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The Community Saving Animals

Posted: Thursday, 26 January, 2012 by deacongray in Uncategorized
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Editors note:

I think a lot of us have animals we spent time with growing up. I think we generally have a warm spot in our hearts for these creatures and yet all around us we hear about puppy mill’s being closed down, or star athletes running Dog fighting rings.

Anyway, I asked Darke if she would give us some of her thoughts on the topic, and in return she gave us a piece of her heart.

I hope you enjoy the article.

The Community Saving Animals
By Darke Angel

I was asked to write an article on the community and advocating animals. There are many of us that spend many hours trying to save the fur-babies from death row. How many I do not know for sure but I do know there are many.

I have had those that ask why? Well there are many reasons. I believe they deserve a voice after all they did not ask to be put through hell and since they cannot speak up others and myself do so for them.

Think about it for a minute…. how would you feel in their place? Cold, alone, scared, abused, left to die? All they ever asked for is to be loved and in return to love you back.

 Then there are the dogfights… wow, what genius thought that up? Maybe if they like the fighting so much they should be the ones fighting not the dogs. There is so much cruelty that goes on in this world with so many animals, it brings tears to my eyes just to write about it. I mean I know there are many of us that are empathic, and can feel their pain, yet the general public tends to turn their backs and walk away.

Well thankfully there are many rescues and places for these beautiful creatures that man-kind has decided it was ok to throw away. I work with many of them. There are many ways we can help these babies, there is networking, contacting rescues, transport, shelters to volunteer, the list goes on. There are petitions that can be signed to help change laws and abuse when you see them please take a moment and sign them. If you have a facebook account there are those working daily to network the babies as they come in, just trying to save the life of an innocent.

They always say there are breeds that are vicious, well I can be vicious if I am put in danger.. it is not the breed of animal, it is the human that is abusing them. Yet they still do it… it takes a lot to bring about change, it doesn’t happen overnight. Every fur-baby I see saved puts a smile in my heart, everyone we lose I shed tears for.

Before and After Shot of Rescued Dog

I have been asked how I do this for the babies and not go mental, hmmm that is hard to answer, I get angry, I cry, I yell, I want to rip throats and torture the ones that cause harm… as many of us feel the same… How is it handled, when the heart is breaking? Very sadly I must say, I have sat up hours working with others to save these poor beautiful creatures, we cry together, we get angry together, we laugh when there is a good ending and dance … We pay our respects to those that have passed, for they too deserve to be recognized …

I was asked if I thought being as I am has any direct effect on why I do this once. The answer I can’t prove, so in my opinion… yes… I think we have a sense about us that connects to these creatures, a way of feeling them down in our souls.

When I look at the eyes of an animal just as when I look in the eyes of a person, I can connect with them, animals are such beautiful creatures to do this with, for they are of pure heart. Even when man deserts them they remain loyal.

I believe man-kind could learn from the beautiful creatures that love so unconditionally. Next time you look at your pet or see an animal look in their eyes , look to their soul, for you will sense everything within them. So when you have someone in your groups or on a forum posting these creatures, being their voice, do not get mad… instead maybe show some compassion, many of us already do so…

If anyone would like to be a voice for the voiceless or get involved in any way here is my email, please contact me at disturbed.angel@gmail.com
There are many ways we can help… many already are… We may not be able to change the cruelty of the world in one night, but we can take a stand against it. Will you join others and myself in this endeavor?

Thank you for listening to my thoughts on this… I will end now for there are many more thoughts I could add and at the moment I am in tears… Dark Blessings to all.

 These are sites/pages that many of us works with … I will start with Face Book then go to websites… most of these are 503c which means they are legally non-profit… and they do take donations …

Face Book Links:
https://www.facebook.com/theanimalrescuesite
https://www.facebook.com/zanisff
https://www.facebook.com/PAAStx?ref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/bruisedbutnotbroken
https://www.facebook.com/Urgentdeathrowdogs
https://www.facebook.com/PetsOnDeathRow
https://www.facebook.com/AngelsForAnimals.AFA
https://www.facebook.com/PetConnect.Us
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Europe-Animals/290297320989926
https://www.facebook.com/horsehumane

*note many of these are networking sites… If you have time please try and help… there are so many sites and places to go… these are a few of ones I help..

Websites:
http://zanisfurryfriends.org/
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwwws.whitehouse.gov%2Fpetitions&h=-AQFjYG-i
http://operationroger.rescuegroups.org/
http://pilotsnpaws.org/

There are many more places to go these are the ones I use most… and I know they are used often…

Again Thank You From All the Beautiful Creatures for any and all help to be their VOICE!

Jan 2012 {The Graveyard Press}

By Deacon Gray

With a political fundraiser looming and all the details to set straight,Patrick Rodgers is a busy man. “The Delegate Process is very grueling and the next three weeks will be incredibly stressful.” He faces the same pressures as any one selected as a political delegate in any race to get his candidate on the ballot. “We can always use help circulating petitions. If you know people who live in Districts 1 or 2 (which is a big chunk of Philadelphia) we can give you copies of the petitions to circulate. Or, you can help spread the word about Petition Signing Events, which we’ll have several of in the upcoming weeks.”
“What’s so unusual about all of this?” You might be asking. Well Patrick Rodgers Isn’t your normal politico.
Patrick Rodgers is best known for putting a lean on Wells Fargo ( http://weinterrupt.com/2011/02/in-philadelphia-a-vampire-sues-wells-fargo-and-wins/), but he is a major part of the team that brings you Philadelphia’s Dracula’s ball and, he is a vampire. Had he come out as a “Pranic Vampire” in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, there is a better chance that he would have been shunned as a simple wacko. However, in the new millennium, just such a man can take on an organization like “Well’s Fargo” and win. Today a man like Patrick Rodgers can appear, in fangs, on national news without the news anchor even batting an eye. Today Patrick Rodgers is a delegate for presidential candidate Ron Paul, and his status is having an effect.
One individual stated on a Ron Paul support page “Though I am not “’Republican” I would endorse Paul based on his merits of standing up for the “’little man” ‘ those being in rhetoric or not. …. Paul has been ignored on several occasions because he speaks for the “’little man”..’.
The individual went on to say that even if Paul choice of Rodgers was a political move, he would “give Paul the benefit of the doubt and watch how this news progresse.“
He is not the only one who took notice however. John Featherman, former Philadelphia candidate for Mayor ( he lost by 64 votes in a city of 1.5 million) and current 1st congressional candidate, made an appearance on Rodgers blog saying “Patrick Rodgers you deserve to be a delegate. You are not only the coolest goth rocker this city has seen, but you are an urban hero to so many for your fight against Wells Fargo. You have earned your wings. You are our David fighting Goliath.”
While truly a fascinating and exciting time, many of the people within his own community have questions about this political point of view. Why support Ron Paul of all people? Some people have said that they support him because he “tells it like it is!” And indeed according to Politifactcheck.org he is rated as having told the fewer half truths and lies than any of the other candidates for president.
Others have said they support Ron Paul because he has been marginalized and ignored like the majority of the American people. For example, earlier this year he was given only 90 seconds total speaking time by CBS News during the presidential debates. He has been either attacked or discounted by the press.
Still others like his stance on issues like prohibiting funding for the development of national identification numbers, prohibiting America’s participation with any UN Global Tax, and he actively opposes the surveillance of peaceful First Amendment acidities by citizens. Not to mention the long list of actions he has taken on the part of state and individual rites.
Not all members of the pagan and vampire community have been supportive. “Why would I support a candidate who wants to take away my reproductive rights?” is one complaint about his platform. Ron Paul has indeed taken a heavy stance on the subject of abortion. He has said in Apr 2008 that “Abortion is murder…. Roe vs Wade decision was harmful to the constitution.” When asked what he thought about the legal aspects of abortion he said “The federal government should not be making choices in regards to abortion. Abortion laws should be a state level choice.”
He also notes that the Constitution declares that any authority not given to the federal government is relegated to the states, and since abortion is not addressed within the Constitution the matter is a state issue For this reason, he notes that Roe vs Wade was wrongly decided as the federal government does not have authority over the matter.
To reinforce his moral belief that life begins at conception, Congressman Paul has noted in debates and speeches that the law attaches legal rights and protections to a fetus at the moment of conception. These legal rights range from hereditary rights to legal protection from harm. He notes that as a doctor, he is legally liable for accidents or malfeasance when delivering or caring for an unborn child.

light of his stance on abortion, his views on the so-called “morning-after pill” are a little more fuzzy. He has stated that the , designed as an emergency contraceptive in that it, among other things, prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, “allows individual moral choice.”

Ron Paul also has activists up in arms about his stance on Stem Cell research, in May of 2007 he stated that “Embryonic stem cell programs are not constitutionally authorized.”
Paul has stated that Stem Cell research is not an area that the federal government should be involved in and that it should be left to the states. He has argued that while some believe that it is moral stance to support certain types of research for the benefit of others or to oppose that same research based on moral grounds surrounding life, but the true moral question is whether or not it is moral to use government to force people in a nation to pay for medical research.
Paul has voted against every stem cell research bill that has come to a vote while in office, noting that the federal government is not granted this power in the Constitution.
In a typically liberal community such as the vampire community, Ron Paul’s stances have left people a little baffled at why Patrick Rodgers would support him. On that question he said to one individual on his website “…it didn’t make me any less vigorously pro-choice nor did it change my view that if heterosexuals have to suffer being married, than gays shouldn’t be exempt from such misery either. Protesting outside the convention has obviously not changed the Republican Party. Getting inside is the way to go. Although, frankly, I’m more interested in changing the country than in changing the Republican Party, but that’s a story for another time.”
A supporter of his added “Yeah, declaring Republican isn’t saying you want to give the government control over a woman’s body or your against same sex marriages. It just means you can vote in their primary elections.”

While the community tries to figure all of this out, Rodgers is moving forward. He announced that he will make a bid to not only be his district’s delegate for Ron Paul, but a state delegate for Paul. The community however waits, watches and wonders with a level of skepticism what all of this will bring “We have seen people try to use the community before in political ways, they ended up painting us as a bunch of crack pots that run around wearing capes. I don’t think Patrick will do the same, but we will have to wait and see.”
Resources:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1155436260

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul

http://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul.htm

http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/

http://www.nysun.com/editorials/ron-pauls-90-seconds/87564/


Emerging from Darkness (pt 3 Vampires World Wide)

Posted: Friday, 20 January, 2012 by deacongray in Uncategorized

 

Jan 20 2012 -{Graveyard Press}-

In Ghana there are “Witch Camps” were accused witches who have escaped mob justice and death have gathered together.  In Nigeria a Pentecostal preacher named Helen Ukpabio was quoted in an HBO Special “Saving Africa’s Witch Children” as saying “if a child under the age of 2 screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health, he or she is a servant of Satan.”  It is believed that thousands of children have been killed or abandoned as a result. In South Africa, however there are Vampires.

 

I am not speaking about the dreaded Asasabonsam or Adze, Demonic predators that stalk the deep forests, or the Ghostly Obayifo that drains psychic energy from its victims, but the much less spooky but seemingly just as rare, living breathing human vampire. A vampire that faces more threat from their own community then their community would ever experience from them. In the middle of it all Octane Val Valur has organized the South African Vampire Alliance.

Today we greet Octarine Val Valur will you tell us a little about where you are from?

OVV: I live in South Africa, in an industrial center called Port Elizabeth, which is a city on the south-east coast. It’s also a tourist haven because of all the beaches and surfing attractions that attracts people from all over the world. Jeffery’s Bay is just up the coast, about an hour from here.

GYP: What is it like there?


OVV: It’s a pretty conservative place still and the city a little more so. It’s odd to think of such a modern city still having such a conservative attitude, despite us having such a modern and advanced constitution that guarantees freedom of religion and expression. PE is pretty much in the “bible belt” of SA – which is pretty much everything from the northern borders, south. There are many, many churches and small one-room cults split off from the Christian mainstream here. Most of them are very active, charismatic and fanatically intolerant of anything they disagree with – mostly homosexuality and other religions. There is a lot of Christian fundamentalism here. I think you can guess that makes things harder for us.

GYP: What do you mean by “…that makes things hard for us?”
OVV: Many gay people, especially lesbians and especially in the black community, face assault and rape inflicted on them as a “punishment” or a “corrective measure” by some of these people. Although general “gay bashing” doesn’t seem to occur much anymore, the Pagan community doesn’t appear to face actual violence in city areas. In under educated rural areas actual witch hunts still take place, with the typical innocent but unpopular old widow or spinster being lynched by religious zealots who wouldn’t know an actual witch if one bit them on the ass. I think all this fosters a culture of fear and dread among SA vamps who consider the idea of coming out. I myself am also coffined, and keep my dayside and nightside distinctly separate.

GYP: So how active is the community there? I mean if everyone lives in fear of being outed, it can’t be that active.

OVV: There is virtually no accessible vampire subculture here of any kind, although in Johannesburg and Cape Town there have been several nightclubs which could have been described as Haevens, though they ceased to exist about three years ago. There are still internet records of their events and activities, but no record whatever of any Houses or other VC type Groups in the country. There are rumors of blood bars in Johannesburg, but I have not been able to confirm.

GYP: You said there are still real witch hunts in the country. Does that limit the pagan community as well?

OVV: Since true freedom of religion is only about 15 years old in SA (satanism and paganism were only de-criminalized in about 1996), even Pagans and Wiccans are still largely underground and keep a low profile. Vampires are virtually invisible, though increasingly we appear to be coming online, and I have been finding more and more South African Kin on the OVC, blissfully unaware that there are any Groups at all in SA.

There are rumors (always are, aren’t there?) of small secretive underground groups of vamps, though I have never met any of them, or had contact with any of them directly. The Pagan community is always aware of vamps for some reason – they know we exist, and mostly (at least in my experience) they are tolerant and welcoming, although I have been warned that not everyone is.

Our experiences late last year (2011) with hostile Pagans and Pagan groups were rather unpleasant, but it is heart-warming to know that among the Pagans, and even among the Pagan leaders, there are vamps too, and even non-vamps who are positive and welcoming towards us. The official face of Pagan culture in SA, the SAPRA and SAPC bodies have all voiced non-discrimination and welcoming to us – as well as support for us during the recent turmoil when we essentially “came out” to the Pagan community in SA, and experienced drama on a large scale from conservative and hostile Pagans.

GYP: So what are you doing to keep in touch, or keep active? Do you have your own organizations, and how do you front them and keep a low profile?

OVV:  I created House Valur. The vamps I have met in real life thus far are all Pagan, and mostly Wiccan. I suppose it is for this reason that all the members of the House are all Wiccans, even though we decided to be a secular group. We belong to the same larger Wiccan coven also, although not all of us are known to the others as vamps.

In some ways the vamp coven grew out of the Wiccan coven because for some unknown reason it appears Wicca is appealing to vamps, so it is that most of our members have come to us this way.

In mid 2010, we at House Valur developed a law set for our area, called the Totum Lex Vampyrica (TLV) which we feel works better for us than the Black Veil, and caters better to our circumstances here. It seems that according to some interpretations on blood consumption laws here, possessing blood or donating or consuming it is a criminal offense, which puts a grim shade on our existence here. The TLV has also been translated and distributed amongst Spanish-speaking communities in Europe and South America. Many in the US VC have criticized it because they are more able to live freely and openly, forgetting that it is not even remotely so easy for us to do the same.

GYP: So aside from the threat of physical harm you also face a good deal of discrimination?

OVV: People get fired or evicted from their homes for lots of reasons, but also for their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, which political party they support, or just for what religion they are – even if they are not allowed to discriminate, they find some other official reason to get rid of the people they don’t like for these actual reasons.

On our forum (The Real Vampire Forum) as well as in House Valur, we don’t differentiate anymore between Sang and PSI vamps all the time, if we discuss how we feed then its a topic on feeding, not on who we are – but we just classify as Vampires. We are of the opinion that continuously harping on feeding methods as a definition of vampiric nature, and an obsession with sub-classifying our kind, tends to divide and polarize the community. And then we wonder why people start thinking in an “us” and “them” mentality.

I have always approached the idea of building the SA VC from the ground up with the concept of avoiding the mistakes of the OVC and US VC in general, including strife and polarization between religious or spiritual groups, as well as a repeat of a psi/sang war.

GYP: So you are the only group out there, or are there others in South Africa?

OVV: In 2010 I happened across a Group in Centurion, Pretoria which was founded in December 2009 by Izak Nagel, called House of Havoc. It is a vamp coven, which has been active on Facebook and Youtube, doing some low-key advocacy work for the VC. One of the Facebook groups used is an Afrikaans FB group called “Regte Moderne Vampiere” (Real Modern Vampires). House Valur and House of Havoc entered into a formal relationship in mid 2010. House of Havoc is behind some of the vampire themed parties in Pretoria and Johannesburg currently.

 


I started a Facebook group called “Real Vampi(y)res South Africa” in early 2011, in an attempt to build the local VC, attract local Kin and so on, which has succeeded to various degrees – in fact, it is on this group which the SAVA came into being in mid to late May 2011.

GYP: What is the SAVA?
OVV: The South African Vampi(y)re Alliance (SAVA)

Several individuals came together on the Real Vampi(y)res South Africa group on Facebook on 19 May to discuss formalizing the SA VC. The conversation turned to the VJC and the Charter I had just finished for that project, and thus I was asked to base a Constitution on the VJC Charter in order to establish the SAVA. Although the original VJC Charter took me almost 2 weeks to complete through 2 draft versions, several FAQ’s and many, many dramatic arguments on several Facebook groups and forums, this project took me over a week to complete – and was received with open arms and not one iota of criticism. In fact, it was welcomed and complimented. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I have since grown to appreciate it as a difference in culture – I have been so accustomed to the US VC with its long-established culture of drama and storms in a teacup, the failure to be dropped in a blender of drama stumped me.

At any rate, after a few minor modifications, the draft SAVA Constitution was accepted by the representatives of the three other Houses. Aside from House of Havoc and House Valur, two new Houses were being formed, one in Cape Town () and another in Johannesburg (House Nereo), and according to the Halo system laid out in the Constitution, the SAVA began with these 4 Houses based in 3 Halos or provinces of South Africa.

House Nereo, in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province (Gauteng Halo), started on 27 May 2011 with three members, and adopted the Totum Lex Vampyrica of House Valur as its system of ethics.

GYP: So it sounds like you have a lot going on, despite the tribulation of being in a discriminatory culture.

OVV: Last year we started the SA Vampyre News page, and in the process, we attracted the attention of the local media, with one of our more prominent local figures (Magister of Gacrux Halo) giving no less than 2 interviews with different papers. SAVA also hosted a small but successful event in Johannesburg, which drew new blood to the group.

Currently I would say that the “scene” here in SA is very much alive, although it is guarded, underground and secretive. Some, a very few, are bravely open about being vampiric, and working to network and build the VC.

I want to thank a moment to thank Octarine Val Valur for her time and for being so forth coming in this interview. In the Next part of the our vampires world Wide section we will talk to a woman from Portugal, and explore what it is like to live in old Europe as an Otherkin

 

Resources:

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-african-vampire-tradition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbGzFN_NalI

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110601/south-africa-wildlife-animal-welfare-monkey-witch-burned

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/18/african-children-denounce_n_324943.html

Jan 18 2012 GYP-

Jutting out into the South China Sea, tropical Malaysia isn’t a country we here in the west hear much about. With a population of roughly twenty eight million people packed into a space slightly larger than New Mexico, it is a country of surprising Coastal plains, and jungle covered mountains. It is A mixture of natural beauty and a compact urban atmosphere.

If you are a vampire, it might seem the like a nearly perfect place to live, and it might just be that for the vampires that live in the area, if you can find any. You see even with a rich cultural diversity, “ Ethnic groups: Malay 53.3%, Chinese 26.0%, indigenous 11.8%, Indian 7.7%, others 1.2%.
Religions: Islam (60.4%), Buddhism (19.2%), Christianity (9.1%), Hinduism (6.3%), other/none (5.0%).”

There is a shockingly few amount of those who consider themselves Vampires, Otherkin or Therian. I found myself wondering why that might be, and with some luck I managed to find one of the rare individuals from that country that actually takes part in the on line vampire community.

So today we greet  Alixyveth Breyel from Malaysia.  Alix, will you tell us a little about yourself?

 

 

Alix: Well let’s see I am 22 years old and a record holder in Malaysia for endurance kickboxing, I am an alternative model and an abstract artist . I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and I will be starting on a Psychology Degree this year. I aspire to be everything- Polymath. I was Born and raised in Malaysia. I come from a diverse family. I am part German American and part Ceylonese.

 
GYP: That must make things difficult. You have said before you are an Eros type vampire, I would think that is rather frowned upon in your country.

 

Alix: The vampire is viewed as something that does exist but as a damned spirit out of folk tales. The culture here does not generally believe in vampirism as we understand it. However, in the more rural areas we do have witch doctors and mediums that still practice folk magick. The people here do believe in the practice of magick and the paranormal.
Generally, at least in my generation and the generations before me, we were all told old wives tales, legends and about magick. If I were to practice magick it would be such an alien concept, however, to openly say that I am a human vampire would not go over very well. I don’t think they’d know how to comprehend it.

 

 

GYP: So In your culture it is the terminology that makes the difference? While people don’t believe in Human Vampires they might believe in say…energy transfere and magick?

 

Alix: In my culture the abilities are more accepted, yes the terminology does not fit as vampires are damned spirits. At least when I was being brought up believing in ghosts or the mystical aspects of life were not discouraged. It’s a lot better than them thinking I was mentally disturbed because I was and still am so damned intuitive. The people here do recognize the practice of magick and they believe in spirits and spirits are usually summoned and sent on their way to do their task. I have met mediums and metaphysics in Malaysia. As I have stated above, the magick that is practiced here is folk magick. While people here still visit mediums and witch doctors to the more orthodox population it is frowned upon. Due to there being a significant amount of orthodoxy in Malaysia most of these folk practices are viewed as ‘Black Magick’ because most of the time when people do go to see mediums its normally not to bring good on to others. I personally, do not believe in black or white magick. I believe magick is magick and its your responsibility to see how you use it.

 

 

GYP: So there aren’t any clubs or groups that you could join or be a part of?

 

Alix: There are no clubs or groups that are here. There aren’t any covens or houses either. I don’t think ive ever met another person in Malaysia who has professed to being a vampire. I do have plans to create my own movement the nature of it will most probably be some ‘radical’ form of artistic expression. I am also interested in sharing and gathering information from various people in Malaysia on their thoughts of the occult and spiritualism in general.

 
GYP: Do you think you would face a lot of issues if you did come out as a vampire?

 

Alix: If I was discreet about it I shouldn’t face any major issues.

 

GYP: It has to be hard to be who and what you are, and not have others you can talk too about it

 

Alix: Indeed it is difficult. There are other forms of oppression happening to me on a daily basis and I like to keep my night time activities to myself . I do not generally discuss vampirism with others even if I may have conversations with people on magick or the occult.

 
GYP: I would think that dealing with being in a Muslim country and a vampire has to be extremely stressful I have heard a lot about how Muslims feel when it comes to what they consider occult practices. Is there a lot of religious pressure?

 

Alix: There is a lot of religious pressure coming from the Muslims, especially. Islam in Malaysia is very close to being fanatical. For instance, there is no freedom of religion if an individual was born a Muslim they would not be able to convert to a different religion. Islam like all other orthodox religions find the practice of witchcraft or any form of occult practices to be heresy. Islam is the dominant religion in Malaysia and since the majority of the country’s ethnic population are Malay, you bet theres a hell of a lot of religious pressure. Sometimes their demands are just outrageous, a few years ago they tried to ban Yoga. Which I thought was hilarious.

 

GYP: I know it is hard there, and you have said before you would love to travel to other places and experience them, where would you go?

 

Alix: I suffer from severe wanderlust. I have been travelling for awhile now and as soon as I finish what I need to of my education. I do have plans to go back to America and visit some of my friends and family. I have always been fond of Europe and would like to go back there soon. Maybe try my hand at travel writing.

 

GYP: Well thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking to you again very soon.

 

Alix: Thank you for talking to me, if not for the online vampire community this is a part of that I would have to keep totally hidden. I have made a lot of friends online, and though I have a hard time with some of the issues, I enjoy the people I meet. Its wonderful to muse and be mused.

 

Part three of this series is focused on the country of South Africa where a budding vampire community faces some the most difficult challenges one can face. “In the rural area’s they still hang people for being witches.”

 


They each have their stories about how they found their path. One is a lady from South Africa, another a lady from Norway. One of them is lives in a society where in order to have equal rights, she has to be registered as a Muslim, and still one more has been active in her local community for years, in the face of the public, but fairly un-noticed.

They are Sanguine Vampires, Psychic vampires, Eros and Otherkin, and they are our brethren, so to speak, from around the world. A world that is you are from an English speaking country you might not be aware of. A world that struggles in unique ways that we can sometimes relate too, but often have no way to fathom.

In this four part piece I want to explore with you the lives of four different people from our community. People you might know from your time on the blogs, or messages boards, but not realize what it is they really face in their day to day struggle just to be who they are.  

Heidica Northernlight’s profile picture is one of contemporary style and class. Perhaps exactly what you would hope to find when speaking to a 38 year old mother of three from a place called Oslo Norway. She has dark hair that hangs down to below her waist, piercings in her ears and face, but a devilish smile on her lips, and mirthful look to her green/brown eyes.

She, like a lot of us is working toward a future, not just in the community but in her daily life as well.

 I have worked with people mostly, children, old and sick. My education is similar to what you call a nurse, working with disabled, development challenged children, teaching high school students and patients with mentally disorders, that’s what I’m doing today. It includes medicine and health care. My goal is to work for Doctors without Borders. That way I can better use what I have been born with. I have worked with people in different ways, including my years in the punkrock/political activist community in Oslo, it’s the only Norwegian activist community with base in the only self ruled activity house, Blitz

 

 Still it is not often you seem someone in the Vampire Community who comes from a place like Norway. So I couldn’t resist the chance to talk to her a little about it.

HN:The little information about real vampires available to the Norwegian alternative community has been very poor. I am (as far as I’m aware of) the first one to speak about vampirism , and I have tried to be very careful of who I have told.”

 “I come from a family with many energy workers and psis, far back. Our family has some “Gypsy” genes, it’s not called gypsies but road people, travelling people with artistic and spiritual abilities. They do not have the best reputation, so I learned about discretion.


At the moment I am trying to find out more about my relatives, and hopefully more about why so many of them are born different. At least two of my children are born with abilities, and it’s important to me to find out how to assistant them in their own search when that time comes. But, there aren’t too many Vampires to find here, at least not many who know what they are. So it is hard to find advice.

I found the online vampire community thanks to Michelle Belanger, who did a Norwegian talk Show, and I am very grateful that she did as it helped me in my search for others. I had really hoped that her talk show would bring out others, but so far not many have come out that I can find. Michelle helped me put a name to what identified myself as. No one before that had called it being Vampiric before she appeared on that talk show, and I am very grateful she did.

To my knowledge there is not a single house, coven, or club for real vampires in Norway.

That has to be hard, is there much of a pagan community? I find that in the pagan community there are often vamps lingering but voiceless. Do you find this to be the case?

I have been looking for others for so long. The few pagans I find are very much afraid of real vampires, especially psis, they don’t see sanguine vampires as anything more than role players. It has been kind of frustrating, they either don’t believe in vamps or they fear you. It has to do with the fact very little information has been available. I am working on that, but I have to be very careful as I have children.

GYP: So you have no one outside of the OVC to talk too about your Vampirism?

HN: It has been many years before I found the OVC with no one else outside my family to talk to, and they don’t talk much about the dark side of it all. I am not giving up my search, I did find others recently, one even lives in the same neighborhood.

 GYP: How do you feel about the OVC itself? Is it a positive or negative experience?

HN: It has helped me connect with so many new friends who know what it’s like. The similarities still surprise me a lot, I thought I was alone with my need for others energy except for my own family..and I have felt ashamed of it too.
This community has helped me a lot, finding new friends and sharing the information available, I need to bring it on so that the other Norwegians who must be out there can benefit from it. And I do hope others might be willing to help me set up a Norwegian page for info and contact.

GYP: So you are trying to build something in your local area?

HN: I will continue searching for others to help me set up a Norwegian page with information for vampires. Octarine Valur ( of the South African Vampire Alliance) sent me a great deal of valuable advices and set up suggestions. I have no intentions of starting any house or etc, but if I can find more people to help I will work on a Norwegian information page. It is needed

 GYP: With such limited information where do you turn? I mentioned the Pagan community before, you said they were afraid of vampires, so what do you do?

HN:  I was thrown out of the Pagan community on line here, they were worried I would steal their energy. As for how I dealt with being thrown out of the pagan community…well..

I still participate, only now I don’t tell people what I am and I changed my name. There is still a lot of fear and misgivings about vampires in Norway.

I want to thank you Heidica, for your responses to these questions.

HN: I would like to thank Lucian Malferic, Damien Nightwalker, Amanda Hernandez, Robert Haazen, Rhea , Oculus ,RK Coon and Elzie Rose for their help and friendship.Without them welcoming me I would not have felt I belong in here .
Different vampires with different personalities, we dont agree on everything but I love them all 🙂

  In next piece we will be talking to a woman from Malaysia, a model, artist and surprisingly enough an aspiring school teacher. Who just happens to be an Eros Vampire, and registered Muslim.

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. You can’t see the future, yet you know it will come; you can’t see the air, yet you continue to breathe.  – Claire London

For many humans, faith is the strongest motivating factor in their life. As Claire London so eloquently puts it, we all have faith – we have faith in tomorrow; we have faith in the air we breathe. This is especially true for those who identify as Real Vampires, whether they participate within the community or not. We have faith that we are not really crazy; that someday, science will be able to explain why we need this additional something from outside of ourselves. Some within the community even have faith that one day; perhaps soon, there will be a cure for our needs. This series of interviews seeks to learn more about the faith that floats throughout the Vampire Community; each week we will interview a different volunteer. The questions all start off the same. The articles almost all start off the same (as you will note if you compare this article to its predecessor).

Let me preface this interview with the following: I believe that no religious opinion is wrong – for the person who holds that belief. We all walk our path differently, be it as vampire, kin, friend, lover, or believer. Those of us on the GraveYard Press staff are not here to belittle anyone for their beliefs or non-beliefs. What we are interested in here, is just learning more about those within our community. And we want to know how our personal beliefs tie in with the community: how we interact with others, how we approach our needs, and how we incorporate our faith into our needs, or vice versa. We do hope that you will enjoy this series of interviews and tune in as each one is posted…

Our second guest is Jonathan Peebles, https://www.facebook.com/FatherJPvanir

Hello and thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. I know that religion is a very personal topic, one that many of us are not willing to discuss with others. It is especially difficult to discuss with those outside our respective religious circles as not everyone is open to beliefs other than their own.

GYP: Will you please start us off by explaining your vampirism? Are you sang or psi?
JP: I am a hybrid who feeds any way he can to keep himself healthy

GYP: Thank you! And what faith do you follow?
JP: My personal Faith I call Vampyrian but I follow many Pagan faiths but my faith is very eclectic but there are others who follow a similar path as well as those that follow the same one I do

GYP: Can you tell us about the Temple you mention?JP: I do the founder and Spiritual Father of (Vampyrian) TempleUVUP. We are a United Vampyrian Universal (eclectic) Pagan Temple founded Dec. 18, 2003; though we have members from all over. Our belief is all religions have there basis in truth as well as not and by trying to understand each other we may come closer to the real truth. We believe in Vampyrism as a part of our lives as well as our spirituality and what makes Vampyrism (Vampyrian) a Spiritual condition is that though we are humans OUR SPIRIT OR SOUL is a Vampyr soul.

GYP: Do you attend regular services?
JP: I have Rituals on holidays that my Temple performs and there are writings about it. I have attended many different services from different pats but not regularly

GYP: How long have you followed this particular path?
JP: I have been Vampyrian about 7 years but have been Pagan about 9 or so

GYP: Do you ever feel that your vampiric needs are contrary to the teachings of your religion?
JP: Absolutely not

GYP: Do you incorporate your religion into your vampirism?
JP: Very much so

GYP: Do you incorporate your vampirism into your religion?
JP: Yes I do

GYP: Since those last two questions on the original form are so similar, can you explain how you incorporated the two (religion and vampirism)?
JP: I believe Layla is our dark mother; my personal belief is that Vampyrism is a product of her as well as the Fallen Angels, Demons, or Gods who decided to come to this realm mated with human females who bore Vampyr children; Born, not turned, and we possess a Vampyr spirit. It is unfortunate that too many people see do not want to associate with religions and Spirituality because of certain churches and cults giving Religions and Spiritualities a bad name.

GYP: You say Layla. Do you mean Lilith?

JP: that is one of her names I have found meaning “Born at Night – “Lady of the Night” or “Goddess of the Night”

GYP: What can you tell us about your beliefs? Who/what do you worship? How? What are your traditions? Did you create this belief system? Is it based upon any of the more well-known belief systems?

JP: We are all eclectic in our beliefs but most at least in the Vampyrian path do not worship anything as it takes away from your personal power and offers them your energy. I have found it through studying other beliefs and finding my truth for myself but believe that it wasn’t created but lost over time as where many other Pagan beliefs with the overpowering of the Christian monarchs.

Three positive people in the community.

For some time now we have heard about how negative our community is. I admit we do have our share of bicker battles, heck they inspired me to say that any gathering of vampires could be called officially a “Bicker” of vampires. But is that really true? Is the Vampire Community just a bunch of malcontents and negative people like some editorials would like you to believe?

I offer for your consideration a member of the community who has been around for some time and who has been active in an organization whose primary consideration is the support of our community in a way that touches almost all of us. Jobs.
Royal Blue Ronin from the Bronx, in New York recently posted to many groups something called The Kindred Career Network with this goal in mind: “The purpose of this group is to start a network of people of the Nightside to strive career-wise within the Dayside. Though our rules states that the two side should never cross, many within our community are serious about their careers and want to do what they can to elevate to a better plateau. The mission statement is simple: “Each one teach one, Each one reach one, Each one help us within The Sun.” Meaning that there will be information on career seminars, lessons on resume and cover letter writing, coaching and most of all each other’s experience. Those who are truly serious will commit to be a reference to a fellow man/woman so we can breeze though many job applications and much grilling interviews. Most of all for those that are career changers, I will post info of schools and well as financial aid options. I hope to see us all progress and post our success stories here as well as celebrate with our kindred within our night side.”

Some might say that such people aren’t common, that it is a rare exception but I disagree. I see this as a case of a member of the community who didn’t just complain about negative people, but stepped up and actually is doing something to us all. But, lets look at some others.

This Christmas several of us in the community became aware of Belfazaar’s efforts to help feed the poor. Every year he sets up and helps run a food line where people who cannot get Christmas dinner, can come to his line and get a good meal thanks to the Vampire and Gothic community in his area. I am not sure how many he feeds, but I know he does a lot more than most people, and he does it not for the sake of popularity, but because in his community, the vampire community wants to help people in a positive way.

About now some of you will be saying, well we have all heard about Zaar, he is the exception. But is that true? Is he simply a good man who is doing something admirable despite being the community? I suppose some could look at it that way, those glass half full kind of people, but lets move on, lets look at Savannah GA.

Posted on Real Vampire News is an article about the group, Bloodlines International ( Atlanta Chapter), which  organized major support for people within the Vampire and Pagan community.

Aislin, a young woman, mother and active member of the Vampire Community, hardly fits the bill of a modern day Vampire with hair dyed black and a moody disposition one might find in the media. Instead she is often seen with a bright smile and sunny disposition, she is just as likely to be found dressed in warm summer colours as opposed to the standard black, and has short hair with reddish tones falling over her shoulders. Still she might be the last person someone would expect to be involved in projects like this. “A lot of people are struggling.”
She is, of course, talking about the struggles so many face in this down economy. With an unemployment rate of 10.2% and a poverty rate that for 30 years has hovered at around 22% few will deny that there is a desperate need for assistance in the area. The members of the Georgia chapter of Bloodlines International however are doing their best.
“Over the past 9 months we have collected clothing for 14 families, assisted 3 families with utilities, 1 family with low rent housing, and monthly boxes of food for a total of 47 families.”

The belief that because a few vampires on message boards bicker a good deal, that the community is a negative? I disagree. Our community deals with a lot of issues, and while contentious when it really comes down to dealing with tough issues almost all of us are willing to try to help.

Look at the messages of support for Sangi, or the out pouring of support when a member of our community got beaten in the street, or when one was hit by a drunk driver and killed.

Some cynical people will say, we need to start working toward being more positive. I won’t deny that, at times, a little less negativity would be a great thing, but there are a lot of people in this community that are doing more than talking and have been for a long time. We have a good community, and yes it would be great if we all got a long, but the reality is we don’t always get along, we don’t always agree, we bicker, and fight, but when it really matters I believe in this community.

So when someone writes an article talking about how much we need to do more, ask them this one questions…Other then talking what we need to do, ask them what have they done? Because I can show you what others have done, people those editorials ignore.