Today I took part in a discussion in the LiveJournal community, Non-Wiccan Witch, and the topic of SoulBonds came up in context. Someone asked me to explain what a SoulBond* is, and this is my reply. I’m going to use it as the definition in the glossary on this site, more or less:

Speaking as a person who’s never had a SoulBond, I’ll do my best. A SoulBond is the animation of a fictional character, either outsourced (written by someone else, such as Wiseman/Selene) or insourced (made up by oneself for a story or series). The animation, which could be likened to a servitor or the manifestation of an individual’s view of an egregore (at least in some cases, if not all), takes on a life of its own and typically this character becomes a true individual. A good analogy for anyone who’s ever practiced ceremonial magick is the individual’s view of the archangels in the LBRP. . . each magician sees or meets his/her own personal manifestation of one greater being, manifested in the way that best serves the individual. Therefore, there could be as many Raphaels, say, as there are humans who wish to meet him. Egregores will support this level of manifestation because they serve as a repository of the collective energy given via the attention of the public.

Some people feel that SoulBonds are spirits who “wear” a character’s persona for the purposes of getting close to the human that’s interested, especially if that persona resonates with the spirit as well. Some people feel that the person creates a tulpa or servitor via a desire to know that character, and this is undoubtedly true in many instances in which one has already heard of the possibility of doing so. There are other theories. SoulBonders particularly like the multiverse theory, which allows indefinite SoulBonders to share one character, with each having a unique-to-themselves version of it. So 25 people in a single LJ community all bonding the same character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series presents no conflict, cuz they each have their own, each version having come from a different universe in the multiverse. Get it? SoulBonds can also use the host body, as part of a multiple system. This multiverse theory also “explains” how a SoulBond from a movie has a different past than the one shown in a sequel, because that particular SoulBond showed up before the sequel came out. It’s very elaborate. Is it true? Who the hell knows. Just act as if it is, as Crowley said, cuz you can be sure the entity will act as if it’s real. :))

The capitals are preferred among the subculture. Edited to change the offensive character I had used after a friend chided me for being disrespectful and stereotyping SoulBonds. Hope I don’t offend anyone with the selections above. — Sheta, 4 March 2013

Sheta Kaey About Sheta Kaey

I teach people to perceive, communicate, and work with spirits. Beyond that, I'm kinda normal.

Sometimes I write things. Sometimes I edit things. Sometimes, people even see them.


  1. That’s really interesting. I’ve read a bit about Soulbonds but not a long description like that before.

    I like to write fiction about the spirits that I know (the ones that don’t mind) but I know them first. I wonder what it would be like to have a Soulbond. It sounds like it would be confusing.

  2. Gah! I completely forgot to reply! I’m sorry!

    Thanks, too. I agree that it would be confusing, though I’ve also wondered what it would be like. The idea has some attraction to it, but it seems like it would be hard to believe in, if it were happening to me.

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