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The Vampire Court of Houston Kicks off its 2018 Charity Giving at “Vajanuary”

 

 

“Vajanuary” Burlesque performance by Dem Damn Dames to raise money for Planned Parenthood

 

Houston burlesque troupe Dem Damn Dames will be performing January 26th, 2018 at Numbers Night Club  to raise money for Planned Parenthood.  

Reverend Michael Vachmiel and Sonia Spaw , the Imperator and Imperatrix of the Vampire Court of Houston will be making a donation to help out this wonderful event and organization! 

 

From Sonia Spaw 

“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
Emily Jesse
Midnight Joy
Chanel St Sin
Dahlia Derringer
Raven Gillespie
Harpy Diem
And Black Orchid from San Antonio, TX

Hosted By:

Al E Cat of the Benefit Betties

Intermission Entertainment By:

Jay Bee Zay

Bake Sale By:

The Benefit Betties

Wares By:

Geoff with a G
Big Top Couture

Sponsored By:

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

Tickets

$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.”

You can purchase your tickets here! 

See you at the event! 

Intimidation and Implied Threats – Tools of Bullies – Vampire Cults part 3

How bullies use implied threats of violence get their way and keep their victims silent! 

By Michael Vachmiel 
January 11th, 2018 

 

Thank you all for the positive responses to part 1 and part 2 of my series on dealing with the bullies of the vampire subculture that have attacked me for over a year.   Cults of personality that lash our like children when their actions are dared question.  

This article examines what happens when the name calling begins to imply violence. 

This examines the words of a UK women named Katherine Dockree.     Dockree is a follower of Aramond Sebastian VanRahamdalph, whose real name is Skipper Marmaduke Lowry and is leader of this movement to harass me for uncovering the truth behind the working of these vampire organizations. 

Presented here is a conversation between Dockree and two other people, Simon Phoenix and Josh Clark. 

Dockree begins by saying that the “Vampire Council” that is, all of Skipper’s various groups and all the other groups that don’t want their behaviors exposed – you can see that list here – are going to “deal with this situation”, a direct quote from Skipper’s follower. 

Followed is a screen capture of Skipper under the guise of one of his slam pages and his insane ramblings toward me.   

On the next page you see Simon Phoenix respond   with implied violence “it’s time for him to get dealt with” 

Josh Clark follows up with more implied threats by saying he would I “get ate alive” 

Phoenix then escalates the violence by saying “too bad i cant be where he (?), I don’t think he’d do so well against a werewolf”   

Well, learn to write phoenix, but I get the threat! 

Just incase you are thinking, no one in their right minds can be this stupid, I wish you were right.   So I have included screenshots of this conversation. 

 

This is why I keep writing.   I am an adult.  Imagine if your teenage child was being treated like this.   Intimidation.  Threats of violence.  Group pressure to conform and remain silent in the face of abuse. 

This is what parents and teachers should be aware of! 

The Dangers of Vampire Cults, part 2

Mental Illness, Threats, and the Dangers of Vampire Groups in America.  Part 2

By Michael Vachmiel 
January 9th 2017 

 

Thank you for your support of my first post in this series –  “WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VAMPIRE CULTS.”

 

When I wrote the piece on the danger of vampire cults that are harming the real vampire culture that I belong too, I  did not think I was going to get such a reaction from people.  

The reaction I got from the vampire cult and their leaders was typical cult like behavior.  Here is a letter from someone they tried to recruit. 

 

 

So let’s examine  the contents and why this is typical cult like behavior. 

Cult Leaders claim to have special powers.

David Uhrlaub, Gia Ahlia Bathory, “Goddess” Rosemary claim that they can hex people.   Cult leaders often use threats of the supernatural to threaten or bully their members.   In this case, they are claiming they can use their “special powers” on me and the members of my organization to cause them harm. 

Cult leaders can not be questioned. 
Cult leaders try to bully others into obeying them.

 

When the writer of the email tried to ask logical questions, she is meet with “escalating hostility” and then finally threats of supernatural wrath and social pressure.

Who else is involved? 

 

The Houston Vampire Court,  not to be confused with my group, the Vampire Court of Houston,  is heavily involved with this NAVC cult, has released a list of people supporting this violent action against myself and my group.   

The following was released by the cult members themselves. 

What every parent should know about vampire cults.

The dangers of vampire cults by a real life vampire. 
By Michael Vachmiel 
January 6, 2017 

If you are reading more than likely you are a parent, teacher, social worker, youth pastor, school counselor, or some other way involved in youth culture.  Thank you for a moment of your time as we explore my world and some of the dangers in it. 

Like any subculture, the culture of real vampires, thoses that feel they must bring in additional life  energy called QI into a themselves  through an act we call feeding, can be inspiring.  Art, fashion, literature, communication, movies, television and theater has greatly been influenced by the vampire, gothic influence. 

Societies that have formed around that aesthetic have donated thousands to charities, have assisted in blood drives, and have been a boon to local businesses that help drive the local economy.

 

A few vampire definitions.

A healthy vampire House – a small local group of like minded vampires who form a strong friendship, can be a wonderful extended family.   A vampire Coven, a group of like minded spiritual vampires, can enrich a person’s life.   A healthy vampire court, the political arm of the vampire community, can help the greater community by acting as the bridge between the vampire subculture and every day world that we are all apart of.   

That is what I am doing here today. 

 

Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston 

I am Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston.   one of the largest real vampire organizations in the world with over 200 global members. 

Today I want to speak to you, the concerned lay person who is looking at their teen starting to wear black, putting in fangs, listening to strange music, and changing before your eyes. 

I want to talk about what is a healthy group vs what is a cult. 

What is a cult?

According to Eliyahu Federman in his Huffington Post Article “When Organized Religion Becomes a Cult”  on September 9, 2013  a cult can be loosely examined as follows

“Cults claim exclusivity, are highly secretive, and authoritarian. To many of my atheist friends, religion fits the bill. What distinguishes religion from cults is the ability to question without being shunned and ability to reject dogmatic tenets without being shunned.”

This is the very important distinction!

In a healthy group, debate, criticism, discussion, and the ability to examine leaders without fear of being socially or economically harmed. 

Federman goes on in his article to describe that harm a cult can inflict.

“The harm stems from a system that shuns and ostracizes adherents that don’t accept their exclusive claims to truth. That is where conventional religion becomes a potentially harmful cult. Forcing people to conform by using the subtle threat of social alienation is a form of coercion.”

 In the case of the vampire community, it is the concept that only a few self-appointed elites can bestow who is, or who is not, a vampire.   In short, a very harmful type of bullying! 

Because of this, many young people are forced into obedience fearing social retaliation and isolation.    Forms of obedience may include demands for money and sexual favors to their vampire cult leaders.

Signs to look out for in cults. 

 

Not everything on this list makes for a cult.   As it has been state, it is when actions start to harm those around them. 

Demands of isolation from friends and family. 
Us vs Them mentality
The offering of “special” truths that is only for a select “elite” 
Leaders can not be questioned 
Leaders can not be wrong 
Leaders can not give out their real names or details of their lives to anyone 
Leaders claim to have special powers or divine guidence
Hate toward other religions, doctrines,  or groups 
Not being able to discuss group meetings or group details 
Demands for money, sex, drugs, or other resources 
Encouraging illegal behavior 
 Bullying others and harassing them into obeying the group leaders 

When it doubt, confront the leaders of your children’s group!   

If they are breaking the law, call the police! 

The members of the Vampire Court of Houston takes being responsible and civic minded citizens very seriously.  As such, we are an 18 and over group only! 

We feel that our culture is a wonderful and beautiful thing, but one that should be reserved for consenting and rational adults who can make firm and informed decisions about their lives. 

Sincerely, 

Michael Vachmiel  

 

Vampire Economics

Real Vampires and Economics 
How all vampires are capitalists and why that is a good thing.  By Reverend Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston. 
December 4, 2017 

“Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary, but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need as well as greed have followed us to the stars, and the rewards of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep thrumming of our common pulse.”

— Nwabudike Morgan, “The Centauri Monopoly”
Alpha Centauri 
Fraxis Games 

 

Vampires are the ultimate consumers!

 

Vampires are high maintenance.    There is no other way to put it.    All vampires, for some reason or another, need energy.  Chi, qi, mana, prana, the names of energy are endless!   However, at the end of the day, energy is a product, a good, a material that must be consumed.   The very nature of the vampire is to be the ultimate consumer! 

If there is a product, there must be manufacturing! 

 

Have you ever thought about what it exactly takes for you, the modern real vampire, to feed?    It takes people, meaning that you must have the entire economic cycle to sustain a population!   Utilities, food, transportation, jobs, manufacturing, commercial and banking systems,  schools, hospitals,  fire and police at bare minimum!   But that is the bare minimum! 

If energy is the product, emotion the raw material, then art and culture is the manufacturing plant. 

 

Most  vampires have a prefered method of feeding because there is a favorite “flavor” of emotions that a real vampire enjoys.    Night Clubs, Sex Clubs, Art Galleries, Parks,  Opera, Theater and so forth.   All these require buildings, maintenance, economic management to stay open, advertising and promotion, staff, performers, so forth and so on.    In short, a highly complex economic system must be in place to sustain even the smallest group of real vampires to ensure a constant supply of healthy energy for our varies tastes and preferences. 

What is the point of all this? 
 

Awareness and rationality! 

The point of all of this is to get the real vampire culture to think.  To grow beyond the, wake up, feed, sleep, repeat.   To think, to examine, to grow.   To place your needs and desires in the proper social, economic, political, and spiritual context, just like ALL social groups do,  we begin to take control of our existence in the most practical way, shifting from fantasy to reality. 

That is always a good thing! 

The Real Vampire Community Needs to Stop Stealing From Vampire The Masquerade and Others.

It is time the Real Vampire Community stands on its own merits!   BY Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston, November 17, 2017

 

I am a game geek.     Like many of you I enjoy Vampire The Masquerade and World of Darkness, now in the hands of Onyx Path Publishing .    Also like many of you I was disappointed when I learned that the  on line version of WOD was canceled.  

So when I heard of Shadows Kiss Online game I was ecstatic.     Finally a game that would allow us to play in a dark and gother world, a dark world, in a world of …. 

Oh wait, that title is taken. 

But I mean there is  plenty of vampire material out there!  They are raising over $50,000 on kick starter!  Surly they would do the research and avoid work that was the creation of others right? 

Phil Brucato of Onyx Path on Shadows Kiss 

sigh Not even TRYING to disguise their source. I mean, c’mon – “Kindred spirits”? “Blood dolls”? “A dark, Gothic version of our world”?

Why not just call yourselves “Albino Lupine Game Studios” and wrap your penis in a flag that says “We dare you to sue the shit out of us”?

From the website: “True Blood, Twilight, and Vampire the Masquerade have proven to us that Gothic fantasy is incredibly popular, yet there is no online world for fans of the genre to play in. Do you want to play a space captain… or a wizard… or a mech pilot… or even Batman? If so, there’s an online game for that. But if you want to play online as a vampire or werewolf, as a fallen angel or an insatiable monster, well, you’re out of luck.” 
…” 

Mr. Brucato continues 

“Yeah, dudes. Thing is, the fact that the owners of those copyrighted IPs keep dropping their attempts at an online incarnation on their heads does not mean you can just rip those properties off and call them your own.

And before anyone starts in with the usual “Yeah, but vampires and werewolves existed a long time before White Wolf” or “V:tM was just an Anne Rice rip-off”… no. Yeah, the Pale Puppy team drew inspiration from a variety of sources – including Rice, who was consulted and credited back in the day; we, however, credited our sources, created new elements that had not been seen before, and spun old ideas in new ways. These folks are not even bothering to change the names of unique, copyrighted terms and concepts that originated in the World of Darkness. Hell, they’re even tossing those terms and concepts around in their trailer.

Maybe these hard-working programmers and designers should have first consulted a competent copyright attorney.”

This is not the first time White Wolf had their intellectual property stolen. 

In 2003 White Wolf sued Sonny over Underworld contesting over 60 points of copyright infringement!  Sony settled the case privately.   

I began to think and thus this question. 

So how much does the real vampire community borrow from fiction? 

Vampire Prince 
Blood Doll 
Primogen 
Elysium 
Succubus Club 

All these are terms from White Wolf and Vampire the Masquerade   

Charlaine Harris gave us the following terms which are being used in the vampire community.

Vampire Kings and Queens 
Nights Clubs called Fangtasia 

The top reason why originally is important to the vampire community.  

While borrowing concepts from other sources is a time honored tactic, it makes those borrowing them seem less than authentic at times.   While there are many wonderful monarchies the in the community and many wonderful organizations that use terms from White Wolf, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice and more, the problem rises in legitimacy vs role play.     

If there is no uniqueness, no originality,  nothing that sets the reality of our unique culture from the fantasy that surrounds our culture, then making the steps from sub culture to culture is made more difficult. 

While difficult, perhaps it is time for us in the real vampire culture to take a moment and examine our words, our language, and our culture to craft something uniquely our own, and not merely a  shadow of some fantastic games. 

-fin 

Pursuing the Baby Bat. Why the Vampire Community Needs New Blood.

By Xusenru from Pixabay –  Used with permission https://pixabay.com/en/users/xusenru-1829710/

 

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! 

Community Support 

 

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.   

 

Conclusion  

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!

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