Pet or Familiar?

I’ve seen people write about this subject, and I though I would give it a try. I know the witch and her black cat-image is not totally true, although I have to admit that my cat Velvet is black. I have heard many theories about whether your pet is a familiar or just a regular family pet. Some just say that their pet is a familiar, while some claim that the familiar is an animal that comes to you, not the other way around. It’s not just about having a cuddly animal that you love to pet and play with. A familiar is a pet that also give you strength and a boost, so to say, during rituals and such.

Personally, while I love both my pets, my cat Velvet and my dog Spike, who you can coo over in the picture above, I do not feel that they are my familiars, even do I feel a connection with them both. I’ve had Velvet for 2 years and Spike is my boyfriend’s whom I met a year ago. I love them both dearly, and I know they reciprocate. Spike is always by my side, even now he’s lying at my feet. So no, they are not my familiar, but they’re no less loved or important because of this.

Do you have a familiar or a beloved pet?

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2 Comments

  1. Diandra said,

    January 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    How cute!

    Some days it feels as if the familiar is a witchy “must have”, such as a totem, a spirit guide and your very own garden fairy. ^^ I think if someone has got a familiar (or totem, or spirit guide) they are lucky, but those things do not come by default.

    (I don’t think I have got any of those, although a friend claimed I had a cat-familiar. Maybe if I continue to learn really hard…)


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