"O Sathan give me my purpose" - Elizabeth Styles
A particular element or specific nuance that is a large part of the Traditional Crafter's repertoire of experience is the intensive work done in the forms of bids and petitions to define the Fetch (known to the Norse as the Fylgja) and later to work in tandem with your Fetch Spirit (this spirit can take the form of an animal or bird, a numinous ball of light or even a female guardian spirit).
First off we need to identify just what exactly the Fetch is and what is isn't. A broad
definition of the Fetch (also known as the Puckril, Puckerel or Bid) begins with the notion that it is a tutelary spirit of sorts, usually taking on an animalistic form. Your Fetch
Spirit in the form of an animal is a specific non-corporeal entity that once made contact with is not only a working partner that is found to be without reproach but also a
combination of your own Soul and your Spirit working together.
Simply put, the eventual meeting and continued contact with the Fetch Spouse and the conjunction that arises from such meetings has a similar basis in
the long term goals of Spiritual Alchemy. The union of your Fetch Spouse with your self manifests a union of your Soul with Divine Consciousness. The Fetch Lover (and you will interact in a
pseudo-sexual fashion) is not only a companion that encompasses the scope of friendship, the Fetch spouse also acts a teacher as well as an OtherWorldy
escort. In addition to the Fetch Spouse there is a form of the Fetch in the Northern Tradition that is a guardian hereditary spirit and able to be passed on from person to person down generational lines. This spirit, the
Fylgjukona, is predominantly a female figure and ties in with the *luck* and the providence of the family in question.
Obviously, initiating that contact will make that activity intensify. And if contact is not established immediately upon your commencement of activities designed to encourage and hasten for such do not be discouraged. If this were a feat that were to be championed with ease, it would not have sufficient merit. This is a relationship that you must work with in an intense way and with a devoted passion and you must make sure that you are able to submit to the long term commitments as the care and requirements for your Fetch relationship are apt to be quite demanding.
My own efforts to find my own Fetch were long term spanning several years and made use of many various rites of offerings (including my own blood -- while I don't condone needlessly taking the life of an animal for such a thing I did use my own blood on occasion) and bids of petition to the Dame and to the Horned Master respectively. When my initial contact did occur I was at what is to me is a very sacred spot, a Springs here in Florida called Ponce de Leon, it is a place I go to often and have had many deeply spiritual events happen there.
Without revealing the personal nature of my rites I will say that I was surprised to find that my Fetch animal Spirit was one that I had not been overly connected to in my mundane or my magical life previously. And that is a natural occurrence and such a thing may well happen in your own endeavors to seek out your Fetch. My bond that I have now to my Fetch animal, which turned out to be a member of the Corvid family, is much deeper in both my mundane life and in my magical one. Such is the nature of Fate. While I may not have been attracted to the energies and the essence of the Raven beforehand, the Raven was an integral part of my magical identity and make-up without me being aware of it for the first 40 years of my life.
Another thing to take note of is that is not a frivolous excursion and should not be considered as such ever. Your Fetch animal, while being a single creature in your eyes, be it a fox, a snake, a bee is not just a fox, snake or bee. Your Fetch is *the* Fox, Snake or Bee. Your Fetch animal encompasses the power and majesty of not just that one creature but of *all* of those creatures, every last one of them. That Fetch is the primal, historical symbol and model translated into terms that are represented by a single entity as a way for us to be able to identify with it and relate to it.
There are a variety of ways for you to begin seeking ways to identify, locate and eventually meet your own Fetch Spirit. The key to success in this matter is to have strong sense of faith that such an event will occur and to approach such activities such as certain Housle rites, the leaving of specific offerings, even giving up something that is quite dear to you in order for this to happen with a complete and total love for the Old Ways and for what they espouse. If you seek your Fetch Spirit only as another form of manifested power to rule and to control others with it is highly unlikely you will be successful initially.
There are a small, select set of rites and rituals that have been written by others expressly for this purpose that have been shared via the web and you may freely adapt others that you find for your own use. Diligence is needed as well as a strong persevering nature. Guided meditative techniques which encourage you to work in a self created visual landscape can be quite beneficial in seeking out your Fetch and there is an excellent one to be found in the works of Nigel Jackson of which a brief excerpt is listed below.
"...Through the portals of the stone stile you now glimpse a hovering sphere of soft light, glowing in the mist beyond without casting any shadows. You look deeply at it's color as it bobs beyond the stile.. As you gaze deeply into the ball of light you catch a glimpse of an animal, a shape or a bird. Beyond the stone stile your Fetch-light trembles and hovers over the ground, shining softly in the dark, enticing you further on the journey to the other side..." Nigel Jackson - Call of the Horned Piper
And with that, I am off to do some work with my own Fetch Spirit. I hope you have great success with your own attempts to seek out your Fetch Spirit in whatever form it takes and I'll see you 'round the Milky Way!
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