If you'll look carefully, you'll see that I don't use any form of ankh on MY particular site - the reason is simply because I feel they have been overused on almost every other real vampire website out there. I have no control over anyone else's site, so if you are that offended, by all means, e-mail everyone who uses ankhs on their site - don't just assume I'm one of them run to the feedback page without taking the time to look through mine first.
How can you tell which websites are legitimate and which are bad? Something that becomes obvious later on, this can be quite difficult to discern toward the beginning of one's Awakening. There are, however, a few simple ways that one can use to easily determine whether or not a group or website is legitimate.
Being naturally nocturnal, having excellent night vision, and/or sensitivity to bright lights/sunlight. Sunlight feels like a heat lamp radiating uncomfortably on your skin; you may burn easily, but not tan readily. UV lights -- a/k/a"black lights" -- drive you nuts to look at them.
Psi is an abbreviation that represents parapsychological phenomena collectively. Parapsychology is the "study of mental phenonmena outside the sphere of ordinary psychology".(The Oxford English Reference Dictionary) Telepathy, telekinesis,ghosts, hypnotism, and energy work would more or less fall under the parapsychology umbrella.
There are many myths surrounding vampirism in the context of reailty. Some of these myths serve to amuse real vampires and other tend to frustrate them. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that the myths perpetrate this idea of what a vampire is and the romantized version leaves some believing that they want to be a vampire
In just the last few weeks I have noticed numerous questions about fangs; Do we have them? Do they grow? Are they sharp? Do we attack people with them? In light of this, I figured it would be easy and quick to put this together. Hominid teeth, what they do and what they are for. Because, well, if you have a set of long n' pointies... look to your DNA, not Dracula.
Psi/Psy, Hybrid, and Sanguinarians. We have all heard of these terms, but it seems that nowhere in all of the Vampyre Community are there ever discussions regarding this. Every time one pops up, it is quickly deleted or heavily censored by the Webmaster/Webmistress. Why, though? This should not be.
No different than anyone else you know. Sure, there's a few who push the "freak" boundaries and dress for shock value, but then there's the opposite end too - those of us who hold down corporate type jobs need to dress to match the business world we're working in with both clothing and hairstyles. As an example, I have several mid-level management appropriate business suits in my closet, even if my current workplace is business casual. (I have worked day shift, it's just not fun.)
How do I answer this? How does one answer, for instance, the question, "What's it like being human?" -- How can I explain it? It's a state of being, and it's all I really know. To me, it's completely normal, and I can only compare and contrast it to what I see of others who are not vampires in order to know that it is unusual or not the normal thing. I can hold my own self and experiences (as well as those of others who are also vampires) up to what I see of those who are mundane "humans", and list some of the things which I see are different. Then the differences I can label as being positives or negatives.
Consider what the word "Vampire" means to most people, especially those with a steady "diet" of Hollywood movies and popular vampire fiction. It means a human (or human-like) person who takes the blood/vitality/life-force/etc. of other people to feed themselves. Because they don't understand why an apparently "normal" looking person would need to (much less want to) drink blood, and for no apparent medical reason, it scares them. It's too far outside the realm of most mundanes. After the panic wears off, the definition hasn't changed, but now they think....is this person psychotic? A possible homicidal maniac? Dangerous to their fellow coworkers and people on the street? Thoughts like this doesn't exactly put a person at ease, especially if they have any idea what psi abilities a vampire can have. :) Many people new to the vampire community usually ask at one point or another why many of us insist on staying in hiding. "Why not just explain it to people?" they ask, "Surely they would understand, once you explain it to them!"
In the early years of the online vampire community, there were many terms in use for describing non-vampiric people. Some of these terms included "mortal" (which implied that we were immortal), "human" (which implied that we were...well...something else), "nil" (which implies...braindead? or something...) and "normal" (which implied that we were abnormal or perhaps in need of psychiatric care). Because most of us do "mundane" things like pay bills, have doctor visits, go to work, etc., something that wouldn't generate such a wildly innacurate picture of us was needed.