“Familiar – In Western demonology, small animal or imp kept as a witch’sattendant, given to her by the devil or inherited from another witch. The familiar was a low-ranking demon that assumed any animal shape, such as a toad, dog, insect, or black cat.
Sometimes the familiar was described as a grotesque creature of fantasy, an amalgam of several creatures. The familiar was believed to subsist by sucking blood from a witch’s fingers or other protuberances on her body such as a mole or a wart. During the European witchcraft trials of the 15th–17th century a suspected witch was searched for the “teats” by which she fed her familiar, and these, like the devil’s brand marks, were considered sure signs of her guilt.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online
A conversation of Demonic Possession often turns to the topic of “Familiars” and quite honestly, most people have no idea what Familiars are or what role they are said to play in Demonology or the Satanic. I wanted to touch upon this in my Demonic Possession series since I have received emails with such inquiries. Let’s get started, shall we?
As stated in Britannica’s definition of Familiar we find that some of the folklore of Halloween was taken from the Familiar. The representation of black cats, toads and other creatures can certainly been seen a few weeks before Halloween on any isle of Target, WalMart, Costco, etc. Now, before the conspiracy theorists (or Christians) invent a new story that all retailers are worshiping the devil, let’s just remember that consumers drive what is offered for sale in a retail store. These businesses are not holding satanic rituals in the back of the store to ensure the Captain Jack Sparrow mask will sell…………Disney perhaps, but not the other retailers. 🙂
Most of us enjoy being “safely” scared from time to time. Take for instance the Ferris Wheel or Roller Coaster at the fair or amusement park. We want to be pushed outside of our comfort zone however, no one wants to die as a result. If death was the object, the Captain Sparrow sword would have a stainless steel blade instead of a plastic one.
Since we want to feel afraid, we seek out those things that will create the feeling we desire. Familiars are just that; objects (even people or animals) that create the desired feeling. It is the same thing that makes us want to be around people of like-mindedness and of the same social status and beliefs. We do not want to hang around people who do not inspire, educate, fulfill or otherwise satisfy us in some manner. We want to surround ourselves with…………….Familiars.
Familiars also come with a built-in attribute of which may sometimes be very difficult to disassociate ourselves. For us, the Familiar carries strong feelings of attachment and reliance; two attributes that are very difficult to control in the human psyche.
For example, if you smoke a cigarette when you drink alcohol, and you wish to stop smoking, it may be very difficult to resist the urge to smoke while drinking in the future……….especially initially. The same thing may hold true if you smoke a cigarette with your first cup of coffee in the morning. If you stop smoking, that morning coffee will certainly “call for a cigarette” in your subconscious every morning until something else fills that void in the collective psyche.
The Familiars are extremely strong for a drug addict who is trying to quit their addiction. The person who supplies their drug of choice, the places they usually get their fix and the smell, taste, etc. all combine to make quitting a very difficult endeavor. The addict is encouraged to change their lifestyle, including dissociation with dealers, locations and other things that remind them of the “high” experienced. No witches, toads or spooky things…………….just psychological “rewiring” of the mind. Simply put, the Familiars must be replaced and avoided in the future to prevent relapse.
From the standpoint of demonic possession, the Familiars are just as important. From the priest wishing to banish a demon, to the coven trying to extend an invitation to the beings well beyond the grasps of earth, knowledge of the associated Familiars is equally needed and desired. For the priest who is working from the Rituale Romanum, identifying and removing the Familiars will aid in breaking the cognitive connection between possessed and possessor. For the coven attempting to attract demons, Familiars are used with equal vigor. The Satanically blessed sacraments and implements of ritual will assist in focusing the energy and will also remove the spiritual languor by creating a focal point for that energy, thus producing the desired results.
Using or omitting Familiars is an important aspect of Demonology and Satanism. Role-play while using Familiars is a powerful aesthetic and theatrical method for opening the mind further to the subconscious and delving into the spiritual dimension.
NOTE: It does not involve a breast-feed imp or a witch with sore nipples
…………unless those are your specific Familiars!
Until Next Time,
- Demonic Possession – Part 1 (satanicmagic.wordpress.com)
- Rituale Romanum – The Exorcist’s Handbook (satanicmagic.wordpress.com)
- Satanic Top 10 List: How to Improve Your Satanic Magic Rituals (satanicmagic.wordpress.com)