One of the problems with the Online Vampire Community is that we don’t have the equivalent of a “children’s table.” We have many groups in which we have mixed membership–seasoned, reasonable, mature, practical Modern Vampires…in the same groups as those who do not have a realistic view of modern vampirism.
Specifically, I am referring to those “aspirants” who request to be turned, no matter how many times we tell them that we won’t or can’t…or that being “turned” won’t get them what they really want. The subject of being “Turned” can be a controversial topic. It is not even a topic on which we all completely agree–whether or not it is possible–or even on how we should define it.
When we talk about the concept of Turning, some of us say that it has the classical meaning–to produce the condition of vampirism where it was not present before. Others say that “turning” is more of an activation of the recessive trait of vampirism, to bring its symptoms into full manifestation in those who possessed latent vampirism. In the classical sense, a formerly non-vampiric being is transformed into a vampire. In the “activation” of latent vampirism, only vampires can be awakened, not non-vampiric humans.
Reasonable, practical members of the Community sometimes discuss the prospect of Turning–either and both forms. We discuss the possibility of both forms of Turning in terms of Sanguinism and Energy Vampirism. We sometimes even share personal or second-hand accounts which we think validate our belief or skepticism in the process, itself. The problem comes when “aspirants” come in from a side angle, wanting to be Turned into vampires.
A simple request from someone who is young, uninformed and is NOT heavily invested in the belief of the Fictional Vampire; but is more of a vampire-fan is not that much of a problem. It is when someone is insistent that they NEED to be Turned and so stubborn about wanting to be transformed into a super-powered Vampire that they will jump from person to person in the community, aggressive in their search to be Turned.
Here is the little problem–among the more analytical of us, in our discussions, we refer to Turning within the context of our larger understanding. Among Modern Vampires, we have more of an intellectual relationship to the concept. Those of us who are already Obligate Feeders don’t need to be “turned”. Those of us who are not Modern Vampires, but are still reasonable and mature members of the VC, are usually not interested in being “turned” because those members know what a Modern Vampire is and are not confusing that with any Fictional version.
However, when the less-intellectual, more-impulsive, less-informed, more-delusional “aspirant” merely hears the word “Turned,” they take the mention/discussion as confirmation that the classical, fictional process is a reality. Even when some of us explain that classical/fictional Turning is not possible OR that Vampires are not granted extraordinary abilities, these “aspirants” can’t hear anything beyond the word “Turned.”
These Wannabe-Turnees are thinking of POWERS, powers found in movies, television shows, folk tales and modern vampire fiction. Should we be more explicit when we talk about “powers,” “talents” and “abilities” in front of the kids? In the Magickal and Pagan Communities, when we refer to the “powers,” it is within the context of inborn or developed/exercised abilities. I was clairvoyant as a little boy, because of spiritual karma. I was born with a level of natural talent because of past-life karma or pre-life spiritual agreement. The level of skill I have in glamour projection came with my conscious practice as a witch. Although there are “rituals” available, most experienced magicians don’t take many “instant transformation” spells seriously. In the Magickal Community, what is not recognized as inborn is earned through time invested, along with hard work.
In the Magickal Community, there is no quick fix or instant transformation. Even in the seeming appearance of a magickal working having “instant results” or “miraculous effects,” it is because of preparatory work or pre-existing conditions which allowed for the manifestation of such change. It seems that many Modern Vampires have backgrounds or understanding of these principals of metaphysics, so that we often do not feel a need to reiterate the details when we talk about “powers.” The “aspirant,” sometimes coming into the middle of our conversations, comes away with an incomplete picture. To the uneducated audience, we seem like we have super powers…abilities well beyond the range of non-vampiric magicians and psychics.
Also, let’s be completely honest, there are SOME of us that qualify as Modern Vampires–we have the genuine obligatory need to feed; observable benefits when we feed; observable detriments when we do not feed–AND despite this, still exaggerate or embellish on our real experiences. Instead of bragging about how many push-ups we did or how little carbs we ate on our diet–our Community version is how we drank a two glasses of “red” every day for two weeks running or how we drained the lifeforce of the local church pastor, causing him to drop dead of a heart attack. Exaggerated accounts are taken with a grain of salt or called out by other Modern Vampires, who have their own experiences to gauge the range of possibility against. However, for those “aspirants” who have an emotional investment in someday experiencing the fantastical, WANT and NEED to believe in those exaggerated accounts.
Is there any reason to be more careful around the “aspirants”? For the most part, I’ve noticed that the standard response is to attempt to educate or correct said people. With such an emotional investment and need to believe in the possibility that they will have eventually have powers, once they find a “real vampire”….are they even in the state to where our attempts at education will sink in?
Here’s another factor to be aware of–with the “aspirants” strong desire to meet what they think of as “real vampires,” is it more likely that they will run into a genuine Modern Vampire? What if the “aspirant” meets up with an unawakened Vamp or awakened Vamp….what happens when the Vamp is uneducated or under the same delusions? What about when they cannot fulfill the desire of Turning–because the Vampire must “just be holding out”? Instead of just responding to the requests of being Turned as the requests appear…would there be any benefit to directly addressing this particular group of Turning hopefuls in a different way?