Book Review: Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny

Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny by Mark Stavish

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A harmlessly insane academic talks about Santa Claus being an extant astral being without realizing that he was talking about Santa Claus.

Egregores are a whitewashed version of the Tibetan tulpa, which is turn is essentially an imaginary friend. As more people believe in these nonphysical entities, their powers grow, and they implant ideas and drives in humans and animals. They eventually level up to a point where they can manipulate the material plane and zany poltergeist theatrics ensue.

When the author talks about egregores, he means gods and spirits. It’s sort of like the plot of Black & White by Lionhead Studios, where the more belief you get, the more spectacular your miracles, the less deniable your power. He makes a bunch of allusions to various Buddhist leaders who would appear to their cultists after they died because they had become such powerful egregores and gathered so much astral clout. He seemed to consider these anecdotes to be some sort of proof, as he has never heard of lying.

The thing is, playing by these American Gods rules, there would be immensely powerful egregores like the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus. Not as powerful as Jesus the Christ, but more than strong enough to manifest hardboiled eggs, or Twizzlers your stocking. And yet!

Two stars because the writing was good enough and I knew it was a kook book walking in. The other three were subtracted to encourage Professor Stavish to be a little more discerning.

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One thought on “Book Review: Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny

  1. Hard to assess how people experience egregores personally, whether it’s Jesus or the Tooth Fairy, or whatever–the phenomena are too subjective. I imagine it’s the same with Tibetan tulpa. It’s on a societal level however that these collective thought forms seem to have an impact, for good or ill–often, ill. I read Stavish’s book last Fall and found it to be a helpful and well written introduction, though perhaps not the last word on the subject. I liked his sections on H.P. Lovecraft as well as his tips for getting rid of unwanted Egregores.


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