17 January 2011
How May I Serve You?
A guy can dream, right??
I was searching around Amazon when I happened upon a book called "Creating Magickal Entities: A Complete Guide to Entity Creation". I'm always on the lookout for anything relating to heavily-weird manifestations. "Monster" covers a broad area, from cryptids, to ghosts, spirits, demons, little grey aliens, fays and little people, vampires, werewolves and their "cousins" to... well a lot of other weiries.
I haven't read the book yet, but after reading the reviews I did some Googling.
My interest in magic (or magick, magyk, magyck, or whichever spelling is currently en vogue...) is pretty limited. Basically just some Natural Magick (such as what works for banes and wards) and a bit of Ceremonial Magic (spells for cleansing, banishing, and getting rid of stuff). But the thought of people creating their own Magickal Entities perked my interest. I came across references to the creation of "Servitors". A Servitor is an entity created through magickal means to assist the creator in a certain task or goal. The Servitor can serve as a positive entity, rendering aid and assistance to its creator. But, Servitors can also be sent on errands that may be , shall we say, less than positive. A magician may create a Servitor to drive away bothersome neighbors, or to seek revenge for a percieved wrong.
The Servitor may also be a PITA to its creator as well. It seems some Servitors may not exactly be serviant. A Servitor may seeks it own independence, its own identity as it were. I've read about Tulpas (thoughtforms brought into being) being difficult for even their creators to get rid of.
Now, I know there are certain gifted or naturally talented individuals who can naturally accomplish things that, for a non-gifted person, would require great effort and concentration. I can't help but wonder if there are individuals who have brought entities into existence by way of natural talent or a "special gift", possibly without their own knowledge.
Suppose a gifted child resents having to move from their home. Or someone holds a deep-seated attachment to a certain place and can't abide the thought of "strangers" living there. Their thought energy produces a Servitor whose goal is to drive the residents away, and guess what? You've got yourself a haunting. :D
Suppose someone can't let go of anger, hate, resentment, jealousy, or other strong negative emotion. What would their Servitor do? Negative entity time! Poltergeists, phantom attackers, spooky shadowy figures, even something that would be percieved as a demon.
On the flipside, I suppose it would be concievable that strong, positive emotion could also produce an unintended entity. Think aboutthe stories of Guardian Angels, apparitions of the Virgin Mary or other religious figures, the mysterious stranger who provides aid and then disappears.
If you can accept the above, what about our collective subconscious desires? All our "dirty little secrets", our repressed emotions, the chaos of the human psyche. Bigfoot (our wild side), advanced aliens piloting UFOs (our desire for progress and technological advancement) even our dark, animalistic side (chupacabras, vampires, incubi, succubi) the possibilities are quite literally endless.
I'm reminded of the SF classic, "The Forbidden Planet" and Walter Pidgeon's cry of "Monsters from the ID!!"