Focus Pocus vs. Self-interest, which one’s better?

 

“Near Dark”, F/M & Near Dark Joint Venture, 1987.

Written and presented by

T. Bey-Sahjaza

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

As is normal within the culture of the modern living Vampyre, and associated cultural blocs, “groups” come and go with amazing speed and regularity, just as rapidly many of those will fade and disappear, so what’s the key in starting, and maintaining, a “group” for your goals, aims, initiatives and – above all – personal reward?

The first thing to consider is what is going to be the key topic, or point of view (POV) of the group. Generally a group with a focus and goal will fare somewhat better than yet another “catch all” group designed to simply net as many members as possible. It seems, in this age, that meme sharing has replaced conversation and the quickest way to kill a “conversation” is to post the question on Facebook. In a “focus”, or “self-interest” group you can gather a number of “like-minded” contributors for the purpose of accumulating a store of knowledge and information for common use. A “library” and discussion group if you will.

What’s the difference between a “focus” group and a “self-interest” group?

A focus group is comprised of a number of DIFFERENT individuals with DIFFERENT points of view brought together to brainstorm and develop a response to a SPECIFIC problem or issue.

Tecnically speaking a “self interest group” is defined as, “Define self-interest: concern only for getting what you want or need and not about what happens to other people.” I would suggest that in the context of the modern Vampyre, and associated, cultures it could be held to reflect a slightly different process but one which still achieves the same end result as the rather narrow technical definition, i.e.  a “self-interest” group is one which aims to accumulate, store, disseminate and learn from a collected amount of information and COMMONLY HELD opinion.

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Practical examples;
If you wanted to build a house you would bring together architects, carpenters, masons, electricians and plumbers – in the first instance – to create the building. This is an example of a “focus” group where each different point of view is represented as a part of the final solution.

If you wanted to create a group about British Military History you would bring together Military Historians, and perhaps ex-servicemen of the British Military, to contribute and share information to create a complete picture of the subject.

Which way is best?

It all depends on what you want to achieve.

Take, for example, a hypothetical “Group Project” – Top 5 set-up requirements.

1) Balanced and co-ordinated “founder team”. It has been proven, in psychological and workplace studies that a “Focus Group” consisting of individuals of different strengths and specialties makes for the best mix of creation. The one thing that is important above all, each member of the team should, ideally, be in the project for the ‘right’ reasons.

2) Advertise. From day one, a presentation for public consumption. This will thwart the “rumour mill” and the “haters”.

3) Communicate. Create a webpage, not a group, where you can feed regular updates on progress and growth to “followers” and have them see, thus spread the word, that you are NOT hiding anything.

4) Appoint a spokesperson, 1 ONLY. All communications for public consumption should be made by that person only. Extra people, throwing in extra words may seem to be uncoordinated and will, even if unintentionally, provide ammunition to the “haters and critics”.

5) Maintain the flow, growth and development. Appoint more staff if you need to, assign specific tasks and goals to each. DON’T try and go it alone. Any delays will come across to followers as, “Yeah, well, not really THAT interested, just doin’ it for shit’s an’ giggles really…”

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The majority of modern Vampire Culture groups, in my opinion, fall firmly into the “Self-interest” group category and because of this the struggle to outdo other, similar, groups is always intense with each entity vying for the attention, and loyalty, of as many members as possible. As with anything of like nature there are problems inherent in each methodology that need be considered fully prior to any “group” coming into being.

“Focus Group” – The danger with a focus group is that it can get bogged down in minutiae and let the finicky details overcome the achievement of aims. For example, let’s say our ‘House Building’ focus group was looking over the Architect’s plans for the building. The Mason might say, “You can’t make brick and mortar do that, you’ll have to use another material, ten times more expensive.” The Architect says, “It’s my project, I say we do that.” Then the plumber pops up and says, to the electrician, “You’ll have to re-route the mains here and here because I need to hard-pipe to make the plumbing navigate this space effectively.” To which the Electrician replies, “Sorry, that’s not code, can’t do that.”

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So, instead of actually achieving the end result in a reasonable space of time and within a reasonable budget, protracted disagreements based on EACH CONTRIBUTOR’S agenda can dog the project.

In a “Self-Interest Group”, at the heart of it is the group “owner’s”, or “convener/s” personal agenda in opening the group. This “personal self-interest” can sometimes preclude reasonable debate because opinions, as we all know, are like assholes and getting around that, especially among modern living Vampyres, is kinda like getting to Australia from the U.S. in a canoe. The more members that are attracted to the more open self-interest group increases the available “opinions” that each demands to be heard and thus, in a way much like the “Focus Group” example, an atmosphere of argumentative clash of opinions can be fostered and once prevailing is very difficult to remove unless you begin throwing members out which gets you marked as elitist, snobby and bitchy.

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It can seem, with either case, as if it’s a “no win” scenario but, in each case, the thing that will save the day is even handed, fair, accommodating but consistently firm control.

Set the rules BEFORE you go into the launching of the group or project. Make anyone wishing to join the group REVIEW AND ACCEPT IN WRITTEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT those rules thus no one can complain when they get dumped for breaking the rules.

Stick to your main theme, goal or aim. Make that the central item, or topic, of the group and don’t let the inevitable “side tracks” take control and muddy the water to the point where you lose sight of the initial concept.

Most of all, DON’T GO IT ALONE unless you only plan on having 6 to 10 friends in it with you. Find one or two trusted accomplices (friends) who share your point of view to help administer the thing, remember the old saying, “No man is an island unto himself.”

Of course, this is all just an opinion based on around twenty years “real life” experience, and professional qualifications, in procurement, warehouse management, engineering and mechanical workshop supervision, occupational health safety and welfare co-ordination and people management roles…

Copyright TB-S & RVL, 2017

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Chatting with Vampires – Beyond Borders

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Presented by

Tim

Good evening,
Along with the realisation that our corner of the global village is but one part of the world as far as the modern Vampyre culture is concerned comes the realisation, when treated to being in touch with international guests, that in other countries the scope and the freedom that is celebrated by modern living vampires is much more open and visibly accepted than we might experience at home.

Our guest this evening joins us from the South American country of Brazil, specifically, the city of São Paulo.

For those of you whom may not be familiar, São Paulo is a municipality in the southeast region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city—as listed by the GaWC—and is the most populous city in Brazil as well as in the Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the largest in the Americas and Earth’s 12th largest city proper by population. The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, one of 26 constituent states of the republic. It is Brazil’s most populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city’s metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese language-speaking city in the world.“[1]

São Paulo is also home to a part of one of the world’s longest standing and most respected modern culture institutions, it is the home of the Brazilian chapter of Temple House Sahjaza and presiding over that branch is Prince/Lord Axikerzus Sahjaza.

It gives us great pleasure and honour to present, in conjunction with Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza and her Staff, to bring you an interview with Prince/Lord Axikerzus.

 

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Temple House Sahjaza

RVL: Good evening Prince/ Lord Axikerzus it is a great honour and a pleasure, as always, to welcome a member of Temple House Sahjaza to RVL.

Lord A: My pleasure noble one. Let’s tell about our lands…

RVL: As Leader in the modern Vampire culture, would you mind sharing a little of your personal history with us?

Lord A: Vampires have been in my life ever since I remember, it all began by listening to legends and stories around fires near the great pine forest we have on my family’s estate on the top of a mountain that I inherited – and which we have called for more than a decade. Sacred Solo Strigoi. I live in Brazil, although vampires have been in our cultural production for well over 170 years (if we leave aside the gods and shamans with long prey and bat shapes from previous pre-Columbian civilizations) the story of people living a Vamp archetype Something less than two decades down here. Thus, my history as a leader began in mid-2003 with the foundation of REDE VAMPYRICA, a group of websites, blogs, articles and cultural production transmedia dedicated to inform and provide contents, events and meetings to all lovers and allies. About 10 years ago I present a radio program called Vox Vampyrica with more than 300 editions, I am the author of the book MYSTERIES VAMPYRICOS  by one of the biggest Brazilian publishers of spirituality and occultism with more than 10,000 copies sold (the work is in translation for the English with plans to be launched in England soon). I worked as a DJ and event producer for the Vamp context for 18 years and developed my spirituality and ties with the so-called Vampyrica Cosmovision through the legacy and learning with the Sahjaza dynasty where I occupy the highest male degree, his art and trades.

Brazil

RVL: In your own mind, what is a real modern vampire? And, what attributes do you see in modern vampirism?

Lord A: I find it strange to use the term modern or postmodern to refer to what I live at every moment of my life. Both the Vampire and the Witch belong to the premodern imaginary where their existence is possible to be measured, since there are resources where the same imaginary can be measured and used as an essential and practical part of life. In modern or even postmodern thinking we are only subcultures and social subgroups with strange and clandestinely acceptable beliefs. So I think we are more than all of this. We are something first, feral yet elegantly dressed walking along the main avenues and event houses of the world. We are something that periste and atavicamente resurge. We are inevitably linked to an invisible art and a nameless office, devoted, devoted and passionate with our power to crystallize dreams and transmute our lives into something more sublime. We use pagan and Christian symbols to create a new life and as long as your name is unknown we will call it vampirism.

RVL: …and may we ask, do you identify as a modern real vampire? And. If so, how would you define your vampirism?

Lord A: I’m a Vampyre. I am a Strigoi and I walk on the trail that I learn and develop with the Sahjaza dynasty side by side with the discrete society called Circulo Strigoi that I develop here in Brazil, South America and Portugal. Our “vampirism” or “Vampyric worldview” lurks, hunts and gathers the “Blood” of the Gods and Goddesses in majestic rites of great power and with deep shamanic involvement in every way. We seek presence of spirit, speak from the heart, transcend the solar flames of the ego, to embrace the fluidity of the waters of the dark cosmic ocean that surrounds us – where only what we carry with us. Covering what we are and sharing with love. Understanding that immortality lies instantly and in the shared legacy along the crossroads of life. Our Vampirism It has nothing to do with parasitism, emotional problems, thirst for attention or lack like those bullshit promoted in written publications without any foundation and integrity. Our Vampirism has deep connection with the pagan, the esoteric and the original sense of the term used to the north of Russia in century X.

Prince-Lord Axikerzus Sahjaza & Lady Xendra Sahjaza

RVL: Turning now to your local area, if we may, what involvement does your House or Organisation have with local communities and with the modern Vampire culture there?

Lord A: The history of the Brazilian scene and our REDE VAMP blend and blend together because we ended up being the introversion and developers of the context Vamp in Brazil, South America and Portugal. They are at least 14 years of history and great achievements. There are well over 400 events already held between parties, serenades, fashion shows, social gatherings, public or closed rites. The first and most popular of these events was my THEATER OF VAMPIRES (reportedly included in the Vampyre Almanac publications and other books in Europe) deeply inspired by Anne Rice’s work and the underground group presentations created by Tony Sokol. We have been doing Fangxtasy (6 years ago), Carmilla (6 years ago, a luxury event), Bazar Rede Vamp (which encourages young artisans and micro entrepreneurs who explore the dark theme in their creations). For 14 years we have been the only traditional Vamp Mask Dance in our continent. We edited a printed periodical; a webradio program called Vox Vampyrica  on the air for more than 10 years. Also we developed here the World Dracula Day created by Dacre Stoker, with actions in bookstores, municipal schools and escapegames. Together with the Strigoi Circle we offer training and development in vampyric spirituality and worldview, as well as performing an annual open rite in the largest pagan and holistic event in South America. São Paulo is the only city in the world that has an official date and a law called DAY OF THE VAMPIRES that encourages the donation of blood in public hospitals and campaigns against prejudice and encourage the artistic diversity created by Liz Vamp cineaste for 15 years. I live in a country where social activists have started dressing up as vampires to collect and collect works and promises from politicians to poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods. There is a lot of special things in Brazil. This is not to mention the large team that works weekly in the creation of articles and content for our portal www.redevamp.com

RVL: Without wishing to play Devil’s Advocate here, you will undoubtedly be aware that there are critics of you and your work, how would you respond to that?

Lord A: We learned from the Masons that we did not respond to criticism. We show our work, our actions and our achievements, we focus attention and energy on its improvement, development and continuity. If we make mistakes we apologize and try to do better. If someone comes to us to talk or treat with civility something that bothers or disturbs us, we talk and try to reach a point of peace.

Unfortunately we live in a country where the religious fanaticism of so-called evangelicals has become worrying, as well as our bipartisan politics and we actually live in a country ruined by almost 15 years of political left in power. So we have a people more concerned with putting on their tinkering, repression, insufficiency and powerlessness as a flag and political dogma – more concerned with revenge and persecution who do not want to deal with all this political bullshit than to do something substantial. So we often deal with prejudice and even physical aggression. People have already been discriminated against, beaten and injured just by dressing differently when they went to a party or even donating blood to a hospital in the Vampire’s Day campaign. Brazil is not for amateurs, with civility and distinction we seek to ensure space and representativeness for the Vamps here and all who do not fit in the molds that necessarily the politicians and religious leaders of here try to impose us.

RVL: What led you to the decision to establish your house, or organisation and when did this come about?

Lord A: In 2003 I went through a near-death experience. He concludes that he no longer wanted to imagine or pretend that one day he would leave here to live in the United States or London a lovely cultural scene of events and with people who lived the archetype vamp in their daily lives. So I decided to share content and translate various materials on all this to inspire and find similar in my lands… today 14 years later I notice that the plan worked out. We’ve already taken events and ours into the City Hall of the largest city in South America claiming their rights as citizens and many other fantastic things..

São Paulo skyline
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RVL: …and in the long term, what are your ultimate goals for your house/organisation?

Lord A: There is still a lot to be done and I think expanding without losing the quality or identity of what we already have is our best strategy. We still do not have German festivals here like M’Era Luna or Wave Gotik Treffen that stop small towns for a few days and become a mecca of everything Vamps somehow cherish. So I think something like that still needs to be established and banked on our lands. It seems like a good dream, something inspirational and if it is done respecting the local identity – it will be fantastic!

RVL: Does your House/Organisation have an online website and, if so, where can our readers find it?

Lord A: Yes you can find us at www.redevamp.com

The Official site of Lord A. http://redevampyrica.com/lord-a-oficial/

Worksite, Parties, Transmidia e etcs…

http://redevampyrica.com/vox-vampyrica/

http://redevampyrica.com/agenda-vampyrica-oficial/

http://redevampyrica.com/primeira-visita/

And our webstore,

http://redevampyrica.com/emporium-vamp/

Contacts at:

https://www.facebook.com/Lord.A.oficial/

Jardim botanico, São Paulo
photo credit: Eliana Souza

RVL: In the “About” statements at many Vampire homepage sites it is commonly written,

Discussion and debate are absolutely welcome. Resorting, however, to blatant racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any other means of tapping into major structures of oppression to attack, demean, or even “joke” won’t be tolerated in this group.”

Do you feel this something that can be entirely avoided in the modern Vampire culture, either offline or online?

Lord A: The vampire Achilles’ heel still today lies in the shallowness and thirst for popularity and immediacy expressed in the actions of many in this context – unfortunately! If we think of the beginning of the 21st century we have had several cases of plagiarism, theft of intellectual property and use of content without any foundation or possession of uniqueness by many pilantras thanks to the internet. Out of nowhere anyone became the father or the father and owner of an order or house sometimes of one or two members, only reading booklets or fallacious sites. Most of the time inventing any nonsense. I come from a country where the term “house” recalls candomblé (Afro-Brazilian cult similar to Voodoo) and to establish a “home”, first the person goes through a learning and practice of many years and constant ordeals to ensure the transmission of a Spirituality and his role as a priest. It is not something simple or available to everyone. So as a researcher I think there is a lot to be transmuted out there in the United States, whether online or offline.

You see, Americans have access to wisdom, honor, and a solid spiritual foundation offered to the Sahjaza dynasty for more than forty years, thanks to the blessed work of matriarch Goddess Rosemary. Historically and in practical life the influence and inspiration of his spiritual work touched people even in other continents. It formed the basis that allowed the self-proclaimed top leaders of today’s context Vamp in the world to tread their ways. However, for the “modern” Vamps leaders it is more convenient to sublimate, to play the gaslighting and to pass through precursors or inventors than they were not. Those who sell what they do not have, dance with dry cloths at the side of the fire, show no respect.

Whoever omits his own history, cuts heads only to appear taller is unworthy in every way.In my view that is exactly what does not help and unfortunately glorifies the infamous popularity of some names whose generated and published content is risible for lack of foundation, experience and consistency – and mock fun at more traditional orders and spiritualities for obvious reasons. Many Vamps ignore, and others mask the very history of the road that trills only to gain popularity. That sucks and should be avoided.

We have history, we have content, a spiritual basis comparable and worthy of dialogue with other pagan expressions like Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism and others. But most people just want irresponsible fun and make faces that dominates something they have no idea what it is. I understand that my words are hard, but they are punctual. More Camille Paglia! Less Father Todd!

RVL: If you had one piece of advice to offer newcomers to the culture, what would it be?

Lord A: Live, Love, Learn, Study, Study, Study, Training, Training and more training… party, party and party… know and love the story of who walk this way before you. Be kind and prosperous for those living this way with you. And develop, share, cultivate, spread, transmit what is good for those who will come and connect with you. This words was confessed to me at 90´s and remains true!

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RVL: Do you have any other comments or observations that you would like to share at this time?

Lord A: Come to Brazil! Especially for Halo Antares or the city of São Paulo. We will love to be able to welcome and show the beauties and the strength of this ancient land. The vampire is timeless and transregional I think the more the class from North America and South America (as well as Europe, Oceania, Asia and Africa) get involved the more useful and practical it will be for the whole context.

RVL: We would like to thank you deeply for granting us this interview, we are very appreciative of your time and we would be honoured to keep in touch with you regarding the ongoing growth and development of your House, or Organisation.

Lord A: Thank you for the opportunity and the space. It was great to revisit and review the steps of our trajectory during the time dedicated to your interview. Many thanks to all involved. Always visit www.redevamp.com and with a bit of google translator you will be able to know a little more everything that we do here.


Differences in cultural perspectives of the modern living Vampire culture can, and will, go a long way to securing a strong future for the culture. Perhaps they can even help engender a new sense of co-operation that can only strengthen our way of life.

In developing and conducting this interview, in communicating with the people of Temple House Sahjaza I am struck by a singular hope, it is very much embodied in these words;
Live, Love, Learn, Study, Study, Study, Training, Training and more training… party, party and party… know and love the story of who walk this way before you. Be kind and prosperous for those living this way with you. And develop, share, cultivate, spread, transmit what is good for those who will come and connect with you.”

That is the philosophy that will make our culture stronger, that is the philosophy that will endow our culture with dignity once again.

Copyright: RVL, Prince-Lord A. Sahjaza & Temple House Sahjaza 2017

Additional references; [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo

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A New “World” Order – Update June 12, 2017

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Presented by

Tim

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

As in the way of many things, once we clear some of the smoke and debris surrounding something we can begin to appreciate, or at least see, this thing for what it might just be.

With deepest gratitude to the owners of Blood Nations we have been granted access to the website in the capacity of observers.

As I pointed out to the members there, RVL is not there to criticise, judge nor inflame, we are simply there to look into the “Unity Project” for what it really is and for what it truly stands.

We are hopeful that, in addition to the Q&A by Project coordinator Maven Lore, we may get to present a one-on-one with an official of Blood Nations for that would be an honour for RVL.

In a statement issued at 2:39pm yesterday, Rev. Dr. Aramond Sebastian VanRahamadalph D.D. of Clan VanRahamadalph noted;

Clan Rahamdalph, Texas, U.S.A.

” I was interviewed by John Reason’s RVL on my thoughts on the Blood Nations “unity” project. below is the link to that interview.

A New “World” Order – Update

I will say again, Clan Rahamdalph is a family.

We will not let the actions of outsiders come between us, nor will we look down on our family members who exercise their free will. We are not here to tell others what to do, only to educate & enlighten. That is our purpose.

If my family members wish to give this a try, then I will respect their free will. BUT I will still do my part to protect my family from harm, be it physical, or otherwise.

I may even join the site at a later date so that my family & all our Houses, Covens, & Packs are visible to all those who wish to seek us out.

Only time will tell what this “project” truly is to become, & I for one will be watching.”

 

Though the Blood Nations web presence is in its infancy, still being developed, naturally enough the promise is there for a clearer understanding of the initiative and it is, also naturally, a fervent hope that two opposed factions may, at some point, come together if only to make peace.

As the “Unity Project” grows and gathers ground, or not, RVL will be keeping the updates coming so that all persons in the modern culture may, eventually, draw a conclusion based on facts rather than rhetoric. That is our “mission”.

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