Spiritus Familiaris or Servant Spirits and Pacts.
Bardon discusses in this chapter that familiar spirits should not be confused with family spirits. Family spirits are your ancestors or people within your lineage that did great things so they are called upon or used in magical families. This would fall into the practice of necromancy or working with the dead. Familiar spirits according to Bardon are spirits that a magician, sorcerer or other practitioner would call forth and make a deal with. Sometimes one makes a deal with a spirit and they give the magician a servant spirit endowed with all the powers the head spirit has in order to not be bothered with all the requests a magician may have for the head spirit. The servant spirit will do everything in its power in order to please the magician or sorcerer because as Bardon says this is a form of credit. With each act done the magician falls deeper into debt with the head spirit. Eventually when the magician dies the debt is then collected. The magician is brought into the sphere of the being and must "work off" the debt accrued. This can be done with spirits of a higher order as well as demons according to Bardon. Eventually once the magician works off the debt they are free to move on and re-incarnate on the physical plane, that is if they have not lost their individuality and become a part of the spirits sphere. This would mean that the magician loses his 4-pole being and becomes a spirit himself.
Wow, so is this true? No clue. I have not cared enough in truth to even ask a spirit the validity of this. Let us remedy that when we get to our first spirit I evoke for this commentary, huh? What I will say before hand is this. In one of my past lives I remember being made of pure light in a strange world of light filled objects. It was very strange and to top it off Ed Fitch himself read my past lives and he mentioned this as well, he was as confused as I was at this weird life. Is it possible that I made a pact with a spirit being long ago and had to work off a debt? Maybe? I am still probing my past lives for information. More info as it comes.
Bardon then speaks about the "proper" way of gaining servant spirits. By being a TRUE magician, one who reflects the divine attributes. In this way spirits will think you are so cool they will just want to serve you. That's right spirits will just send their subordinates to your house in the truckloads- cut your grass, wash the dishes, round up some cuties and help pay your bills. I am being funny here if you can't tell. What really happens is this: When you work with a spirit and they respect you they "send" a spirit that will keep you inspired and aid when they can in their sphere of expertise. You do not owe the spirit anything but you can reward them as a mater of choice and goodwill.
This should not be confused with working with a spirit and giving it a fair payment. If you request anything from a spirit you should work out a compromise that works for both of you. Always ask the spirit, but typically if you have achieved step eight in IIH you can reward them with a Volt. This is an extremely powerful form of payment which vitalizes a spirit a great deal. If you just want to call up a spirit and discuss or get information they typically do this as two people will, just talking and sharing thoughts. At least that is what I have found from Bardon spirits. If they respect you and think of you as a true magician they will speak with you on your subject of interest. If not, they will either bluff you or not show up at all. I have had one Bardon spirit a couple years back bluff me with false info. When I tested the information later I realized what it had done. I now know why, and have no ill will towards the spirit. Another example occurred just today. My first evocation was Michael the archangel. It was a request to protect my family from all harm that was not needed for their spiritual development. I regularly pay Michael for this task so I will not end up owing him a debt. Just a few hours ago my stepson flipped his vehicle at his father's house and walked out without a scratch. This is just one of a few dozen instances when I know Michael was watching my loved ones back. He will probably be getting a really huge volt for this one and as a little credit on the account.
Bardon ends with the thoughts on why one should even practice evocation. In a word "respect". By working with the various spirits in the spheres you will gain a reputation and be respected in the various spheres. This may sound a little strange but in actuality this is sort of symbolic. Respect from these spirits means they open up avenues for you and regularly inspire you through out you life without need to call them up.