Crossroads 2018 – The Unity Question, the devil is in the details

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Written and presented by

Tim

Good afternoon,
Matriarch Goddess Rosemary of Temple-House Sahjaza made the following statement which I received via email recently, and which I would like to share here. It’s a message about unity, kin and family and represents something which many thousands of us in the modern culture have yearned for. The fact that the opportunity has presented itself, in the shape of the Unity Project is now well known, that aside there are still a number of details that are lingering in limbo for which no answers have yet been made public.

Goddess Rosemary writes;

What is Unity?
We talk of Kin and kindred, but what really is this kindred we talk of, its one’s family and relations, ones flesh, ones blood, ones bloodlines, but most of all, its ones family, be they authentic genetic bloodlines, or other forged by time, and love, and recognition, of one’s own kind, “ties of kindred” ties of kindred, are bonds tied of choice, be they family, clutch, court, house, temple, they are a choice one makes to become tied to one’s own kind and the results is a blood nation.

We have called our community, a community for a long time this is a way to try to spread this to include others worldwide and in a deeper aspect of the veins of our relations and of our rather at times incestuous lusty appetites have forged lovers into the mix, as well as honorary members and Abbon, (Abbon is an agreed upon treaty or agreement to become kin and family and forge deep and trusted allied bonded ties), and more we are all a huge family and just like any family at the festive dinner table at the family reunion we all sit by uncle Pete but we all don’t like uncle Pete he is a naughty uncle but on some level we all love uncle Pete if someone talks bad about uncle Pete we defend him with all our might, but we just don’t want our dinner card sitting next to him all night. We are like another family with all the family dynamics.

How unity comes in, wouldn’t it be nice if we the undercurrent underground could make a difference for our own kind?

Through Blood Nations and the unity project you gain the means to promote and showcase your parties, your gatherings, your products, fangs, ankhs, books, other wares, get feedback on ideas, and find gatherings in remote areas rather than just the big cities getting the press and the notices out there.

You can profile your houses covens courts and other gatherings parties events bands galleries whatever your doing this is the place and the means to talk about it and promote yourself to our kind exchange ideas and find others whom are likeminded it’s the place others can find education kinship and family give this a try, we have nothing to lose the idea is we all prosper make contacts forge bonds find friends find family, and make sure that this journey were all on called a community, takes a giant leap up into the next century making use of modern technology that is what blood nations is and more and moves the next step into a real community.
Sign up today and see just how this can work for you, you can participate a little or a lot but you should at least put yourself on the map. All of us speaking one language be it with Google translate or not, be seen be heard and be beautiful.
blessing to you all my wonderful beautiful family and kin I love you all dearly

Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza


As many of you will be aware I had occasion to cover the events that gave rise to the ‘Unity Project‘ and ‘Blood Nations‘ and it would seem that this movement is going to be, if it isn’t already, a major formative and developmental force in the modern culture.

The concept, as I have noted before, is a fine concept… it is seen, in a number of circles, as being nothing short of a necessity. How many times have we all wished for some level of ‘civilisation‘, heck, even just a little ‘civility‘, to be injected into the culture, particularly, one would suggest, in the online aspect. So, here is the opportunity, indeed…

In following up from the initial work we did at RVL we did try and get further listings and information to be able to “spread the word”, to be able to advertise and promote further but, unfortunately, we were not able to obtain any additional information to be able to do so. Hopefully we may be able to address this sometime in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, there are other observations I would have to make, with respect to the formation of Courts, which has been quite prolific since the concept caught on in many quarters;

– “How do you form a court?”

– “What evidences do you have to provide before you are permitted to form a Court?”

– “How many members do you have to have to form a Court?”

– “What experience, among the proposed members, is necessary to be awarded the ‘Court’ status?”

– “What are the qualifications/history/references required by a person to become a ‘King’ or ‘Queen’?”

– In many ‘monarchies’ around the world the Royal Households are extensions of the central monarchy and are presided over by High, or Great Stewards, why not in the Unity Project?

– “How do you determine whether a person is of ‘good’ character and is fit to lead a Court?”

And, probably the most important question I can think of to ask anyone you are considering whether or not to award title to;

– What past indiscretions of title holders are of ‘no importance’ when deciding whether to award Head of Court status to a person?”

Crown of Isabella 1
img. source: Daniel S. Crowns Blogspot

As I say, the concept, on the surface is a very good concept, an important concept and absolutely a move in the right direction but unless it is administered under some sort of “code” or set of “regulations” then it stands the chance of becoming a laughing stock by associating with individuals who may not have demonstrated that they are fit and proper persons to be included.

Where are the lines, or are there none? Can anyone who wishes to simply apply, be accepted and call themselves King/Queen, no accountability can lead to a disastrous situation, on an individual level, that can taint the entire process and movement if not damage it irreparably.

 

Refs: Royal Households

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BREAKING NEWS – Who ya gonna call…?

img. source: CBS Television

Presented by

Tim

Some interesting news from England tonight, a new organisation has been created, today, with a view to making the modern Vampire culture a better and safer place for everyone involved.

We would like to introduce the Vampire Community Police

If you would care to take a quick look the group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/175598993034685/ although being a closed group there’s not a lot to see at this time except for the members and the administrators, along with some historical info items. 

The ‘Mission Statement’ of the organisation reads:

Welcome to the Vampire Community Police (VCP). We will investigate into any allegations of wrongdoings, misconduct or inappropriate behavior of any vampire in the Vampire Community that will pose a threat or danger to the community. Regardless of their statue, standing or leadership within the Vampire Community. All parties involved are innocent until all evidence presented or found out is without a doubt to be true and factual. Once enough evidence to prove that they pose such as a danger or threat to the Vampire Community is gathered and filed it will then be presented to the Vampire Community to take such actions needed to protect the Vampire Community. Actions could be a warning, excommunication, exile and/or ban from the Vampire Community for what ever time that warrants such evidence presented. When telling us be sure you have screenshots, names and any other things to be used as evidence is presented. Please contact any admin if you have questions and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.”

We have, this evening, sent a message to the group convener and we will be aiming to bring you more information, and insight, on this as soon as we are able.

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Crossroads 2018 – Groups and Memberships in today’s culture

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Written and Presented by 

Tim

The modern living Vampyre culture is a somewhat volatile, tempestuous, busy, complicated and confusing scenario and there have long been those whom wished that there was some method of assessing to make some sense out of it.

In the general, global sense, we cannot since, in order to do so, we would necessarily need a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, etymologists and fine Irish single malt Whisky…

In considering this problem I began, some time back, thinking about the framework of an instrument that would allow for external observations to be gathered in order to assess the reliability and suitability of group membership applications. It is to be an instrument that evaluates actual, real-time interactions and the overall appearance afforded by a person’s public/ group activities.

I started out by referring to the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Framework Ver. 2.6 first developed, by Isaac Bonewits, in 1979. I considered each criteria and re-developed the entire question matrix, while retaining certain key-wording constructs, to scale it back to “individuals” rather than groups of individuals.

What I have, so far, is shown below and I believe that real-time observation and reporting, possibly over a ‘probationary’ or ‘qualifying’ period would enable cultural group leaders to render sound decisions about whom is, and whom is not, of suitable temperament for their group/s and /or support. This, in its turn, would go a long way to curtailing the influence of some of the real “crazies” out there and would make for much more stable, productive and long-tenured groups within the modern culture.

img. source: Applied Vision Works

Pop Quiz:

  1. How many groups have you seen come and go, in a very short space of time since you’ve been hanging around the online culture?
  2. What’s the reason for the collapse of the groups that have gone by the wayside?
  3. Could a better “team” balance and approach have made some significant contribution to the modern culture?

I have been involved, in both industry and commerce, in building, organising and overseeing teams going back to around 1984. The keys are the same as the keys necessary for cultural groups to form, survive, produce and be a coherent and helpful, or guiding, force. With that in mind it becomes necessary to look at the structure of the team that you are tasking, or asking for something, and determine the very best balance that can be brought to the team to make it work.

So it is with anything… unless of course you don’t actually WANT to achieve anything..!

The individual skills, traits and attributes of team, or in this case ‘group’ members, is of the utmost importance to ensuring a successful outcome, whether you are running a discussion, production, evaluation, hobby, sport or any other kind of group/team… there needs to be a complementary balance of such things to ensure a positive outcome, otherwise, yep… chaos..! With that in mind I cobbled together the following evaluation tool, maybe you can use it to build a better group, maybe not. Maybe you can save yourself a lot of heartache and drama, maybe not but just maybe it’s worth thinking about…no?

Img. source: psanalfonso.archimadrid.es

Observable Factors:

Rated on the scale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Median method: The thing to bear in mind here is that the “Highest” possible score could be just as bad as the “Lowest” so it becomes necessary to define a middle range that becomes the ideal. It’s very like the standard pre-employment 125 question sheets they make you do, the psych-evaluation tests that we’ve all seen at some time which are meant to ensure that someone doesn’t get saddled with “extreme” personality difficulties, and let’s face it, the modern living Vampyre culture is replete with those.

With that in mind… a score of 1, in answer to any of the following questions is to be considered the furthest from an “ideal” answer as is a score of 10. Ideally we should be aiming to give a score of between 4 and 7 which would yield an ideal total, if we treat 5 as being optimum, of 80.

Max. Count Method: Alternatively, if it’s more comfortable, the higher the score can mean the better the individual is at achieving the ideal according to the question, in which case the best possible score could be 160 and we would have to set the ‘minimum acceptable’ score that we would consider as being optimum for our purposes… we might say we will only pass those with scores of 90 or above, 120 or above or whatever we might see the best outcome as being.

The Questions:

1
Personal Control: Amount of self-control exercised by individual in everyday interpersonal interactions. (Do they tend to flip out, get rude, offensive etc. frequently, with or without perceived justification?)

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2
External Control: Amount of external social influence desired or obtained; how much emphasis is placed on directing the affairs/ interactions/ business of others. (Are they friends and advisors or interferers?)

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3
Wisdom/Knowledge Claimed vs. credible demonstration of; Number, and degree, of unverified and/or unverifiable credentials claimed. ( Can they back-up/ support/ prove their claims?)

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4
Amount/ level of hostility towards internal or external critics and/or towards verification efforts/questioning. Is there a strong ‘defensive’ element present in responses? (Do they get bent out of shape if someone questions their pet theory or opinion?)

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5
Personal Dogma: Rigidity of self-reality, inflexible attitude, or non-acceptance of opposing ideas and concepts. (Are they stubborn, one-eyed, inflexible individuals?)

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6
Recruiting: Emphasis on bringing people round to their way of thinking/ demands that their p.o.v. be recognised as “the one”. (Do they need to be revered/ worshipped/ lauded all the time? Are they narcissistic in nature?)

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7
Front Groups: Total number of groups the person is affiliated with/ a member of. (If they are in 1,495 other groups are they going to be effective, in any way shape or form, in yours?)

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8
Perceived ‘wealth’/’currency’: Amount of ‘friends’, or group affiliations, in real-life and/or social media situations. (Are they ‘trophy’ group/friend hunters? Do they friend someone then ‘farm’ that new friend’s ‘friend list’?)

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9
Influence Rate: Manipulation of ‘friends’/contacts/ members of groups in their circle. (Do they play the two ends against the middle and set back to watch the fun? Do they manipulate people around them to realise some perceived personal goal?)

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10
Favouritism: Advancement or preferential treatment of fundamental ideas based on certain “personal” connections within the wider social circle. (Are they ‘lap dogs’ for their master/s?)

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11
Censorship: Amount of control exerted/ expected over the interactions/ activities/ communications between opinions in group/ personal interactions. (Do they hold themselves forth as some kind of ‘be-all-end-all’ adjudicator?)

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12
Isolation: Amount, or presence, of effort to keep others from communicating with non-‘friends’/ group colleagues etc. (Do they keep ‘friends’ / group members away from folks that might know a little too much about them?)

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13
Control methods: Intensity of efforts directed at preventing, controlling or influencing and whether those efforts are overt, or covert. (Do they act openly and above board or sneak around being all ‘I spy’ mister/miss/mrs CIA?)

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14
Paranoia: Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; exaggeration of perceived power of opponents; prevalence of conspiracy theories and or “dramatic” situations within real-life circles/ social media circles. (Are they ‘Drama Queens/ Kings, always seeking out new and exciting frontiers of trouble to get into to make their life appear exciting?)

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15
Surrender of Will: Amount of emphasis on people around them not being able to be responsible for personal decisions; the amount of ‘telling’ people what to do in any given situation esp. where such input is not requested. (Do they tend to reserve their quiet and confident counsel for PM situations or do the slip the brain into neutral and just let the mouth go for it?)

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16
Hypocrisy: Amount, and frequency, of actions which would normally be seen as being either immoral or unethical, when done for the purpose of ‘political’, ‘psychological’, ‘social’, ‘economic’, or other – strictly personal – gain. (Are they a hypocrit?)

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“Le Vampire” Burne-Jones


Okay, okay… while the cries of “booo…”, “pot…pot” and “kettle” die down  – yeah, I’ve made mistakes, yeah, I’ve screwed up… yes, I’ve taken my licks and the beat-downs and I CAN lay claim to having learned from my mistakes. I KNOW who, and where, not to go near now, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work it out y’know

It’s a theoretical construct based on observable activity and known experiences, the other invaluable tool you have, as a group convener, leader, Head of a House or Clan, is experience… not just yours but the experiences of everyone in your group. Let’s face it, if you didn’t trust them they wouldn’t be there right? (Unless, of course, you’re just there to pad the numbers and feel important then all this will have been wasted…right?)

Evaluation of potential members doesn’t have to take months, not even weeks. It can be done while the “applicant” is in a “probationary member” position and should include not only within your own group but by observing their conduct at other groups they are in, by reviewing their social media activities and by listening to your own members who may well have come into contact with your applicant before.

Or, maybe, you just love having to get up in the morning, or home from work in the evening, and dealing with the latest B.S. wrought by someone in your group that you really should have thought twice about… hmmm?

Build it right, keep it under control, moderate the output and enjoy the achievements and rep… it’s easy enough.

Copyright TB & RVL, 2018

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