In August 2013, a new local online alternative magazine which was set to launch in December, contacted the SAVA looking for participants in the SA Vampyre community to interview. Due to the assurances given, and the fact that this new publication was presenting itself as being part of the alternative lifestyles community in South Africa, this request was considered more seriously than others in recent times, and passed along to other members of the community to consider. A face-to-face interview was arranged, and according to both parties, this went reasonably well. Unfortunately, the final article which appeared in the first issue of the online publication fell far short of expectations.
It has come to my attention that there are various types of otherkin out there that the majority are still unaware of, so in this I will attempt to familiarize the SAVC with these other types of Kin. In this first article in the series we are going to look at celestial kin, much misunderstood and as with the vampire romanticized and demonized to suit the purposes of the masses and propaganda. Continue reading
Since 2010 the international VC began observing two annual special days, one for Donors, and one for Vampyres. These Donor and Vampire Appreciation Days were meant to be celebrated by VC’s around the world. South Africa’s VC seems to have been a little slow in embracing this opportunity for a good party and to make a cultural statement by demonstrating our appreciation of each other. Continue reading
Most Vampyres are Pagan but very few Pagans are Vampyres. Even fewer it seems, are “practicing” Christians. My struggles with finding myself have always left me searching in different directions for a religion, a belief system, a purpose if you will. Witchcraft has always intrigued me, but I was raised in the belief that it was ‘wrong’. I researched religion – from Christianity, Buddhism Islam, to Hinduism. None of these religions made sense to me; there were too many questions that had no answers. I tried practising a few of them but I felt no connection, no purpose. When I figured out that I was a Vampyre, it came as a huge relief to me. Before that, I really thought something was wrong with me – I found myself constantly seducing people and feeding off their desire. My friends put it down to “commitment issues” but I knew there was more to it . The need I felt for their desire had to be more than just a “little” issue – and then fate led me to Kay, who enlightened me in so many ways. Continue reading
Nox Kassapu – the name I have chosen for myself, means Night Sorcerer. I should be familiar to most of my South African kin, but I think it best to introduce myself formally to all those who don’t know me too well yet. Continue reading
As some of our long term participants may recall, the High Council system of the SAVA was disbanded roughly a year ago. When it went, it took with it the system of Magisters and Secundi that had been in place from the very founding of the SAVA. Ours has been a young community, and we had several important lessons to learn. It is said that when you do nothing, you make less mistakes – and in all honesty, we have made our fair share, so doing nothing is certainly not something we can be accused of. Change has again come to the SAVA, with the formation of a new body designed to replace the old High Council system, heralding opportunity for growth and development of our community and its culture.