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what can familiars do
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Hey guys I just wanted to know what all familiars could do and how do you train them and what spell works to summon one and could it be without meditating because I get distracted very easily!

Please if you could help me that would be great
Thnx
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 2
First and foremost you do not train familiar, they are spiritual beings directly connected to there master so to "train" them one must train himself.

Second familiars can do a lot but at the same time they can do nothing, they can help you focus energy and cast spells, provide minor protection when working with other spiritual beings or even be a guide on the astral/spiritual plain, BUT they can do non of these things purely on there own(except being a guide)they will require you to know what you want them to do and how to do it not to mention for you to be ABLE to do it yourself.

And for summoning one I cannot really help I did it the LONG and HARD way.
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 3
You could try summoning it through a personal circle. It's whatever comes to mind when in desire for a familiar. Draw it, understand how to use it, and call your familiar.
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Post # 4
Thank you guys and I just have one more question can familiars touch physical things

And again thnx for the help
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 5
Some can, some can't.
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 6
Kk thnx a bunch
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 7
They are animals who you share a magical bond with.
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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 8

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Familiar_spirit

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.

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Re: what can familiars do
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Post # 9
I agree with lark, some are spiritual creatures that are drawn to us by are magic energy. Some are pets you share a magical bond with.
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The idea that an animal was a witch's familiar comes from the idea that either a demon had possessed the animal or that the witch turned into the animal. That has become, today, the idea that the familiar is their pet - like in Harry Potter. A familiar should be seen as a spirit guide or a business partner.
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