Scrolls of Elorath 5 - The Vampire Legacy Ankh


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The ankh–or in Latin, the crux ansata (“cross with a handle”)–was originally the Egyptian hieroglyph meaning “life.” Many ancient Egyptian works of art, especially funerary art, depict gods and pharaohs bearing this symbol. The ankh was also associated with Osiris, the god of death and rebirth, and ankhs were often placed with mummified corpses in order to symbolically convey the gift of immortality.

Over time, the ankh came to symbolize immortality, and it can even be viewed as a key to unlock the gates of death. The Rosicrucian tradition and members of Hermetic orders often use this symbol in their rituals. The Coptic Christians also employ it as a symbol of life after death. Ankhs that incorporate mirrors into their designs have sometimes been used to symbolize perception of the subtle reality.

The bladed ankh first appeared in popular culture in the 1983 film The Hunger, based on the vampire novel by Whitley Strieber and directed by Tony Scott. With its historical symbolism, cultural significance, and esoteric nature, the bladed ankh became the obvious and most common symbol for the Vampyre.

In 1996, Master Metal Manipulator D’Drennan was commissioned by Father Sebastiaan to make an exclusive version of a bladed ankh to represent the Black Veils and the Legacy. Thus, was born the Legacy Ankh, one of the most recognized international symbols in the Vampyre Culture and Community. The Legacy Ankh is a special version of the bladed ankh and is the sigillum which represents the virtues, teachings, traditions, culture, and philosophy known as the Black Veils. (Some of these Black Veils virtues include Immortality, Romance, Elegance, Seduction, Apotheosis, Music, Art, Decadence, Nightside, Dayside, Unity, Family, Magick, Dance, Civility, Hospitality, Honor, Diversity, Chivalry, Decadence and Zhep’r.)
This precious artifact is proudly worn in public and openly in ceremony by Living Vampires and Black Swans to symbolize their Legacy and under-standing of the Black Veils.

There are three generations in the core design of the Legacy Ankh. The first is the original version designed by D’Drennan and released in 1997.The second was released in 2005, and the third revealed in September 2019 in Witch City Halo (Salem, Massachusetts). Since there are so many variations inspired by this design, the Legacy Ankh is legally copyrighted and trademarked for its protection. The third Legacy Ankh’s meaning and sacredness is amplified by also being a fundraiser, as a portion of the proceeds are donated to Suicide Prevention Awareness organizations in respect to D’Drennan.


To be done during the Witching Hour under a dark moon or during a Vampyre Sabbath.

On this night in Love & Loyalty I proudly wear this sigillum above my heart.
With honor in the Legacy, The Vampyre Current. I vow to be strong in the Dayside
I vow to be open to the Nightside
I have adept knowledge of the Black Veils, the sacred scrolls of Our Legacy
I vow to honor these Traditions
I thus consecrate this Legacy Ankh to myself in my own Blood.
Hail Elorath!
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