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Thought Forms / Entities

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:24 pm
by Vap0rWar3
Below is a stab at categorizing entities, based on conversations and various reading materials. I greatly look forward to your opinions, especially if they are different than what I put below. Please consider this post an invitation to the discussion.

Thought Forms
Lowest of the hierarchy, thought forms are essentially spells that have been formed, empowered, and let loose to do a magicians will.

Slightly more complex thought forms, that operates like a machine. Fuel (gnosis) goes in, it is processed, and the desired outcome manifests. These can be one and done, or reusable, though opinion differs on how long they should be kept, and if sentience of any kind should be employed. Takes on attributes and personality of its creator, as well as aspects specifically embued during its creation.

Feral Servitors
Created subconsciously, often are manifestations of the subconscious and may or may not be recognized by the creator. Takes on attributes and personality of its creator.

Leveraging Servitors is not difficult, assuming the creation process included the methodology.

Power equal to the creator, can manifest desires consistently over longer periods of time, similar to enchantments.

Servitors that have been created by a group, intentionally or otherwise, which tend to be more complex, often serve more than a single purpose, and generally maintained for longer periods of time. Takes on attributes and personality of its creators in aggregate, as well as aspects specifically embued during its creation.

Feral Egregores
Created subconsciously by a group of practioners, when they perform magick as a group over longer periods of time. Often unnoticed by the group. Takes on attributes and personality of its creators in aggregate.

Leveraging Egregores can be made more difficult by the collective attributes/personalities it obtains through its empowerment.

More power, harder to focus unless directed by the entire/majority of the group

Disembodied consciousnesses that may or may not have existed before man. Considered to be the most powerful of the entities, due to collective worship, reverence, and empowerment by humans and/or other consciousnesses. Takes on attributes associated by the consciousnesses that empower it.

Leveraging Deities can be made more difficult by fact that the collective attributes/personalities it obtains through its empowerment are not necessarily complimentary.

More power, most challenging to focus.

May or may not have existed before man. Feeds on consciousnesses, generally through the invocation of strong emotions within its hosts. Varying degrees of intelligence which directly relate to its ability to survive. Low intelligence parasites feed until the host dies, as quickly as possible, with no regard to stealth or subtlety. Often manifests as “Demonic” possession, but can also approach magicians by falsely assuming the guise of another entity.

Symbiotic Parasites
Similar in all ways as the Parasite, except it is always of a higher intelligence/cunning, and bestows benefits on the “host”. May not actually be a bad thing to employ, except that the invoker would be in a difficult position as they would be acting on the knowledge that the Symbiotic Parasite is actually some other entity.

The line between Egregore and Deity is blurry and essentially boils down where you draw the line at its inherent power, and whether you assume Deities were created by man, or pre-exist man.

For example, if a group of primitive people worship the sun, and thereby create a sun Deity, did they in essence create an Egregore as a thought form resulting from a group?

For the sake of argument, let’s say this is not the case and it is in fact a Deity. Over time the people, as well as other civilizations discontinue the worship of the sun Deity, and its power wanes. During modern times a cabal of magicians create an Egregore with the same or more actual power. Did the sun Deity degrade into an Egregore as its power waned?

Obviously the answers to these questions are going to depend on your perspective, and I bring them up merely to suggest that there are no hard and fast rules.