About finding your familiar…

This particular blog subject was a request, a man (a certain man in particular, you know who you are haha) was interested in my input, so I gave him my two cents and I told him I would write a blog about it to elaborate on the smaller parts I spoke about. It’s been a long time since I made a real blog post, so forgive me, life has been busy.

Also, before I begin, I would like to add that today is the first day I have purchased my own domain, so welcome to the OFFICIAL MyrnaDragonchild.com! Joy! Celebration! Much congrats!

Now, back to the subject… familiars. There’s several different definitions of what a familiar exactly is depending on tradition, whether it be physical or spiritual, it all comes down to an animal that aids you (the witch) in magick.
There’s a ton of information out there about familiars and how to obtain one, though there’s some conflict in whether or not a personal assistant in which you have a spiritual bond with can actually be “obtained”, in the fashion of “I want this black cat in the window, it is going to be my familiar”.
In an intuitive sense, a cat’s curiosity for example can be translated as “aid” or interest in whatever the practitioner is doing, as if wanting to help. There’s nothing wrong with that, all it comes down to is- what is the cat actually doing?
Now, there’s a nice thing about working with animals of all types, and that’s instinct. There’s something particularly exciting about tapping into the raw, pure nature of animal instinct. Looking at the concept, this natural instinct- no matter how “domesticated” the animal is, is always still there in its un-tameable form and powerful in nature. This can be incredibly useful in rituals and spells- but is having a familiar necessary?

If you were to ask me, I would say no. It’s common neopagan practice to find a familiar, an animal companion to aid you in spiritual practice. A common trend I find in the concept of having a familiar (at least in the physical sense), that it’s either a cat or a dog (stereotypical, right?). Now if I had taken the concept of a familiar and ran with it to this date, my familiar would be a parakeet. Why a parakeet? Well that was my first pet that I would probably claim as my familiar. An animal I could probably say I had a spiritual bond with, and still do.
Would I know this Parakeet is my familiar? It would be purely intuitive. We are receptive to each other’s body language and gestures, emotions, and core desires (food, water, shelter). That’s just part of what it’s like to own a pet- understanding your pet. Asking my pet to lend its energy in ritual, or assuming it is already doing so? Questionable.
For those already doing so and having great results, by all means, that is wonderful, keep doing so. But for the rest of those starting out in general Paganism or Wicca 101, is claiming a familiar going to be necessary for you? The next question to bring up is, is it ethical to pull energy from your animal companion when they may not give their express consent? Is your pet going to remain as your household family member, and not your four-legged (or feathered or scaled) magical partner in crime?

So what’s with the need of weeding out what is or isn’t necessary? It’s to help you the practitioner get down to business and study, practice, and develop all you need to without having to go through the maze of unnecessary little things you may not have at your disposal that can stop you from reaching your full potential. This will bring me to my next blog on tools.

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“Mundane witchcraft”: during the winter months!

Some people like myself are usually more active during the spring, summer and fall months compared to winter when it comes to casting spells and performing rituals.
These winter conditions usually call for a lot of introspection, maybe some pathworking, depending on your personal practice. Sometimes I would go without doing a single spell for months but sometimes a quick spell or prayer is necessary, especially if you’re expecting brutal weather.
One of my favorite things to do during the winter is a winter salt blessing. (Even though the salt might not purely be salt, its still something cool to do for a peace of mind.)
So, when I need to go outside and lay salt around the perimeter of my house, I scatter the salt on the ground walking clockwise (to invoke) positive energy and protection during the winter weather, usually with some impromptu invocation that comes to mind. Counterclockwise if your focus is on repelling negative energy instead (especially if winter gives you the blues).
If I’m just throwing a cup of salt outside on my front porch, I’d bless the salt first by either invocation or visualization (or both), and then throw the salt out.
Little things like this are usually really nice to do simply so you don’t feel “stagnant”, and you’re still putting your “magickal muscle” to some use, even in less than optimal conditions (unless you LIKE this weather lol).

What other “witchy” things can you think of to do while its cold and frosty outside?

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The Wars Within

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Hymn to the Morrigan #2

beautiful! 🙂

Tarot By Asa

Terrible Grandmother,

Black and Red Woman,

Let me drink your rage

Until it transforms me.

Let your fires cleanse me from my bowels to my skin

Until I know peace

From the ancient Earth

To the soaring Sky.

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Hey, I found my old rose quartz rune set!

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I love my new box for my witchy supplies!

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Thanks Michael’s for the sale! 😛

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Witches Affirmation

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