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

©04202016 Wolf Woman Ways

Learn About Traditional Folk Magic – Part 4

Many times in discussion of modern Paganism, it’s easy for us to overlook a valuable source of information – the past. Some of our not-so-distant ancestors practiced various forms of folk magic, and we can learn a lot from those old remedies, charms, and stories. In fact, in many parts of the world, what is often dismissed as superstition is in fact a perfectly valid system of folklore-based practical magic. Today, let’s look at some of the most popular types of folk magic. We’ll talk about animal legend and folklore, omens, simple protection rituals, and more.

Other Magic Spells & Folklore

Here’s a collection of miscellaneous magical workings that don’t fall under the headings of love, money or protection. Includes a wide variety of magical folklore

Magic & Folklore of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Have you ever seen a woolly bear caterpillar crawling along in the fall? These fuzzy little guys are often associated with winter weather divination.

How to Use Jar Spells in Magical Workings

Many folk magic traditions use jars, bottles and other containers in spellwork. Here are some basics on how to craft a simple jar spell.

Curanderismo: The Folk Magic of Mexico

In many Hispanic communities, the curandera is the local healer and spiritual leader. Let’s look at curanderismo, and see why it’s still practiced today.

Wishing Trees, Ribbons, and Rag Bushes

Wishing trees, also called ribbon trees or rag bushes, appear in many parts of the world. Let’s look at some examples of this custom in different cultures.

How to Use Graveyard Dirt for Magical Workings

Have you seen a ritual that included graveyard dirt? It’s used in many magical traditions. Learn about why people use it, and how to properly obtain it.

Can You Control the Weather with Magic?

Ever since our ancestors learned to plant things, weather has been a source of speculation. In many magical traditions, there is a belief that a practitioner can control the weather.

Magic, Myths and Legends of the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is an easily explainable scientific event – but does it have any magical significance? Let’s look at some folklore and legend behind the eclipse of the sun.

Using Animal Bones for Divination & Magic

Many cultures use bones as part of their divination rituals. Here are some ways you can use bones for divination.

For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/othermagicspells/?utm_content=20160322&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Learn About Traditional Folk Magic – Part 2

Many times in discussion of modern Paganism, it’s easy for us to overlook a valuable source of information – the past. Some of our not-so-distant ancestors practiced various forms of folk magic, and we can learn a lot from those old remedies, charms, and stories. In fact, in many parts of the world, what is often dismissed as superstition is in fact a perfectly valid system of folklore-based practical magic. Today, let’s look at some of the most popular types of folk magic. We’ll talk about animal legend and folklore, omens, simple protection rituals, and more.

What is an Omen?

For many practitioners of various magical traditions, there is a tendency to look for and find symbolism in everything, particularly in aspects of nature. Often, these symbols are interpreted as omens.

What is an omen? Depends on who you ask, but in general, an omen is viewed as a sign from the natural world that delivers a message of some sort. Typically this message is seen as an indicator of coming good or evil events. It’s not quite the same as divination, which is when someone deliberately attempts to foretell what’s coming.

Animal Omens

In many cultures, animals can indicate significant events to come. This may be based on numbers of animals, behavioral patterns, or other indicators.

Serpent Magic

While a lot of people are afraid of snakes, it’s important to remember that in many cultures, serpent mythology is strongly tied to the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Did you know that in the Ozarks, there is a connection between snakes and babies? Or that in Scotland, a snake emerging from its hole signified the beginning of Spring?

Frog Magic

Frogs and toads feature prominently in magical folklore in many societies. These amphibious critters are known for a variety of magical properties, from their ability to help predict the weather, to curing warts to bringing good luck. Let’s look at some of the best known superstitions, omens and folklore surrounding frogs and toads.

Rabbit Magic

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. The rabbit — for good reason — is often associated with fertility magic and sexual energy. Spring is a great time to focus on some of that rambctious energy — let’s look at how rabbit symbolism can be incorporated into magical workings. More »

Bird Omens

Birds have featured prominently in augury and divination for centuries. Not only are birds important, but specific types of birds represent different aspects of magical prediction.

Ravens and Crows

The crow and raven appear in folklore going back to early times. Sometimes, they’re seen as harbingers of doom, but more often than not, they are messengers — what are they trying to tell us?

Owl Magic

Owls appear in legends and myths going back to the ancient Greeks, who knew the wise old owl was the symbol of their goddess Athena. However, owls are often associated with prophecy and bad tidings. Read about some of the ways different cultures viewed owls in folklore and magic. More »

Weather Omens

In many magical traditions, weather magic is a popular focus of workings. The term “weather magic” can be used to mean anything from divination and forecasting to actual control of the weather itself. When you consider that many of today’s folk magic customs are rooted in our agricultural past, it makes sense that an ability to foretell or change weather patterns might be considered a valuable skill.

Cloud Formations

Some people believe that cloud formations can be omens in and of themselves. Have you ever looked at a cloud and seen something that gave you a sign? Called aeromancy, the use of clouds for divination is a popular form of augury. Rain clouds can symbolize darkness and gloomy feelings, but on a sunny spring day, they can be positive symbols of cleansing. More »

Other Natural Omens

Omens and signs can be found in all aspects of nature. Take the time to look around you and search for patterns – often these patterns will make themselves known to you if you just pay attention.

Tree Omens

Trees are often considered magical and mystical anyway, so it’s no surprise that they sometimes send us messages. If an oak tree drops an acorn on you, it’s said to be good luck – the acorn is a symbol of strength and power.

Butterflies

Some people believe that butterflies are harbingers of guests to come. A dark color butterfly indicates a visitor related to your job or career, but a brightly colored one means a visitor having to do with your love life is on the way.

Household Omens

Many parts of the world are rich in their own unique traditions – and that includes the interpretation of omens. In Appalachia, for instance, many omens are rooted in household superstitions.

  • If you spill salt, throw some of it over your left shoulder. This will keep the Devil away – because he stands on your left side.
  • Don’t light three cigarettes from the same match – it’s bad luck for the third person (this omen may have originated with the “three on a match” superstition of World War I).
  • If the squirrels start gathering nuts early, it means winter is going to be harsh.
  • Everyone knows a broken mirror can bring seven years bad luck – but if you touch one of the shards to a tombstone, or throw the pieces in a fire and then bury them, you can lift the curse immediately.
  • Spilling milk on the floor will make your cows dry up.
  • New brooms should only be used to sweep dirt out a house after they’ve been used to sweep something good into it.

More »

This article was written by Patti Wigington on About.com.