The Fetch Beast
As if there weren’t enough twists and turns in the Way of the Crafter already, there are at least three distinct
things that can be referred to as a Fetch in modern crafting; the Fetch Beast, “fetch-and-carry”, and the “shapeshifter’s
The Fetch-Beast, also known as the Fetch-Wife, has been dealt with elsewhere in this book, and is the
Underworld Self of the Crafter, known in Briar Rose as the Dragon.
The third kind of Fetch, the one used in shape-shifting, is traditionally a piece of skin or fur belonging to the
animal into which the Shape-shifter transforms. In some cases, such as the selkies in Ireland, it is the actual
whole skin that the shape-shifter puts on to become the animal.
But when Witches refer to a Fetch, they usually mean the “thought-form” created for a specific purpose, to find
something or someone, to bring people together, or carry out some other task. Ceremonial Magick has a similar
technique, the main difference being the status of the Fetch… in the Craft, it is a living entity, whereas CMs
tend to see them as servitors, something akin to astral droids.
To create a fetch, you need to start by pulling energy together in a concentrated form. There
are many ways of doing this, but for a solo practitioner the most effective way is to
visualize a ball of light between your hands, and pump energy into it from your core,
through your hands. Keep pumping energy into it until it is really full, and you can feel the
energy really strongly. Then you begin to shape it. You should have chosen an appropriate
form before-hand — most Witches work with animal forms, and it is recommended to
avoid using human forms unless you know what you are doing.
Once the fetch has its form, you should name it, bind it to its task, and then set its
destruction fate. It is considered bad form to let a fetch exist longer than a year, so
traditionally a cut off date is built in, so the fetch ceases to be on a certain date, or when the
task is complete, whichever comes first. A fetch that is allowed to exist for too long,
especially after their task is complete, can develop independence and start drawing off the
life-force of its creator. State firmly the fetch’s purpose, its cut off date, and name it,
binding all these things together. Then release it to complete its task.