That can be said about any spirit, not just servitors.
There are magicians that have has better results with servitors than with demons, angels or gods, so, if spirits have independent existence, how is that possible? Surely an independent spirit would be able to accomplish more than just a figment of someone’s subconscious? That’s what we have called them for over the millennia, after all.
I have been at this for almost two decades now, and I have never seen any evidence of spirits existing outside of my own mind. When I started in magick, I followed the spirit paradigm, that is, I believed that the spirits I was calling had an independent existence from myself, and that by some weird quirk of the universe, their function was to help humans to accomplish stuff.
Now, I lean towards the subconscious paradigm, though I am open to the idea of an independent existence.
No, I pretty much disproved the entire premise of your argument. You proclaimed that servitors weren’t real in the same sense as gods, and tried to use the Cthulhu Mythos, Yog-Sothoth in particular, to bolster your argument, and my counter argument was that Yog-Sothoth was made up by H.P, Lovecraft, and therefore is not any more real than a servitor, so you cannot say he is real but a servitor is not.
I have found that one of the ways people like to bolster their unfounded belief that their spirits existed before their first documented appearance, is to trot out the concept of “masks.” A prime example is Satan. Satan didn’t exist until Judaism, so to justify their belief in his existence as some sort of primordial being, followers will bend over backwards to form correspondences and connections between older gods and then point to them and say, “Satan is Lucifer is Malak Taus is…insert another ancient god here.” Doesn’t make it true, though.
The Cthulhu Mythos is exactly the same. They didn’t exist until HP Lovecraft dreamed them up (actually, August Dereleth, a member of HP’s writing circle, created a few of them, and was even responsible for coining the term Cthulhu Mythos), so you trot out the old standby of “they have existed in other forms,” with absolutely no proof to back it up.
I am a psychology major so I know that the human mind can easily see connections where there aren’t any, and come up with ludicrous explanations to justify personal beliefs. It’s what we do.
You started this thread proclaiming something you personally believe as “absolute” truth, and I called you out on it because, it is most definitely not absolute, and many magicians, myself included, have had experiences that point to the fallacy of your initial post.
I’ll bow out now, as I’ve said all I needed to say.