Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the most prolific fantasy comedy writers I know of. He passed away in 2015, and has left a gaping hole in the hearts of many of us. As of his last novel, The Shepard’s Crown, he has published over […]
Terry Pratchett wrote of thought thus: the every day thoughts anyone has are First Thoughts. Second Thoughts are thoughts about First Thoughts. There are Third Thoughts, and Fourth Thoughts. But, for the sake of simplicity, Second Thoughts are the only topic of the day. If […]
In the summer of 2015, the e-book Create a Servitor: How to create a servitor and use the power of thought forms by Damon Thompson was available for free via Amazon for Kindle for a short period of time. I downloaded it on a whim, and didn’t read it until months later. Servitors are a bit more advanced than my current level, and I haven’t had any experience working with that complexity level.
My initial impressions are generally positive. I’ve read about servitors and/or tulpas from other sources, and Damon Thompson gives a clear, concise explanation of servitors from the get-go. (The main difference between servitors and tulpas is that tulpas have their own sentience. Servitors do not.) So that puts this e-book ahead of several physical publications that mention the terms, but not what they are. Thompson goes into directions for creating servitors, and does address several topics related to the process of creation. Destruction and feeding the servitor are both detailed—if either topic is relevant to you.
Create a Servitor is an easy read, and short enough for a casual afternoon. The language is clear, and unambiguous. Honestly, I feel like this reads more like a DIY instruction manual instead of the stereotypical occult text. I also mean that in the best way possible. It’s a refreshing break from reading texts that dedicate a lot of page real-estate creating a pseudo-mystic atmosphere with flowery language.
Even though a beginner could easily understand this e-book, I would not recommend it for a beginner. The techniques used in this book aren’t difficult to understand, but I think they require a decent background in energy manipulation and visualization to follow through. This looks exactly like the sort of thing I would have tried when I was younger, and grown frustrated with the lack of progress. Don’t have confidence in your magic, experiences, or even the existence of magic? Then save this for later in your studies.
I haven’t had the chance to try out the methods Thompson explains. But, they seem consistent with what I have read. Thoughts on servitors and/or tulpas or the text? Write them in the comments below!
Rain water is not only easily accessible; it also has the added bonus of being free. Who doesn’t love free? This makes it a wonderful thing for beginner and experienced witches alike. It’s hard to argue with free. Placing a clean pie plate or other container […]
Born when something comes to life. Born when something goes to death. Born when something crosses an in-between. Garden Spirit Familiars take their names and their personalities from locations, items, and events filled with magic. So it’s no wonder that they pop up around witches. […]
Almost every book about witchcraft I have read mentions the importance of meditation. A lot of spellwork requires energy manipulation, visualization, sensing, and/or focus, and meditation is how to work your mental muscles for all four of those. I’m sure everyone will get tired of hearing this sooner rather than later, but you only get out of meditation practice what you put into it. Regular practice is better than sporadic practice, and sporadic practice is better than none. I personally have a bad habit of forgetting to meditate for weeks or months at a time before deciding to give it a renewed effort.
Once in a while, I’ve even worn myself out with daily meditations. You have to start out small with your meditation muscles, and build from there. Or, at least learn your limitations and go for slow and steady progress.
There are as many meditation methods as there are stars in the sky, but I’ll outline a few broad categories below. Each witch is different. So try out some different methods to find what suits you best.
Total silence meditation is just that: total silence. The idea is to sit still and clear the mind entirely for long periods of time—or a few minutes to start out with. Ignoring all thoughts or stimuli, I think this is by far the most difficult to practice. My blood circulation is rather poor, so my limbs fall asleep very easily and it’s easy to get uncomfortable. My head is also often too full for comfort, and it’s hard to settle the mind down entirely. The only time I ever achieve something close to mental silence is during yoga—but some don’t consider that meditation at all due to the physical activity.
Sound-assisted meditation involves using a song or other sound to keep focused during meditation. Some use chimes, bells, or ocean waves. I prefer music the best, and have a few favorites on YouTube that I use over and over again. (Links at the bottom) Again, it’s hard for me to get mental silence, but music does help me find something to focus on. Usually I do visualization and focus exercises, a little bit of a step up from daydreaming but not as intense as astral travel. Having a ‘task’ at hand or working on visualization tends to be just enough activity for my over-active brain to keep things on track.
Guided meditations are pre-recorded meditations designed with a specific purpose in mind. There are many available online for free. Some also use music and some do not. I’ve also heard of developing your own meditations and recording your own voice can help with these. Science says that our bodies respond best to our own voices as well. I’ve had pretty good success mixing the sound-assisted meditation and guided meditations as opposed to the total silence meditations I used to try.
There are also breathing meditations, and physical meditations. I’ll go further into depth with each type later on.
What is your favorite method? Is there another name you call it? Comment below! I’d love to hear about it.
The French call it ‘L’appel du vide.’ It’s that moment when you lean over a stair rail, a bridge, or out a high window and think how easy it would be to jump. Or to push someone else. The phrase ‘The Call of the Void’ […]
I have two cats. They are named Pluto and Mercury, or You Two Assholes depending on what they have done. Neither of them are declawed. Usually, I put Softpaws (small, vinyl caps) over their claws to keep them from ruining all of my worldly possessions. […]
Born when something comes to life. Born when something goes to death. Born when something crosses an in-between.
Garden Spirit Familiars take their names and their personalities from locations, items, and events filled with magic. So it’s no wonder that they pop up around witches. Fortunately, they are helpful little creatures and enjoy working with others. Each and every one is one of a kind and hand-made, to the last detail. 8.5 inches tall.
The Snowdrop is known as the Harbinger of Spring, and this little familiar is happy to herald a new spring into your life. New possibilities, and a warm breeze to banish stagnation. Renewal. A Fresh Start. Persistence. A delicate appearance hiding a strong heart and a strong will. A chilly rain that turns to snow, and then back to rain. Awakening. Melting snow falling from tree branches. Freezing rain on eyelashes. Waking from a dream. Emergence. Delicate, tiny footsteps on still-frozen soil. The frost melts and swells the river. Fish stir beneath the ice, and then the ice breaks.
Temperament: Gentle, but strict. She enjoys napping in sunny spots and especially loves water. Melted snow and storm water are her favorite.
Luna can refer to the Earth’s moon, or the pale green moth. Both are seen most often at night, and reflect stillness combined with activity. Great for dreamwork and especially helpful with magic related to the night. The moonlight that bathes the garden. Restless sleep. Sultry nights. Open windows and insect song. Honeysuckle on the breeze, cloying. A maiden on a midnight walk. A petal falls into the birdbath, and ripples spill out around it. Boots muddied from gardening, laid outside overnight. Fluffy feather down left amongst the bushes and grass. Fluffy powder puffs. A vanity, or an altar. A witch brushes their hair in the early morning, before dawn. A perfumed locket.
Temperament: A dreamer, and a frequent napper during the day. Most active at dusk and night. Loves flowers and fine-smelling things.
Both of these little familiars are hand-stitched, and made with love. Luna is stuffed with a mixture of lavender and rose in addition to polyfill. Snowdrop is stuffed with polyfill. Both little cuties can’t wait to work with witches. These plush familiars are available on my Etsy. What do you think would make great inspiration for a familiar? Let me know in the comments below!
During some summers, millions of insects crawl out of the ground, and drag themselves up trees before grabbing hold of the bark or branches. Then they scream until they die. This is less horror fiction and more truth. Where I live, cicadas come in cycles. […]