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TIM

Yes, yeass…YEAHHHHHHH… it’s that one day of the year, the shortest day of the year, the least number of daylight hours which means the most number of darkness hours – perfect day to celebrate the modern living Vampyre culture, no?

Sooooooo… what can we get up to today?

Ahhh, yeah, my lovely lady wife and I were honoured to host a directors meeting of the GCVC last weekend, in conjunction with a birthday bash for Lady L. Great night, drink flowed, food, a humungous chocolate cake and a little of the red stuff to boot… mmmmmm…!!!

Had a good long yap about the developments planned for the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition for the New Year and reviewed the bonds being forged, as we speak, with Vampire groups here in the Windy City.

It’s going to be exciting following the dynamic duo of Derek and Lady K that’s for sure…!

GCVC Facebook, GCVC Group on Facebook and GCVC Meetup

C’MON Y’ALL, GET ON BOARD…

AWRIGHT… LET’S MAKE SUM FUCKIN’ NOISE ALL YOU SOLSTICE PARTY PEOPLE…!!!

MWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…!!! FARK YEAH…

So, anyway.. along about this time of year there’s a lot of folks get to thinking about (and offering interpretations of) the meaning of Christmas right? Well, I’ve been doing some research and I reckon I’ve got it all worked out…

Anyway, there’s this fine lady by the name of Selena F. who writes for Circle Sanctuary.org… she’s got the goods on the solstice and this got me, a hardline neo-pagan, thinking…

Thinking about her advice for the winter solstice, things like,
“Celebrate Yule with a series of rituals, feasts, and other activities.” – Yup, I’m down with feasting…

“Have gift exchanges and feasts over the course of several days and nights as was done of old. Party hearty on New Year’s Eve not just to welcome in the new calendar year, but also to welcome the new solar year.”
Ooooohhhh…prezzies and booze… yup, I’m there.

“Convey love to family, friends, and associates.” – I LOVE YOU GUYS AN’ GALS, REALLY, I LURRRRRRRVE Y’ALL…!!! (Okay, got that covered Selena)

Doin’ well here….

“Honor the new solar year with light. Do a Solstice Eve ritual in which you meditate in darkness and then welcome the birth of the sun by lighting candles and singing chants and Pagan carols.”

Hey, yeah, I knew a Pagan by the name of Carol once… course, she was also known as “The Acid Queen” (…but that’s a whole ‘nother story…!!!)

This is all so cool…

“Reclaim Santa Claus as a Pagan Godform. Today’s Santa is a folk figure with multicultural roots. He embodies characteristics of Saturn (Roman agricultural god), Cronos (Greek god, also known as Father Time), the Holly King (Celtic god of the dying year), Father Ice/Grandfather Frost (Russian winter god), Thor (Norse sky god who rides the sky in a chariot drawn by goats), Odin/Wotan (Scandinavian/Teutonic All-Father who rides the sky on an eight-legged horse), Frey (Norse fertility god), and the Tomte (a Norse Land Spirit known for giving gifts to children at this time of year). Santa’s reindeer can be viewed as forms of Herne, the Celtic Horned God. Decorate your home with Santa images that reflect His Pagan heritage.”

and…

“If you choose to have a living or a harvested evergreen tree as part of your holiday decorations, call it a Solstice tree and decorate it with Pagan symbols.”

OH-KAY… Let’s do it…!!!
Tree, Goats, Pagan symbols, pentagrams, deck the halls with….

…annnnnnd Merry Sol….

Wait, what?… whaddaya mean it’s…. Oh, OHHHHH… wooops, my bad…

Just remember kiddies, when all’s said and done, this Christmas…

HeeHeeHee… no, really… okay, okay, let’s break it down another way… does anybody think about the whole Jesus birth thing an’ stuff?


Yeah, been looking into that too…


Let’s see if we can follow this through…

So, we know from Roman Imperial census records that Joseph was returned to his home town in response to a census order from Caesar Augustus, in this case the town was Bethlehem since that was the “seat” of his Clan, The City of David. Okay, so far so good…

Oh, by the way, did I mention he was, reportedly, a carpenter by trade? So, Jesus’ (maybe) Dad was WORKING CLASS…!!!

Now, who was this bird Mary? How did Joseph meet her? At a disco? A bar mitzvah? Family wedding? On vacation? No one really knows it would seem. The best available theory seems to indicate that she was a 1st-century BC, Galilean Jewish, woman of Nazareth. What did she do for a crust? Was she working class? Nobody knows that either.

Here is where it all starts to get a bit “off track”.

The following canonical verses seem to perpetuate the idea that J.C. was descended (presumably by normal biological means) from The Clan of David which would but Joseph right in the hot-seat.

“Therefore being a prophet [David], and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” Acts 2:30

“Of this man’s seed [David’s] hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus.” Acts 13:23

“Concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” Romans 1:3

“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David.” 2 Timothy 2:8

“For verily he [Jesus] took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Hebrews” 2:16

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David.” Revelation 22:16

So, no big stretch you say… J.C. was descended from the Clan of David because Joseph slept with Mary… except, she denied having been with a man…!!!

Hmmmmm… anyone know what the penalty for “out of wedlock” stuff was back then?

A suggestion allegedly made by contemporary critics of Jesus was that he was conceived out of wedlock with an unknown man. This might even have been involuntary which may have resulted in a “marital arrangement” being made with a man who was able to “overlook” the event.

Plausible… plausible… Jesus’ dad might even have been a Roman soldier… imagine that.

Now, we all know the popular canonical theory that she was visited first by the angel Gabriel and then, shortly thereafter by the Holy Ghost…

“When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 1:18

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring for a son, and shalt call his name Jesus …. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be seeing I know not a man. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee.” Luke 1:31-35

Does that make one of your eyebrows go up?

So, contradictory explanations for the pregnancy of the millennia… Where to turn then?

Controversy rages as to whether Joseph and Mary ever engaged in conjugal relations, or had other children together, although a notable fact remains about Joseph is that not a single word is spoken by him in any of the Four Gospels and, what’s more, NO account is given of Joseph’s presumed agony? Anger? Disappointment? Over finding his virgin bride to be pregnant.

Perhaps the marriage contract didn’t stipulate that part.

So, now, here we are at Christmas… we are celebrating, what are we celebrating? Well, no one’s really sure… If you are of a Christian faith then you’re celebrating the birth of Jesus but if you’re not of the Christian faith then I mean the whole “present” thing is, as far as I understand it, supposed to emulate the giving of gifts by the “Three Wise Men”… the three Magi from the East. Question, if you had precious ointments, incenses and gold would you be inclined to just drop them in the first manger with a new-born in that you came across?

There’s something fishy about the whole thing if you ask me but hey, look on the bright side, you get presents don’t you? So thank your lucky stars, and the Christians that you don’t have to…

SERIOUSLY, no seriously…
From all of us at RVLI, whatever you’re having, Christmas, Yule, Solstice, whatever, may it be happy, safe and peaceful…

Now, y’all might be thinking, along about now, “Hey, this fella’s been thinking too much… been slipping in a few PRE-Chrissy drinks maybe, hmmm???”

NOT TELLING…!!!

But there is one thing more I been thinking on, “The Weekly Biatch”, yes, that outrageously popular segment where I treat y’all to my opinion on things, unchallenged, unmolested and unconditionally… well, I got to thinking there’s plenty of places around if you dig that sort of thing and really, what right have I to ram my thoughts down ya throats?

So, from today the “Biatch” is retired… to be replaced by the awesomeness of…

Soooooo, I been thinkin’…

Right about now, the season of peace and joy to the world being upon us, would be a great time to sit back with a drop of your favourite and simply reflect on the year that has been. Think back on the struggles and realise they are now behind you. Think back on the feuds, the snarkiness, the unfair criticisms you’ve levelled, the times you’ve sat down at the computer with popcorn, or pop-tart, loaded up Facebook and, with a sly smile, thought, “Okay, whose day can I fuck up and get a giggle out of it?”

REALLY? Why did all those things happen? What was your motivation? At days (or night’s) end did you really have a win by being a douchebag?

Yeah, I think that now would be a really cool time to sit and reflect and make a promise to be a better douch… NO..Noooo… I mean to NOT be a douchebag from hereon… the world would be a much better place don’t you think? Well, at least our little culture corner would.

Jus. sayin’

Be at peace y’all…

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Refs. and Thanks to:

Selena F. writing at Circle Sanctuary.org   

https://wicca.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/

https://www.biography.com/

https://www.quora.com/

https://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/

Pinterest

Naergi’s Costuming Site

Open clipart.org

and

KissClipart


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Happy… Happy… Ahhhh “What th’ Hell Day…”

Yep, that’s right, he’s baaaaaaack… tossed this one together, sort of did some research and then, like, threw everything together in a somewhat random order… more or less…

Oh, yeah, presented by…

T.

Yes, just decided to have a what th’ hell kinda day, and why not… I hope everyone’s cruisin’ along as well as can be expected, for many, chin up – tomorrow’s Friday…!

So, what’s first you ask… well, check this little beauty out…

Pair of elderly German men escape their nursing home to go to a heavy metal festival
YES… That’s right, they did it… they busted on outta there, they went on th’ lam, they made it to Waken Open Air Festival 2018… may all the Gods Bless these aged delinquents… just goes to show, old Metalheads NEVER DIE…!!!

Now that’s the fuckin’ way to kick off a what’s what night…!!!

Oh, yeah, Lady Kaia shared a l’il something with us the other day…
HAH…!!! Whoever put that together deserves a fuckin’ medal… maybe now we’ll get people to stop messaging us and asking us to help them become Vampires… (as if *sigh*)

 

Dr. Tomas Ganz, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at University of California Los Angeles, at his home in March 2014. Picture: Tomas Ganz.

Hey, here’s a one back from June, posted by Erin Chapman at Vamped.org,
it’s well worth a read…
All the Gory Details: Dr. Tomas Ganz Discusses Blood Drinking

Hahahahahahahahaha… more fucking NOIZE…

What a classy remix of a classy classic…!!!

Now then, let’s take a look at what my beautiful assistant, Lady M, has for us this week shall we…

Oooh, yeah, fuckin’ rock on… finally Illinois gets on th’ beat…!!!

img. source: The Darkness Underground

Masquerade d’Vampire

Saturday, October 13 at 8 PM – 2 AM

Oct 13 at 8 PM to Oct 14 at 2 AM

Venue: Blackbird Urbana

Hosted by The Darkness Underground

 

…and, another l’il tidbit to whet ya glands and make you secrete all over the fuckin’ place…

img. courtesy: Ian Eskelson

You NEED to get yo asses over to this site
and check out our new friend’s music…

If you don’t you deserve to be committed…!!!

CLICK HEAH…!!!

Don’t argue, just do it, right…

 

Hehehehe… dontcha just love it when I’m forceful…???

What else???

Ahhh… yeah… now, y’all know this dude, right? You’ve read stuff, seen movies, been told shit, right?

Img. source – www.thefirstvampire.com
Copyright John Davies

Well, okay, personally I read “The First Vampire” and I think, “Okay, where did he come from?” Yeah, seriously, like…okay, was there like a Vampire chicken that jus’ laid the mutha??? Did he get left out when he was a baby and a flock of Vampire Bats chewed on his l’il bare butt? Never mind, jus’ questions…

One of the things that is, fairly reliably, reported is that this crusty ol’ dude spent time at Poenari Castle… well, The First Vampire page has a video of a drone flight over the very place. It’s quite awesome, go check it out for yourself.

Img. source – http://www.ebay.com/

…and orf to Jolly old England again, wot ho…!!! Halloween happens there too you know…!!!

Red FX

Robbie Drake Special Make-Up, Fangs and FX

@RobbieDrakeSpecialMakeUpFangsAndFx

 

OKAAAAAAY… now for sum f’kin noizzzzzze for them as prefer to stay BLIND…!!!

Mwaaahahahahahahahahaha… Gotta love that Waken stuff…!!!

 

Alrighty… it’s time for…

img. source: istock

THE WEEKLY BIATCH

 

Novelist Tom Clancy said it…
“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”

So, here we have this amazing, awe-inspiring, sprawling, global, almost instantaneous information system. On the many, many, many ends of it’s tendrils we have, within our culture, a large number of folks of whom others say… “Oh, you really need to get in contact with such-and-such, they know EVERYTHING about that…!!!”

Ohhhh… is that right… so… ummmm…where is this information? Locked in a cupboard in the cellar? Sealed in a airtight bag in the freezer guarded by automatic cannons and a pack of Rottweilers? Do they keep it all hardcopied and stored jealously away in some hidden self-store unit?
OR

Is it only shared with a certain “class” of associates? Is it kept within a small circle so that, “you can control people”, is this like the “1%” that everyone tells me owns and runs the United States?

Ever wondered where this information goes? Is used? Is circulated? Because I’ll tell ya one thing… seems like the great unwashed masses are seen as a…

YEP, HE FUCKIN’ WELL SAID THAT AND DON’T BE GETTIN’ ALL PISSY AND WHINY ABOUT HOW SO-AND-SO DID ALL THE WORK BLAH, BLAH, FUCKIN’ BLAH…!!!

YA WANNA SEE SOME ELITIST NARCISSISM??? SUCK ON THIS…

Well-ah, Well-ah, Well-ah… might as well finish off in the right frame…

Here’s one for some very fine people I have known in my life, amazing people who have a culture and spirit that dates back some 40,000 years or more, some people I have worked with, broken bread with, drank and danced with (Yep, I’ve been to a stompin’ ground) and I’ll tell ya what – some of the finest bruddahs ‘n’ sheilas I’ve ever known…

Go Warumpi…!!!

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Well, hang me upside down an’…

Photo of Chicago at night (2012) by velgos.com

Presented by

T.

Hey, well… whew… what a week eh? Hello to everyone who survived it and for those who didn’t, well, buckle up spanky there’s another one comin’ at ya…!!!

Meme by T.

 

…but for now let’s just kick back, put our underpants on our head and get crazy yeah?

BIIIIIIIIG NEWS this week…
The Expulsion, the Excommunication, the “Size 12 up the Arse”…

Good news for us Chicago-ites, it means we don’t have to pay attention our new, self-proclaimed, overlords in the Vampire Court of Chicago… That’s right kids, we are NOT being assimilated…!!!

img. source: Star Trek – TNG
1987-1994,
Paramount Television

 

…annnnnnnnnd, the big quetion that’s been burning everyone’s lips… Where is it? Why is this happening? What have we done? Why, Why, Why, Whyyyyyy…?

What is “It” – well, Spring of course, what else…

Toons by T.
Img. source: The Squirrel Nation

Hey, hey, HEYYYYYYY…!

Don’t Panic (in large friendly letters) it’ll be here, maybe not in the next week, or two… or ummm three, maybe four or five even… BUT it will get here and then it’s gonna be time to throw off the thermal undies, whip out those bikinis and onepiecers

Pic. by – Clothes To Pose

(ladies, you can wear whatever you want, k) and bare it all to the caress of the warm sun…

img. source: Forever Wallpapers @ WordPress.com

Oh yeahhhhh… and you know what that means? BEACH PAR-TAY…!!!

Would you like a little “guitar noir” to go with that Rumjack?

Oh… but be careful, all that booze and jumping around and you might get a CRAMP…

Poison Ivy Rorschach



…and talking about strangeness…

In the old hometown, a looooong time ago now…. there was a movie house on the northside, an older place, went by the name of “The Odeon”, “The Palladium”… or some such thing and in around ’78 this place, it used to show the Fellini, Lynch and foreign language flicks, started something that was to become iconic… they started showing, starting on midnight every Saturday night, a science fiction double feature… yep, a real honest-to-goodness midnight matinee feature.

Now, one of the movies always changed but one remained the same for something over a decade, every Saturday night… if we didn’t know anything else back then we knew one thing for sure…

 

Each Saturday night it was a fancy dress night at this special old place…

Ohhhhhhhh… I went there…. a LOT…!!! and you’re probably wondering whether I went in fancy dress, eh???

Oh-Kayyyyyy… next… *shuffle…shuff…shuffle*

Orig. gif by Rebloggy.com

Where were we? Oh, yeah, right…

Tropical Beach Resorts, Siesta Key, FL.



…and, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Let’s take another entry from those wild Canadian’s…

You can find all the latest info on the VBB at their homepage and you can preview the title track from their forthcoming album “Freak Parade“…

Awright, I reckon y’alls had enough by now… I’ll stop torturing ya… it is fun though…!!!

“Joker”
HDWallpaper.nu

Leave you with some more “guitar noir” – Be cool and stay salty…!!!

 

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