How Familiar Are You?

When it comes to Familiars, I get a lot of questions. So I thought I would touch on the subject in this month’s blog post. I’ll also discuss thought forms and servitors a little bit, because there’s some overlapping and relational information there.

Historically speaking, a familiar was a lower Daemon sent by a higher Daemon (perhaps even Satan himself) to assist the witch or magician in their dark works here on earth. A familiar was almost like a witches helper or demonic bestie that helped them do evil. (Mind you the evil bits were the Christian interpretation). It was said that the familiar, who often took on the shape/form of an animal, could go fetch things like information by spying on ones enemies, or help the witch procure whatever she needed to cast her spells.

Which is also why, incidentally, every old woman with a cat was called a witch back in the day (when our ancestors were superstitious dolts).

Nowadays, witches and magicians who have an animal companion (or companions as the case may be), especially those animals that enjoy being involved in ritual or occult activities, often refer to these animal companions as their familiars. Whether used as a tongue in cheek phrase, or in complete sincerity, the use and meaning of familiar has morphed a bit over the years.

But then what about a true Daemonic Familiar? I’ve had people write to me asking how to draw Daemonic familiars. There are a lot of wide and varied beliefs here. Some people believe their pets really are Daemonic familiars. Others believe that the Daemonic Divine sends a person actual Daemonic familiars that may be invisible to the human eye. Others believe we create our own familiars as thought forms that we call servitors. I don’t think defining a true Daemonic Familiar is nearly this black and white. It’s perfectly reasonable that our pets really do possess divine intelligence and could easily be possessed by Daemonic force. It’s perfectly reasonable to believe that our familiars are spirits, invisible to mortal men. It’s also perfectly reasonable to create a servitor on our own, and imbue it with Daemonic essence, or invite the Daemonic to work through it. Of course I’m also a chaos magician and I believe that magick is only limited by our own limiting thoughts and beliefs. The more open minded you are – the more willing to experiment, the more magickal techniques and manifestations become open to you.

I believe you can petition Daemons known to give good familiars like: Paimon, Purson, Belial, Alloces, Gaap, Sabnock, Shax, Buer, Morax, Malphas, and Amy, and have either unseen or seen familiars sent to you. That said — a familiar isn’t any good to you if you don’t know how to work with it.

I once had a young man ask if I would do a ritual for him to send him familiars, and so I did. He wrote back a week later asking where his familiars were. Well, being a neophyte, he had no idea why he wanted these familiars or what to do with them once he received them. And he was angry at me because apparently he thought I could send him familiars and overnight all his earthly problems would be fixed.

That’s not how familiars work.

First, there’s the development of a rapport with the familiar. You have to become friendly with it. As one of my friends always says (jokingly, I assure you), “It’s your Daemonic Bestie, damnit.” This means you need to spend time with these familiars and feel them out. It also means you need to have developed a fair level of discernment before you even start thinking about trying to draw familiars to you. It’s not an exercise for the complete neophyte. It may be something a first degree initiate might attempt, but only with full knowledge of how familiars work.

What kinds of things can familiars do for you?

  • They can help manifest opportunities.
  • They can help manifest information to keep you a step ahead of other people. (Yes, they are great spies. So are self-created servitors.)
  • They can help you acquire the tools and implements you need for magickal work.

You may be wondering what the difference is between a thought-form/servitor and a familiar. Aside from the fact that you create the thought-form/servitor, whereas the familiar is an independent (of you) entity, the relationship with a familiar is more friendship based. Thought-Forms/Servitors, on the other hand, are your servants because YOU create them and they are an extension of your will. They do only what you say. Whereas a true familiar may follow your commands, it’s still going to do its own thing on occasion. Especially if you’re wrong and it knows you’re wrong. They’ve got their own methods and madness. They’re like mini-divine intelligences.

This brief article only scratches the surface of this topic, but hopefully it’s been a nice little overview and given you some food for thought.

11 thoughts on “How Familiar Are You?

  1. Regina

    Ahh, very interesting. I have often heard people refer to their cat, or bird as their familiar and wondered if the animal really was a familiar, or a pet that was affectionately referred to as a familiar. We can be very close to our pets, without them being a familiar. I learned a lot from this post, thank you.

    1. Steph Post author

      I agree re: having pets that aren’t familiars. I had one cat many years ago that came into my life immediately after a ritual to draw a familiar, and I’m 100% certain she was it. She died back in 2003. I haven’t felt that kind of magickal bond with another living creature since. Even though 7 other cats have been in my life since then. Then again, I also haven’t requested another familiar.

  2. Andrew Belcher

    Once I was in a bit of woodland above a house I lived in.
    I was doing a mundane task and thought, damnit I need a shovel.
    I turned around and there was a shovel leaning against a tree.
    How do we explain this?
    I still have the shovel by the way.

    1. Steph Post author

      It could have been a lucky coincidence, or it very well could have been Daemonic intervention. Perhaps even help from your Daemonic familiars. Or your servitors if you have them. We may never know…

      1. Andrew Belcher

        I’m not sure [anymore] that there is any real difference between lucky coincidence on the one hand; and Daemonic intervention on the other.

  3. Missy

    This is great! In the “McWiccan” communities they say that having pets as familiars isn’t real because familiars “absorb spiritual attacks” and you don’t want your pets “taking the hit for you”… But who leaves their house and self unwarded like that in the first place? I can’t speak for others but the demons I have invoked to keep my home and self safe from spiritual and physical harm or attachment are doing an excellent job…

    I have a familiar that I had even before I got into demonolatry. I didn’t know he was one until Duke Focalor told me he was given to me. I saw him every time I was meditating but he was never close to me. When I asked who gave him to me, he told me that it “wasn’t time for me know, yet.” In any case, I know this familiar’s name and how he has appeared to me in the past. I guess I really should start working with him more now!

    1. Steph Post author

      And yet, McWiccans are also the first ones to call Fluffy
      or Bruiser their familiar. LOL I think absorbing magickal attacks is one thing familiars do well.

  4. Christopher

    Very interesting, thanks for DISCERNING 😉 the difference between servitors and familiars. I’ve seen disagreements with letting your servitor become tulpas or offing them after a single service. But it seems the difference is a daemonically created intelligence and a self created intelligence?

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