“A familiar (or familiar spirit or familiar animal) is an animal-shaped spirit or minor demon believed to serve a witch or magician as domestic servant, spy and companion, in addition to helping to bewitch enemies or to divine information”.
So sayeth they at http://www.witchcraftandwitches.com!
What witch am I without such a friend or equal? For years I’ve longed for a magickal familiar. Trouble is,. Space, time, city living!
Perhaps a new spell is in order? Perhaps it’s time to put out a calling. A familiar often chooses the witch, that’s for sure. I wonder,. A cat, dog, frog perhaps?
Recently I’ve contented myself with feeding a lone squirrel at the bottom of the garden and a group of approximately 10 city pigeons each morning. It forms part of a ritual I suppose, part of my day. Many ‘common’ animals are often overlooked but are just as lovely.
I love animal magick. Animals in visions, animal omens and let’s not forget ‘totem animals’. Mine is small black and white cat. I’ve seen her in dreams many times. And animal messengers too. I remember my friend Antonella telling me about the Raven that pecked repeatedly at the living room window for those hours before her grandmother died inside the house. That was a spooky one.
But about my spell,.. I think a little planning is in order
And like all good spells (that work), you must begin with a clearly defined intent. I think it’s time to encode change. A larger home, the space and facility to have a furry friend. That’s it! I’ve decided it’s time. Now down to spell work and planning.
I’ll post details of the spell later, or at least tell you how it went. There is a full moon on Wednesday 25th Nov, so that might be just the right time. I’ll need to do some visitation and prep work but let’s see.
I’ll leave you with an illustration from one of my favorite illustrators, a book fittingly titled ‘Catwitch’ by Una Woodruff.