Thursday, 7 November 2013

Predatory Servitors: A Primer

 Servitors, or constructs, are essentially non-corporeal artificial entities which have been created for a specific purpose by a person or an entity.  Servitors may be created and used for a number of purposes—depending upon its function, a servitor may be referred to in a general sense as persuasive, talismanic, protective or predatory.

For the purposes of this article, we will explore the topic of how one may utilise predatory servitors. When most individuals think of the word “predatory”, they may perceive a thing as animalistic, violent or otherwise negative. Not all predatory servitors are designed with sinister intentions, however—as we will explore, predatory servitors may be used for many purposes.

It is generally believed that vampiric or predatory constructs of any description should be classified within the parameters of “Black Magick”. While I would not wholly disagree with this perception, I do not necessarily endorse it. My personal definition of Black Magick is magick which has been designed to harm or to hinder. Depending upon how an individual defines the term, predatory constructs may or may not belong to the practice of Black Magick. However this topic is somewhat irrelevant.

Amongst many things, predatory servitors are primarily used to siphon or to break down energy. On one side of the ethical spectrum, such entities may be used to prey upon an enemy, for example—breaking down the outermost energetic layers of his or her aura and infecting or feeding upon their personal energy reserves. Additionally such a technique may be used to simply weaken the defences of the individual, leaving them open to attack by the magician. Predatory servitors may also be programmed to “haunt” a specific location—latching onto those who stimulate the pre-defined trigger and creating havoc until the offender either satisfies its programmed criteria for release or until it otherwise dissipates or is removed.

An example of using predatory entities to “haunt” or to guard a location would be employing them as guardians within a household. The entities may be programmed to attack intruders until they have been brought to justice. The dangers in using such constructs vary, but it is paramount to ensure that the servitor’s programming prevents it from mistaking visitors for intruders amongst other things. Some magicians use such entities as their personal “Karmic hit men”—dispatching them to afflict anyone who wrongs them until the offender “gets what they deserve”.

While it is not fundamentally considered to be “predatory” for a servitor to function as a carrier for maleficium, predatory servitors may be programmed to simply latch onto a person and remain inactive until that individual triggers it to react—such triggers may be that the individual was observed by the servitor plotting against the magician. Another example would be to program a servitor to observe another person and to attack them whenever the person speaks ill of the magician. There are many examples of the usefulness of servitors as carriers of triggered maleficium. Traditionally the witch’s familiar could also be expected to perform such a task.

Vampiric constructs may be seen as a specialised form of predatory servitor in that their sole purpose is to siphon energy. They may be used to weaken auras as aforementioned or they may be used to harvest and store energy for later consumption by the magician. Vampiric servitors are often employed by energetic vampires themselves as something akin to an “energy drink”. When the practitioner finds themselves in need of an energetic boost, they may draw the stored energy from the servitor in place of finding an external source.

Predatory constructs can be useful for healing purposes, as well. For example, a carefully-programmed servitor may be used to rid one’s own aura of “astral nasties”, serving as a parasite of sorts. The servitor may acquire its energy directly from the bodies which it consumes or it may be “fed” by the magician from his or her own store of personal energy. Additionally vampiric entities may be used to weaken the life-forces of viruses and bacteria and other detrimental microbiological entities thus aiding the healing process.

Generally speaking, predatory constructs may be created in the same manner as any other construct or servitor—some magicians believe that one must somehow “bind” the servitor to his or her physical body by using one’s own blood in the creation process. However I have never done this and have created many successful predatory servitors and parasitic constructs without incidence. I have reservations when it comes to using one’s own blood to bind a servitor to oneself—others may disagree, but servitors must be created with the understanding that they may be destroyed if the need arises. This is why magicians bind the entities to a physical vessel such as a clay pot. If the entity is bound to one’s blood, it is my belief that he or she is risking the possibility that their construct may become too powerful or rebellious to control and cannot be destroyed—at least not completely—without the death of the creator. Additionally when an entity is directly bound to one’s own flesh and blood, the creator also runs the risk of experiencing sympathetic malady—a condition in which either the magician’s physical body or astral body suffers when the blood-bound entity experiences weakness or is harmed.

The danger in creating such entities is of course the very real possibility that they will indeed rebel or otherwise operate in an undesirable manner. In the case of parasitic or vampiric servitors, many inexperienced magicians find that their programming was careless and that their constructs have essentially found “loopholes” which allow them to operate as they wish. Many practitioners believe that artificial entities are entirely incapable of free will. With the potential for the evolution of such entities, I am reminded of Ian Malcolm’s foreboding statement in Jurassic Park—“…life finds a way”.

While a servitor which has been correctly programmed and adequately compensated for its efforts is unlikely to suddenly revolt, all entities are capable of evolving. Like all living things, the ultimate primal need of a construct is survival—if it is not receiving what it requires in order to survive, it will begin to “think” for itself and will find a way to satisfy its needs. This sometimes means that the vampiric servitor will turn upon its creator and feed directly upon them. Situations such as this may be prevented with careful attention being paid to the programming of the entity before its creation and with regular dedicated feedings which ensure that its needs are being met.

Some practitioners often confuse servitors with summoned spirits which can perform similar tasks. Again the difference between the two entities is that the former is willed into being by the magician himself and the latter is called forth by the magician. A fantastic book for those interested in working with summoned spirits is Donald Tyson’s Familiar Spirits which is available through Llewellyn Publishing and online stores such as