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Familiars
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Hi guys / girls. I'm new to this site and I just need some help with the familiar busness. And if you could also tell me if you could be a certain relegoin but still be a white witch?
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Re: Familiars
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
Familiars are animals that are believed to assist magic users in spell castings, rituals, etc. Generally, speaking you could find an animal from a shelter, pet store, etc that could serve as your familiar. Others believe that you can't pick a familiar, the animal finds you.

I and most of my fellow coven members believe that it's best to have an animal that you feel a connection with be your familiar. However, you don't have to. The type of animal is entirely up to you.

Their presence is believed to increase the power of magical workings.

If you feel that you could benefit from having a familiar then by all means find one (and possibly give an animal a good/loving home in the process), but there is no law that says you have to have one.

Source:
The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. - Written by Raymond Buckland.



Magic doesn't really have a color. It is the intent of the individual that determines whether the spell will be positive or negative. If you know your basics, generally speaking, you should be able to use magic, be it positive or negative, regardless of religion. I know a few individuals that don't follow a religious path and still practice magic.

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Re: Familiars
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Post # 3
Thanks :D So I can be a Roman Catholic and a white witch?
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Re: Familiars
By: / Beginner
Post # 4
You should look into what the Roman Catholics consider heresy/sinful first and check with that lot. Magic practitioners can be from any religious denomination that makes them comfortable, but many religions do not actually accept/allow other beliefs outside their own doctrine? Roman Catholics are generally under the impression that magic supplants their deity, invoking powers usually reserved for their god alone.
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Re: Familiars
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5
This thread has been moved to General Info from Welcome.
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Re: Familiars
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Post # 6
the catholic bible says something along the lines of'he that practices sorcery shall be stoned to death;he has brought upon his own death'(i cant remember the exact words)I interpret this to mean that you control your life, and if you do something you will face the consequences, not that it is necessarily a sin to practice magic
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Re: Familiars
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well you can practice any religion while practicing magic there are no restrictions on it.
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Re: Familiars
By: / Novice
Post # 8
In my experience and observation, a true familiar is not chosen.It comes to the person or finds the person, a bond is formed with the animal. This is the natural way. Mine came to me in this fashion and the bond is strong and delightful.

There are methods though that I have found that supposedly help you make an animal into a familiar. To me, and this is just a personal opinion this is unnatural, forced.

However one does come about obtaining their companion, the bond is unlike anything else in life :) it is an amazing experience and relationship.
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Re: Familiars
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Thanks :-
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