Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to part one of an interview that we have been eager to conduct since the wonderful ‘art attack interview of September last year. Then we spoke with a talented artist who has created much beauty and artistic class over the years, this evening we will be speaking with the same person, the same artist but on a very different level.
There are a great many people who claim to have “knowledge” of certain things or people who really have little, or no, idea of what they’re actually speaking about. There are a great many people who will take “tidbits” of information and weave their own delicious story around that nugget to suit their own purposes. There are also many people who DO KNOW the truth and who are saddened and annoyed by the rumours, innuendo and out-and-out insults that are levelled at people who have done nothing to deserve such derogatory attention.
Many of you may have heard the saying, “Tall Poppy Syndrome”, it’s generally described as the need of certain people to “cut down” people they perceive as being too high profile for no good reason.
With such things in mind we decided to seek out our guest this evening and see if we could wrangle another interview, we are very pleased to say we were able to and in this, Part One, of “Interview with The Goddess” we will be speaking to our guest about House and current activities.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is our great honour, and privilege, to present our guest tonight, Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza…
“Her fragility was power, her power, her power was intoxicating, all the more powerful because it was her, she drank her power like fine wine through a crystal goblet.”
~ Jim C. Black Rose Coven, one of the 6 founding members, member of Z/n Creator of the “Z/n” Logo, Member of Sahjaza ~ we lost him to cancer ~ RIP Jim, 2012.
RVL: Goddess Rosemary, welcome back, we are extremely glad you accepted our invitation to do this interview, as we discovered in our ‘art attack’ interview in September last year… being fully aware that you don’t give interviews very frequently but I think you feel that there is a lot of misinformation flying around about you and Temple-House Sahjaza these days, would you agree?
GRS: There are a very few but far reaching trolls out there causing some noise yes, but we are 42 years old now and this will not phase us at all long term, when they get bored and go on to other targets from behind their keyboards, behind their masks we will just still be here it‘s just noise we choose not to indulge them with our attention.
RVL: …and with that in mind some of these questions might seem get a little tough…forgive me that but I believe we can both agree there’s some things that need to be straightened out. If we can start, firstly, with just a little primer on Temple-House Sahjaza for those who may not be familiar, when did it start and how did that all come about?
GRS: Sahjaza was born in a sleepy but rather raucous little tavern in the mountains by the Canadian border. The tavern that was once a church and there, around the only round table in the establishment, the concept was born, with a founding membership of 6 that night and on June 3, 1976 we had our first Grand Rite and Sahjaza (then Black Rose Coven) was born.
RVL: …and have you been, overall, happy with the growth and development of the Temple-House over the years?
GRS: What is not to be happy about 42 years we’re still here..!
RVL: I’d like to clear up one thing first, an item that seems to have been the subject of much speculation, guesswork, theorising and allegations, over the past six months or so – what is the main agenda, the driving philosophy, behind Temple-House Sahjaza?
GRS: To promote our members to be supportive to our members and the greater community to provide moral and spiritual support when requested, to assist our community in our own pet charity organisation works and just be the best we can be to be an example of the living vampyre beyond the stigma of the “creatures of the night”. We’re well rounded well-read and productive beings we vibrate at a higher level, we’re very creative and, quite often, a little eccentric.
RVL: There has been a lot put out there about other “business” connections with events, balls etc. Does Temple-House Sahjaza and/or you personally hold or run any “cultural events”, holiday events or other such things through the year?
GRS: We support the Bad Things events, the Vampire Court of New Orleans, of which I am the Matriarch, I am the Queen Mother of the UK Sahjaza-Avalon Court, the Queen Mother of the Sahjaza Black Raven Court of Ohio, the Dark Mother of all to Sahjaza Brazil, The Adra to Black Trillium in Toronto, Canada.
We are proud of all of our international Sahjaza associates, and never forget Sahjaza Brazil much going on including regular events, podcasts, instruction, and more. A fabulous first stop vacation place is Brazil, attending one of the dozens of yearly events presided over by Prince Andreas Axikerzus-Sahjaza, Founder and Patriarch Halo Antares, my Dark Son, husband to my Daughter Princess Xendra Sahjaza whom continue to build my Sahajza, and their own legacy, producing over 450 Meetings, Events, Festivals, Saraus and Rituals dedicated to Vamps!
Prince Andreas is the author of the best-selling Brazilian publication on vampyres with more than 12,000 copies sold, and published by one of the largest Brazilian book publishers! He has maintained the portal, the pioneering work and introduction of the Brazilian, South American and Portuguese Vampyre community for Sahjaza for over 15 years! Hail Sahjaza! And so we begin…!!
We have a multitude of projects on the burner at all times as Sahjaza and each has, on our own, things that we all support, we have the Sahjaza Academy of Gray Mystics, presided over by High-Elder Priestess Liath Sahjaza, that is a teaching forum for self-maturation and self-care as well as outreach to Sahjaza, the Monarchs of Unity and beyond. Overall the content is as wide and varied as our membership itself.
RVL: If we may turn our attention to the present for a moment… can you explain exactly what the connection between Temple-House Sahjaza and the Unity Project/ Blood Nations is, if any?
GRS: Yes, it’s very simple Temple House Sahjaza supports the Unity Project, in concept and in kind. My Son King Maven Lore Sahjaza is one of the founding members of the Unity Project and, as such, Sahjaza came on board officially and made our formal announcement to support Unity in January of 2017
RVL: …and as a concept, in the general sense of the modern culture, do you, personally, feel that the “unity” idea is a good idea? One worth working toward?
GRS: Unity as a culture, or subculture, or under-culture, or counterculture is always a good idea, it’s like returning to the old days for me, the way it was in the later 80’s and early 90’s
RVL: What steps, if any, has Temple-House Sahjaza implemented within its own operations with the “unity” concept in mind?
GRS: We’re a strong voice supporting the Unity Project, and we’re available as a supportive entity to the new Monarchs on a personal, and spiritual level as well. We offer self-help and Sahjaza spirituality, as well as shadow work for the monarchs.
We fully support the unity set of Courts and assist in their promotion of events and outreach to meet ups, formal events or other charity events.
RVL: Thank you Goddess, I think that clears up any misunderstanding there. I’d like to turn now, if we may, to Temple-House Sahjaza specifically. The philosophy that you talked of earlier does seem to tend toward a more “spiritual” track, is that how you would define the Temple-House?
GRS: We’re half eclectic spiritual and Sahajza has its own set of rituals, pagan based but non- denominational. We are a Matriarchal house and temple of which I am, and have been for 42 years, the High Priestess. With our own set of sacred rites which we do not share nor publish, we have however invited certain special guests to see, as well as giving out some relevant and helpful information to the community from time to time. We have been doing this to improve the modern community in the form of outreach and assistance from 1985- to the later 90’s.
I did a full moon Goddess worship ritual, pushing the envelope on a wide form, and a base of rituals and rites (some public some not) in NYC. The “temple” in our name combined with the other half, a concept Sahjaza came up with in the mid to early 90’s, the “house” the house is the “family” the temple our spirituality. Together we’re a creative spiritual house and temple. Many who came formed their own houses and such groups after our basic format that was shared with the community as a base idea. We have always been big on sharing and networking with like-minded people thus the concept of the Abbon, which means allied person, or friend, and an extended family of houses and persons within the greater community
RVL: Perhaps you could share with us a little more about what the Temple-House is currently involved in?
GRS: What is Temple House Sahajaza working on… well, we just did an interview with E.R. Vernor for his upcoming book (a work that has taken him ten years to accomplish) entitled “Vampires: A World History” to be published soon by Dark Moon Press
We are, again, supporting Bad Things events, and fangs..! Fangs..! Fangs..! By King Maven and his fang business Dark Awakenings Custom Fangs, King Maven is Sahjaza’s official Fang maker.
RVL: Are we allowed to get a “sneak preview” of anything that may be coming up soon… without revealing any confidential house Temple-House information of course?
GRS: YES…! Let you be the FIRST…
Two words, “SAHJAZA RADIO”, and a few more, “so we begin”… “Stay tuned” right here for more information in April 2018
RVL: Hearkening back to a previous interview we had the pleasure of conducting, what are you up to these days, professionally speaking that is?
GRS: We now have an Etsy store and the Sahjaza official merchandise in our Zazzle store offering,“Not for Profit”, our officially endorsed Sahjaza merchandise. Our official Sahjaza merchandise is offered to everyone so that everybody can share in the pride that we feel in our Temple-House spirituality and our Sahjaza Pride.
Here is an image of my new crystal crown obtained from the Goddess and the Priestess Etsy store…
because there is a bit of country witch in all of us… and the companion book to the Shadow work that we do by High-Elder Priestess Liath,
Reproduced by permission
We also offer, of course, the Goddess Rosemary ankh for which you had the first announcement going to press. We were delighted to be able to present this piece, 6 years in the making, to the public through your news source last time I was here.
Sahjaza, and Sahjaza members, are about to enter into another big adventure in an animated film adventure about characters of the VC based on those (by permission) you all know and love in a project that will be several years in the making. It’s a sort of, “What if we had all gone to high school together?” The working title, at this time, is Van Helsing High, a big Carpe Noctem to this project I am so excited about this and I will bring more news on this in the future. It’s a dream coming to life and long-time animation and talented artist King Maven will be rolling out the characters as this project unfolds. It’s almost a mainstream cartoon that is sure to make you laugh, cry and groan with the Vamp characters, full of delights, surprises and magickal moments.
In addition I will be conducting more of my full moon rituals, always catching the moon, and drawing down the moon.If you wish to find me on instragram we’re at @Sahjaza and @goddessrosemary
I will be in NOLA as a guest for the Blood Lust and Bad Things ball this year and I will also be hosting my own tea party which is brought to you by Sahjaza and the Vampire Court of New Orleans, just for the ladies, on the Saturday afternoon of the weekend of the ball. Stay tuned for more information on that, and for those not able to come I assure you there will be photos, lots of photos…! Last year when I was there many people told me they did not get a chance to take photos with me, so, we will have this lovely gathering tea party, a fortune teller and keepsake photos.
I’m looking forward to this year’s special Tarot Deck which are known to be the coveted hand out to VIPs, and available by mail to those who can’t come, along with posters of your favorite cards also available.
Goddess Rosemary’s Tarot Card poster, framed.
During last year we also presented the Dark Moon Ankh fitting to wear with the well-known Sahjaza Dark moon monthly ritual of cord cutting and monthly, spiritual “do over”.
The Dark Moon Ankh
The Dark Moon Ankh
As with the Goddess Rosemary Ankh, the Dark Moon Ankh is available to the community and each piece is crafted individually…
NYC, 23rd St. subway
…and one in NYC, just know you’re in my heart and thoughts New York, don’t count it out that I wont soon be there for a visit…!
With this I will bid you good day and a cheerio, I look forward to part two of this intervew at some near time in the future. Blessed day “till next time”.
RVL: Thank you Goddess Rosemary, it has been a sheer delight to have shared this time with you tonight and we are looking forward, also, to Part 2 of this piece.
It’s said that very often truth is stranger than fiction, it is always the case that the truth is starkly different to other peoples fictions. Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza, as any member of Temple-House Sahjaza will tell you is no “cult” figurehead, she is no “enslaver”, she does not bully, browbeat or brainwash…she simply is the most warm, caring, compassionate and nurturing woman.
Perhaps, as I was some months ago, people simply do not understand, simply do not choose to look… all I can say is that since coming into the Temple-House I can now vouch for the “hype” that always surrounded The Goddess. “How can you do that?” you ask, when you see, hear, read and interact with The Goddess you will understand perfectly is all the answer I can, or need, give.
Fact, in one incarnation or another Sahjaza has been around for over four decades. Fact, Goddess Rosemary has a named successor.
Fact, this person will also have a named successor, and so on and so forth…
If you’re expecting Temple-House Sahjaza to simply disappear, or fade away, forget it because that is absolutely not going to happen.
Interview with The Goddess Part Two
Goddess Rosemary the woman & Contemplations
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