upon your attitude towards magick and your familiar, you might want to
consider how you can protect it magickally during rituals and at other
times. If your familiar wears a collar, protective sigils or symbols
can be drawn in ink or scratched into the collar with a sharp
instrument or protective amulets and talismans may can be hung from the
Of course, this is all very well in the case of cats, dogs,
or even rats, lizards, or ferrets, which can wear collars. However, if
your familiar is a bird, fish, spider, or snake, a collar is out of the
question. A bird could have a small amulet clipped on to it's leg, but
if your familiar is a snake or fish, protective amulets probably aren't
an option, but if they are going to remain within a container of some
sort during the working, protective items may be put on it.
method for the protectction of a familiar is petitioning a deity which
is protective of the species of familiar you have. Bast can be
petitioned to protect cats, Lamia to protect serpents. Research may be
necessary, but most animals have a deity which can be called upon to
protect them. A consideration when calling upon a deity to protect an
animal is that it does not confilict with whatever other entities you
wish to work with.
If you use circles or anything similar, it should
be noted that your familar will not necessarily stay put. You really
don't want your cat to idly wander through and break a circle when
you've got something on the other side howling for your blood.
Physical Protecton Of Your Familiar During Workings
sure that your magickal tools cannot be easily knocked over, and you
should be especially careful with candles, breakable objects and
glasses of liquid. Many animals dislike smoke, so excessive use of
incense near the familar might aggrevate it. Some animals might feel
the desire to play with or eat your magickal tools, so this is
something else that should be taken into account.
If you are
undertaking a long ritual, you may want to make sure that animals such
as cats and dogs have water to drink. Animals that can be kept in small
tanks, aquaria, or cages, can be kept in a containiner within the
ritual space with items that are necessary for their needs, and taken
out (or not in the case of fish) at an appropriate point.