The Gods Without, In Brief
First of all, what’s an egregore? The analogy that will be most familiar to most people is that of corporate personhood, the idea that the corporate gestalt, composed of the various physical, corporeal assets like computers and real estate, as well as both the faceless toilers for the corporation and the luminaries who direct it, is in some not-entirely-abstract sense alive, even self-aware. It is the sense of an organism whose physicality is so dispersed so as to be invisible at human scale.
The egregore with which I have the most personal familiarity is, of course, The Wolf. Like every egregore, it has avatars, and incarnates within them from time to time. It exists at an abstract level, but it can be defined, and thus limited, by human belief. One of its forms is the Norse Fenrir, another is The Big Bad Wolf from Bugs Bunny cartoons. All Wolves are one Wolf, all perspectives on it have their place.
The corporate personhood conceptualization is an interesting approach, but it isn’t a wholly new concept, even at the legal level. A corporate person is a civic god, a god of the polis, but abstracted out of any specific physical space. Its intersection with egregores like The Wolf or The Trickster is at the level of branding, where it attempts to take some aspect of them and make that aspect the polis’s authorized interpretation.
(Speaking of the polis and its legends, Romulus and Mowgli are two facets of the same avatar. One founded a city-state, and one was merely a boy who eventually found his way back to his tribe, but both were sons of The Wolf. There are a limited number of familiar origins to a legend. It is the paths they walk from that origin that distinguish them from one another.)
We build our own cosmologies, and we should be conscious that this has always been the case. It’d be nice if we moderns, with access to the history of human gods and heroes at our fingertips, constructed our legends more intentionally than the ancients. We don’t need more Clowns.