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The most common types of familiars are cats, dogs, owls, and toads. But familiars also come in the forms of spiders, mice, chickens, owls, bats, wolves, even flies. Basically, familiars can take on the form of any animal or insect. In the most simple terms a familiar is an animal that chooses to assist you in your spiritual workings. You can have a single familiar or even several. Unlike totems, which lead and teach us, a familiar works with you, becoming a partner and equal.

Familiar are not 'pets', in the traditional sense. They are animals who are psychically attuned to help humans, to partner them in ritual and magical workings. They volunteer to this and can be an animal that is drawn to you or is called to you through a psychic call, or a beloved pet who after much exposure to the energy of rituals and spells can be transformed into partners and familiars.

Familiars can warn of danger and defend you when danger arises. Cats and dogs do this by hissing or growling. They often refuse to enter, or will quickly leave, a room or area, that's energy which is malevolent in nature. They act as protection from this malevolence, and in turn recieve protection from you.

They may leave a room when a particular person enters, or avoid a person altogether. They may sit and watch this person intently, and stay close by your side. Listen to these warnings, as more than likely this person is not someone who is healthy for you. The reverse is also true here, for if they give their affection to someone you might not at first care for, it may be that this person is going to be very good for you.

Animals in general, and familiars in particular are excellent healers. They can often tell when 'their' person is ill, or troubled. Emotional or physical, illness is something that a familiar can help to fight, by providing 'their' human an extra source of healing power.

By studying your familiar, you can learn how to temporarily take on some of their traits and abilities to help you deal with situations. The stealthy qualities of cats, the protective spirit of dogs and the watchful gaze of birds are all helpful techniques to adopt. Even the hoarding habits of hamsters may help you when your energy seems low.

They are excellent at helping you learn which type of magic is right for you. If they are disruptive to a ritual or spell, it is a good indication that it is not one you should continue. The reverse of this is that they can lend their energy to rituals and spells to make them more powerful.

Familiars also act as both anchors and companions during astral travel or meditation. Birds and cats are the best familiars for adventurous types, as they both guide you and help you explore the astral plane. Dogs anchor you to the physical plane, so those people who fear getting lost in the astral realm, benefit most from this type of familiar.

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