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A Kind Note About Vampire Discrimination
By Alynna Trypnotk, Kitsune
I write this small article about a disturbing trend I see in the pagan community and other spiritually aware communities about discrimination against vampires and psivamps. I write this as a kitsune and in the interest of full disclosure I will note that kitsune are energy vampires by nature, so this article may also seem to be serving a purpose of defending myself. However I am in full awareness of how and what I feed from and therefore feel I do not need to defend myself as I am fully responsible for my feeding. I take from no one unwilling, I feed mostly on elements and ambient, already released energies, and am generally completely benign in how I exist.
This being said, it is clearly evident that not all vampires, sanguine or psionic, are in full control of their feeding. This is indeed a problem, but it is often addressed in the most destructive way possible. The most evident way I have heard was once listening to Coast to Coast. George Noory, a Great Ass, was talking about a psionic vampire, I believe in his own family, though I could be mistaken. He used phrases like "I knew she was a psionic vampire" and "I just needed to get away from her" and "I felt drained whenever I was around her". And indeed these could be the symptoms of an uncontrolled feeder. However, despite his awareness that this was the nature of this individual, he bore the assumption that this state was her fault and offered no way to help her.
I have seen this sentiment echoed in pagan communities, and other communities where one is knowledgeable about the spirit and its general workings. I have heard many instances where one encounters a psivamp, and their reaction is always to 'bind them' or to 'smite them' or to 'shun them' or other diverse negative reactions. Vampires are automatically discriminated against, often the first place people in these other communities look, when problems crop up. To be blunt, many spiritually oriented communities use vampires as their scapegoats. Vampires do not become vampires by choice. Like many other forms of kin, they are born as one or often become one without a choice in the matter at all.
I have to ask the question. Do we REALLY need to define a 'devil'? Leave that for mainline religions trying to keep it simple for their congregation. It's time to leave the assumptions about vampires at the door. A vampire (of both the sanguine and psionic types) often has very valuable insight and information on how the matters of magick and spiritual energy work, as it is in their nature to work with it. Remembering that most (if not all) vampires have not made a choice to be one, do you really think that all vampires are automatically 'evil' for their nature? Isn't that a personal choice? We need to leave THIS assumption at the door, too. Treat vampires as you would anyone else, and don't prejudge just because of their nature. You wouldn't do this to another race, or another species, or a gender or affectional preference, so why here?
This being said, that does not mean that the 'uncontrolled feeder' is not a cause of problems for the people around them. However, what these people need is not for you to use your energy attacks or bindings to harm them. This does not solve the problem, it just gives you a lash-out point and defines a scapegoat for the problem, a problem they may be totally unaware of, and unable to control. They need to be educated on how to feed properly. They need to learn the methods and etiquette in feeding. They need to be pointed to resources that will help them become responsible vampires. There are resources for them to learn. The biggest one is at http://www.sanguinarius.org/ , where many articles about both forms of vampirism are collected and other vampires are there to discuss and advise.
Believe it or not, vampires can do A LOT of good for your local coven, grove, or other pagan group. The innate ability to draw energy from sources usually comes with the ability to emit said energy to others. At least in the case of kitsune it seems to, but it seems a universal and necessary trait. This powerful and innate talent can be employed in all sorts of rituals needing either blood or energy, and it shouldn't go ignored.
Once vampires are aware of their needs and learn how to satisfy the need responsibly, they are as safe to be around as any other, even safer in fact, because they are aware of themselves and their environment. As pagans, allegedly open-minded individuals, we don't need to define a 'devil' or 'scapegoat' in our practice. So try not to make assumptions when you meet a vampire. And if you encounter an uncontrolled feeder, help them, don't smite them. Give them the proper resources, such as the site above. It will make the world a better place for all.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
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