A Fond Farewell

Hey all,

Sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog for so long.  I kept telling myself I would come back to it and keep it going for good, but it seems family, friends, and most of all COLLEGE are keeping me from doing so.  I noticed though that there are still people coming around, reading, and commenting.  :)  Thanks so much for all of the support and interest.

Of course I’m leaving the blog up.  Hopefully people will continue to find and share the information I’ve posted in the past.  Unfortunately though, I’m going to have to bid a fond farewell to all my beautiful readers. 

For all of those who have posted comments with questions and requests for me to contact them: I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to each of you individually.  I get so many comments a day and it’s hard to answer all of them.  But don’t worry, all of the answers are out there (if not already here).  Don’t ever give up your search for the truth, follow your instincts, and your heart.

I love you all and thanks again for all of the love, support, and most of all sharing your acceptance, information, and discoveries.

Love forever and always,

Abigail

Time Out For Greatness: The New Twilight Trailer

Alright, the original plan for tonight was another Halloween post, but then I realized–There’s a new Twilight trailer today!!

So let’s take this as my mini tribute to Edward Cullen (I dare say, the most popular fictional vamp in the world at this very moment…let’s face it).

Alright, I won’t waste anymore time.  Full length, amazing, fantastic trailer:
(EDIT: Sorry about the broken link for a while there. I don’t think the producers like the trailers being on youtube for some reason–but it’s a lost cause. Here’s a working one. :))

Halloween Series : A Tribute to Fictional Vamps : Lestat

I’ve decided!  This whole month, just to get everyone in the spirit, I’m going to do a HALLOWEEN series of posts: Tributes to Fictional Vampires

I know, this blog is about modern day vampyres, but Halloween is all about what we aren’t, what we want to be, and what we pretend to be, so what better time to throw in a bit of fiction?  And–who doesn’t like those provocative, mysterious, kind of androgynous vampire gods of fiction?

So, what better way to kick off than with a good ‘ol tribute to my favorite fictional vampire: Lestat.

Lestat in a Nutshell:

Lestat DeLioncourt is the brilliant creation of Anne Rice, and is one of the primary characters in her series “The Vampire Chronicles.”  He’s a french aristocrat, vampire, actor, and rock star among other things.  Even in his mortal life we was not easily made content, and this trait carries on strongly into his vampire life.  Lestat is always plagued with questions of whether he is or is not a monster, if god exists, and what happens after death.  Plagued by such questions, Lestat is almost a little insecure, but hides it well behind a thick mask of vanity.  Beautiful, dangerous, and powerful, Lestat can get almost anything and anyone he wants.

 

A Brief History of Lestat:

Lestat was born into a family of aristocracy, but his family fortune has been completely lost and he lives with his mother, father, and two brothers (the only ones out of seven who live to adulthood).

However, Lestat does not get along with his family members and runs away on multiple occasions only to return again to gifts of horses, guns, and hunting dogs from his mother so that he may take up hunting.  After successfully becoming the town hero after killing a pack of wolves that were terrorizing the town, Lestat falls into a deep depression.  He decides to run away again to Paris with his lover Nicolas (Lestat is bisexual, yes.) to become an actor.

Of course, during a performance, he attracts the attention of the ancient vampire Magnus who soon abducts him and turns him into a vampire.  Shortly after, though, Magnus commits suicide leaving Lestat alone and to himself (which is the absolute worst thing one could do to a newborn vampire…).

Lestat’s story is a loonng and complicated one after that–so I won’t even try to summarize, but here are:

 

10 Interesting Things About Lestat:

WARNING!  If you haven’t read the vampire chronicles, DO NOT read these.  …Just read the books.

  1. Lestat’s character is based off of Anne Rice’s husband, Stan Rice.
  2. Lestat’s birthday is November 7, 1760
  3. Lestat was turned into a vampire in the year 1791.
  4. Lestat created six vampires during his life: his lover Nicolas (who goes insane and kills himself), his mother Gabrielle, Louis de Point du Lac, and Claudia (with the help of Louis) who becomes he and Louis’ “child,” David Talbot, and Mona Mayfair
  5. Lestat is bisexual and has male and female loves both in his mortal and vampire lives.
  6. Lestat reveals his identity to the world by becoming a rock super star.
  7. The band that Lestat joins when he awakens is called “Satan’s Night Out.”
  8. Lestat nearly loses his life to his “daughter” Claudia after she attempts to poision him with a gift of two dead twins, poisions with absinthe and laudanum. (Dead blood is lethal to vampires.) She then proceeds to slit his throat, stab him in the chest, and throw him in a swamp. Then, when that fails to kill him, she and Louis flee, setting his house on fire with him in it.  (Lestat is a risilient one…)
  9. Lestat was actually portrayed in his own musical composed by Elton John.
  10. Lestat was also portrayed by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, and by Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned

Got a vamp you’d like to see a tribute to? Just comment this post!

The Essence of the Modern Day Vampyre

Oh–lord.  I am so sorry it has been so long.  The semester is getting into full swing and the workload is just killing me.  I haven’t even touched a computer for a reason other than homework in about a week and a half now.  So, sorry for the mini hiatus, but I’m back and fully intend to update regularly once again.

I’ve got to thank my dear Daley for this next post.  She was frustrated with my lack of updates so she helped me out a bit.  This is a collection of quotes from and about modern day vampyres that I think are all really beautiful.  I don’t often talk about vampyres in such an endearing way since I’m surrounded by the culture daily, but it is nice to see that there are those out there who see the beauty in the being, the culture, and the lifestyle.

These are all collected from various and unknown sources from books, to blogs, to forums.  So, enjoy!  And, I will be back soon with some full length posts for you.

“Vampirism is something which infiltrates the heart and consumes the soul until nothing else matters but what you are. There is no mercy.”

“We feel things differently, see things differently, experience life differently.”

“I think vampyres are a lot like people, except they should/or do live in a world of: mystery and fabrications…one of no boundaries but the ones they place on themselves.”

“Just like real people, only they can see things and do things that others can’t. They have the same choices others do, but are more deep in the choices made.”

“Vampires are people who understand things and feel things the way the rest of the world doesn’t. Vampires savor the essence of life, be it blood or pranic energy. Vampires feel emotions differently and more potently, whether they understand what they feel or not. They are strong, emotional, understanding beings…”

“Powerful. Other than that, I don’t know. All I have to go on is what I feel and I can’t seem to put that into words.”

“Vampires are able to live with greater intensity and depth of experience than the typical human.”

“I think they are seductive, passionate people, who find beauty in the dark side of life.”

“Deep, in touch with ourselves, beyond most narrow-minded people’s way of thinking.”

“We have the most sensual, beautiful, and passionate souls out of the many different people that walk this backward earth.”

“They feel pain, love, passion, angst, any emotion, deeper than any other. They know what it is to feel true loneliness, yet at the same time they yearn for it.”

Oh god, poor Rosemary!

I…can’t believe this.  I’m offended, angry, and–I’ll be honest, a little amused–at the fact that this stuff is even in EXISTENCE on the internet, in the news, or what-have-you.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a lovely article on Sunday entitled “Don’t let your kids grow up to be…” And although they did it in an obnoxious, flowery, almost story-weaving way, they finished the sentence.  Don’t let your kids grow up to be…  …vampyres.

Oh yes, that’s right.  The Pittsburgh masses have a new problem on their hands with all the “fresh blood” coming into their “five major universities:” Vampyres.

Now, excuse the sarcasm, but this is just ridiculous.  I’m not going to quote the whole article, but please join me in reading this wonderful work of fiction woven by a nameless “journalist.”  Basically, he pulls at our heartstrings with the story of Rosemary, a small-town girl, wishing to feel beautiful and important in the midst of all the fast paced city-folk in Pittsburgh.  Well, luckily, she’s found by a debonair cult leader who “told her what she wanted to hear” and lured her into a “very militant, anti-social environmental group” called agitprop (a combinationf of “agitation” and “propaganda.”  Inevitabley, this lead to her breaking the law, and somehow getting pregnant.

But oh!  Thank god for Rosemary!  She ONLY broke the law and got pregnant!  At least she wasn’t recruited into a “vampyre family!”

Yes, that’s right my friends, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review would like to do its part by warning the worried parents of soon-to-be college students by letting them know of the dangered of “vampyre families” invading it’s schools.  They conveniently blame it on “raging hormones” and as an excuse to be “sexually active with one another but with no one outside the group — thus they believe there can be as much sexual activity as they can handle without fear of AIDS/HIV.”  There are rituals including the drinking of blood (OR cranberry juice, according to the article,) and better yet “photographs can make these sordid rituals and couplings look and feel excitingly exclusive.” And to top it all off, vampyres manipulate the “Rosemarys of the world” so that they “won’t return very quickly to a more normal society.”

What horror!   Vampyre families?!

…now excuse the sarcasm, but wow.  With all of the information available out there on modern day vampyres attempting to speak the truth, THIS is what newspapers are coming up with?  …If you read the article, it doesn’t even sound like a serious a serious piece of journalism.  There are no facts, quotes, statistics, anything, just a cleverly woven hypothetical and fictional heartstring tugger to instill fear into the hearts of worried parents whose worst fear is that their little Rosemary will be tainted.

I’m sorry, anonymous journalist, no offense–really.  If you were writing a short story, this would be fantastic…but–as a factual and informative piece of journalism, it’s lacking.  …Please stop writing about things you know nothing about.

Love always,

Abigail

P.S:  Readers, I hope I do not have to walk you through WHY this article is ridiculous…(for more information on why, please see–the rest of my blog.  <3)

You Are What You Eat

I’d never thought of it before I read an article by Stellacat at Aquilus, but she’s absolutely right.  Feeding is vital in the life of any psychic vampyre, it’s true.  But–so is eating.

I know it sounds like a no brainer, but with our generation’s growing adoration for fast food–we aren’t really “nourishing” our bodies anymore, let alone our energy and chakras.  Again, I hadn’t thought about it before, but everything we consume holds energy, and has an “energy imprint.”  Basically, it holds energy in the form of nutrients, it holds the energy of the animal it came from (if it’s meat), the energy of the people who handled it before it got to you.

So–think about it.  Where did your food come from before it got to you?  Pardon me for being extreme, but the reality is, a lot of animals that are slaughtered for food are treated terribley inhumanely and all of the emotions, fear, pain, etc. that they felt before they were killed remains in the meat.  (Wow, morbid, sorry, but you get the idea.)  Think about all the hands of all the people that handled that apple, or all the processing those canned vegetables went through. 

The purer, the cleaner the food, the better and more positive the energy, and the better the energy for you.  According to Stellacat, “…when you eat a poor diet, you have excess fat which leads to higher cholesterol, which leads to higher blood pressure, which causes poor circulation, and if your blood isn’t flowing properly this affects your over all energy levels. How open can your chakras be if your blood isn’t flowing properly? All your body’s systems work together including your energy centers. It is vital that we keep our chakras healthy and are open to accepting energy from other sources than food.”

Basically–if your energy circulation if hindered by a terrible diet, it closes down your chakras which also prevents you from being able to take in and process energy to its fullest extent while you’re feeding–this leads to you being hungry more often, feeding more often, and just not feeling your best.

So–you want to nourish your body, energy, and soul?  Me too!  So, I took the liberty of finding some good foods specifically to help open up your chakras and help your energy circulate better.  A fellow blogger divided them up into the best foods for each individual chakra. (Thank you fellow blogger.)

Root Chakra: tofu, carrots, beans, potatoes, meats, parsnips, eggs, radishes, garlic and beets

Sacral Chakra: mangos, almonds, melons, cinnamon and honey

Solar Plexus: cereals, cheese, flax seed, ginger, milk, and mints

Heart Chakra: thyme, sage, spinach, basil, broccoli and green teas

Throat Chakra: apples, kiwi, lemons, lemon grass, limes, plums, pears and salt

Third Eye Chakra: blueberries, red grapes, black berries, lavender, and poppy seed

Crown Chakra: sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper

Not to mention, eating these foods, drinking these drinks, and using these spices will not only help open up and ground your chakras, but will help with other things while you’re at it.  For example, feeding your solar plexus will help raise your self-esteem, feeding your heart chakra helps heal emotional upsets, your throat chakra allows you to speak your truth, and your crown chakra helps open and clear spiritual communication.

And don’t forget to always be conscious of where the food is coming from.  Food from the local or farmer’s market is of course handled by less people, processed far less, and generally more organic and better for you.

If you still want to know more foods to help nourish your body and help circulate your energy, there are a few sites that have great lists and advice on using food to do just that:

The Blog I Got The List Above From

A Great Blog on Chakra Healing and the Importance of Chakras in General

An article on just plain nourishing your body

An article on improving blood circulation

And of course the original article by Stellacat

The Face of the Modern Day Vampyre

A lot of people seem to have this bizarre notion that modern day vampyres somehow resemble those you find in the movies–translucent skin, (edit: with the exception of the second picture from the left on the second row, because my dear Daley likes to photoshop ALL of her myspace photos…) bizarrely colored eyes, fangs, etc.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Modern day vampyres are young, old, men, women, “goth kids,” “jocks,” business men, mothers; the list goes on.  And, thanks to a few of my wonderful friends, and those so willing to put themselves “out there” as modern day vampyres, I can show you.

Although I did promise to withhold names for privacy purposes, the people you are seeing are real people, ordinary people, and amazing people, who are modern day vampyres.

Thanks everyone who let me use their pictures!

Also, if you’re a modern day vampyre who currently reads my blog–or is now, feel free to shoot me a comment or an e-mail with you’re picture and I’ll be sure to include you in round two.  I’d love to be able to accurately portray the great diversity in the vampyre population, and the more people to do that with, the better!

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