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We’ve all seen the images of witches with their loyal cat or toad by their side. These witches’ familiars help them cast spells, or in the case of Harry Potter, deliver the mail.
But what are familiars and why are they so important to ideas around witchcraft? And what unusual familiars can we find in history, beyond the stereotypical black cat?
We’re going to look at exactly that, so grab your nearest pet for company, get comfy, and come with me into the world of witches’ familiars…
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The folklore of the wicked witch and her diabolical animal familiar is a well-known and often repeated tale. When the seasons change and the nights get long it’s not uncommon to see images and symbols of a dark-cloaked witch with an evil black cat or toad at her side. This is a fantastic archetype of magic users wielding control over nature and animals, but it’s a far cry from the beliefs that started it all.
The concept of magical spirit creatures has resonated throughout history in creation myths, tribal traditions and religions, but it’s only relatively recently that magical animal and familiars became re-imagined as evil or dangerous companions. Historically, familiars or spirits were often seen as a type of guardian angel rather than an evil demon.
The Witch’s Familiar
Most people conjure up thoughts of the witch with cat or toad when speaking of familiars. In the days of widespread persecution of witches in Europe and North America during the Medieval and Early Modern periods, women accused of magic use and witchcraft were assumed to have a familiar, most often in the form of cats, dogs, owls, mice, newts or toads. These servants to witches were considered low-ranking demons, or even fairies. Legends of the time, British and Scottish contribution to the lore, said familiars fed on the blood of the women. The witches in turn used the animals for spell casting. The familiar could shape-shift, and spy on others. Many completely innocent pet lovers were persecuted for this ‘unnatural’ pairing, and the blame was placed on them for any kind of bad luck, such as milk spoiling or crops withering.
“During the Salem witch trials, there is little account of the practice of animal familiars, although one man was charged with encouraging a dog to attack by way of magical means. The dog, interestingly enough, was tried, convicted, and hanged.” Patti Wigington reveals in About Religion .
If an illustration of a dubious event counts as fiction, then this late 1500s sketch could be the first reference to familiars:
The author is unknown, but there is a description here:
An image of a witch and her familiar spirits taken from a publication that dealt with the witch trials of Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutten, Mother Devell and Mother Margaret in Windsor, 1579.
Whether the term “familiar” would have been used by the author at the time is unclear. However, the sketch was made some time after 1579 and in 1584 we find what is likely the first appearance of the term “familiars” in this context within the English corpus. This appears in the book Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft, edited by Reginald Scot. (This could be earlier than Malleus Maleficarum.)
The term appears in the very long subtitle of the book:
Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Divels, Spirits, Or Familiars, and Their Power to Kill, Torment, and Consume the Bodies of Men, Women, and Children, Or Other Creatures by Diseases Or Otherwise, Their Flying in the Air…
Time for Relaxation
I am not sure what the weather is like where you live but here in a western suburb of Chicago the sky is blue with puffy white clouds, we have a mild temperature and a slight breeze. Right now I am sitting in my backyard, that is quite and peaceful, my familiars were out earlier but decided to go back in.
This is Cleopatra. My 10 1/2 year old Miniature Pincsher.
This is Starbabie. My 7 1/2 year old Chihuahua.
When I go in, in a short while my day of relaxing will continue with me getting in even comfier clothes to read and do some color by number pictures on a couple of apps I have or I my Goddess or Celtic into coloring books.
What are you doing on this great Saturday in the Northern Hemisphere?
What are you dog on this great Sunday in the Southern Hemisphere?
Until we meet again blessed be dear ones!
For Coven Life
When this ancient soul enters your life it is prompting you to take a glimpse at immortality.
The turtle is connected to the power of peace, adventure, resilience, adaptation and productivity. People drawn to this energy are usually old souls, ones that are attracted to both the sea and land.
Many beautiful mythological stories have been told about this wondrous creature that possesses an eternal soul.
The Turtle is connected to the creation story time and time again, throughout many cultures.
- In Hindu Mythology the world is thought to rest on the backs of four elephants that are standing on the back of a turtle.
- In Africa it was though that the turtle gave all the animals their colours.
- In North America of the Cheyenne tradition the Great Grandmother Turtle carries the whole world and of course creation itself on her back.
- In Chinese mythology it was the turtle that helped create the world
It has been used as protection against evil, as good luck for voyages by sea and by land across the globe.
Most importantly I believe that the turtle energy helps us close all other books and begin to tell our own true tale. Turtle energy is behind all great storytellers and writers. So if you are feeling the need to be inspired as a writer or storyteller, try and connect to the Turtle, you might be pleasantly surprised with your creative writing and spoken word.
Just like the Owl, the bat is the guardian of the night.
When the bat makes it’s presence in your life, it is often a sign of great transformation. This is a time to fully rely on your senses ones that heighten your psychic abilities.
Individuals drawn to his familiar are usually highly sensitive and extremely aware of their surroundings anyway. This is an animal that works on a sonar type system. Everything is energy, frequency and vibration to this beautiful and elusive creature.
This is an animal that is highly perceptive, intelligent and very social. Nothing escapes the instincts of the bat. People with bat familiars have the ability to see straight through any situation and people. Their ability to sense energy from this world and the next is truly uncanny. They have a synesthetic perspective of the world. In other words they have the ability to see, smell, hear and feel energy, frequency and vibration. These people with such familiars make wonderful energy workers and psychics. This type of sensing is second nature to such people.
As the bat is also connected to the underworld, be prepared to engage in some shadow work with this beautiful familiar. Shadow work can assists us to move from congested and stagnant energy that has accumulated within our body over time.
The bat familiar assists us to see the unseen, both in the other worlds and this.
As the famous scientist Nicola Tesla once said:
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla
It looks like the elusive bat has already beat us to it!