Houston Finally Has the Magickal Market it Deserves.
By Reverend Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston
February 12, 2018
Thorn and Moon Magickal Market is a monthly gathering of magical spiritualists from the Greater Houston Area. Avant Garden, a long running establishment for the arts crowd proudly hosts this event on their grounds.
A cross between the Texas Renaissance Fair, Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, and the old Westheimer Street Fair this event brings some of the magic, pun intended, back to Montrose that has been lacking since the changes to the area. For Pagans and Spiritualists it is a much needed stable and professionally ran get together in the heart of the city. For those of us on the Left Handed Path, Vampire, Otherkin and “naughty” bents, it is a much welcome sight to see our beliefs treated with dignity and respect.
The ring mistress of the organized Chaos is the talented and brilliant Dana Dark. If you love antiques, the obscure, ephemera, Gothic art and culture, you will recognize Dana from her work in these fields.
The Vampire Court of Houston had a wonderful time at the Market in February and we look forward to visiting and shopping the various obscurities, oddities, and curios at each unique tent and table.
“Here is the base of the basket being donated by the Vampire Court of Houston, (VCH) along with LMT Sonia Spaw and LMT Michael Vachmiel for the VaJanuary Planned Parenthood show being put on by the Dem Damn Dames at Number’s Houston Night Club on Friday January 26 (Please note the basket will be wrapped up for night of the show and labels will be affixed properly.) Basket contains One Couples Massage Gift Certificate Four Travel Size Lotions
Four Travel Size Mister Bottles for use in house, car, and body.
Two Perfume Oils
100 Incense Sticks
Two Incense Burners
Two Bathing Salts
One small Box of Chocolates”
More details about the show from the event Facebook page
“IT’S VAJANUARY AGAIN!! DEM DAMN DAMES have teamed up with LEGISLATE THIS! PRODUCTIONS for the fourth year in a row for their annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Come and support health care for all and women’s reproductive freedom with a burlesque and sideshow extravaganza! Proceeds go straight to Planned Parenthood Gulfcoast. We will be featuring a raffle with amazing prizes from Emma D’Lemma, Ms YET, tattoo package by Christopher Malice, and MORE! We have high goals this year… last year we raised $10,000 so let’s hustle it up and turn it out for Planned Parenthood!!”
“Featuring Performances By:
JD Hickcock Tifa Tittlywinks Ms YET Nick The Vegan
Chanel St Sin
And Black Orchid from San Antonio, TX
Al E Cat of the Benefit Betties
Intermission Entertainment By:
Jay Bee Zay
Bake Sale By:
The Benefit Betties
Geoff with a G
Big Top Couture
Lone Star Beer
Copy Dot Com
SOK Salon on Kirby
Legislate This! began in Austin, TX as a reaction to the perils of having Rick Perry as our governor. Tired of feeling marginalized and looked down upon for having a vagina, Ginger Snaps decided to fight back the best way she knew how, by hosting a fundraiser!
“I decided that since I couldn’t just follow Rick Perry around flipping him off, this was the next best thing!”
Occasionally creativity wins out above immaturity, and that’s how great events are born! Over the past couple of years Legislate This has raised thousands of dollars for Planned Parenthood chapters across the country and we’re excited to continue this momentum!
-Legislate This! Founder Ginger Snaps
$20 Standing Room ONLY
Ticket sales END at 5pm on January 26th
Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7pm
Stick around post show for Classic Numbers – Houston’s BEST 80’s dance party – for FREE!
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
18 and up only, please.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Street parking is available. Please do not park on Avondale.”
Pursuing the Baby Bat.
Why the Vampire Community Needs New Blood. By Reverend Michael Vachmiel November 8th, 2017
I wish to dedicate this post to Charlynn Walls and her article “Chasing the Bunny: Why We Should Welcome Newcomers to the Craft” found in Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches Companion, An Almanac for Contemporary Living.
With Samhain 2017 fading into memory and the energy of winter upon us, I take time to reflect on what it is to be a real vampire. In this instance not so much what the community has accomplished, but what it still needs to achieve.
Those who are familiar with the culture of the real vampire, there is a tendency to think of the culture as single, unified group based solely around the real vampire’s impulse drive to feed, gather at balls, or pursue a type of social status.
However, when more established scene personalities perceive someone is not a serious or dedicated as they are to the vampire lifestyle and culture as they are, the term “baby bat” is often used in a most hostile and derogatory fashion.
What is a Baby Bat?
So let’s define “Baby Bat” as someone new to the vampire culture. Someone who does not understand all the social politics, someone who may still be a bit more into the role play or fashion aspect of the culture and may or may not have encountered the spirituality of energy exchange.
These individuals are exploring a new lifestyle, a new way of thinking, a new way of expressing themselves. At this time they are not fully dedicated to making a lasting change because they are not sure this is where their heart should be. This is good, because we should have to EARN THEIR HEARTS AS A COMMUNITY and not expect it out of some sense of social status!
So why pursue the baby bat? Because as newcomers to the community these people bring a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, a sense of joy and awe many elders have lost long ago, and information on the latest styles, musics, and art related to our culture. Elders tend to get stuck in a rut of what is “real” vampire, goth, industrial and so forth.
We all were new at one point!
We all started at the same place! Every path we are on now began with that single step of courage to try something new. We often forget the fear, the anxiety, the endless questions that come about with trying something new. We forget how much time we spent researching, becoming comfortable with our new friends, social network, and spiritual path before even trying to go to an event the first time out.
Many newcomers are solitary for a very good reason. They don’t feel welcomed. They are often met with silence, with hostility, with insults, with demands for sex, service or money. They are often met demand for allegiance to some house, coven or court before they are even recognized as being a vampire.
Lets have a moment of honesty. If our lovers and friends treated us like far to many real life vampire organizations treated newcomers, it would be considered an abusive relationship.
Many newcomers feel hopeless and frustrated and this shapes their outlook on us as a whole!
So why do some communities grow? Those communities that see the awe, the wonder, and the enthusiasm of the baby bat as an asset and use it as a teaching opportunity, as a means to build bridges, to expand and to become greater than what they were before, harness that vast human potential and energy!
Daily I receive questions. As my role as a Reverend I answer spiritual questions, as the Vampire Court of Houston’s Imperator in political matters, as a tarot reader and occultists more paranormal questions.
The point is, I spend a lot of time answering questions. I take these questions as an opportunity to provide solid information that I wish was there for me at the beginning of my journey on my paths. Kindness, Honesty, Humility and Mercy given freely and respectfully have powerful effects upon people.
When I do not have the answers they need, I refer them to books, to videos, to the works of others who have labored long and hard to provide the community of solid insights into the real vampire condition.
Renewing the Elder Soul
The honest truth about this community is how exhausting the drama is at times. For those of us who have been leaders for any length of time, there are days we want to hang up our wings, put our fangs away, pull the coffin lid over our heads and just sleep forever sleep.
When we take the time to welcome a new person into our fold, we are reminded of the joy, the wonder, the awe, and just how damn awesome we are! We are exposed to new books, to new music, to new fashions, new games, new clubs, new experiences!
For some this is a double edge sword. For those deep in the vampire politics, being exposed to so much new material can be a reminded of how much they do not know, how out of touch they have become, and that can result in anger and lashing out.
Community requires new blood to live. All communities! The only truth is, change happens! By embracing it, loving it, seeing change as a means to expand and grow, Elder, Childe, Swan, and newcomer alike can learn to take every interaction as an opportunity to grow as both individuals and as a greater whole.
Once you control ego and pride, you understand that sharing life experience and passions is an opportunity for greater knowledge!