis and Vorsh, the practitionner will gradually learn the faculties of vampiric entities. I will not necessarely anchor himself to a particular current. This is the way of independance, and his survival after death will depend on him, and him alone.
-The second is a more “traditional” way, at least, from an European point of view. Here, the magician while align himself with Undead magicians of the past centuries and make a pact with them. The life essence he will drain during his session will immediatly be transfered to this “pool” that is the vampiric chain or strain. In exchange, he will receive the essence of his predecessors. His vibrations will align with them. He will open a permanent gateway for them, inside himself. After his death, his body wilI become part of this “pool”, that will act his his new anchor on earth. I think that some orders like the ToB use a similar process, but there material does not give any ritual or details about it.
This approached was favored by the “Green Order”, a central European Order, pretty active in the 80’s.
-The last thing I suggest, is a personnal patchwork of ideas to ally occult vampirism presented in the previous chapter, with modern transhumanism, as a work hyppothesis. Transhumanism is fascinating to me, and may offer gateway to experience new things for modern practitionners.