Familiars (sometimes called “imps”) aren’t just pets. A witch should have a spiritual connection with their familiar(s) and let them help in his/her magickal workings. While some beliefs suggest that they are minor “demons” sent to help a witch, many witches don’t believe that. They see them as living beings (or, occasionally, spirits) with ideal psychic attunement. Familiars are known as a witch’s helper and can range from dogs and cats to lizards and birds. Shoot, maybe even fish! A familiar doesn’t have to be a physical animal, either. It can also be an animal spirit. Some people even have dragons as familiars. Some witches believe you can give a pet magickal powers and turn them into a familiar. Other witches believe familiars aren’t pets at all, but animals who volunteer to help out witches. What do familiars do?
They are “in constant attention to witches for the purpose of carrying out spells and bewitchments.” (The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft 2: 119. Rosemary Ellen Guiley). They normally help their witch in her/his magick. Familiars are also known to give companionship and protect their witches, sometimes in turn for food, blood, love, nurturing, etc. They can visibly react to evil or negative energy towards the witch, alerting her/him.
How to identify your familiar?
Like stated above, familiars aren’t just pets. Just because you love your dog/cat dearly doesn’t always mean they are your familiar. A familiar is an animal, spirit or animal spirit/energy that has a spiritual connection to you and shows interest in your workings and/or magickal tools. “Witches who do not have familiars send out psychic “calls” to draw in the right animal.” as Guiley wrote in The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft (2: 120). Witches can also do attraction spells or divination to find their familiar. Be careful to not accidentally (or purposely) force an animal to be your familiar against it’s will. If it’s not your familiar and doesn’t want to be, it’s not your familiar. Familiars are not mandatory.
DISCLAIMER: I in NO WAY condone the shooting of birds of prey, as it is pretty much illegal (at least in the USA). I’m not a huge fan of shooting things, in general, either, unless it is for a constructive purpose, is done safely, and humanely, and the creature is treated with respect and its body used as much as possible afterward.
That aside… getting closer to what I’m shooting for aesthetically!
Kandi Burruss kicked it back to the ‘90s recently when she posted a photo of herself in the studio with *NSYNC. The throwback snapshot harks back to a bygone era when the boy band was hard at work on their sophomore album No Strings Attached.
Kandi was recruited by the guys to help craft tunes for the release, eventually helping to co-write their deliciously great track “It Makes Me Ill.” And, if you think it looked fun to work with the guys just by glancing at the photo, the Real Housewives of Atlanta singer/songwriter confirmed to The Daily Dish that it really was a party.
“I have another picture of the same picture with all of us shooting birds at the camera, but I didn’t think that was good for their image at this point so I didn’t post that one,” Kandi told The Daily Dish.
“We were young. We were having fun in the studio. I had wrote the song 'It Makes Me Ill’ for them on their No Strings Attached album and She'kspeare was the producer, and we just had a good time. They were super talented. They were really silly in the studio too, so you see Chris [Kirkpatrick] was acting crazy in the picture. It was really fun working with them. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad I had the opportunity. It’s so funny to see where we started and where we are now.”
So I got this idea in my head where everyone’s at the comm room place and idk what’s goin down but Jaal’s like “What about my people?” and Rhu’s like, “And what about mine?” Then it’s quiet for a bit and everyone’s like oh shit what now. So Rhu’s like, “I know your people come first, Jaal, but–” Then Jaal’s all “They do not.” And Rhu’s like, “I don’t–” Jaal interrupts like, “My people. They do not come first.” N Rhu’s full on ??? and then Jaal has a total mic drop moment n he’s like, “You do.” Then he freakin leaves n Rhu’s left standing there like oh i done diddly fucked up with everyone watching her n she’s just like “DISMISSED”
idk i wanna write it but I’m not sure if I wanna include it in my fic or write it as it’s own thing. #WriterStruggles