The Black Veil – Control

And, now for part four of the black veil series–Control.

Note: For those who don’t know, parts 1-3 can be found under “The Black Veil” in the categories section, if you want to get the info on what the black veil is and why it exists.

Anyway, part four is “Control”:

We cannot and should not deny the darkness within. Yet we should not allow it to control us. If our beast or shadow or darkside is given too much sway, it clouds our judgment, making us a danger even to those we love. Never indulge in pointless violence. Never bring willful harm to those who sustain you. Never feed only for the sake of feeding, and never give over to mindless bloodlust.

We are not monsters: we are capable of rational thought and self-control. Celebrate the darkness and let it empower you, but never let it enslave your will.”

Although this makes us sound like crazy mythical creatures just the way I hate, it makes a very good point–unfortunately, or sometimes not, vampyrism is indeed a “dark” practice, and is seen as such by a good majority of people.  Some let this get the best of them.

Vampyrism can be harmful if used for the wrong reasons: feeding for the sake of feeding, feeding to cause harm, feeding beyond personal need (being gluttonous about it), etc.

And I’ll be honest, the power of being able to give and take energy, just by manipulating it with your mind–is intoxicating.  The temptation is always going to be there, to push the limits, or use it for things it should not be used for.  The quote says it best, “We are not monsters.”  Or shouldn’t be, it’s all up to the individual.

The only thing about this section that I have to disagree with is the emphasis it puts on darkness–as darkness is often, but not always a key component of vampyrism.  But even more commonly, darkness is part of a vampyres being, but not the whole.  Some find vampyrism to be deeply spiritual, and many vampyres also practice energy manipulation for energy healing, energy cleansing, some use their refined psychic abilities for angel and spirit communication, etc–things that are not ruled by darkness, but instead quite the opposite.

So, if you are or realize you are a vampyre, remember that although darkness is empowering and intoxicating, it should not be abused, and it should not be allowed to consume you, only strengthen you.  And always–always try to find that perfect balance between your darkness and your light.

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The Black Veil – Saftey

Alright, for those who haven’t been following along, here is part one and two of the black veil series, with some more detailed info on what the black veil and its purpose are.  🙂  Part 3 is “Saftey.”

Use sense when indulging your nature. Do not flaunt what you are in public places. Feed in private and make certain your donors will be discrete about what happens between you. Donors who create rumors and gossip about us are more harm than they’re worth. If you engage in blood-letting, put safety and caution above all other things. Blood-born diseases are a very real thing, and we cannot risk endangering ourselves or others through irresponsibility. Screen donors carefully, making certain they are in good health both mentally and physically.

Never overindulge or get careless. The safety of the entire community rests upon each member’s caution.

I can’t stress enough how important saftey is, if you can’t tell by my other posts.  So many people get so consumed by the glory or the magic, or the image, the illusion of vampyrism that they overlook saftey entirely, and that’s the part where things go spiralling downward.

This section of the black veil makes donors sound rather–er–idiotic, but honestly its a good point.  With the reputation modern day vampyres get, donors who actually participate in the feeding process, especially those who did not have any idea or inkling that vampyrism was practiced in the first place, very often get excited and relay their experiences to people who–well–may not exactly understand, or may take small bits of information and apply what they’ve learned from Hollywood to blow it out of proportion.

This is not to say that NO ONE understands, but it’s important to be careful when opening up to people, especially donors.

In the process of my awakening, I was like a child with a wonderful secret, and likewise, I wanted to tell eeeveryone.  And that I did..and I broke this very important rule.  I fed in public, in not so discrete ways, I told people about me for shock value, or just so that someone else would know.  I won’t give you the entire story, but it did not end well, and gained me a reputation that was entirely too difficult to lose after I began to mature and grow into my nature, realizing the importance of this rule.  In this case it was my fault and not my donor’s, but the same exact principle applies.

Now, the part about blood-letting no longer applies to me, but for those sanguinarian vampyres, or hybrids, this rule is terribly TERRIBLY important.  Diseases, both from human and/or animal blood (if that’s your thing) are very real, and no one is immune.  As tedious and extreme as it sounds, if you are going to feed on blood, make sure that your donor gets tested regularly or that you are getting the blood from a credible source.  Also, be careful with your methods, dirty implements or ESPECIALLY using your teeth (I’ve spoken about this in a previous post) can be extremely easy ways for bacteria to get into your body and harm you.  Always ALWAYS make sure that blood-letting occurs in a safe, sterile, and private place.

The safety of the community does lie in the hands of those within it, this applies to any community, vampyre or otherwise.

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