Legacy Ankh - “A” Edition
"The Vampire Legacy Ankh is the sigil which represents the culture, traditions and philosophy of the Vampire World as defined by master fangsmith and occult author Father Sebastiaan’s book “Vampire Virtues; The Red Veils.” This precious artifact proudly worn discretely in public and openly in ceremony by both Living Vampires and Black Swans. The Legacy Ankh was consecrated to symbolize the “The Red Veils” which are power words of the Vampyres Mysteries which include; Elegance, Mystery, Romance, Transhumanism, Immortality, Primal Nature, Seduction, Magic, and Glamour.
The Historical Ankh
The ankh, or in Latin the crux ansata (cross with a handle), was originally the Egyptian hieroglyph which meant "life". Many ancient Egyptian artworks, 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 mummies in order to symbolically convey the gift of immortality. Over time the ankh came to symbolize immortality and can even be seen as a key to unlock the gates of death. The Rosicrucians and members of Hermetic orders often use this symbol in their rituals. The Coptic Christians, as well, employed it as a symbol of life after death. Ankhs incorporating mirrors into their design have sometimes been used to symbolize perception of the subtle reality. The bladed ankh first surfaced in popular culture in the 1983 film The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott and based on the novel by Whitley Strieber, who also, significantly, wrote the novel Communion.
Origins of the Vampire Legacy Ankh
The Original Design by Master Metal Manipulator D'Drennan 1996
Vampire Ankh Editions
The Legacy Vampyre Ankh was made in two production editions, the original "D" Edition and the "A" Edition, both of which vary in size, materials and design.
The Vampire Legacy Ankh D Edition Pictured Above.
The "D" Edition (designed by P.N. D'Drennan) which was designed during the early years of the Sabretooth Clan from 1996-7. Commissioned by Father Sebastiaan from D'Drennan exclusively for his fang clients is a rare collectors edition only made in sterling silver and measures about 3 inches long. Only those who are personally approved by Father Sebastiaan, most notably select personal fang clients. Only about 25 are ever made per year and obtaining one is considered a great honor.
"A" Edition (Alchemy Gothic design by Frater Largos or "The L Edition") was put into production around 2003 a new smaller version known as the "A" Edition was made by Frater Largos and put into mass production in pewter by Alchemy Gothic around 2007. These are publicly available and the only ones which can be ordered through this website.
A closely guarded secret amongst the Vampires of the Sabretooth Clan and if you look you will find the answers. These are obvious to know is "in the know" and not very obvious to those who do not. Each stone color of white, red, purple and black has a significant meaning, those who put stones in them without knowing this meaning will invite those who do know to test and validate their intent.
Licensing and Credits
The Vampire Legacy Ankh design is a copyright and the trademark by the Sabretooth Clan, all rights reserved, original concept by Father Sebastiaan (1996), design and original jewelry by Master Metal Manipulator D'Drennan in 1996-7. Here are a few craftspeople who are apart of the Sabretooth Clan network who have been granted permission to use this symbol. If you are curious about creating artwork with the Vampyre Legacy Ankh please contact Father Sebastiaan directly.
Tattoos, Body Mods and Branding
Over the years many patriotic Black Swans and Vampyres have chosen to show their dedication, loyalty and commitment to the Family and the Mysteries by tattooing the Vampire Legacy Ankh Sigilium on their corporeal flesh. Here are a few images of inspiration. For those who subtly tattoo the ankh it is commonly done on the back of the neck or on the wrist. If on the wrist with the pointed side going towards the inner arm so the ankh is upright facing the initiate, reminding them of the left hand path. There are advanced metaphysical tattoos known as an ezerix.