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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 Court of Houston made the radio!

Catch the Vampire Court of Houston on KPFT’s Wide Open Spaces. 

 

The Vampire Court of Houston was given props on Houston Pacifica station KPFT’s show “Wide Open Spaces. 

This is a archive of the events that lead up to the Vjanuary show, the fund raiser for Planned Parenthood! 

The talk about the event is on the Thursday, January 25th show and starts at the 1 hour and 7 minute mark. 

 

The end result was a hell of a great show and money being raised for a great cause!  

Until Next Year! 

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! 

No more Ronin in the Vampire Community.

It is time to examine our language to help build a better global vampire community. 
By Reverend Michael Vachmiel 
Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston 

As head of the Vampire Court of Houston I have made a decision on a very sore subject. The term Ronin has come up of late and often. For those who choose to be independent of the drama and politics one of the reasons offered is the insulting way they are treated. The very term used to describe them is an insult to their personal honor.

If there is ever any glimmer of hope of bringing some order to our community prehapse stoping the inflammatory language would be a good start.

So simply put. What will the VCH call non court vampires? Vampires.

Thank you for your time and consideration.