Archive for Sunday, 15 January, 2012

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,

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.