A homunculus is an artificial human created by Magic. A homunculus does the bidding of its creator. A homunculus can be created as an astral thought – form in a ritual using a poppet made of clay or wax. It is given physical features and the ability to speak. Such thought-forms usually have a temporary life span. However, according to magical lore, homunculi can be dangerous because they can go out of control and may not cease to exist when ordered to do so.

See also Albertus Magnus; Astral Guardian; Aquinas, Thomas; Golem.


  • Ashcroft–Nowicki, Dolores, and J. H. Brennan. Magical Use of Thought Form: A Proven System of Mental and Spiritual Empowerment. St. Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications, 2001.

The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written byRosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.