Sires, Siress’, Mentors and Self

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

Written, Edited and Presented by

Tim

I’ve been “awakened” for 40 years, since I was 16.
For 40 years I’ve known my true nature, a nature that sits, now, comfortably alongside my humanity. The two facets complement each other. Neither one is above the other, they are equal parts of the one. It’s a balance that can take time to develop or it can come about naturally from, virtually, the point of awakening.

I awakened late in 1978. I had, for wont of a better term, a “Siress” although that was not a term we knew, or used, back then. We were, my contemporaries and I, Goths at the time and we formed ourselves into a group to be able to support and defend each other from the world around us. It was a world that didn’t understand our thoughts, our outlook and our appearance but we didn’t care. We didn’t become Vampires because of our Goth affiliation and lifestyle, just as we didn’t become Goth because it was “something to do”. It was, always, our expression of our individuality.

As Nietzsche said,

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

Monica
img. source: elle.com

I have always “owned” myself, I have owned my actions, owned my thoughts and I have always accepted the consequences of having and exercising those freedoms – that’s the way it works, it’s not karma or any other thing it’s simply “ownership” of yourself.

In 2000 I came to the online world of the modern living Vampire, the VC. Tentative steps in several arenas showed me, quickly, that politeness, good manners and so forth were relatively useless in the place and so I came to a place called Darkness of Fear and came under the tutelage of a femvamp named, quite simply, “Mistress”. She was a strong, outspoken and commanding leader and an unforgiving adversary. I quickly became a “champion” of sorts and found myself afforded the title of “flame-master”. Quite simply put, if Mistress wanted someone flamed I went in like some kind of one man SEAL team and burned them, metaphorically speaking. Quite honestly, though not proudly, I could often reduce people to simply shutting down and not coming back online for a day or two – or more. Cool eh? Actually NO. I had no “individuality”, someone else was making the call, I ran with the ball.

I left DoF and wandered around for a while just dropping in and out of group after group until I came into contact with another “femvamp” by the name of Lady Jozet Justincano Delandrake. She taught me an entirely new way of looking at the modern, online, vampire community and she taught me the value of the patterns of individual thought and consistency of outlook and perception. She was more philosophical in her ways and exuded such an aura of inner calm that it was nigh on impossible not to be impressed by her demeanour. I adopted her “outlook” to a large measure and found myself beginning to think about helping others to understand and perceive in the same way… not that I couldn’t still rip holes in someone – metaphorically speaking – online when needed.

Following on from my learning with Lady Delandrake I found my way to the domain of my third great mentor, and long time friend, Lady CG of Smoke and Mirrors (Now Darkened Mirror) In Smoke and Mirrors, back in the day, the value was accepting who and what you were and coming to terms with/ being at ease with that existence. No criticisms, no angst, no anger simply rational thinking, research, reading and open and free sharing of information. I served Lady CG for a time as both a Moderator and a Forum Moderator at Smoke and Mirrors and this lit the spark in me that made me want to carve out a niche of my own in the modern Vampire culture.

img. source: Lady CG’s Smoke and Mirrors

That chance came in 2010 when a good “online” friend and his wife, in Texas, contacted Lady M and I, in Australia, and asked us to take over the management of Real Vampire News, the forerunner of Real Vampire Life. That has been my primary involvement since then.

I have been a member of many groups, I have been an admin of a number… the problem with that is that you are serving someone else’s cause and agenda. It’s fine until the agenda changes and the objective, once clear and unambiguous, becomes a shade or two darker or more extreme.

“Within you is a fountain of wisdom. And you sell yourself short every time you allow some authority to define your limitations and cage your potential. Even if that authority lives in your head.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in
“Interview with the Vampire”
Geffen Pictures, 1994.

Many people have a ‘Sire’ or ‘Siress’, no, not someone who bites their neck, gives them the “dark kiss”, “embraces” them or any of that other guff – it is a person whom at one end of the spectrum may have been the person responsible for ‘awakening’ them to their ‘true nature’ as a modern Vampire while, at the other end of the spectrum, is a manipulative, controlling and self-serving person who likes to have “childer” around them to be suitably adoring and worshipping.

I once got extremely angry and dropped a MAJOR flame on someone who had the temerity to sit in an open forum and claim that all modern living Vampires were, “My children”… boy, you should have seen what I fired back and that was against one of the most influential, important (supposedly) and senior “Elders” of the VC at the time. You’d better believed that got me the “rogue” tag.

It’s that type of superior thinking, and attitude, that I have been resisting, and helping others to overcome, since around 2010.

People in the Culture these days, in the main, are very anti-control but they are very “pro-free choice”. As I mentioned already, a great number of people, some of them very good and wonderful friends of mine have a “Sire” or “Siress”, it gives them that sense of belonging to something, somewhere, something stronger. It gives them a sense of comfort and well-being and that is precious, it suits them.

As I also mentioned before, there are those whom proclaim themselves to be the Sire/Siress of others… self-serving proclamations are hollow, empty and the sole purpose is to make themselves feel better and bigger, more in control… unfortunately this comes with a sense of entitlement and a relative disregard for individuality.

 

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

 

Nobody is ever alone except by their free choice. Nobody is ever alone within the modern Vampire culture. There are, literally, tens of thousands of people the world over whom know what it is to be as any one of us is, that’s tens of thousands of people who can provide insight, support and advice. Yes there are people within the culture that you wouldn’t want advice from if you were drowning in a lake of hellfire but that also is a decision that each must, and should, make for themselves. Fortunately, a great deal of the time, you can see what people write about, what they say and the way they conduct themselves through the magic of social media – true you can ask yourself, “I wonder if they’re really like that in real life?” but the problem there is that you’ll never know unless you physically meet and spend time with them so all you are left with is the ability to make a judgement based on what you see before you.

“Hmmmm…”
img. source: worldartsme

A good tip at this point would be, “Don’t just listen to other people. Think about what you’re hearing or reading.” Perhaps, unfortunately, the only way you are going to find out peoples true colours is to “hang” with them awhile. It’s a bitch of a way to learn but it will help develop your skills of intuitive thinking.

Whether you choose to pledge to a ‘Sire/Siress’ or a ‘Mentor’ the focus should be on learning. The whole purpose for hanging out with a senior person is so that you can learn, question, discuss and develop into the culture and into your own personal path within the culture. A Sire/Siress who teaches nothing, who promises direction and attendance and then never shows… who promises to either “reveal all” or, “help you realise your true potential” then does no such thing is worse than useless… they are a disgrace to the culture and a failure.

Mentors who do no mentoring, who do not pass on relevant information and education about the culture, who promise the earth and then deliver nothing, metaphorically but a handful of dirt are the same – a disgrace and a failure.

Indeed, if they choose to call themselves “Elder” and/or ‘Sire/Siress/Mentor’ this makes it doubly bad.

 

Are you getting what you need?

If you are a “newcomer” (I hate that term ‘newbie’…) or a relative newcomer to, firstly your own true nature and/or secondly, the modern living Vampire culture you need to be careful of whom you listen to, of whose teachings you choose to listen to. Ask yourself these questions, “Am I getting good, clear and well explained answers?”, “Are my questions/concerns/uncertainties being addressed well and openly?”, “Do I feel morally comfortable and at ease with the explanations and processes being told to me?”

If you answer any one of these in the negative then it is time, in your own best interests, for a re-think.

Membership v. Independent/Ronin

In the modern living Vampire culture there are thousands of souls whom are not affiliated with any House, Order or other organisation… that’s fine, more than fine. Some choose to call themselves Ronin which is an old term and refers to a Samurai without a house to serve or master to serve, it is an archaic term and it actually annoys some people in the culture. Others choose to call themselves “Solitaries”, a term more-or-less borrowed from the pagan and Wiccan traditions. Others will simply call themselves “Independents” to demonstrate they are not affiliated with any group, House or Order.

Main point here is that it doesn’t matter what you call yourself, again, that’s exercising free choice so none of it can possibly be wrong.

If you join a web group, say a Facebook group for Vampires, it doesn’t mean you are no longer independent because, in the main again, such groups are not “Houses” or “Orders”. In joining a web group you are not “pledging” to anyone or any one thing. These groups are for information, entertainment and just hangin’ out. There will probably be a set of “Regulations” but they are, more-or-less, common sense. Individuality and free thinking are probably more at home in this type of group setting.

If you join a recognised, established and active “House” you will know it from the nature of the introductions, from invitations you may have received or from people that have already told you about it. In joining such a body you will almost certainly be required to “achieve” certain things to advance in the structure, you should expect to find a set of “Rules” that you will be expected to abide by and up-hold. In general you will probably find that a “House” membership is calmer, more orderly and less chaotic than an outside “web group” but may well cater less to individuality.

Think…!!!
img. source: Tiny Buddha

One final thing, if I may, freedom of choice presupposes that rational thinking precedes the choice. If you don’t think a matter through, in an intelligent and rational manner then how will you be able to make a rational choice?

“The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.”
– Mary Wollstonecraft

Copyright T 2018

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One-on-One: Of dark mysteries and practical thoughts

Written, conducted, edited and presented by
Tim

Good evening,
When we look around the modern Vampyre culture we are frequently amazed by the sheer range of alternative involvements that are available. Every conceivable “kind” of Vampyre has been introduced, discussed, dissected and considered and yet we still have no clear definition of exactly what a Vampire is, or might be.

When we consider the popular archetype of the Vampyre we are given to expect glamour, mystery, power along with a vaguely threatening shadow in the background but is that truly what the modern culture is about?

There are certain denizens of our modern population whom, for whatever reason, are able to harness these things and are able to portray, with confidence, grace, glamour and aplomb, a direct, brass-tacks and plausible explanation of modern living Vampirism. One such person whom is capable of tying together all that it means to be a real Vampyre is our guest this evening, from the Ordo Omnia, we are very pleased, and honoured, to be able to bring you a one-on-one interview with Magistra Xia of the Ordo Omnia.

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Copyright Magistra Xia

RVL: Good evening Magistra Xia and a warm welcome to RVL, we are honoured to be able to spend a little time with you.

MX:Thank you , I am excited to be a part of this interview

RVL: Would you please share, with our readers, a little of your own history… how did you first come to be aware of modern living Vampires and do you identify as a modern living Vampire?

MX: This is a great question and a very personal one but I think the art of Vampyrism is in it´s true essence personal. It happens to be a unique journey for every living being that chooses to unlock these nature born secrets. I began my journey as child and started sharing stories of dead relatives I never met with my mother. This is honestly how I began and I think if someone took my gifts away from me I may never have pursued answers. Religion at first was the only solution outside of science that gave me some hint into the world of the inexplicable so I walked like many do from path to path trying to find the answers as to who I was. As i became more aware science peaked my interest much more than stories that had no real results. I found someone or maybe they found me as the expression goes . They introduced me in my late teens into the New York Vampire Community and gave me some books to read and the rest is history. I became an active member within this group for over ten years learned what I could and read everything I could get my hands on. I ended up parting ways with the group out of different opinions . I would say that my ideas and philosophies were going in another direction. Vampyre is just a word and as an evolved individual I find it very limiting but right now it is the best word that can describe who and what I am minus the flesh. I do hope however one day we have a better description for this .

Magistra Xia
of the Ordo Omnia

RVL: For you, personally, what is the allure of the Vampire? Why is it that so many have found this to be an important personal facet of whom they are?

MX: The allure ..no matter what you read in mythology or writings of other Vampyres no one can fully embody what that actually is. That is why Anne Rice and many people keep creating films and art on it. It is actually why you are questioning me now. The allure of the Vampire begins with the idea of Immortality and the concept of never-dying. Due to legend and story this persona is caught between angel and devil and because of modern authors we look to the Vampyre as a heroine. There is more allure there than what the authors and art can tell us. Seduction, beauty, refinement, primal nature , dark over tones are just descriptions that begin to give us insight . The true allure is felt it is an energy of excitement and possibly danger or maybe salvation. This otherworldly energy and the essence of what it means to truly transcend is the height of the allure of the Vampyre and for many in the community it is why we keep coming back to celebrations and rituals together. This joy of never-ending pleasure is the height of the experience for those seeking the allure and secrets of the Vampyre. It is the energy of the chase the circle of life , death and re-birth and the Vampyre is so close to the natural rhythm of things. Predator versus Prey. Others have found the Vampyre allure to be a personal facet of who they are because again the Vampyre is the ultimate primal energy. This is the closest concept that ties us to our roots and the future all at the same time. This can be an important facet of who we are without getting too scientific because it allows us to unlock the primal side of ourselves we aren’t able to be on a daily basis. The world has gotten so much more politically correct in this day and age that the functions of the natural world have become hidden. All one has to do is to look to nature and Darwin to understand the Vampyre in a better way. So this facet is more natural and more beautiful than we want to admit to ourselves . The Vampyre flows with nature and science while many philosophies of the modern age currently do not.

RVL: Do you have an opinion on the origin of the modern Vampire?

MX: I do and I have read much on the subject not that this means I am any closer to the truth than anyone else . From what research I have been able to unearth the origin could be in ancient Egypt and where mankind began. There have been skulls found with large vampire like teeth and if we want to look at our evolution based off of Darwin’s ideas then maybe our canines indeed were much longer in a different time when we had to eat without fork and knife. I think it is a part not much discussed due to church infiltrating state and us living in a day and age where opinions hold more value than actual facts. We have tail bones for instance and why not would our teeth have been longer much like the tail in the stone age ? These are all ideas I think that are important to visit .

RVL:…and given the supposition that there may well be tens, if not hundreds of thousands of modern living Vampires in the world do you believe it to be a natural evolution or a case of unnatural selection in nature? If, that is, you believe it to be a natural phenomenon.

MX: Again I think my approach to Vampyrism isn’t as exciting as others would want to believe . Vampyrism is in essence like photosynthesis meaning it is a natural process that has been going on long before there was any Vampyre Community, or books or drawings on cave walls. This natural occurrence happened like breathing air happens . My approach again is that it is more inclined with nature and the circle of life . So I don’t think its a natural phenomena I do believe science can explain it like science can explain other processes. I don’t believe it is an evolution yet or an unnatural selection in nature. I think just like the lions perfecting their hunt we are always naturally perfecting ours or we would have all the answers. So although we are always evolving I think there are more modern applications that can be applied to the art itself . If we removed the word Vampyre I do think things would still be happening in the natural world that would be Vampyric.

 

RVL: In your own case, do you see your vampirism as a gift?

MX: I think the gift is having the conscious application to actively use the methods. Then of course taking these already developed methods and working them further to find new ones. There are many individuals who aren’t conscious as to what they are doing so yes conscious awareness does make the art itself a ´ GIFT´

RVL: …and what would you say to those whom describe it more as a curse?

MX: I would say to them as i would the people who look at a glass of milk and see it half full. You have more work to do .

 

RVL: Do you agree with any of the commonly applied labels that are afforded to different types of modern Vampire, such as Sanguinarian, Psi, and Hybrid etc.?

MX: I do not. I have always found labels limiting especially as new work is being developed in the community how can one label continue to hold its value.

 

RVL: …and how, if at all, do you identify your own vampirism?

MX: This is an excellent question.  Identification of my personal Vampyrism will always begin with how I see the world . I am one on an island , ruler of my own world, master of my destiny and the existence I am in is my food bowl.

 

RVL: What, or who, may we ask, has been your biggest influences in the time you have been an active part of the Greater Vampire Community?

MX: Science has been a huge influence and Stephen Hawking

Magistra Xia and Magister Irhandi – Ordo Omnia –

 

RVL: The Ordo Omnia is a recognised entity in the GVC but very little, we find, is truly known about its history or its principles, would you tell us how Ordo Omnia came about?

MX: Honestly the only reason it did come about was because myself and my partner wanted a more practical scientific approach to the arts that would hold us accountable for our deeper workings.

RVL: …and what Vampiric concepts is Ordo Omnia based on?

MX: Simply results and real experiment. There is no religion involved and no belief system just application like in a lab in science class. So again I think our approach is very easily transmuted. You either achieve in the practice through recorded results and actual verification of energy phenomena or you don’t and therefore have work to do . This holds the practitioner accountable for all results. Therefore there is no false turn out.

 

RVL: Was the formation of Ordo Omnia based on any historical facets, modern cultural facets or purely along the lines of personal belief systems?

MX: Not truly no. I think both Magister Irhandi and I have been around the block and seen different approaches that work for others but not for us. This is truly the reason why we decided to form this . More applications more minds and results that could lead us to something.

RVL: …and what are the basic teachings, of The Ordo?

MX: Well we are a very intimate formation so all teachings are one on one. The first concept is results in ritual format if it isn’t recorded it isn’t there and you have more work to do . If you’ve made actual manifestations occur in ritual space then you belong with Omnia and we are ready to work . That simple, it’s all about work , no ego, no religion.

RVL: How involved, or active, has the Ordo been in the affairs of the modern Real Vampire society before now?

MX: Well considering we are a newly formed Ordo Omnia our activity has been limited to the New York Vampire scene and Gotham.

RVL: …and does the Ordo engage on a regular basis more online or offline as a Vampiric organisation?

MX: We have a gathering planned for around Halloween and will have our website up October 24th 2018 .We plan on being very active with others as we would like to think that sharing is what helps everyone to learn and find new platforms of thought.

RVL: Does the Ordo indeed have a website? If so, where might people find it if they wish to read more about Ordo Omnia?

MX: yes. People can visit us at  – www.orderofomnia.com

RVL: Are there any specific things that Ordo Omnia stands for or against at this present time?

MX: We stand for science and logical application. If we are ever going to get away from the idea that vampirism is crazy we have to find the science to logically apply it . Going to the moon was crazy and we did it right ? I just would like to see people have an easier time than I did finding my way with more answers and more safety nets.

RVL: …and how do you see Ordo Omnia in relation to the wider GVC?

MX: I don’t know if we even fit there . Like I said I think the term Vampyre is a bit fluid . I think it is ever evolving and there will be new ideas on the forefront soon as to how one can apply the practice of . This is what makes the future so interesting right now we are in an interesting time where old practices are meeting new practices and we are working on all getting along .

 

RVL: May we ask, what are some of the activities that Ordo Omnia is currently involved in within the GVC?

MX: We are helping with the Elder and Leadership Conference that Stefan Henderson is hosting along with having our first gathering on Halloween for those who are curious.

 

RVL: …and how long has the Ordo been actively involved within the modern GVC?

MX: Good question Magister Irhandi himself has over 20 years work in the VC both in Norway and the U.S. and myself have been actively helping those with questions and in seek of guidance for over 10 years.

 

RVL: As you mentioned before, and many of our readers are aware, Ordo Omnia is involved with the “Elders and Leaders Conference”  next year in South Carolina, can you tell us, what are your hopes for that event?

MX: Honestly just bouncing of ideas , applications, concepts, education and ways to work on material. It is good for everyone to come together and celebrate who we are as well. I think it is important that we address the issue of being able to be friends although we may practice Vampyrism differently . I hope this conference is able to make people realize we can all work our own way and be passionate and still be friends at the end of the day. Hell its boring if we are all the same and nature in and of itself dictates us all to be different that is the Vampyre way.

RVL: …and what do you see as being the most realistic outcome of that event?

MX: Would love to just see more discussion on topics and more ideas on education.

 

RVL: Do you have any opinions about the modern Vampire culture, in its entirety, today?

MX: I would say no. To keep true with the energy of Ordo Omnia opinions have no place in our practice only firm recording of actual happenings.

 

RVL: What do you think needs to happen moving forward from this point?

MX: I would like to see more peace . I don’t think unification holds any value for this modern age due to the simple natural laws that dictate the predator to be only answering to the self. Again the laws of nature is where the Ordo of Omnia is at and I only speak for Omnia.

RVL: Okay, my dear Magistra, crystal ball time… where do you see Ordo Omnia in 5 years?

MX: I see us having a permanent location in New York City with more free thinking minds on the application, and arts, of vampiric ritual.

 

RVL: …and, I suppose, moving on from that, what do you perceive to be in store for the modern Vampire culture for the near to mid-term future?

MX: That’s like asking when the world began or when will it end. I don’t have an answer for that other than I want to see more contributions, more peace and a Golden Era of celebration and I think if some good people can get together anything is possible .

RVL: In closing, do you have any advice for newly arriving members of the culture, newly awakened modern living Vampires?

MX: Of course . Question everything . Never believe anyones ideology over your own and listen to your instincts . If you are a Vampyre a real Vampyre you are NOT A FOLLOWER  and you are not to be used as a tool for someones ego or their endeavors. Rise on your own throne and celebrate life with your equals. Anything is possible and the existence of the Vampyre is the most beautiful and magnetic one yet.

 

RVL: …and in general, anything else you would care to share with our readership?

MX:  A word of advice – Change is one of the greatest tools of the Vampyre besides feeding . If we are able to change we can adapt quicker and evolve faster . Be hungry, challenge everything and enjoy the ride .

 

RVL: Magistra Xia, it has been a perfect delight to have been able to speak with you. We would like to wish you, and Ordo Omnia the best of fortune and, if we may, we’d like to keep in touch and check in from time to time, would that be alright?

MX: Magister Irhandi and I would love that. Thank you for allowing us this interview.


In the modern Vampyre culture today there are those whom lean, almost exclusively, toward science as being the explanation for the state of being “Vampire”, there are others who attribute it to spiritual effects and causes, still others whom attribute it to genetics, to birthright and to all manner of things… most often there is a highly passionate defence of the “point of view” against all comers.

Magistra Xia has shared with us a most balanced and easily digested theory, a blend of science, evolution and natural selection and, certainly to this writer, this would seem to encompass the many unknown variables that we will, someday, discover to be in attendance in the modern living Vampyre.

As I said, in this interview, a delightful mix of glamour and good sense.

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Come join the revels

Vintage metal sign – zazzle.com

Presided over, called, written and edited by

T.

img. source: Web Design Library

As we all know there’s the “dayside” and the “nightside” – the majority of us are smart enough to keep the two separated. Why?

Because the “dayside”, like it has been here this week, is generally “Hell Week”… work, bills, mortgages, sundry expenses, school, studies, bosses, break-downs, break-ins and all manner of “breaks” shatter normality and make us think, “Just What the living Fuck do I do with this shit now???”

Then there’s the “nightside” – calm, quiet, soothing, undemanding and generally uncomplicated… well, as much as we care to make it anyway… is it any wonder we prefer the latter? Really?

BAH-fucking-Humbug…!!!

 

“Saturnus”
Polidoro da Caravaggio
Circa 16th cent.

“Saturday is the day of the week between Friday and Sunday. The Romans named Saturday Sāturni diēs (“Saturn’s Day”) no later than the 2nd century for the planet Saturn, which controlled the first hour of that day, according to Vettius Valens.[citation needed] The day’s name was introduced into West Germanic languages and is recorded in the Low German languages such as Middle Low German sater(s)dach, Middle Dutch saterdag (Modern Dutch zaterdag) and Old English Sætern(es)dæġ and Sæterdæġ.[1] The day was also referred to as “Sæternes dæġe” in an Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People.[2] In Old English, Saturday was also known as sunnanæfen (“sun” + “eve” cf. dialectal German Sonnabend).[3]

Saturday is the Sabbath day of the Bible (Exodus 20:8; Luke 23:54-24:1) but also a day in which many people do leisure activities.”

See also: 

Sat·ur·na·li·a (satərˈnālyə/) noun

The ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.

An occasion of wild revelry.

noun: saturnalia; plural noun: saturnalias

 

So, off to a “wild revel” with one of Australia’s iconic concert and party tracks… NO, it’s not that stupid “vegemite sandwich” song…!!! FUCK THAT…

…and yes, I agree, “No way, Get Fucked, Fuck off…!”

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahhahaha… throw that on at yer next party…!!!

Okies, where are we now? Let’s visit the research office and check on with our illustrious, and beautiful, GM and Chief of Research Lady M.

What have we this week…
Oh, yeah, one of our best friends… this is gonna be a cracker…

Come in Salem, Maaaaaaaassssssss…

YES… the delightful Dnash will be in Salem, Mass.

Something to get your teeth into Massachusetts…

*shuffle, shuffle, flip, shuff…*

Img. Source. – ‘Heart Painting’ by Janos Kerekes

A new studio for those of you in NOLA, a wonderful new artistic outlet… take a look at  the link and see the magic that is…

The Black Tulip Studio

Yessssssssss… I suppose there ARE worse things… 

Speaking of magic… here’s another one that came across our radar this week…

Necrosarium….

In their own words…
“NECROSARIUM is an independently owned Gothic and Lolita indies brand, based in the USA. NECROSARIUM’s design is focused primarily on roses. The brand has been alive since 2011 and has already been sold out of Tokyo and featured on Japanese Visual Kei artists as well as many models and makeup artists.”

img. source: Necrosarium

https://www.facebook.com/Necrosarium

http://www.necrosarium-official.com/

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The wild hunt: Asgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo

“The Wild Hunt is a folklore motif (ATU E501) that historically occurs in European folklore. Wild Hunts typically involve a ghostly or supernatural group of hunters passing in wild pursuit. The hunters may be either elves or fairies or the dead, and the leader of the hunt is often a named figure associated with Woden (or other reflections of the same god, such as Alemannic Wuodan in Wuotis Heer (“Wuodan’s Army”) of Central Switzerland, Swabia etc.), but may variously be a historical or legendary figure like Theodoric the Great, the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag, the Welsh psychopomp Gwyn ap Nudd, biblical figures such as Herod, Cain, Gabriel or the Devil, or an unidentified lost soul or spirit either male or female.

Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it. People encountering the Hunt might also be abducted to the underworld or the fairy kingdom. In some instances, it was also believed that people’s spirits could be pulled away during their sleep to join the cavalcade.

The concept was developed based on comparative mythology by Jacob Grimm in Deutsche Mythologie (1835) as a folkloristic survival of Germanic pagan tradition, but comparable folk myths are found throughout Northern, Western and Central Europe. Grimm popularised the term Wilde Jagd (“Wild Hunt”) for the phenomenon.”

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The Weekly Biatch…

 Yeaaas…

It’s been a couple of weeks hasn’t it so it’s time to put the “Biatch mask” on again… “Buckle up Spanky, here it comes…!!!

The conglomerate that is known, colloquially, as the “GVC” has had a long and illustrious history of uninformed, unformulated, un-supported and un-supportable comments slapped down on social media platforms but it does seem that we now have something bigger than the good ol’ opiod epidemic going on…

Inane, ignorant, baseless, stupid written comments dropped at popular watering holes around the place seem to be reaching an all time high and we SERIOUSLY need to start reviewing the I.Q. – and the E.Q’s – of some of the people we are actually putting up with in the name of “Everyone’s entitled to an opinion”.

Along with that, “Everyone’s entitled to…” et al, we really must realise that THERE IS NO FUCKING CURE FOR STUPID.

*eyerolls*, *facepalms* etc, etc. – WTF is that? Is that your way of saying, “Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t have two braincells to rub together to spark an original or informed idea, much less the E.Q. of a dead frog…!!!”

Then we have the, “I’m so fucking informed and brilliant I’m going to trash everything somebody else writes, OH, wait, unless I find out it’s actually based on the work of somebody I like” brigade – ODIN’s FUCKING BEARD… were you born a complete shithead or do you have to practice in front of a mirror???

Well, listen up “Ignorant Division” – KEEP IT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR, KEEP IT OFF THE KEYBOARD and MOST OF ALL – KEEP IT TO YOURSELF DICKHEAD…!!!

‘Nuff Said

Whew… I feel so much better now… (yeah, I had to say it…!) What do you say King Maven?

 

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  1. Hoad, TF (ed), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (1993), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-283098-8, p. 418a.
  2. Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.), entry “Saturday, n. and adv., A. n.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.), entry “Sunnight n, (and adv.)”, with the note “also in the dative with adverbial force”Further refs:

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