Category Archives: A Real Vampire’s Handbook – Advice on being a real vampire

CONS! Conventions for days!

CONVENTIONS THAT VAMPIRE VACHMIEL WILL BE ATTENDING! 

SCARY DAD CON II – The Return of the Vampire!

September 29th 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your lovable,  hug-gable, Vampire King of Houston, Michael Vachmiel will be attending Scary Dad’s Haunted Halloween Show!

This is a family friendly event, so it is safe to bring the little monsters out to play! 

 

 

Fort Wayne Fright Fest 
October 16th  through 18th  2020 

For more information about this convention and how to participate click this link! 

What is a Vampire?

What is a Vampire? 

 

Hello everyone.

As someone who writes and lectures on vampirism I am often asked, what is a vampire. A vampire, in short, is a being that requires a specific type of energy to maintain wellness. Many other vampires take issues with such a lax definition, but I believe that is from a a lack off medical, spiritual, and social education.

ALL BEINGS take in and give out energy. The human body is a bio electrical machine. This is a scientific fact. We give out energy from conception and it ends only in physical death, From being to end, life is an exchange of energies among all its biological processes.

On a spiritual level, energy is exchanged. From Prayer, to Spellcraft, Hoodoo, Voodoo, Wicca, Reiki, paganism in its many forms and so on.

The simple taking in of energy can not be the sole definition of a vampire because that would mean every being,every animal, every biological organism would be a vampire. We know this not to be the case.

So what makes a vampire a vampire?

Vampire need a specific type of energy to maintain health that can not be acquired through normal biological or spiritual processes. Vampires need this specific type of energy to maintain wellness. Without regular consumption of this energy, a vampire will suffer mental and physical imbalances.

Just my humble observation after a few decades of study.

How to handle people with Felonies in the Vampire Community

How to handle people with Felonies in the Vampire Community

A look at the difference between crimes of violence and drug offenses on 420. 

 
Since people seam to be talking about felony records and social acceptance, lets get into it then. I have no problem with people who have been convicted for drug offences.
 

It is my belief that drug laws need a massive overhaul and they are racists and classists! 

 
What I have a problem with are those crimes involving children and sexual assault.
 
They are just about the only reason I wont let you in the group or groups that I help run. There is just to big of a liability issues.
 
All that being said, drugs ARE ILLEGAL.
 
What you do in your own home, that is on you.
 
When your habits bring police attention upon the community, then we are gonna have an issue.
 
Drug use is a personal choice.   Abuse and assault is about harming others. 
 
This should all be petty common sense.
 
#michaelvachmiel #vampirecourtofhouston #vch #vampiresocietyforum #vsf #drugs #420 #druglaws #society #law #culture

Vampire News for the Greater Houston Area March 2019

Things to sink your fangs into! 

Vampire News for March 2018! 

 

Alleged Vampire Becomes Mayor of Montrose! 

 

From Free Press Houston 

Mariana Lemesoff , the owner and mistress of Avant Garden,  formally the  Mausoleum, has taken the esteemed political position as Mayor of Montrose!    What the future holds for Montrose  as the “alleged” vampire ascendant political powers take hold remains to be seen! 

A New Horror Zine!  

 

 

Houston’s own Stitched Smile Publications, a local publishing house created by Houston’s own Lisa Vasquez, has launched their own magazine for your horror needs!  The magazine is full of art, articles, interviews and short stories!   Best of all it is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!   You can get this terrifying tomb here! 

 

 

Aurelio Voltaire graces Thorn and Moon Magickal Market with  Louisianna Purchase, The Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom

 

Aurelio Voltaire, the legendary Gothic singer and songwriter, graces Houston with his presence at the Thorn & Moon Magickal Market April 6, 2018. 

From the Facebook announcement

“VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that headlining our April 6th Magickal Market will be Aurelio Voltaire, gothic musical extraordinaire!

Also performing will be the amazing drag vixen, Louisianna Purchase!

Opening for them will be local talent, The Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom, with a very special offering of acoustic interludes.

TICKETS ARE $12 IN ADVANCE ON EVENTBRITE
AT THE DOOR $15

This is a night to be remembered…Get your tickets before they’re gone!

The downstairs market activities and vendor area is FREE!” 

 

Vampire Court of Houston Celebrates its 400th member to the Outer Court 

 

The Vampire Court of Houston’s Outer Court, its public town hall, has celebrated its 400th members!   The VCH wishes to thank the global community for its love and support! 

A Real Vampire’s Reading Guide

A Suggested Book List for Real Vampires, Swans, and Energy Workers. 

By Reverend Michael Vachmiel 
March 9th, 2018 

I am often asked by members of the Vampire Court of Houston  for places to start their journey into the world of real vampires.   This list of books are ones that I personally own and recommend to those just starting out in the interesting culture of the real vampire. 

I am posting without any commentary for a purpose.   I want you, the reader and seeker of knowledge, to come to your own conclusion about the value of these books in your journey.

   

 

Allure of the Vampire by Corvis Nocturnum

 

The Psychic Energy Codex by Michelle Belanger 

 

The Psychic Vampire Codex by Michelle Belanger 

 

The Vampire Ritual Book by Michelle Belanger 

 

Vampires, The Occult Truth by Konstantinos 

 

The Psychic Vampire’s Guide to subtle Body Language & Psionics by Lono Vespertillo 

 

And because you should understand every ones point of view even if you don’t agree. 

Vampyre Sanguinomicon  by Father Sebastiaan 

 

 

Why Discipline, Morality, and Vision in Leadership Counts At Every Level.

 

How Undisciplined Leadership is Hurting the Vampire Culture by Destroying Trust in the Brand.   A Lesson For Every Business. 

By Reverend Michael Vachmiel 

(Edit: The article has been update with corrections and expanded material  from the original) 

 

 

As any business person knows, people do not buy products, they buy brand.  People invest in a company, purchasing with their hard earned money, the products and services they need because they believe that the product and service adds value to their lives in align with their social and moral stances. When a consumer feels that their  morality is in line with the company they do business with a bond of trust is established.   This relationship of trust is the foundation for a successful relationship between consumer and business.   

The recent debate on guns is an important example of brand vs product.   Manufacturers are producing products of quality, yet they are loosing sales because the brand is associated with a  situation that is against the morals of the consumer. 

This is Business 101. 

This week in the Vampire Community News ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/vampirecommunitynews/) a discussion of the Unity Organization,  is it positive or negative for the real vampire subculture, occurred. 

Instead of a healthy discussion on customer service, improved messaging and PR, and how best to present a healthy presentation of culture, and other solid conversations, the direct opposite occurred.

The conversation became negative and toxic.   There was libel, slander, and other issues that, under normal circumstance, would have lead to a PR nightmare and termination of employees along with a heavy charm offensive to manage damage control. 

Instead of honest evaluation of the situation there was just acceptance of toxicity and negativity as the status quo.  A  morose acceptance that the culture self destructs every five years and  that this behavior is normal.

 

The challenge is self inflected.

This display of unprofessional behavior demonstrates why it is difficult for any artistic or philosophical movement to re-brand itself into a positive and healthy consumer desired marketable product.   The same for any start up business with a unique concept. 

Failure of leadership to elevate the brand into a desired item in alignment with the morality of its consumer. 

In this case, of the vampire community the item or products, if you will,  is the creation of a stable and functional community that with stand public examination. 

  

Address the issue. 

 

Seeing that the community itself was not able change course, I adapted a business model.  Created a Social Business Plan for my organization along with a Social Vision Statement. 

When you no longer can afford to allow others to define you, you must turn to solid, reliable, and traditional methods to get your message to the public. 

 

Answer Chaos with Order.

 

You can not pretend that things will take care of themselves.  You must respond in a clear and decisive way to demonstrate to the general public that you are not like the rest of your competition.  

My response to libel, slander, insults, and a host of other attacks is as follows

 

“Do you think name calling, insults, and personal attacks further this discussion?

The 300 people who chosen to follow me are not a joke.

The 4000.00 we raised last years is not a joke.

The 300.00 we have raised so far this year is not a joke.

This is where failure in leadership lies.

The “Trumping” of the vampire community.

In normal society making accusations get you sued and fired. In normal society, when you make libel claims, accusations of criminality and mental defect, you get fired.

In vampire culture it is celebrated.

Which is why vampire culture reinvents itself every five years.

Because no one wants to learn the hard lessons of the past.

The vast majority of the people do not tolerate this behavior.

You can not go through the natural maturation process from fringe culture, to sub culture, to general pop culture without a sense of discipline and maturity.

Thus attempts of unification, at unity, at gathering, and all the other grand names and ideals last about 5 years, until they are only memories on video, footnotes on research papers,

Which is why I turned my court into a business.

Run it like a business.

Run it on mature and disciplined principles of “Best Practices”

Have a Business Plan for the court that is updated and reviewed regularly.

They only way to stop the cycle of self destruction is just to remove yourself from that cycle.

I did.

It is working.”

 

The result was an ROI of new members to my organization, The Vampire Court of Houston. 

Success is not passive! 

You must make the best happen for  yourself and your organization! 

Vampire Court of Houston 
https://www.facebook.com/the.vch.official/

Vampire Court of Houston Outer Court 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1971595853129038/

Houston’s Diagon Alley, Thorn & Moon Magickal Market

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. 

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!