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Forums ► Other Spells Discussion ► familiars
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Post # 1
Please I need help. Can someone teach me how to summon a familiar. I'm desperate.
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Post # 2
look I don't think this is much help but look up Fiona Horne shes a famous witch read one of her books called Magickal Year theres a part where she talks about what a familiar is and how to get one
seriously to be honest she is one of the best witches to look up and from from she has her own website www.fiornahorne.com she will help you with this one

hope this helps
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Re: familiars
By: / Novice
Post # 3
You cant summon familiars.
Familiars are the names given to animals accused of helping 'witches' during the Salem Witch Trials.Most people accused or executed during this time were not witches.
There are many people who think differently then me,of course.
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By: / Beginner
Post # 4
Well, they can't be summoned to just "appear" but they can be rather...called upon.
By writing a chant for the purpose you put out the energy to animals so that your familiar will come to you or cross paths with you.
It could be given to you by a friend, or bought from a pet store, or even a stray that you take in (my first familiar I had for sixteen years was a stray cat I took in and was my best friend).
It could take a while, but one will come.
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Post # 5
Under spiritual spells and under conjuring spells you will see a link titling: "Summon a cat familiar". I am afraid no other animal is availible to summon, yet it shows you what to do for a cat familiar there.
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Re: familiars
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6

Oh heavens, not Fiona Horne. The woman is more infamous then famous and has publically admitted she only claimed to be a Witch in order to get some publicity. Her books are dreadful and inaccurate. She has publcally admitted she's an atheist. You might want to check out the article at http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/horne.shtml before spending money on her books:

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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