The Story of Willow – as told by Aunty Lunah

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Slide1.PNGMarch 29th, 2016. 13h15.

Life as the d’Eir tribe knew it, changed forever.

It was a beautifully sunny day at Frankie’s place, where we’d all met up to celebrate Chevelle’s (Frankie’s daughter) birthday. The potjie was on the fire, the red wine was flowing, there was playful banter and laughter all around. Needless to say, it was a perfect day to find out that two of my closest friends, Tamaryn and Dagan Nightalon, had decided to try for another baby.

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House Valur Announcement: Consolidation Into Family

HVAs of today, members of the esteemed House Valur will act as one family within the Vampyre Community.

In what is hoped to be the first example of its kind in the South African Vampyre Community, the House membership will consolidate its VC-related assets into one grouping, creating something not unlike a conventional family structure, and harking also after similar House/Coven structures abroad.

In 2010, Octarine Valur founded the House Valur and since then has taken several Fledglings under her mentorship. Of those she mentored first-hand, and also those mentored by her childer – including Covens thus far founded by them – will henceforth, by mutual agreement, be linked to the House. The bond uniting the House is the bond of family.

A family stands together, protecting one another, promoting one another’s interests and nurturing one another.

In simple terms, this means that House Valur will no longer be a simple membership-only organization, but will now contain the entire lineage of Octarine Valur, and that all of these individuals will be adding the name ‘Valur’ to their Vampyre names to denote their membership in this family.

Coven d’Eir, a prestigious group in its own right – with an impressive reputation in local VC and Pagan social circles – is now also linked to House Valur by ties of blood, and although it will not be an integral part of House Valur in an organizational or hierarchical sense, it will be part of the House in terms of all its members being part of the Valur family and bearing the Valur name.

Very important to mention, is the point that this Coven will not however, forfeit in any way its own unique identity or right to act in its own interests.

This grand unification symbolizes a consolidation of the House itself, and also a reaffirmation of the House system in the South African Vampyre Community.

As a unified House, we wish to see other Houses, Covens and groups in our community follow our example in what we believe to be a big step forward in building our local community.

Congratulations, Lunah Valur Eir!

A special House meeting was held on October 31, 2014, at Casa Del Lunah in Durban, for all members of Coven d’Eir who were able to attend. The purpose of the meeting was to commemorate Lunah Valur Eir’s Yearling Ceremony, on the eve before the much anticipated SAVA National Gathering (Gathering of the Damned).

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The Primorus Annus Lamia of Lunah Valur Eir, founder of Coven d’Eir, signified the final completion of her year-long period as a Fledgling of the House, under the apprenticeship of Octarine Valur, the Founder of the House.

Lunah Valur Eir has been a part of the local VC since early 2012, and an active member of the SAVA since 2013. She is presently the Primus of Coven d’Eir and is Secretary for the Regency of the SAVA.

The ceremony was secular, as our House is eclectic, and can be viewed in detail on the House site here.

As a member of House Valur, she will proudly continue the traditions of the House, in service of this community, and of our kind, and has formally taken the names:

  • Lunah, the bright light of the Moon.
  • Valur, the family name of the founding House of the SA VC.
  • Eir, the name she will pass on to all whom she takes as fledgling learners, and to her own Coven, which already bears her name.

It is my honor to present to you, Lunah Valur Eir, first of her name.

Octarine Valur

Welcome: Danae Valur Draco

As Primus of House Valur, it is my privilege to announce the addition of Nadine My-Addiction to the membership of House Valur.

Nadine has participated in the SA VC since 2012, and although it took her some time to grow into her awakening, she has contributed much time and effort to the social development of our community in the form of useful suggestions, adding numerous quality articles to the archives of SA Vampyre News, organizing contests for the community, and in her participation as a Senator of the Shadow Senate for 2014-15.

As a member of House Valur, she will proudly continue the traditions of the House, in service of this community, and of our kind, and will henceforth take the names:

  • Danae, the first light of the dawn over the mountains.
  • Valur, the family name of the founding House of the SA VC.
  • Draco, the name she will pass on to all whom she takes as fledgling learners, and one day, to a House of her own.

It is my honor to present to you, Danae Valur Draco, first of her name.

Octarine Valur

The Potential For Good vs Evil In The Vampi(y)re Community – A Dissertation by Octarine Valur

Vampyres. Real living human Vampyres, not the mythical fictional variety or the lifestyler – real people who have a natural deficiency of some sort and who must feed on diverse energy forms, including that found in blood (with deference also to those who do not ascribe to the notion of energy being the necessary element contained in human blood) in order to maintain a healthy balance. We see ourselves as a unique group, both part of the human condition – and in some ways detached or separate from it at the same time.

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The Mantra of the Living Vampyre

I am a living Vampyre, gifted with an affinity for energy and a need to consume it.

I do not need to cause harm to feed, nor to take it by force,
For there are those who will give of themselves freely at my request.
I grant anyone I ask for help the right to refuse to help me, should they choose it,
Just as I reserve the right to choose to help those it is within my power to help.
I cherish those who choose to sustain me, in gratitude for their kindness.

I know that everyone has a dark side, and that mine is no darker than most.
I know that I have a shadow, just as everyone has a shadow.
I know that if I do not walk in light, I walk in shadow, without light.
I cannot walk in light without casting a shadow, and my shadow cannot exist unless I walk in light
I accept that it is by my shadow that I shall know the light.
As a Vampyre, I walk the line between the light and the shadow, and at times, astride it.

I know that though I am one, those like me are many – as I also know that through our Communion, the many are one.
I understand that alone I am strong, but together with others like me, I am stronger.
I hold myself accountable for my actions, as I hold others accountable for theirs.

I do not call myself “monster”, because monster is, as monster does.
The Beast is a monster, but I am not the Beast.
The Thirst is strong, but I am stronger.
Though I suffer in Thirst, I am more than this.

I am a Vampyre, but I am also human as well.

New News Site for the SA Vampyre Community

(Originally posted July 7, 2011) For a long time local vamps have had to look elsewhere to find news about the Vampyre Community, and for a long time they would only see news about foreign communities and events. All that is about to change with the launch of SA Vampyre News on June 13, 2011. More

What’s In A Name?

(Originally posted June 20, 2011) There are people in society who need scapegoats and fallguys. Whoever they are, social conservatives or religious fundamentalists, they create enemies out of minority groups in order to maintain the illusion that there is some kind of threat against their continued position of privilege in society and maintain the status quo. This illusion inspires fear and fervor and from it, action against the perceived threat and consequently, unity and growth in the group. More

So You Wanna Be A Vampire Hunter?

(Originally posted June 1, 2011) “I don’t want PEOPLE to fear me. I want VAMPIRES to fear me.” ~ Just the Vampire Hunter.
“I don’t fear you… but then I suppose we all want things we can’t have.” ~ Me. More

Redrafted Charter of the Vampi(y)re Judicial Council

(Originally posted May 25, 2011) Over the past few weeks there has been an intense debate about theVampi(y)re Judicial Council (VJC). Much of this debate led to a complete redraft of the the Charter, and the setting up of a forum to act as a platform for the VJC within the Community.  The forum is here. The redraft is presented below: More

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