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Familiar
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Post # 1
I think I have a familiar. I have had a strange large spider in my garden. My lover killed it and it is back again even larger then before. It is a Golden Orb Weaver a garden spider. I have never seen one before and have encountered it twice in 3 days. They are poisonous, but not deadly. I immediately thought this is my familiar the second time it appeared. Any thoughts?
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Re: Familiar
By: / Novice
Post # 2
It is just a spider.

A familiar is a spirit, not a physical entity.
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Re: Familiar
By: / Novice
Post # 3
This thread has been moved to Misc Topics from Introduce Yourself.
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Re: Familiar
By: / Novice
Post # 4
no it's not, there's more to a familiar than just seeing it. perhaps if you feel so strongly about it, look up spiders as totems, or deities associated with spiders, it could be the 'a-ha' moment for finding a spiritual guide.
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Re: Familiar
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5

The idea that a pet or other living animal 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: 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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