Since my last post, I have had many questions asking for more clarification about servitors and other entities that people encounter. I am far from an expert on the matter, but I can definitely relate what I know and my experiences with the process. A good starting place is this article by Fenwick Rysen. It suffers from a few of the problems that plague Chos in general, especially since it only talks about sigils. Yes, they are a good tool to use, but they are far from the only way a well trained Chaote can get things done. They are more of a cheat for people who don’t want/aren’t able to spend the time to get into the true core of Chaos.
In my last post I didn’t define things very well. I said this blog wasn’t going to be about teaching people, but I think this is going to have to be one of the few exceptions I make, just so people know what in the hell I’m talking about. Also, the terms servitor, egregore and fetish are all used so loosely, it’s only fair to express the way that I use them.
A servitor is simply a created being designed for some purpose. This entity has the functionality of whatever its creator has given to it, and its strength is limited only by the amount of energy put in to it and/or the abilities of the caster.
An egregore is just like a servitor, only it has taken on a will of its own. It can do things without commands, but will most likely stay within the realms of the intent of its original creation.
Those definitions are pretty much verbatim with the article I linked above, and serve in my mind as the working definitions.
A fetish, a term which I use occasionally in my posts, is merely a physical representation of the entity or force that you are trying to create. So, my crafted statue of Lazarus (my servitor) is the fetish, and Lazarus himself is the servitor. Sometimes I will refer to lazarus as a fetish, because that’s the part I interact with to give commands and receive information. Unlike others, I claim no developed psychic abilities, and I can only feel a presence if something is right on top of me or extremely powerful. I have to rely on a sensitive to know when my own creations have returned from their errands.
There are as many ways of creating a servitor as there are magical disciplines. It may be banned or taboo within some practices, but the tools needed are probably there, or easily obtained. If you read a lot of modern information on Chaos, almost every piece of it is based on sigil use. This causes me a major problem for a number of reasons.
One of the big reasons to use a sigil is to get your intent out of your consciousness and into your subconscious, which is one of the goals of Chaos in general. This creates a problem in that the destruction of the sigil, as is the practice of many Chaotes, leaves no physical link with the servitor. This physical link allows for easier communication, the ability to add energy easier, and destruction of the servitor is the need arises. If you don’t have this link, and you’re not sensitive in a way that truly allows you to know its presence, wellbeing, attitudes, intentions, and a myriad of other things, the physical link is one of the most simple ways of getting that information.
This physical link can be established by creating a ëfetish’, or physical representation, of the servitor. It is not part of the creation of the servitor, that is still done with the method of your choosing, but during the casting process you establish a link from it to the fetish, and a link between you and the fetish. The fetish simply becomes that physical link that allows us to have an easier time interacting with a servitor without having to cast a spell every time we want to send it a message. Once that link is established, orders can be given by simply talking to the item, which makes it easy and convenient.
Your other option, if you’re really against the physical link, is to get really, really good at astral projection and meditation. Then you can find out where your servitor is, communicate with it, and all the other things you need to do. The only problem with this method, is it takes a while. First, you have to be good at AP, and then you have to spend the time to do it every time you want to do something with your servitor. This is a challenging, time-consuming way to operate, which can lead to neglect.
The only downside to creating the link with the fetish and the servitor, is it take a whole lot more energy. Simple gnosis is not, in my experience, enough to create the binding in a single session. If sigils are the only thing that the caster is familiar with, I would recommend splitting the process up into much smaller spells, and building the whole thing just a little at a time. Also, a form a gnosis should be used that is a little more difficult. Sacrifice and difficulty of achievement creates a deeper, longer lasting gnosis, which can impart more energy into your intentions.
My best results have come from the use of Meditation for thoughtless Gnosis and implantation of intent in the subconscious, astral projection for Gnosis that causes visualization of intent and the actual formation of the entity, and the use of my own blood for pain induced Gnosis and energy from the personal sacrifice of my life essence. It’s not a quick and/or easy process, but it works well when done properly.
The Egregore Problem
There are a few ways that a servitor can become an egregore. First, conversion from servitor to egregore is usually a slow process, not something that is immediately identifiable as a specific moment in time when it happened. Most egregores I have encountered exist because they were intended to be an egregore, neglected, or just poorly designed in the first place.
Some egregores are made from the beginning to be completely autonomous entities with a broad purpose in mind. Of course, these can be benevolent, neutral, or malevolent entities, and may be autonomous, but because of their design, they are drawn or limited to interactions with certain people or things. A well built Egregore can serve a family for generations, protect secrets, or even torment an entire bloodline for ages.
The poorly designed egregores can be a nuisance, but are usually so weak, or so disjointed in their design, that they can’t influence much, and their presence is short as their intentions are easily drawn elsewhere. For example, if someone builds a servitor to help them get revenge on a certain person, and the target dies (whether from an untimely demise or from the decay of time), if the creator didn’t build some sort of self destruct into the thing (yes, you can do that, most easily by restricting where it can feed from), or doesn’t destroy it after it feels its mission is complete, it may have enough freedom in its created purpose that it can do what it wants. With a lack of target, our example servitor becomes an egregore, and would probably randomly cause problems for people that resemble somehow the original target, as they are still heavily drawn to acting out their created purpose.
The egregores that are servitors that were neglected in some way are the ones that I feel the most sorry for, and the ones I fear the most. These entities, depending on how they were designed, can be lonely, bored, and have a wide variety of intentions. Much like the poorly designed servitors, many will continue on with their original design, but some will be powerful enough to make their own choices completely. These entities can seek revenge for the neglect, and may continue a habit of this on similar targets. Some might need to feed and not have been taught to just take a little bit from many sources, and might be a heavy energy drain on the people it targets. There are all sorts of things that can go terribly wrong with a neglected egregore, which can also include being lonely and attaching themselves to people that don’t necessarily want or understand them.
So, egregores aren’t necessarily bad, they are just an indicator of many aspects of the person that created them. My wife has one that is a remnant from one of her sister’s previous relationship. Her long-time boyfriend was a powerful Satanist and adored my wife very much. After he left her sister, he eventually fell out of the occult, and the malevolent entity that he had created eventually became an egregore. So now there is an incredibly powerful, malevolent being that is a problem for my wife because it also has some of that love that the creator had for her, just in a twisted, neglected sort of way.
My best piece of advice is this: Make really specific servitors. Don’t try and make one that will be your mighty catch-all being, make multiple smaller ones that take care of specific tasks. I have one for information gathering, I have one for something akin to remote viewing (only far more diverse), and I have Lazarus, who is designed to be the interaction of my will in the physical and spiritual worlds. They all have self-destruct mechanisms, and they only have abilities that are within their design, with no decision-making abilities granted, and energy appropriate for their purpose. They are simply drones with only enough autonomy for what I assign them. It may sound like a really cool idea (and it is) to make something intelligent, autonomous, and powerful, but the maintenance and problems that come along with it just aren’t worth it most of the time.
As for what you do with a servitor, I can’t help you there. Everyone has their own goals and agendas. Just remember that your imagination, and what you’re willing to put into the creation, are the only limiting factors. Nothing is true, everything is permitted isn’t just some nifty slogan, truly internalizing it, and trying to free your brain from it’s own self-imposed limitations, is the ultimate goal. The more we can actually grasp the concept, the options it opens in our lives become entirely beyond our capacity to understand.