One-on-One: The mercurial Mr. Curiel

Researched, written, edited and presented by

Tim

Good evening,

It is true that it takes all sorts to make a world, a group, a society… it is also true that it takes a number of other things within those “all sorts”. Different philosophies, different perspectives, different belief structures, agendas and tastes. It is a smart person who embraces that fact and works with it rather than trying to fight or destroy it randomly.

Recently we have seen the spectacular entry, or should I say, spectacular re-entry, of a writer in our culture, a young writer who, though they may have been around for a while, has come to the realisation that there are indeed things that need to be said. An honourable pursuit indeed and one that should be welcomed in any society, indeed, isn’t the “freedom of speech” tenet one of the most valuable an inalienable rights we have?

Our guest today has made quite a splash, quite an entrance and after reading the material we at RVL decided that we needed to practice what we have preached in recent editorials, that is, go to the source. A source who has, over the last few weeks, that he is able and willing to admit when he has made a mistake. Accordingly I extended an invitation and was received very promptly, politely and respectfully by our guest.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that RVL presents a One-on-One interview with Marcel Curiel of the Arcane Ramblings of a Teenage Vampire blog.


RVL: Good evening Marcel, if we may be so familiar, thank you for accepting our invitation…we have been looking forward to being able to bring this interview to our readers. How are you today?

MC: I’m doing exceptionally well! Had my ups and downs over the last week or so, but it comes with the territory.

RVL: Normally we begin our interviews with a little personal history of our guest but I’m going to break with tradition today and ask the $64,000 question first. Do you identify as a modern living Vampire and, if so, would you characterise yourself as Sanguine, Psi-Vamp or other?

MC: I identify myself with the term Vampire, capital V. I feel that it specifically defines a person living within a human body but whose essential nature is so vastly distinct from the human herd and other vampire-identified persons that the closest approximation would be “superhuman.”

RVL: …and may we ask, how long have you been “awakened”, for wont of a better term, to your true nature? And was your arrival at “self-realisation” abrupt or gradual and did you have a mentor or guide or was it a self-survived process?

MC: I’ve been aware of my Vampiric nature since about April of 2015, after having been through some very traumatic experiences. I had a few people help me along; some stayed in my life, others didn’t. The one person who truly helped me comes to terms with it is no longer in my life, but should she ever read this, she’d know who she is. But it was very gradual, it was mostly trial and error. A lot of trial and error, in fact. But I’ve had many great mentors over the years and I’m very happy with how far I’ve come.

RVL: Okay, I’m going to throw one at you now that’ll put you on the spot… what are your impressions of the modern living Vampire culture?

MC: Oh, it’s dreadful. Positively disgusting. The modern community that these vampire-identified persons have created for themselves is the most laughable, depraved thing I’ve ever seen in the history of subcultures. It’s a joke, mostly. At every turn, you find some egocentric cult leader or commercial cult brainwashing the less intelligent into stroking their egos and draining their wallets. The only real “vampires” in the modern community are financial vampires. And ninety-eight percent of the community are just role-players and fetishists taking their delusions too far. Just look at many of the most prevalent names in the community and you’ll see what I mean.

RVL: Do you believe that the culture, as a whole, has a bright future, a strong future or not?

MC: So long as the role-players entertain their vampire fiction fetishes, the community will likely continue. I wouldn’t call it a “bright future” by any stretch of the imagination, of course, with many of the highly entertaining individuals within the movement striving so aggressively to make their voices heard. But a strong future cannot be denied. The subculture as a whole has never been homogenous; therefore, it’s prone to much overlap. Originally, it was just S&M and blood fetishists and devil worshipers, then the role-players came in with their Masquerade monstrosity in the nineties. The lifestylers ruled the early millennium, and now we’re seeing more in the way of Goths, emos and punks entering the community as the vampire “lifestyle” becomes more acceptable and open in certain locales.

RVL: We got a pretty good idea just recently of one of the things that annoys you the most, what are some of the other things that you would say need correcting in interactions among the modern Vampire culture today?

MC: One huge issue is the lack of focus. People want, but very rarely do they act to achieve what it is that they want. The role-players have their little “Court” things, though what they are intended to accomplish besides face-to-face social networking, I have no clue. It’s bad enough to not have a clear goal on their own, but the idea of uniting them into a huge cluster of stagnation seems rather morbid. I think every vampire-identified person within the subculture needs to take a step back, evaluate themselves and their relation with this community and really ask themselves what it is they hope to achieve, then they can go off on their Camarilla ego trips.

RVL: As far as it goes you are regarded, widely, as being a relative newcomer to the modern Vampire culture, probably more due to the fact that you have now stepped up into the wider public arena, what’s your plan from here on out?

MC: Well, soon I hope to upgrade some of my technology, at which point I’ll begin posting vlogs on Facebook and YouTube, hopefully a bit more coherent than my previous Facebook Live feeds. Arcane Ramblings, is, as it stands, defunct; I don’t intend to post on it for a long time. I never intended to become the sort of pariah I am now, I just felt the need to get certain things off my chest once upon a time and was inspired by a few acquaintances of mine to jump on the WordPress bandwagon as many have done after me. It could be said I inspired them. *chuckles*

art by Marcel Curiel, reproduced by permission.

RVL: If we can turn to your own writing work now, your own blog work, what prompted the establishment of “Arcane Ramblings”?

MC: As I said, it was the desire to get certain opinions off my chest that I had once only shared in private or in brief snippets on Facebook. After a while, I got the idea from a former mentor to create a blog, and the rest was history. The name was actually given to me by an acquaintance, who always would call my little online rants, “the angry, arcane ramblings of a teen-aged vampire.”

RVL: …and what would you characterise its purpose, goal or aim as being?

MC: The purpose of the blog is to give a more published presence to some of my critiques and opinions on the greater vampire subculture that I can’t really get on Facebook. Social media applications, I believe are inappropriate for amateur “journalism”; contrarily, I receive more views on the website than I do voicing my opinions on social media.

RVL: I’d like to take a look at one of the recent commentaries at “Arcane Ramblings”, one that propelled you into the spotlight, so to speak… the response to the editorial on Ageism that was recently released. Your response was, to say the least, spectacular and colourful… did we catch you on a “bad day” perhaps? *chuckles*

MC: The article in question, “Here’s That Response I Promised”, was removed after a brief discussion with Belfazaar Ashantison himself, who had informed me that the paragraph which had prompted my vitriolic response was not about me at all, but actually about somebody local with whom he’d had a number of personal and political issues. Recognizing my critical error, I apologized publicly and retracted the article, though I do intend to recycle some points made some time in the future.

RVL: There is no denying that in a number of respects you are quite correct in coming to certain conclusions, mainly that apart from untimely deaths in the culture, a large number of “yesterdays” leaders have now left and that those still around aren’t getting any younger. What is your considered thinking on that front?

MC: I think we need to begin looking towards the future if people intend this subculture to be as wide as it is now. It will never vanish completely—in this technological age, such a thing is impossible. But it will lose vast numbers, and we’ll experience a surge in “dabblers”, that is, those who briefly entertain themselves with the vampire fetish only to later “grow out” of it like a phase. As for the fetish/role-play aspects of the subculture—that is, ninety percent of it—that will continue to exist so long as vampire fiction remains popular and the current pseudo-political shenanigans of the cosplayers who entertain it remains. Finally, my little corner of the subculture, the occult and esoteric Vampire tribes, I do have faith in my generation’s Elders, however few they might be, to keep the magick alive. The publications of occult organizations like Strigoi Vii, Vampire Temple and Aset Ka have their reach, as well, and are the few reputable Vampire religions I can name off-hand.

RVL: As with any writing or statements placed in the public arena of the Vampires there are, and will be, those in favour and those not in favour… your comments about the Ageism editorial drew a veritable storm of condemnation from a number of senior members of the culture, many of whom have in the past, and still tend to, worked hard and long hours trying to help and guide young people who come to us in pain, in fear and out of confusion. Can you give us a little more, in-depth, comment on your views in that respect?

MC: I think that if a person, within any community, truly values the work they do—doing it out of love, loyalty and respect for the community—they shouldn’t beg and cry for recognition. Such behaviour is not only unbecoming of an “Elder” but for any mature person in general. Calling oneself an “Elder” is to don a yoke, to become a servant to your community. It isn’t about internet “fame” or recognition. Being a teacher of any sort, for that matter, means you are a servant to the community you partake in. That’s what my Elders taught me.

RVL: When you take a look around the culture do you think that perhaps there is a little too much self-serving and personal “horn tooting” that goes on?

MC: Most definitely. I have seen many voices that do need to and deserve to be heard, but then there comes a flurry of pretenders—since people have discovered how easy it is to make a WordPress—who feel that their whining is equally as valid. I sort of lost my way when it came to making contributions to the community as a whole and my blog sort of soured into something like a local tabloid, but I feel that some compatriots of mine have worked wonders with their blogs, contributing magnificent works related to true Vampirism and occultism to the small subset of the subculture that still takes the Old Ways to heart.

RVL: Are you aware of the “Unity Project” joint venture between the House of Lore/ Vampire Court of New Orleans and the Vampire Court of Austin?

MC: Yes, unfortunately. Most intelligent Vampires I know are eager to watch history repeat itself with this poor man’s Sanguinarium. But perhaps that’s bitter of me to say, not like that’s ever stopped me.

RVL: Putting aside, for a moment, the concept of Courts, Kings and Queens; what are your thoughts on “unity”, in general, within the modern culture? Is it something that is achievable? Desirable even?

MC: Not at all. Given that there is no general agreement upon what a “vampire” is supposed to be, to try and “umbrella” the entire community is a pipe dream. You have your true Vampires, what I call the Sanguines (TOV, OSV, what-have-you), you have your medical people, you have your “leaky chakra” people and then you have your loony lifestylers and the rest of the fetishists. So far as over-arching unity, we don’t want to be lumped into a pot—I am not the same as a cosplayer, I can’t be expected to interface with one, etc.

RVL: As a young, and I mean no disrespect nor criticism in using the term, Vampire in the modern culture what do you see as the major priorities should be for the next generation?

MC: I think the priorities depend on what part of the community you call home. The medical vamps are still trying to validate their perspective, and they’ve actually got the means to do so, it seems. The lifestylers, cosplayers, fetishists, whatever you want to call them, well, all they’ve ever cared about are their parties and their sham politics, and so long as they have their little Game of Thrones, it should be entertaining for us all. As for the little piece I call home, I’d very much like to see a return to the Old ways of the true Vampire, where mysticism, culture and family are held above all else, as it should be. A community for the real Vampires, if you will, if I can say so without ruffling the feathers on anyone’s glittery wings!

RVL: I wanted to touch on another point with you now, the matter of “Courts”, “Kings” and “Queens”… I don’t know whether you chanced to read any of the material we presented here in the early days of the Unity Project but it was explained that the concept was for the “Heads of Courts” would, ideally, only use their title “in-house”, what do you see happening as far as an observer in the wider culture?

MC: Ideally, that would be the case. In reality, it isn’t. You can’t take toxic people with swollen and tender egos, slap crowns on their heads in garish and nauseating ceremonies and believe that won’t go to their heads. It’s a huge ego trip, and the less intelligent folks of the subculture are the ones paying for gas and tolls.

RVL: What can the “younger” Vampires bring to the table at this present time do you think?

MC: I think many have done so already. I’m more or less retired from the online community and have no wish to return. Forgive me for plugging, but sites like The Amador Vampyre, V.K. Jehannum’s WordPress and Eternal Flow definitely contribute more than, say, irate whinings from some crotchety start-up blog, at least to my little corner of the subculture, the ones who take on esoteric practices. I know that there is a lot of hoopla online about the online community, but that’s just a huge sinkhole that will never fill. So I suppose what I mean to say is, to each their own. Certain kinds of vampire-identified people can only contribute to their aspect of the community. I could not, for example, contribute to a sanguivore website; it just isn’t within my area of expertise.

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RVL: Whew…we’ve covered some hard yards I think, let’s talk about the future shall we? Where do you see the modern Vampire culture being in ten years? Yah, crystal balls out everyone *chuckle*

MC: I don’t see a change. I’ve been here for about three years now, with what feels like five or ten years of experience, and I have to admit I don’t have much faith in the community as a whole with the path it’s taken thus far. The community is like stagnant water and that’s why it runs rampant with parasites. There’s always one pariah for everyone to attack (Hogg, Sharkey, Sebastiaan, etc.), one “community advocacy” group trying to unite everyone that typically flat-lines before achieving anything productive (Unity Project, Sanguinarium, Ronin Project, Vampire Police, etc.) and endless arguing and bickering. And maybe a serial killer or African witch-hunt or two. It’s morbidly entertaining, if saying so isn’t callous. I don’t take the community seriously at all. Maybe something positive will come about one day but I don’t count on it.

RVL: …and so, if I were to ask you for some “sage and wise advice” for the modern Vampire culture right now, what would you say?

MC: “He who does not know, and knows that he does not know, wants to learn—Teach him. He who does not know, and does not know that he does not know, is a fool—Avoid him at all costs!”

RVL: My dear Marcel, it has been a delight having you with us today, not only to dispel any preconceptions that folk might have of you but also to get a feel for some fresh new opinion and outlooks. We’d like to thank you for your time, wish you success with your own blog and, if we may, we’ll check in from time to time, okay?

MC: Thanks so much. I really appreciate the opportunity to speak to you.

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So, ladies and gentlemen, I think you can see that judging this particular book by its cover would be a grave error of judgment. The modern Vampire culture is, and will continue to be, both fluid and dynamic – people will come and go – ideas and outlooks will change, fluctuate, adjust and adapt – opinions will never be in short supply, the trick is to move, change, adapt and adopt along with it.

Indeed, freedom of speech is a right everyone has, everyone is permitted to practice speaking freely but we should all take a moment to remember that if there is no responsibility practiced with that freedom then what do you have? In fact, just today in discussion with our guest this evening, I observed that, as writers, “If we let intelligence take the lead before the mouth [keyboard] we can have a powerful voice. We WILL have a powerful voice.”

As author Vernor Vinge (A Fire Upon the Deep) said, “Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change.”

Intelligence is a commodity that might, at many turns, seem to be in short supply but it will always out in the end as the “troubled”, the “troublesome” and the “haters” fall by the wayside the resulting changes are going to be both deep and far reaching and if we, all of us young and old, fail to realise that then our culture really is doomed just as surely as this fella…
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Setting the Tone… Part 2

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Tim & Lady M

In an interview for aeafanzine.blogspot.com, conducted by Dave Wolff, Tony said, “I grew up on gangster movies and vampire movies. When I was a kid, the first poster I got was a lobby card to the movie Bonnie and Clyde that my old man lifted from the theater. I had some music posters, mainly Beatles, a still from Dracula and a huge poster of Vlad the Impaler. My great grandparents had a copy of the book Dracula that was published in 1911 or something. I liked the powers and the titillation of fear. But even as a kid it turned me on. In my house, we weren’t allowed to watch The Brady Bunch because it created false hopes. We watched The Addams Family and Morticia was special to me. Also, Kali was a very early part of my consciousness because of the Beatles movie Help! It resonated with me, the black mother, drinker of blood. The vampire mystique seemed spiritual to me, the same as any religion I wasn’t familiar with, and I wanted to study it like I had Hindu or Zen, whatever. There weren’t any books, of course, so I had my own ideas. Of course, when I started to read about Santa Sangre and Kali it solidified.”

 

During the course of interactions with the modern living Vampire culture Tony has had the occasion to work with some very important people, people such as Goddess Rosemary, members of the underground occult group Sang Real, former members of The Process Church and an offshoot of the OTO in late 1990. He has also collaborated with Zeena Schreck, Marie Bargas and Madame X of House of The Dreaming.

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House of The Dreaming

The second of Tony’s pieces we would like to highlight is a wonderful interview he did with Madame X and reported on December 6th, 2015.

 

By Tony Sokol

It’s Halloween season, which means the whole world is on the same page as Daily Offbeat, where every day has at least a little Halloween in it. Vampires are a traditional, perennial seasonal favorite. While most people only know our sanguine friends from the pages of fiction, there is a vast vampire underground in New York.

These vampires don’t lunge out of the shadows and tear out your throat in the dark. That went out in the late nineties when the vampire squatters were forced out of Tompkins Park and into army recruiting stations. These vampires are more seductive, more playful. They dance. The vampire scene started in the clubs long before it spread like a blood-borne virus on the internet. These vampires formed collectives, families that they call Houses. There are vampire houses across the United States, but we’re in New York.

 

Daily Offbeat spent a late evening with the Matriarch of The House of The Dreaming, Madame X, who spoke exclusively about their ways and what that means.

Madame X is a writer who hosted a show dedicated to spotlighting night-timers in the 90s club scene. Like most night dwellers at the time she was a rogue. The Samurai have a word for that. They call it Ronin. Solitary warriors.

 

“I was a Ronin for many years. First because of circumstance, as I moved an ocean away from my mentor, and after his death soon to discover that I was surrounded by vampire covens, and houses, I chose to be Ronin yet make a difference,” explains Madame X.

 

The Ronin lived up to their name in the rigidly forming vampire society. “At that time Ronin abided by no rules and respected no institution. Ronin were what today is best considered a ‘rogue,’ someone who may be nightkind but is outside the society,” said Madame X.

The Vampire Community is broken up into Courts, which “are local organizations that provide facilities for community meanings, projects and even trials, courts are set up generally by three community elders and welcome the participation of all local households.”

“Back in the day, fifteen to twenty years ago, Ronin were not welcome at Court gatherings, nor did they have any interest in participating in any activities with other community members. Ronin were not trusted, because they had no sire, no elder, and no family structure to adhere to.”

“Similarly, Ronin did not trust or respect any organization and refused to bow down to any covenant, doctrine or prince of the city. Ronin had no voting power and were scorned by the community as worthless scoundrels,” Madame X remembers.

 

“Then along came two Ronin, I was one of them, who helped the local elders set up a local court. And along came other Ronin. Court of the Iron Garden was the first court to accept Ronin in their midst and even distinguish them as elders. Court of Gotham soon followed by offering special distinction to select Ronin as Knights. The same 2 Ronin went on to influence a system where Ronin actually had a representative sit on the council of Elders at the newly founded Court of Lazarus. The movement in the NJ/NY scene soon influenced many other courts throughout the states and beyond,” Madame X explans.

Since then, the Vampire Community has “given rise to the Online Vampire Community (OVC) and Ronin are recognized as part of the greater Vampire Community,” Madame X said.

“House of the Dreaming is a family of Ronin, or solitaires, as such we believe in self-actualization, personal empowerment and the precious value of the Solitaire,” Madame X explained. “Similarly, we believe in the enhanced power of group energy, the nurturing vitality of Family and the dynamic strength of sharing in the Dream. We have chosen to come together here as Family – one Family, one Honor, one Dream; yet we understand each of our hearts has its own special rhythm, each of us has a very specific energy signature, demeanor and drive.”

 

But House of the Dreaming isn’t just a place for vampires.

 

“We embrace Vampyres, Therians, Otherkin and wielders of Magick and Mysticism,” Madame X explained. “We are a Spiritual Family. We are not just vamps but also therians, otherkin and wielders of magic and mysticism. We do not run our Family like a corporate organization where the elders are the CEOs.”

 

The House of The Dreaming was founded “in the year 2000 as a House of Ronin by myself and my Nightkind Brother Vailen Moon with whom I shared European backgrounds in vampiric mysticism and ceremonial magic.”

Most people automatically associate ceremonial magic with left hand path, or black magick, all of which require a specific faith. Madame X says that House Ceremonies at The Dreaming “are specifically crafted to appeal to the devout, the spiritual, the agnostic, as well as the non-religious. Should the celebrant choose to include visualizations of their particular spiritual path they are most welcome to, but such are not necessary requirements.”

“Our Family recognizes respects and values the spiritual diversity of our membership to be a source of strength as we collectively, yet independently, reach out toward enlightened individuality,” she continued.

“We are not for everyone, nor do we have an open door,” said Madame X. “In fact we are very selective and are proud of our exclusive tight-knit membership and low turn-around. Family is forever. Our formula is simple: ‘Come to us not to find yourself, but to better understand yourself.’ Know thyself and the beating of your heart then, come to us to share in our dream.’”

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Ed’s Note: It has been a great pleasure for us to be able to present these works and, in Part 3, we will see if we can’t get to spend a little one-on-one time with “The Man” himself. Keep an eye out for that one dear reader.

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Setting the Tone… Part 1

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Tim & Lady M

Tone… it’s a noun, in one sense, and it means, “Any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source, etc.

In another sense it’s an English idiom, it’s a contraction, a contraction of the given name Tony but I would seriously defy anyone to put restrictions to, or contractions on, this Tony…!

Tony Sokol

Tony Sokol was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a journalist, writer, playwright and musician writing articles, interviews and movie and film commentaries. He wrote for Altvariety, Smashpipe, Coed.com, Wicked Mystic, Self-Help, 1,001 Home Ideas and numerous other magazines as well as being the on-staff writer at PRNewswire for 20 years.

He has had more than 20 plays produced in NYC, including “La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre.” “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby,” “Everybody ODs,” “How To Skip Alimony Through Voluntary Manslaughter,” and the rock opera “AssassiNation: We Killed JFK.” Sokol’s plays “Baby Jane on Training Wheels” and “The Intervention” were given performed readings at the Irish Arts Center.

Tony has also been a regular contributor to Manhattan Public Access Cable’s “Young, Gifted and Broke” and performed and co-produced the radio play “The Excommunication of God.” His short stories and poetry have been published in several anthologies. His play “Let Us Prey” was published by Fuck That Weak Shit Press and his album “A Thief’s Hole” was released on XOX Records.

In addition to his own projects he has appeared on the Joan Rivers (TV) Show, Strange Universe and Britain’s “The Girlie Show.” His music can be heard in such films as “Zaritsas,” “Hide Me,” “The Gauntlet,” “Woman Man, Gun,” his own short film “Don’t Forget, Hire the Vet” and the upcoming homage to Russ Meyer, “Desperate Fate.” Tony has also contributed dialogue and music for live theater productions and co-wrote, directed and performed stand-up comedy for “Insightful Riot,” an interactive evening of stand-up comics.

 

Without doubt it would seem that we have a “man for all seasons” here and in addition to his many and varied commercial successes he has also written articles about the modern Vampire culture.

RVL is honoured, and privileged, to be able to present some of his work that we may highlight this extraordinary professional, and gifted man.

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Temple House Sahjaza

 

The first of Tony’s works we would like to present is a piece written for “The Daily Offbeat” and was an exclusive interview that he conducted with Goddess Rosemary of Temple House Sahjaza and reported on December 5, 2015.

 

By Tony Sokol

As we probably say too often, every day is Halloween at Daily Offbeat and this year we found that offbeat minds think alike. At Temple House Sahjaza also treats every day like it’s Halloween and they’ve been living that way since 1976.

Temple House Sahjaza is the longest consecutively running private organization of its type within the modern new age and occult underground. Most of their teachings are private and remain a mystery to those not initiated into the Temple.

 

Daily Offbeat spoke exclusively to Goddess Rosemary, the High Priestess and Matriarch of the Temple House Sahjaza, which she calls “a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ group of like-minded artistic, creative and literary individuals interested in science and the arts.”

Though often mentioned in vampire circles, “the Sahjaza seek a balance of dayside and nightside in all aspects of life,” Goddess Rosemary said. “They are spiritually intuitive beings that exist between the physical and metaphysical worlds, thus providing magickal, divinatory, psychic, healing and empathic abilities as well as a great artistic and energetic support system to the whole gambit of the arts and to those they meet.”

 

The Goddess in Goddess Rosemary is “just my name not a title,” she said. Though she did “practice Full Moon God and Goddess worship rituals.”

The High Priestess said that “despite the use of the word ‘Temple'” the Temple House Sahjaza is “not a religion but a philosophy of spiritually based living that allows for individual expression of belief while maintaining a common moral and ethical code.”

The collective follows “no particular religion and our members are of all faiths we are non-denominational however all our members are and follow some form of spirituality and are spiritually enlightened beings, we are for the most part, made up of pagan based and earth based followers but each is an individual,” she said.

 

“Spirituality is important to us, but not your own unique way to find God and Goddess,” she said. Though we are more known for our outspoken pagan faith based rituals and rites explored during the full moon goddess explorations in the 90s in NYC and beyond. We believe in individual freedoms and freedom of expression and the “harm none” rule, as well as the pay it forward or ‘karma’ concepts, we push the envelope in the area of literature and the arts.”

 

“The initial seeds for the Sahjaza were planted in 1976, 38 years ago.” In 1985, Goddess Rosemary established the power exchange organization Z/n Society NYC, which stood for Zenith and nadir. Z/n evolved into Temple House Sahjaza which has active members worldwide still maintaining a continual presence in New York City, Florida, Brazil, California, NOLA, and beyond,” the matriarch said.

 

Though, the Priestess warned “We don’t reveal our membership specifically beyond.”

 

“We are big supporters of underground theatre and theatrical companies, such as, La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre,” Goddess Rosemary said “The Sahjaza have been putting on events since the 70s such as Cirque de Erotique and the most recently the Undead-A-Go-Go. Over the years Temple House Sahjaza has done everything from Ghost Tours to Whale Watching. Cirque de Erotique came long before Cirque de Soleil was on the scene.”

Goddess Rosemary “owned one of NYC’s first notable Computer Graphic Corporations in 1985 and paved the way for groups to follow such as Kinko’s.”

The High Priestess is also an artist, actress, filmmaker and “champion of women’s freedom of expression, personal growth and rights.” She is also an “advocate for lost and homeless shelter pets, spay and neuter programs and education.”

 

As an artist, Goddess Rosemary exhibited art in “Gallery shows in NYC from the Andrus Gallery at Carnage Hall, to the Salmagundi Club and other Galleries and venues.” Goddess Rosemary explores fetish and celebrates the female form.

She has directed award winning films that she calls “in-depth and psychological works like Fritz Lang or perhaps even David Lynch.” She is a fan of “cult classics, film noir and dark movie format” and often works in black and white. She also designs her own sets, having studied art direction for film at the New School and acting at HB Studio in NYC. She also studied dance at the Leslie Dance School also in NYC.

“We have many sorts of individuals that make up the whole Sahjaza. Our makeup of who we are and what we do is shrouded in mystery on purpose,” she said.

“We prefer to stay in the Shadows in this day and age.”

Reproduced by permission of Tony Sokol.

Refs: https://www.youtube.com/user/tsokol

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/author-interview-tony-sokol_23.html

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/tone?s=t

http://www.hypnocloud.com/new-page-1/

 

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