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Once Again

Posted: Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by deacongray in Poetry

Here we sit. You’re there and I’m here.
You read the words I write. You judge, You condemn, and You listen.
We are you. We are I.
We breathe, We laugh, We love.
Listen to Me now. I roar. I scream. I beg. I plead.
I please. I bleed. I anger.
I cry. I love. I despise.
You rant. You flaunt. You dote.
I refuse to give in. You refuse to grant success.
I? I refuse to die here. I refuse to die now.
Tomorrow boasts a sunrise so beautiful it blinds.
Tomorrow boasts a sunset so tragic, I cry.
Yesterday is the nothingness of memories.
Yesterday is the day I fell in love with you all over again.
Today is Mine. Today is Yours.
Today, I take over the world.
Today, I send You my love.
Through it all, I have You.
Through it all, I am still Me.
Through it all, I refuse to Hate.

 

© Mikyla Abigor, 2007

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Royal Blood

Posted: Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by deacongray in Book Reviews
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Rhys Bowen. Mystery. Royal Blood. 305 pages

Rhys Bowen is an award winning mystery author. Royal Blood is the fourth book in the ‘Royal Spyness’ series, which features Lady Georgiana, penniless and 34th in line to the English throne.

While not the most recent offering of the series, Royal Blood called out to this reader. Here, we find Lady Georgiana at her wits end: her brother Binky and his wife, Fig, have descended upon House Rannoch in London, shattering the peace and quiet she has been almost enjoying. Binky is oblivious to his wife’s snobbery and the wife loves to harp on about Lady Georgiana making a “suitable” match before being placed upon the shelf. It is, after all, just the 30s and the Depression is in full force across the globe. So, what’s a girl to do? Accept the Queen’s order to travel to Romania and attend the wedding of a school friend as a representative of British royalty, of course. Especially if it means escape from the odious Fig and real meals instead of toast and baked beans for a change!

And so, the journey from England to Romania begins. Because no proper young lady, especially an actual Lady, would dare journey without a companion, along comes the battle axe known as Lady Middlesex and her companion, Mrs. Deer-Harte. The latter is prone to superstitions and “feelings”, laying the groundwork of vampires in Lady Georgiana’s head. These feelings are only further cemented when it is announced that the royal wedding will take place in the original Lord Dracul’s Castle, deep in the mountains.  Coupled with the feeling that someone is watching her, seeing someone scaling the Castle walls, waking up with someone standing over her, the superstitions soon take full hold of Lady Georgiana. When a foreign diplomat is murdered at dinner, it is clear to Lady Georgiana that the intended victim is none other than the bridegroom. But the murder must be covered up to ensure the wedding takes place without international incident. And then, Mrs. Deer-Harte ends up dead at the bottom of a treacherous set of stairs and Lady Georgiana finds herself in a dungeon…

What’s a girl to do? Solve the mystery, of course! And she does, with aplomb. These are not the psychological thrillers of masters such as Koontz or King. No, they are lighthearted and fun reads. Lady Georgiana is addictive. You are invited to start at the beginning and work your way up to Royal Blood, but it isn’t necessary.

© Mikyla Abigor

Disclaimer: The following interview was done for educational purposes. We do not condone any behavior depicted here. We have no affiliation with Roxy.

Roxy has no affiliations with Real Vampires, Otherkin and similar subcultures. Her conduct does not reflect on any community. She is a predator by choice.

We will not participate in any disagreements, lawsuits and criminal proceedings. The following interview was conducted under confidence. The Graveyard Press (and it’s staff) is neutral.

For many years, society has seen predators as serial killers, child molesters and especially rapist, but many never apply that term outside of that box. When mentioning “Psychic Predators,” a majority of people think of frauds and con artists. There are very few that believe a genuine Psychics (commonly stereotyped as a pro-nature, vegan-eating hippy) is capable of an unsavory nature.

A “Psychic Predator” is not a con artist or fraud. These people are genuine Psychics that use their unique abilities to prey on others. The following is a candid interview with a real Psychic Predator.

Interviewer: Please tell everyone a bit about yourself.

Roxy: Well, my name is Roxy. I am from Checy, France and I’ve been into metaphysics practice for 8 years now. Psionics have been under my direct studies for 5 years now, I’ve seen and experienced with both techniques and methods and the many variants of the terms of such studies.

Interviewer: So, you’re a psychic?

Roxy: Yes, I am.

Interviewer: How and Why did you get involved in Metaphysics?

Roxy: Because of my curiosity. Since a very early age, I had an interest in science. Before discovering Metaphysics, I was reading many variants of science. I favored philosophy as well, which linked to Metaphysics.

Interviewer: As a psychic, what’s your specialty?

Roxy: My specialty is mostly telepathy more than anything. I do have quite the intuitive with empathy but it is not my native skill such as telepathy. I am also quite skillful in the astral projection spectrum as well.

Interviewer: How have you used your abilities?

Roxy: Out of curiosity, I’ve used my abilities on people to spy and most likely cause them to do things they wouldn’t normally do.

Sometimes, though, I didn’t have a choice. Then again, there were times I had a choice, but I did it anyways. For an example, I caused my ex-girlfriend (Gina) to become suicidal by exploiting her fears. I was able to manipulate her by forming a empathic and telepathic bond. I would form something inside of myself and turn it on her.

Interviewer: What did Gina do to you?

Roxy: Gina simply met me at the wrong time and place. I was at arms with myself and against other people as well. When it came to my rebelliousness, I was at my max. My emotions were rapid, so a relationship was easily for me to get into. The only price was that my partner had to be aware of my explosiveness.

She was sadistic.. or what have you…She treated other people as if they where below her. She met me at a time of trouble and decided to consider me a “hero of her life.” She saw I was a rebellious and jealous person,  which I never deny.

She tried to exploit that and it back fired on her horribly.

Interviewer: Was she your first target?

Roxy: No, she wasn’t.

Interviewer: Who was your first target?

Roxy: His name was Charles. He was just some random new kid.

Interviewer: Can you describe what happens to your targets?

Roxy: I usually feel them as I speak to them. I break down who they are and what they do–their interests. I start from basics.

Their lifestyles, desires and demands. What they wish they had and know they will never get.

I feel them for pain and what’s going on in their current and/or past lives. To see what caused them any painful changes or any successful changes. I do not discriminate in what I find. The more the better.

I connect to them.

It allows me to slowly materialize a form of reality amongst them, in a way. Piece by piece slowly and each piece affects them in ways unimaginable.

Sometimes, I have to stop because I don’t want to get too far ahead.

Interviewer: Can you explain that? Why wouldn’t you want to get too far ahead?

Roxy: Alright, let me give you an example. It’s a short, but very real example.

You met me last 2 weeks ago and we ended up friends. Well, let’s say you expressed depression to me, but overall you suddenly started liking me as more than a friend. I would give you all the comfort you need to settle your depression. You would trust me more and talk to me more. I would memorize everything you say. I would open myself up to you and display an exploit of mind to show you I’m not perfect. In return, you would express more to me. Basically, pouring yourself out to me. I would close up slowly to you. After showing only a small side of my vulnerability to you.

Then, I would take all that I know and manipulate you. I would use my empathy and telepathy to help me.

I would wait for you to start an argument with me—something to strike your frustrations. I would set you up and I would delude your pride and frustrations.

Once I delude your frustrations and pride, I would cause your pride to go into overdrive. Your dependency would go through the roof. You would disconnect from most friends. Frustrations would make you hate whats left of your friends. I would watch that and manipulate everything as it’s happening.

It’s a very simple way to screw a person up.

Interviewer: Is having power over people a high for you?

Roxy: Yes.

Interviewer: Is that why you do it?

Roxy: Yes.

Interviewer: What is your favorite thing to do to people?

Roxy: My favorite thing to do would be to feel them. When I feel them, it’s sort of like touching them in person, but with an extra twist.

Interviewer: When you target people, how did it affect them? Can you be detailed?

Roxy: Yes, my first victim.

I caused him to turn against his friends and then his community and then finally against himself by first listening to him and feeling his emotions. Being able to put my own self on the back burner, and putting him as the main priority. And sorting through his abilities as well as times went on I learned to fluctuate him empathically followed by telepathically.

I’ve learned to constantly receive from him instead of always sending to him from my own on all levels. I acted as a server to him. I only had the resources he provided but on other cases I concealed most of what I received and amplified “the matter,” which had any effect that i received from him and amplified them.

Interviewer: What did he do to you?

Roxy: Nothing. He was just an experiment. He was suppose to be a friend, but my “better half” saw him as an animal. An Experiment.

Interviewer: Do you feel your actions were justified with your first victim?

Roxy: Yes.

Yes with him and with every other victim.

Nothing comes of an empty purpose. I’m deserving of each action I serve to. No matter if it’s positive or negative. I know I’ll push to the nearest end to be successful.I see myself as someone “in the middle.” I do have emotion, though, they must be earned in order for me to feel pity.

I do not take on a title of “bad or good.”

Interviewer: How do you pick targets?

Roxy: Shit, if I knew! They were just random targets.

Interviewer: How do you separate who you manipulate and who you don’t?

Roxy: Yes, I do separate them. There are some I care about and others I don’t.

Interviewer: Would you consider what you do psychological torture?

Roxy: Yes and I’m good at it.

Interviewer: Do you enjoy it?

Roxy: Yes.

Interviewer: Do you think you could stop?

Roxy: No. It feels too good. It’s like a drug to me. I can’t.

Interviewer: If you weren’t psychic, would you still prey on people using mundane methods?

Roxy: Yes.

Interviewer: Have you met others like you?

Roxy: No.

Interviewer: Have you ever met someone stronger and better than you?

Roxy: Not really. I haven’t met anyone that showed me their strength. They just initiated fights with me.

Interviewer: Have you ever been challenged to prove your abilities?

Roxy: Only once.

Interviewer: What happened?

Roxy: Not much. Just that I used my abilities against them so all questions were answered. It’s sort of like asking, “Does that stove get hot?” Of course, I’m going to say, “Why not put your hand on it for a bit?”

Interviewer: Would you consider yourself a predator?

Roxy: More or less. I do consider myself a mage with an endevorous mischievous prospective.

Interviewer: How did you end up preying on people?

Roxy: Curiosities. Me wondering how things worked. I sure wasn’t going to test them on myself. I didn’t really care how it effected other people.

Interviewer: Why not?

Roxy: Why not? It wouldn’t hurt me, when I hurt them. So long as my safety isn’t in question or harms way, I didn’t care. The focus was on seeing the effects.

In short, I’ll say:

I’m very self-centered and contrary. I don’t care about other people’s safety or their lives. When I need a test rat and I see one, I’m going to use it.

Interviewer: How do people feel about you?

Roxy: People usually feel intimidated by me or either curious with a mixture of hatred because I’m seen as complex and random, but they do know that I’m mischievous. They want to trust me. If they interact with me at all, they’d do it from a distance.

Interviewer: How do you view yourself?

Roxy: Someone that’s curious and likes to try stuff.

Interviewer: Can you tell us about your family?

Roxy: My family wanted to be viewed as generous and of high priority. Their actions were careless without a doubt. It was more like a cult.

They had their own “vision” and so on of how they were suppose to be. They were people that wanted to be impenetrable. They had pride and believed in numbers. They always were close amongst each other.

When you threatened one, the majority of them would be there to fight together.

Interviewer: What happened if you deviated from their vision?

Roxy: You would be disowned. Unfavored. Possibly hated.

Interviewer: How would you be treated?

Roxy: You would have been tossed out. Everyone would be contacted and warned not to accept any contact from you and to look out for you.

Interviewer: What was your family’s lifestyle like?

Roxy: Spoiled, high class and competitive. Protective and elusive.

My family would give me money and all sorts of stuff to keep me with them and at bay. They knew I liked certain things—like money. My people believed in having many things. They never believed in having to “hustle” for anything.

They never begged and taught me never to ask for anything. If I ever desired anything, I just had to ask for it.

Interviewer: What sort of things did you get, besides money?

Roxy: Material. Mostly electronics, name brand cloths, shoes…

Interviewer: So, whatever you wanted you received? No questions asked or problems encountered?

Roxy: I never encountered any problems or refusals. One of the main reasons was my mother. She was last of 11 children and everyone spoiled her. I was treated the same way. Till this day I’m seen as a baby.

Interviewer: Are you still with them?

Roxy: No, I’m no longer with them. I’m somewhat glad, but I miss them severely.

Interviewer: What happened?

Roxy: Because of what I am. What I believed in.

They didn’t believe that I was setting a good enough example for my younger brother and other young relatives. My mother feared what I was would cause a lot of conflict and turmoil, so she kicked me out.

Interviewer: What are you? What do you believe in?

Roxy: I’m a transgendered female. That was one of the main reasons my family saw as antagonising. They didn’t want the public to know of me in that “condition.”

They had a lot of pride and didn’t take lightly to any “gays” or any of that sort. They were somewhat traditional. However, if you weren’t related to them, then they didn’t care and just laughed at you.

My mother was Pagan, but she hid that from me and others because of how my family was. She introduced me to a lot of my interests.

Interviewer: As a transgender, how did your family treat and view you?

Roxy: They treated me…like an outcast…somewhat.

I remember my mother coming to me thinking it meant I was just a gay male. I explained it as much as I could and as simple as I could to her. Overall, my mother noticed the majority of my changes.

She came to me telling me all the dangers I would face living a certain lifestyle. She didn’t want to lose me due to that. My family didn’t really approve of it because many of other people amongst my family looked down on it.

My family believed in the old tradition.

Man and woman. Getting married. Having a few kids and raising them and giving them the best without any hardships.

You show them the world and visa versa.

Interviewer: What was your relationship with your parents like?

Roxy: We argued a majority of the time, but we made up for it by talking it out and going out some place. They pretty much buttered me up even when I didn’t deserve it. They believe that after showing some sort of hurt that I had enough and learned my lesson.

Interviewer: Was anyone in your family like you? (A predator.)

Roxy: My mother was more like me than anyone else. People would call me her “twin.”

Interviewer: So, she was a predator? Like you?

Roxy: Yes. How do you think I got into everything?

Interviewer: She taught you how to prey on people?

Roxy: One of her examples was my father. That’s what she pointed out to me.

Interviewer: Can you describe your father? Tell us a bit about him?

Roxy: Quiet and sensitive. He was into himself a good bit of the time. He kept to himself. I liked what he liked.

He had an ego, but it wasn’t as loud as the rest of my family.

Interviewer: Can you describe his relationship with your mother?

Roxy: Shy, quiet, emotional, intuitive, random and unhonest are words to describe what went on between them. My mother always made sure I knew what was happening. Out of all my siblings, she wanted me to know.

Interviewer: What happened?

Roxy: One was more competitive and wanted to be in control.

My mother was dominant. She wanted ownership of every situation and wherever she lived. My father was similiar, but my mother kept it in check.

Interviewer: You said your father was an example for you. How did your mother set him up as an example?

Roxy: He was her victim. She caused him to do things he wouldn’t normally do. My father, being somewhat dominant, always wanted control of the family business. She always toned him down one way or another.

My father loved money and material things. My mother manipulated him into giving it all to her and drained him on the side. She even made him give her some of his earnings.

Interviewer: You’re close to your mother, but you rarely mention your father. How did you feel about him?

Roxy: My family never cared much for him and neither did I. He spoiled me, too, but not quite as much as my mother. He believed in treating me “more like a man.” My mother’s family was pissed with him because he got my mother pregnant. (Laughing) He got her knocked up twice.

They wanted full blooded French babies. At least, something close to that. They barely talk much english.

The reason I moved to America was my father. They followed him and my mother. My family didn’t want him to move my mother too far—some place they couldn’t keep track of him.

Eventually, my father left my mother because her brothers attacked him.

Interviewer: How did your family treat you?

Roxy: They spoiled me. Since my mother was someone with a good job and good education, I was treated with respect. They wanted me to be the prime future example of her.

Interviewer: Are you bitter towards them?

Roxy: Not really, just a bit rebellious. Other than that, I’m very respectful and honorful of them.

Interviewer: Did your family prey on people?

Roxy: In general, no. My mother did, though.

Interviewer: Was your father her first victim?

Roxy: No, not her first.

Interviewer: Do you know who her first was?

Roxy: No idea, but I do know that she had several friends that she did things to. She never got into what she did to them, though.

Interviewer: Did you think (at any point) that what she was teaching you was wrong?

Roxy: No, I took it as a life lesson.

Inteviewer: Does your mother know what you’ve done to people?

Roxy: Yes, she does and is happy I was successful.

Interviewer: Did she use psychic abilities against people?

Roxy: Yes.

Interviewer: Would you call your family elists?

Roxy: Yes. They’re elitist. They care for themselves and only themselves.

Interviewer: Have you ever killed anyone?

Roxy: I’ve come close to doing so, but that person survived.

Interviewer: Did you go to jail for it?

Roxy: Not at all.

Interviewer: Why didn’t you go to jail?

Roxy: There was no proof. My parents knew some of the cops in that division, too. In fact, my parents went to school with a few.

Interviewer: Who did you try to kill?

Roxy: A “friend” of mine. He was just at the wrong place and time.

Interviewer: When they survived, were you upset at all?

Roxy: No, I just learned from my experience and action. If I wanted to be successful at taking someone out, I had to do it a bit better. It was clearly experimental.

Interviewer: Did your family ever kill anyone?

Roxy: Yes. My mother’s uncles have, anyway.

Interviewer: Were they caught?

Roxy: Yes, but my family settled it.

Interviewer: Are you afraid that your family would kill you?

Roxy: They wouldn’t because I’m seen as one of their babies—the baby of their baby. It’s something my family takes seriously.

They only wanted the best for me. They wanted me a part of their network; To not have to seek others. When my mother said or did something, the whole family would be silent. Everyone would listen. The only one that was above her was her oldest brother.

Or her mother and father.

Interviewer: Roxy, why did you agree to an interview? Furthermore, why are you answering my questions? Especially sensitive ones?

Roxy: I’m open, to a degree. I don’t mind talking about (some) stuff. There are things I don’t mind revisiting because it’s not really all that painful. It’s more or less cute to me.

Interviewer: Roxy, do you have any affiliations with Real Vampires (Online and Offline community) Otherkin and similar subcultures?

Roxy: No…

Offline? I’ve always been a lonestar type. I don’t communicate well with others. I’m often found by myself. More or less isolated.

I’m not really inoto the library setting. People, in general, make me feel weary.

Interviewer: So, you’re a predator by choice?

Roxy: Yes.

Acknowledgments:

I would like to offer thanks to Roxy for agreeing to an interview. She answered questions honestly, which was much appriciated.

I would like to offer thanks to Deacon Gray and Mikyla Abigor, who helped think up questions to ask. The support and encouragement given was priceless.

Thanks to everyone else that helped me with research and contacts. You know who you are.

Further Reading:

Confessions of a Psychic Predator – Archived Widdershins Magazine

Psychic Predators vs. Psychic Vampires – J.V Krakowski (Personal Website)

Sylvere Ap Leanan- Refocus on Otherkin

Posted: Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 by deacongray in Community Articles

“You shall be known by other men
For your great works of voice and pen
Yet inspiration has a cost
For with me know your soul is lost
I’ll take your passion and your skill
I’ll take your young life quicker still.”

by  Brenna Gwyn  adapted from Heather Alexander

Sylvere ap Leanan is your everyday friendly neighborhood mother of two who went to university in Kansas city, well if  by everyday you include that she is a self described Vampire and Leanan Sidhe. You might think that is enough to set her  totally apart, but she actually blends into the background pretty well when she wants too.  

When she doesn’t want to blend in or sit in the background her actions tend to make a pretty big impact.  Many might know that she owns the longest running on line forum “Real Vampires” has organized meet ups like Gathering Dusk, appeared on TV in a documentary called “American Vampires”, and wrote a segment in the book Vampires In Their Own Words.  These are just some of her many accomplishments.

I asked her to sit down with me, however, not to talk about Vampirism, but to talk about a community that remains shadowed even within our own community. The Otherkin.

GYP: How long have you been in the otherkin community?

Sylvere Ap Leanan: I was reading Usenet groups in the mid-1990s whenever I could borrow a friend’s computer, but I didn’t have reliable access to an Internet-capable computer until 1997, so I consider that year my “official” start date.

GYP: Do you describe yourself as Otherkin or Therian?

Sylvere: I usually describe myself as a psychic vampire first. If pressed for more detail, I explain that I identify as Leanan Sidhe, which is type of Otherkin that shares many traits in common with vampires. If I start out by telling people I’m Leanan Sidhe, I get a lot of blank looks. More people are familiar with the concept of a psychic vampire than are familiar with Leanan Sidhe.

GYP: I Bet you do get a lot of blank looks when you speak about the Leanan Sidhe. You said they share common traits with the Vampire, could you go into a little more detail about that? I am sure those reading will be fascinated.

Sylvere: In folklore, the Leanan Sidhe is the dark muse. She inspires poets, musicians and other artists and then drains their vitality as they create, either by drinking their blood or by using the innate magic of the Fae. Those Otherkin who identify as Leanan Sidhe feed in much the same way as a psychic or hybrid vampire. When we don’t, we also experience the same detrimental effects on our health as people who identify as vampires suffer when they aren’t able to feed.

GYP: That is a concept I have not really spent much time in study on, thank you for telling me more about it.

GYP: So what is the primary difference between a Therianthrope and an Otherkin?

Sylvere: I’m not a Therianthrope, so I won’t pretend I know everything there is to know about being Therian. However, based on what I’ve learned from my interaction with Therians over the years, the main differences are that Therians always have some type of animal spirit or consciousness that correlates with a natural animal, while Otherkin nearly always identify with a mythic entity. Elves, Satyrs, various types of Fae, and Starseed are common among Otherkin.

In addition, many Therians experience a “shift” between their animal consciousness and their human selves. Otherkin usually don’t. There are exceptions in both groups, of course, but I’m speaking in broader generalities right now, for the sake of simplicity. If I tried to cover every possible permutation of Therians and Otherkin we’d be here until next week and I’d probably *still* miss something. Therianthropy and the Otherkin experience are related phenomena, but there are enough differences for each to deserve its own categorization.

GYP: So is that kind of like the differences between Otaku-kin and Otherkin?

Sylvere: An Otaku-kin is someone who believes he or she is the reincarnation of a fictional character or who has the spirit of one residing in his or her body. Otaku-kin started out being limited to anime characters but I’ve seen the description extended to other fictional characters, such as Tolkien elves and, most recently, Na’avi from the movie Avatar.

GYP: So Otaku-kin basically believe any fictional or made up creature can have some kind of a spirit that inhabits them or that they are once was? I admit I find that pretty confusing.

Sylvere: Otaku and Furries are to Otherkin what role-players and lifestylers are to vampires. There’s a bit of overlap, but many Otherkin see Otaku as delusional and Furries as role-players who have taken the game too far. For many Otherkin, this is part of their spiritual experience, so Otaku and Furries rub them the wrong way.

GYP: Can people be both vampire and Otherkin, or Therian?

Sylvere: Yes. Some who identify as both vampire and Otherkin feel they were vampires in past lives and have carried those traits into their current incarnations. Others feel they are vampires because they are Otherkin and the human body was never meant to house their non-human spirits. Either they “leak” energy because the human body doesn’t mesh well with the Other soul or the Other soul burns through energy at a faster rate than the human body is able to replenish it. Vampirism becomes a means of replacing what is lost. I don’t know anyone who identifies as both vampire and therian, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did.

GYP: In the Vampire community there are covens, Clans, Houses and groups…what are the otherkin equivalent?

Sylvere: Some Otherkin join pagan covens or form their own and others, like the Elenari and the Silver Elves, band into loosely organized tribes based on ‘Kin type. However, the drive for organization and hierarchy that is often seen in the vampire community is much less prevalent among Otherkin. When Otherkin form groups, decisions are often made by consensus or by taking a vote. If a vampire House were compared to a fraternal order like the Freemasons, then an Otherkin tribe would be more like a commune or a Burning Man camp.

GYP: Are there tensions between the Vampire and Otherkin community?

Sylvere: In the early days of both communities there was some tension because a lot of Otherkin viewed vampires as dangerous, unnatural leeches. However, those days are past and the two groups either ignore each other or else they get along just fine.

GYP: With the newer generation coming forward, like the Crimson Moon Pack that was featured in the news recently, coming forward in the media, are there concerns developing?

Sylvere: I don’t know about the Therian community, but I haven’t noticed any concerns among Otherkin. In part, it’s because Otherkin are even less organized than vampires. What one group of Otherkin does has very little effect on the rest.

GYP: In the VC, there is a lot of talk about dealing with their vampire issues, what do Otherkin have to deal with?

Sylvere: The Awakening for Otherkin is very similar to Awakening for vampires. In fact, the term Awakening was adopted by the Otherkin community quite awhile before the vampire community embraced it. For many Otherkin, there’s a feeling of being disconnected from humanity. It can be difficult to reconcile thought processes and ethical standards that seem alien to the rest of the world or mental processes and ethics that are common among humans but which, to an Otherkin mind, run the gamut from utter nonsense to downright offensive.

In quite a few cases, Otherkin experience the same sort of disconnect with their human bodies. Sensations of phantom appendages, such as wings, are fairly common, though the disconnect may be as simple as a feeling that the body is just *wrong* without being able to pinpoint exactly why.

GYP: Is there an Otherkin spirituality?

Sylvere: As much as there’s a vampire spirituality. The Otherkin experience has a spiritual component, but it isn’t a religion. Otherkin can be pagan, Buddhist or follow any other spiritual path.

 GYP: Can one be made into an Otherkin?

Sylvere: No, for the most part, either you were Other-than-human in a previous incarnation or you weren’t. There have been a few instances of a walk-in by a non-human spirit into a human body, but those cases are exceptionally rare.

GYP: What is a “Walk in” exactly and do you believe that they can happen?

Sylvere:According to New Age philosophy, a walk-in is a spirit that takes up residence in a living body when the original spirit departs. This may happen as the result of trauma, such as a near-death experience, or because the original spirit has reached a phase in which it has learned all it can on this plane of existence and no longer needs a physical body. The change may be temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances of the switch.

In the Otherkin community, walk-ins work a little differently – the Other soul takes up residence in the human body and then shares it with the human spirit. This creates a situation similar to dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). I’ve interacted with a couple of Otherkin who claimed to be “hosts” to more than one Other soul. I don’t have an opinion on whether or not walk-ins are legitimate. I won’t say it can’t happen, but the jury is still out.

GYP: Therians are often associated with nature is the same true with Otherkin or are both misconceptions?

Sylvere: Yes, Otherkin typically feel a connection with nature, although the strength of that connection varies from one individual to another. In some cases, Otherkin have serious issues with technology and other human-made devices to the point that living in a city is unthinkable for them. Others don’t have a problem as long as they can go hiking or camping on a regular basis. I’ve encountered a few Otherkin who periodically needed to get away from anything man-made and draw energy from the natural world in much the same way vampires need to feed. When those individuals were unable to recharge, they reported experiencing physical and emotional effects that mirror those of a starving vampire. However, many Otherkin do just fine in cities as long as they are able to keep a garden or some houseplants.

GYP: Well I want to thank you for your time, knowledge and experience. You certainly have given me and our readers a good deal to consider. Do you have any resources, or books you might recommend for our readers who have further questions?

Sylvere: For those who want to learn more about Otherkin, the most reliable resources currently available are “A Field Guide to Otherkin” by Lupa, Otherkin.net, Elenari.net, Rialian’s Realm (www.rialian.com) and the various writings of The Silver Elves.