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Practical Vampirism

Practical Vampirism. Sounds paradoxical, doesn’t’ it?
Vampirism is a state of being. There is no known cure. There is no treatment (and why should there be, since we are not sick). but, the fact remains we are not, yet, a majority or even a mainstream minority. Like Pagans and Gays we are only beginning to come into our own… But like the above minority groups, we are still forced, in many places, to take care that our “differences” are not used against us to relieve of our rights, our security and our children.
Those of us who have been awakened for a long time, learn to set ourselves up in a lifestyle that allows us to, more or less, be ourselves.
I am often asked how we manage to live a “Normal” life. So I am going to try and draw a map to help those who wish a more comfortable vampiric lifestyle; to get from where they are now to where they want to be.

Lets start off by stating up front:
IF you are under the age of majority where you live, you have a long road ahead of you. My advice? Get through school
Get yourself a job
And get out on your own as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, get used to feeding on a lot of rare steaks and learn to Psi feed, to help stave off hunger.
Meditation helps a LOT.

For those of us old enough to manage for ourselves there ARE ways to rearrange our lives more comfortable to suit our unique natures.
Its a fact, that if you are just starting our on your own, its much simpler to arrange your life to suit your needs, right from the onset. Than to try and fix your messy life, later, if you’ve been living in the coffin, lying to mates, friends and family for a prolonged period of time.
We all know people stuck in relationships because they are afraid their other halves will take the children if comes out that they drink blood.

The RIGHT relationship can make ALL the difference in the world. It can be difficult to find the right way to come out to a friend or lover, but its far easier than trying to explain in one year or TWENTY that you’ve ALWAYS been a vampire. Its much much simpler to be honest and upfront from the get-go. OK, ya, I”ll admit, you might lose a love or two or 50, before you find someone willing to accept our way of life. You might even lose someone you REALLY care about. Its still better than losing EVERYTHING later, and really really worth it when you find the right person who actually fits in your life. Why settle for 2nd best, when you are worth so much more?

Location can be everything. Do you live in an area where paganism and or vampyrism is treated like demon possession or a psychotic illness? Move. Do it now. Find an area that is more culturally diverse, and therefore more tolerant. Its not against the law to be a vampyre. It is simply against many peoples moral judgements. Finding and area that is more accepting can be as simple as researching areas with large pagan or Buddhist populations. Once you find the area, its a fairly simple matter to apply for jobs.
Any job at first, you’ll have time to hand out resumes to better places, once you are established. Its really good to find an area or state or province where you can purchase blood, and has a butcher shop within walking distance. It can save you a world of inconvenience later.

Networking is the next step. Once you have the right place, and an income of SOME kind, its time to make the RIGHT kind of friends. Everyone needs companionship. Life is very lonely without it. Networking is the answer to setting yourself up with friends who will accept you for who and what you are. If you’ve done your homework, and you’re living in the “right” area, there are some positive and promising places you can meet others of our / your kind.
Places to meet accepting friends:

Your local Occult Shop: Its a GREAT place to meet others like YOU. Pagans are some of the most accepting people around, and LOTS of Vamps and Were’s are magic users. Some occult shops will even help you meet others of like mind, if you just strike up a conversation with the owner, and honestly explain your situation.

Gothic clothing stores, and Goth Clubs: Goths are already 1/2 way to acceptance of who and what we are, and often make great donors. Watch for people coming and going with Sanguine ankhs, and other telling tattoos. I was shocked to meet a fellow with a HUGE freaking sanguine ankh on his hand, in plain view, at a company Christmas party! We struck up a conversation and I found out he was vampire, just like ME. IF I can meet one of us at a party imagine what you can do if you hang out in places we actually frequent, and you be just a little brave.

Craft stores, herb stores, butcher shops, Tattoo parlors, candle stores…. ALL good places to network.  The point is: It can be difficult to be a vampire all alone. But, its fun to be part of a vampire group of friends or maybe even a coven. Why go it alone?

Its not ALL bad being a vamp. In fact, its a good way of life, once you are set up in your own lifestyle.
Don’t give up. It CAN be done. We have quite a large vampire community here, where I live. You can have one too. Its really just a matter of proper planning and execution. Trust me. Its way worth it in the long run.

Carpe Nocturne
Lady CG
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