The Witch's Familiar: Spiritual Partnerships for Successful Magic

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 192 pages
Since ancient times, witches and magicians have worked magic with the aid of Familiars, or helpful spirits. Familiars may take the form of a beloved pet, a totem animal, or even a helpful nonphysical entity.

Explore the fascinating history of Familiar spirits in The Witches' Familiar. Written by one of today's leading authorities on both Wicca and traditional hereditary Witchcraft, this book is your complete guide to finding and working with a Familiar.

You'll read about the three types of Familiars: physical, astral, and spiritual. Learn how to call a Familiar to you, and how to choose an appropriate name. Discover how to use magical seals and sigils to command or release a nonphysical Familiar. Protect yourself and your loved ones by asking your Familiar to guard your home. Make your magic even more potent by enlisting your Familiar's aid in spellwork and ritual. Keep your bond strong, and find out how to release a Familiar when its work is done or it has passed from the physical plane.

This is the first book to present never-before-published traditional Craft methods for working with Familiars as well as historical examples from Western ceremonial magic. Your magic will be even more powerful when you combine forces with a Familiar face.

 

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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

I want to give this a 2.5, but I will give it a 3, because for most other "Craftspeople" this book will be useful. This book contained an abundance of information that is good for a practicing ... Read full review

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User Review  - EntwinedScylla - LibraryThing

Though I am not much of a fan of Grimassi's other works, this one is worth picking up if you are interested in the topic of Familiars. It provides a basis in historical knowledge (though ... Read full review

Contents

History of the Familiar Spirit
1
The Concept of a Familiar
2
Nonphysical Familiars
5
The Church and the Familiar Spirit
7
The Court and the Familiar Spirit
8
The Modern Witch and the Familiar
12
Choosing Your Familiar
15
The Journey Quest
16
The Elemental Condensers
71
Absorption and Projection of Elements
72
The Guardian Familiar
75
Home Guardian
76
Personal Protector
78
Dream Guardian
82
The Plant Familiar
84
Method One
86

Creating the Links
21
Using the Magical Cord
25
Controlling the Familiar
26
The Genesis Seal
28
The Seal of Calling
30
The Seal of Departing
32
The Seal of Protection
34
The Seal of Dreaming
36
The Seal of Carrying a Spell
38
The Seed of Protection Against Unwanted Familiars
40
The Seed of Severance
42
The Seal of Binding
44
The Seal for Controlling an Errant Familiar
46
The Seal of the Vortex
48
Using the Magical Seals
50
Ethics
54
Relationship with the Familiar
57
Merging with the Familiar
59
Working with the Nonphysical Familiar
62
Embracing the Familiar
63
Naming the Familiar
64
Working with the Familiar
65
For Healing
66
Housing the Familiar
68
The Artificial Familiar
70
Method Two
88
For Extra Potency
89
Magical Plants
91
Magical Charges
95
The Odic Breath
96
Forming an Energy Sphere
97
Informing
98
ThoughtForm Familiars
99
Parting with the Familiar
101
The Energy Bodies
102
Astral Doorways
115
Etheric Parasites
117
The Astral Substance
119
Part Two
120
Crossingover Ritual
121
Ritual for Dissolving
122
The Vortex Ritual
124
Parting Words
127
Keyword Association for Familiars
129
Concerning Classic Familiars
133
Names of Familiars
149
The Witches Alphabet
151
Bibliography
153
Index
155
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About the author (2003)

Raven Grimassi was a Neo-Pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than eighteen books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. He was been devoted to the study and practice of witchcraft for over forty years, and was co-founder and co-director of the Ash, Birch, and Willow tradition.

Grimassi's background included training in old forms of witchcraft as well as Brittic Wicca, the Pictish-Gaelic tradition, Italian Witchcraft, and Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft. Raven was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order, and studied the Kabbalah through the First Temple of Tifareth under Lady Sara Cunningham.

Raven lived in New England with his wife and co-author Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. Together, they directed The Fellowship of the Pentacle, a modern Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European spirituality.

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