I received an interesting question a few days ago from a potential client.
The question is: how can I recognize/differentiate a real actual
entity/spirit bound to me or a vessel, an entity which is not a human
creation, from a thought form or entity created by a human (servitors,
egregores, etc.). I am a spirit keeper and want to be able to understand
if a seller has sold me something which is not a real spirit, but his
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of servitors, a quick Google search for "what is a servitor" will turn up several very helpful answers. The short version is that they are a thoughtform that has been created to serve a particular purpose. Yep, that's right! You can create a spirit to accomplish the goals you desire. Magicians do it all the time. All. The. Time. So, how do you know if the spirit you received from a conjurer is an older entity or one of these newly created servitors?
It can actually be quite difficult to tell whether the spirit you have
been put in touch with is a new creation or an older, existing being. I
think that's because ALL spirits start somewhere, and many of them begin
as servitors/egregores. Now, for a great many of the ones whose names
we have recorded in old grimoires and such, they were created centuries
or even millennia ago. Some were deities of conquered people whose Gods
were demonized and brought low by the conquerors. Following this line of
thinking brings a philosophical person back to the old question -- did
the Gods/God create us, or do we create them/him?
Generally, though, a newly created servitor isn't going to have the
oomph behind it. Not enough people have put their faith into that being,
communicated with that being, etc. It hasn't done enough work to be as
strong or as solid or as "weighty" as a spirit that has been around
This comes down to intuition and trusting your senses (including the
psychic ones) to be able to feel. But if you can feel that spirit, try
to get a sense of age, of gravitas (if that makes sense), of experience.
I would also suggest being open to working with newly "created" spirits.
If they're getting the job done, and you enjoy them, then they can be
every bit as effective and wonderful a companion as an older being.
Thought creates reality, after all, which means that these beings are
And by the way, I do understand if your concern is less about the
spirit's ability and more about the conjurer's ethics. If you've been
told you are receiving an old spirit, that's who you should receive. A
servitor can be exceptionally helpful, but you shouldn't be given one
thing and told it is something else.
I hope that helps. I know it doesn't give a concrete answer to "how" --
although maybe my "soft" answer about feeling the age and weight and
experience of the spirit will be a useful tool for you.
In another blog entry, we'll explore how you can create a servitor, if you are interested in doing such a thing. Certainly, if you are wishing to train as a conjurer, servitor creation should be a solid entry in your curriculum vitae.