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Post # 1
I recently discovered my familiar is a spider. The EXACT SAME fat, hairy creature has been everywhere I was... in school, my bedroom, my car... I need advice on familiars. Mine seems friendly. Do you have to care for it, name it, etc.? Or does all that 'come with it'?
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Re: Familiar
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2

I'm not sure where the idea that a pet is the same as a familiar came from. I guess I have to blame it on some of the crop of poorly researched books on the market these days. But the fact of the matter is that our beloved pets and a Witch's familiar are very, very different things.

A Witch's familiar is an animal spirit or a magical construct created by the Witch or the Magician as an adjunct to their magical workings, as a repository for power, and if needed as a defense against magical attack from another magic user. A Witch or a magician can draw upon the energies of the familiar when they need an extra boost of energy in a magical working. Conceivably if the spell is important enough, the Witch could completely drain the familiar of energy causing it to "die" or cease to exist. And in the case of a magical attack, the attack could be diverted to the familiar so that it would be the familiar which is destroyed rather than the magic user. None of these are things that I think any of us would want to do with our pets.

There is an excellent article on familars here:

Animals are very sensitive to the energies around them and they may be drawn to us when we are working magic because they can sense the energy. They also want to be around their people, which again will make them want to be where we are..and that may be where we are doing magic. Neither of these things makes the animal a familiar or inherently magical in and of itself.

PS: Please don't type words in capital letters. That is against the rules on this site.

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Re: Familiar
Post # 3
Aye aye, captain.
Is it possible I constructed this Spider myself, unconsciously? If so, I'm glad I finally have some 'real' company for me to keep.
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Re: Familiar
Post # 4
No. You can't just create a living creature. There's a good chance that it is just a spider.
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