What is an Animal Familiar? by Patti Wigington

In some traditions of modern Paganism, including the various Wiccan paths, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection, but in truth, the concept is a bit more complex than this.

HISTORY OF THE FAMILIAR

During the days of the European witch hunts, familiars were “said to be given to witches by the devil,” according to Rosemary Guiley’s Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.

They were, in essence, small demons which could be sent out to do a witch’s bidding. Although cats – especially black ones – were the favored vessel for such a demon to inhabit, dogs, toads, and other small animals were sometimes used.

In some Scandinavian countries, familiars were associated with spirits of the land and nature. Fairies, dwarves, and other elemental beings were believed to inhabit the physical bodies of animals. Once the Christian church came along, this practice went underground — because any spirit other than an angel must be a demon. During the witch-hunt era, many domestic animals were killed because of their association with known witches and heretics.

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Four Ways Your Energy Animal Can Appear to You

Animals. We share our world with them, we have them as pets, and they can be a source of comfort and love. Animals can also be spiritual guides for us during times of need or to help us grow on our spiritual path. I call them energy animals because I work with energy and animal frequency, but they’re also known as totems, spirit animals, power animals, familiars, and animal spirit guides. All of these terms describe animals that guide, teach, and connect with you in order to deliver messages from the spiritual realm that you need to know at specific points in your life and on your path. Some appear for a short time, others are with us for a lifetime.

When an animal has a message for you, the energy surrounding the animal will feel different. It may feel as if the animal is staring you down, or you just intuitively know that there’s something unusual about the bird that keeps perching in trees near you, making you notice it. The animal will not give up until it gets your attention and delivers the information. If you’re not paying attention, things will start to happen that captures your awareness and makes you take notice. Your animal encounters may happen more often and with more intensity until finally you say, “What is going on?” That’s when you’ll be open to receiving the message that the animal is trying to deliver.

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What’s a, “Familiar,” and What Purpose Does It Serve?

Aloha!

You’ve probably heard the term, “familiar” during conversations among those who provide psychic and/or natural healing services. What does it mean? Though a familiar may take on a variety of different forms, most often a familiar’s form is feline. A psychic, healer, clairvoyant, medicine woman, shaman, etc., will frequently have what is basically a working assistant in the form of a cat. That cat is not a pet, but rather provides useful, practical, magical supportive assistance to its human.

More often than not, the familiar is the one who chooses the human, rather than the other way around. There will be something that’s just “different” about the animal – a look in its eyes, a difference in its demeanor making it stand apart from the rest of its liter, or a consistently-demonstrated heightened sensitivity and special skill set.

Yes, I have a familiar in my work, and yes, he chose me rather than the other way around. As I’d never been around a cat before, it was and continues to be a fascinating adjustment that adds depth & enjoyment to my work & life. One of those adjustments was how to effectively discipline this curious, dedicated kitty cat…

To read the rest of , T. Renee Richardson, DD, http://www.psychic-services.com, point of view and information on this topic please click on this link: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/what-s-a-familiar-and-what-purpose-does-it-serve

A Spiritual Field Guide of Birds

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following blog post today.  I found a Crow feather on the ground and then Crow was talking to me as I went on a walk today.  You can read the blog post at the following link:

http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/environment/galleries/a-spiritual-field-guide-to-birds.aspx?p=3

 

I also found this meaning:

“Crow Animal Totem: Crows are the keepers of the Sacred Law and to have a Crow totem is very powerful. Personal Integrity is your watchword and your guide in Life. If you have a Crow totem, your prime path is to be mindful of your opinions and actions. You must be willing to walk your talk, to speak your truth and to know your life’s mission. Crow is an omen of Change. Things that you have been working toward will come to fruition when Crow appears. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time; therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer. It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.” You can read more meanings at the following link:

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems-co-2-cz.htm

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail help you on your journey of discovery.

©10192016 Wolf Woman Ways

 

 

Tells Us About Your Pets and/oe Familiars

I love to hear stories from people about how their pet and/or familiar came into their life and what they get and give from the bond. I have been working with dogs in varying jobs, trainer, groomer, veterinary assist and midwife, for over 44 years. I have found no two animals even from the same dame and sire have the same personality. Please share the story of you and your pet with us.

If you would like to see their picture added into the post please mail a picture as an attachment to ladybeltane@aol.com. Please include your pets/familiars name, age, when and where you got them from and how old they were when they became a part of your family. Did they pick or did you pick them?

A Short Story of My Two Girls

They are getting more tolerant of each other :-D

 

I would like to introduce you to my familiars, I usually refer to them as, “My girls.” On the left is Princess Starbabie, a.k.a. Star, who id a 4 1/2-year-old Chihuahua. Star is a rescue dog I got when she was almost 2 years old. Her personality for a Chihuahua is not typical as she is very laid-back and hardly ever barks. Her name came from the song lyrics, “Star baby got to love you,” sorry I do not remember who the song is by. As for the Princess well every Queen needs a least one…right? She has come a long way in 2 years from a shaking dog who only I could hold or get near to one when she is out walking will run up to people, sit in front of them and just look into their face with the expression of “I’m so cute you just have to pet me.” Most of the time it works for her…lol I got Star from a place I worked she had been bought by a couple but was just dropped for grooming and they never picked her up. She was in sad shape with all the fur missing along both sides of her body from nipping to stop the itching from what turned out to be no more than an allergy to poultry. I knew she would be hard to adopt out again because of this but since I already had a dog with the same allergy I took her home and into our family no questions asked. I am happy to say she is now thriving, learning to play with my husband and I and a very happy girl. I also found an immediate bond with her once she recovered her health and she became one of my familiars. She is the one that never leaves my side when I am home and protects me from unseen entities both good and bad. I am a channeler for spirits from across the veil. Before Star came into my life I had to keep up many wards and shields to stop the spirits from talking to me almost twenty-four hours a day. Star seems to be the only shield I now need to keep them from being a constant stream in my head and dreams. She also has a very calming effect on my energy when it goes

On the left is Princess Starbabie, a.k.a. Star, who id a 4 1/2-year-old Chihuahua. Star is a rescue dog I got when she was almost 2 years old. Her personality for a Chihuahua is not typical as she is very laid-back and hardly ever barks. Her name came from the song lyrics, “Star baby got to love you,” sorry I do not remember who the song is by. As for the Princess well every Queen needs a least one…right? She has come a long way in 2 years from a shaking dog who only I could hold or get near to one when she is out walking will run up to people, sit in front of them and just look into their face with the expression of “I’m so cute you just have to pet me.” Most of the time it works for her…lol I got Star from a place I worked she had been bought by a couple but was just dropped for grooming and they never picked her up. She was in sad shape with all the fur missing along both sides of her body from nipping to stop the itching from what turned out to be no more than an allergy to poultry. I knew she would be hard to adopt out again because of this but since I already had a dog with the same allergy I took her home and into our family no questions asked. I am happy to say she is now thriving, learning to play with my husband and I and a very happy girl. I also found an immediate bond with her once she recovered her health and she became one of my familiars. She is the one that never leaves my side when I am home and protects me from unseen entities both good and bad. I am a channeler for spirits from across the veil. Before Star came into my life I had to keep up many wards and shields to stop the spirits from talking to me almost twenty-four hours a day. Star seems to be the only shield I now need to keep them from being a constant stream in my head and dreams. She also has a very calming effect on my energy when it goes into hyper-drive (sorry I cannot think of another word to describe it).

On the right is Drama Queen Cleopatra JAWS, a.k.a. Cleo, a 7 1/2 year old Minater Pinscher (totally unrelated to a Doberman Pinscher). I got Cleo as a birthday present when she was 5 1/2 weeks old. We went to the breeders home and she kept coming up to me while her brothers and sister stay far away as the could. When she also came right to my husband I knew she was meant to be in our small family. Cleo got the Drama Queen part of her name when she went to the vet the first time and while his fingers were still an inch from her face to open her mouth to check her teeth, she loved chewing rocks and large stone, and she started crying…lol The JAWS part of her name comes from my step-father’s nickname as they share the same birth date.  She is very outgoing and loves to be around other people and their dogs. She has my husband trained well when it come to playing fetch – he throws the toy for her but half the time he has to go get it, bring it back and throw it again before she will deem the toy worthy of her attention. I at times will refer to myself as her Lady-in-waiting, which also goes for Star now too. She definitely has her own personality and quirks as any queen does. We found out before she was a year old that she had a poultry and some environmental allergies. She is also my familiar and protects me from things in the physical world that could harm me when we are out walking or someone comes to the door. When I do not feel good or am very upset she too will not leave my side.

Both of my girls participate in rituals in or out of sacred circles and lend their energy if needed to my spellwork. As such Epona (a Celtic Goddess that started out as protector of horse and morph into the protector of all domestic animals) plays a big part in our lives and I trust her to keep my girls safe when they are home alone. I have a small stone with her name on it tucked away in all the dog’s beds in our home (every room has one except the kitchen) with Epona’s name written on it and charmed for the girl’s protection and to clear them of negative energy. I have found it is as important to cleanse their chakras as it is my own.

Please send me you and your pets/familiar’s story. I honestly want to read about you and them. If you do not want your pets/familiars picture and/or story to appear on Coven Life’s website and/or Facebook page, just let me know in the email. Again the email to send your wonderful story to is ladybeltane@aol.com.

Throwing the Bones

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post about throwing bones.  As a Vegetarian I have been conflicted about using any animal bone or part in my spiritual practice.  When I was at Pagan Spirit Gathering this year one of the guest speakers was Lupa Greenwolf.  I attended one of her workshops and got more comfortable with the thought of using these animal parts.  Her website gives information about which types of animal parts are illegal to have in your possession, etc.

Here is her website:

http://www.thegreenwolf.com/

 

Here is the blog post I found:

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you on your own journey of discovery!

©08172016 Wolf Woman Ways

SPIRIT GUIDES & TOTEMS

SPIRIT GUIDES & TOTEMS

BY TAKATOKA

   

I think I could turn and live with animals,
they’re so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, 

not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, 

nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

(“Song of Myself”, Walt Whitman, 1819-1892)

Found this blog post and it has a lot of interesting information about Animal Spirit Guides.

You can read it at the following link:

 

http://www.manataka.org/page291.html

©07272016 Wolf Woman Ways

Spider

As Spring is upon us, I was once again reminded of the power of Spider.  The Cosmic Cookie Trail took me to this wonderful blog post that explains much of the power of Spider.  You can read the article at the following link:

http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2016/52467.html

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