want to build a servitor. While there are numerous methods for
building a servitor, constructing your first servitor requires a
lot of forethought on your part, and at least a passing
familiarity with sigilization techniques.
First, a bit of theory: A servitor has the same essential nature
as any other thoughtform. Its nature is "visible" in the astral,
like any other godform, demon, or spirit. It rules a specific
sphere of psychic/emotional energy. It draws all of its initial
energy from the mage (or mages) who create it, and usually
sustains itself from those same mages (except in certain
When a servitor's task is finished, it is usually reabsorbed by
the mage (or mages) so that it's psychic/emotional energy is not
wasted and can be redirected by the mage at a later time.
of energy is rooted in the concept of a spiritual plane that rides
coterminous with our material plane. In fact, all magickal acts
occur primarily on this spiritual plane. While a great deal of
effort by various magickal groups has gone towards the naming and
mapping of this spiritual plane, it is only necessary for this
ritual's purposes to simply acknowledge the existence of this
level of reality.
In this level of reality, thoughts themselves have a form and
function. Any thoughtform which arises from more than one person
can have an effect on all people as a whole. Perhaps it is most
efficient to think of this as the collective unconscious, as
described by Carl Jung. Thoughtforms that arise from more than one
person would then be seen to be as greater and lesser archetypes.
A thoughtform which is deliberately placed into this environment
by a mage has the benefit of advanced knowledge of its
environment. This appears to be why a solitary mage can create a
thoughtform which can go toe to toe with ancient archetypes and
godforms. For most archetypes and godforms, a kind of Lamarkian
evolution has to occur, which can take several cultures to fully
evolve. (This is the central focus of comparative mythology.) But
for a servitor, an extremely focused task is given, with a
reservoir of energy to pull from, and the landscape is already
This acts to further explain the attraction of servitor spirits
over those pre-existing thoughtforms in the collective unconscious
which have their own set rules to which the mage must conform for
Second, an overview of servitor types. As stated previously, a
servitor is birthed by a mage and sustained by the mage's
psychic/emotional energy, unless there are extenuating ritual
It is easy to simply assume that what a person does in a magical
context for hir own benefit does not spread out into the lives of
others, but that is simply not the case. I, for one, happen to
have a fairly strong background in "wiccan theory" as regards the
karmic cycle, and, because of this, I tend to focus on "good"
servitors when I construct them. I don't expect everyone out there
to do so, and I think we can all agree that somebody at some point
has made themselves a servitor devoted to lust.
Lets use this as an example.
1. You want to get laid. In fact, you want to get laid a whole
2. So you spawn off your lust into an entity to go out an hook you
What's the problem here?
Spawning off your lust thereby reduces the desire for sex, but now
you got a spiritual entity trying to get you laid. So, when it
does happen, you don't enjoy it. In fact, you become a little
antagonistic about it, and your antagonism develops into
destructive behavior. (sex w/out caring about sex... talk about
This is a prime example of creating a stupid servitor... you
should have stuck with a sigil, or a candle spell or something
simple. instead, you've just infiltrated the ideosphere with
another useless and weak servitor, and you've lost a bit of what
makes you human.
As for what the servitor lives off of when it ain't feeding off
you, or you ain't feeding it, this is another area which should be
addressed. I happen to like hijacking commercialization, or media
events, to use as servitors. (movies make a good time-frame
servitor energy force)
Say you want to do something like challenge conservatism on your
school campus with a servitor. (this is an old example, new movies
are coming out all the time, use them) you link your servitor to
the movie Election, and define it as feeding off the emotional
energy generated by movie go-ers who see this movie in the
theatre. During the theatrical run, the servitor is up and
running, then, after the movie leaves the theatres, it comes back
and splices itself back into your psyche.
Other mages (more astrologically inclined than myself) can link a
servitor to a specific planet, and, while that planet is up
influencing us, the servitor is online. This seems like a good,
all round timeframe, especially if the 'sphere' in which the
servitor functions is connected to the 'sphere' of influence the
As for mutation, servitors generally mutate into the most powerful
and potentially useful form to fulfill their statement of intent,
which is why a clearly defined (try e-prime) statement is crucial.
When this occurs, sometimes you get lucky, and they don't go
untied, but its better to be clear in the beginning, rather than
to be surprised later on.
let's look at the process of creation.
There are as many number of
stages as you feel so inclined to label, but for simplicity's sake
let's stick to an eight-step system.
1: Define sphere of influence
What general area does this servitor
fall under? What archetypal image might be connected to the
2: Define tasks
What is the servitor supposed to do? Where is it
headed in the ideosphere?
3: Define duration
How long does the servitor need to be operable?
Do you plan to keep it dormant until needed? What's the feeding
4: Define task symbolism
What symbols can you incorporate into the
creation of the servitor that would correspond with the tasks at
5: Define servitor name
Use whatever sigilization techniques you
feel comfortable with in designing the servitor's name and glyph.
6: Define material base
Do you want the servitor connected with a
material object beyond the glyph? Does the servitor need a
physical shell for you to more fully visualize it fulfilling its
7: Define astral shape
What form does the servitor take on the
astral? (subject to possible mutation) Begin with visualizing the
glyph, and follow it through until you percieve the underlying
spiritual force it represents.
8: Detonate gnosis for birthing process
Continue with the
visualization, create a peak meditation experience, and fire the
energy into the glyph/astral form.
Hopefully this has helped further your knowledge of servitor-based