In this article, I won't be discussing the servitor creation process as that is another topic all on it's own. Moreso, what exactly are the differences between these types of entities/energies. Before diving in I do want to clarify that these are my opinions of the terms based on research and experiences thus far, and others in the chaos community may well disagree with my assignment of the categories. I'd love to hear your opinions or thoughts on the subject in the comment section.
Tulpa is the Tibetan word for manifestation, a being or object that is created or brought into existence purely with the imagination or thoughts of a person...thus the term you may have heard before, "thoughtform." A tulpa and a thoughtform are pretty much the same in my opinion, except that a Tulpa is created using specifically Tibetan Techniques and a thoughtform can be created either intentionally or on accident by anyone from any background or culture, of any practice or path.
A thoughtform consists of emotions, energies and thoughts directed towards a specific focal point. Thoughtforms, similarly to egregores, can either be positive, or negative in nature. Here's a couple different examples of a thoughtform:
Example: A Limiting Self - Belief
We've all had moments where we feel insecure, doubt ourselves, or indulge a bit too much in negative inner dialogue. The thing is, whenever you put energy towards something, you are, in effect, manifesting that thing. So say you tell yourself on a regular basis that you are not good enough to become an author, and perhaps you have a list of doubts that contribute to this belief. Eventually, this cloud begins to hang around you of all the negative thoughts you've formed for yourself, convincing you that you'd be a terrible author so why should you even bother? Or perhaps, you have a mean narrative in your head from something a parent said when you were younger, such as, "you talk too much." This stops you from expressing yourself openly and making new friends. This thoughtform can feel like a weight on your shoulder which surfaces whenever you feel the need to write or express yourself.
Alternatively, you could instead create a positive thoughtform by countering these thoughts. Elements in CBT and DBT therapy are very helpful for this and could even be argued that thoughtforms are no different than thought patterns, the main difference being that the thoughtform is an entity created out of the thought patterns. You can restructure this by replacing the limiting belief with something else, such as, "I am learning to be a writer and I can accomplish anything I set my mind to."
By definition: An egregore is a group-created thoughtform, which is created either intentionally or unintentionally. An egregore develops it's own autonomy and has the ability to influence groups of people.
Have you ever seen the way a mob behaves? Or perhaps you've noticed that a particular company seems to have a "feeling" or way about it even when you visit different locations for that company? People at a concert? A church? These are all examples of an Egregore.
An egregore IS, at it's core, a thoughtform. However, the differences between an egregore and a thoughtform lie in two primary ways: the creation process and the way they behave.
An egregore has far more power than an accidentally created thoughtform, although egregores are often times also created accidentally. An egregore is an entity capable of making it's own decisions and acting upon them (with limitations of course), by influencing a large group of people with similar thoughts being directed to a similar goal. The best example that comes to mind is any major religion in the world. Christianity seems to have a HUGE influence on society in general, even people who don't participate in the religion. It's so steeped in every aspect of our histories, mythologies, and culture - and this is (in my opinion) because so many thousands of people, over so many years, dedicated SO MUCH of their time, thoughts and energies towards this religious belief system that it quite literally became an entity of it's own accord.
Companies, social media sites, corporations, celebrities, artists, online influencers, politicians, and basically any individual person, group or organization with a large following or public persona are all examples of egregores. Additionally, a servitor which has been created without stable enough specifications can gain it's own autonomy and go "rogue," becoming an egregore!
A servitor is an intentionally created thoughtform entity who exists solely according to the specifications of the chaos magician or witch. Every aspect of the servitor; including it's personality, behaviors, abilities, restrictions, and magical purpose for existing is entirely within the specifications of the practioner.
The chaos magician may occasionally grow tired of doing everything themselves magically and choose to create a servitor entity. Servitors are one of those topics people may caution you against and spread all kinds of intimidating rumors about, but in my experience, there is no real danger to creating servitors if your process is sound and you follow a set of established steps. I will be going over this in a different article for those who are interested in the servitor creation process.
Servitors do not require nearly as much skill as you would expect. They do, however, require a large amount of energy, a vivid imagination, and a designated creation process which involves a "fatal flaw," or back up plan in the rare and unlikely event that your servitor develops it's own autonomy.
Servitors can be created for nearly any purpose the chaos magician may think of if they are clever enough, and clear enough with their specifications. Some examples include but are in no way limited to, servitors to bring in money or find a house or job for the practioner, glamour magic, protection, offensive or defensive house guardians.
The key notion to remember is that the servitor behaves EXACTLY how the chaos magician designs them to behave. The personality of the servitor (and they DO have personalities!) is based entirely on the qualities the chaos magician assigns it during the creation and formation process.
Think back to when you were very young. Did you have an "imaginary" friend? Did you spend time talking to, interacting with, playing with, and visualizing your imaginary friend? Were you perhaps, a little TOO convinced that your imaginary friend was in fact...not so imaginary? If so you are already halfway aware of what it takes to create a servitor. However, if you didn't follow the steps to ensure it didn't go "rogue," then your servitor likely eventually developed it's own autonomy from all the energy it received from you and became an egregore. It may even still be roaming the multiverse as we speak!
Servitor creation is an extremely energy and time-consuming process, yet without a doubt one of my favorite and most fulfilling aspects of chaos magic!