...or what is a familiar??
Woooooo.....so it's been a mad couple of days!!! I never, in a million years, would have known that we would now be a family of 5!!! hahahaha And a guinea pig at that!! I'd never really considered guinea pigs as my kind of animal - rats...YES!, dogs...YES YES!! cats...YES.......guinea pigs......never thought about it!! Well, I have now!!! Crash course in cavies!!!!
So, how did this all come about and what the heck is a familiar????
A familiar is a witch's magickal PA, if you like....a magicians assistant!! I like it!!!!! hahahaha He/she can be an actual animal in this plane......OR a familiar can be on the astral plane, be a mythological creature. The bond between a witch and familiar is firm :)
It's funny, really, as just the other day I was reading about familiars and how they will find you when you are ready.....just turn up on your doorstep, for example :) Which is what Fae did!! It was lucky I spotted her, by chance, as I was standing in the kitchen talking to Ian.....she was about to cross the road in front of our flat. That day was particularly cold and there are numerous cats and foxes about around here so we decided to take her in until we found her family.
After knocking on doors in our area and talking to neighbours it seemed that nobody had lost this lovely little piggie. I even asked Hecate for assistance (a slightly odd request, granted, but for all intents of purposes Fae was lost!) in finding her family....it was at this point that Ian and H came back from their door knocking!! A sign? I'd say so! It was then that we began to entertain the idea that maybe she had been sent to us:
"The guinea pig is an excellent communicator able to transcend its affection and emotions. They are intelligent, communicative, social and affectionate animals, capable of a wide variety of vocalizations and physical expressions to convey their state of being. The guinea pig is a healer and this is one of the reasons that it has become a popular pet in the West. Mayan shamans used the guinea pig as a diagnostic tool. The guinea pig would crawl over the patient and then tell the shaman what the illness was. (Today's 'modern medicine'' uses them as test subjects so often that it is now in the vernacular to consider someone a 'guinea pig' if they have been experimented on.) The Incas believed that the guinea pig could talk easily to the Gods and reveal prophecies. They inspire gentleness and humane treatment of others. Seeking out the company of those like you or with very similar interests. Being considered important to others is important to you. Preferring not to deceive or be deceived. Learning how to overcome obstacles to personal projects by being honest and trustworthy.
The guinea pigs are also mustered as intelligent creature which conceals nothing but expresses every state of being that they feel. If this is your animal, you will then be able to have a life that do not dwell in deception but lives with trust to own self and others. Their significance in the world of science as being test subjects manifests as they are vehicles to reveal truth."
There were many other strange co-incidences which signaled that she was sent our way....not least that we had sprinkled Faery Dust 'round our local Enchanted Woods, and Piggies are excellent manifestors!!!
So, we are awaiting her cage which is arriving today :) then things can settle down a bit and we can get her into a proper routine!!!
Angie.....Witch, Teacher, Soundscape Artist, Avid Truth Seeker
Ian...Occultist, Healer, Teacher, Soundscape Artist, Avid Truth Seeker
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