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Post # 1
Hello. I'm seeking advice on Familiars, I have a kitten that I would like to make my familiar. I have tried connecting with her, She does the things familiars do but is there a way to make her stronger? Or does it all depend on me? I am looking for a complete ritual on how to make her my familiar, Yes I have said, I think she is but I can't gain energy off of her when I am in need of it for a spell. So can anyone help?
Oh also can anyone help me with some vampire studies?
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Re: Familiars
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 2

Traditionally Familiars aren't physical pets, they aren't even pets at all, they're a Spirit a Witch works with, some practitioners believe you can make a familiar, others believe they are already existing spirits.

'She does the things familiars do...' So she assists with spells, provides spiritual protection, goes out and completes certain Metaphysical/Spiritual requests of you? Also Kittens, bless their little cotton socks are always so cuddly and dependant because they're babies (Toddlers).

A Ritual to make her your familiar? I doubt you could get her to stay still for long enough, also since traditionally Familiars are spirits and not physical entities; I question the rituals you'd do very heavily.

To your final point, look into Vampire folklore, and energy vamprisim, that is about the closest you can get to Vampires in this day and age. There are no real vampires.

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Re: Familiars
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3

The idea that a pet is the same as a familiar came from the centuries when poor women who had only a pet for company were often accused of being Witches.. It has continued in modern times because 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.

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