Wednesday, August 3, 2011
new 11x14 dragon print " familiar"
Adjective: Well known from long or close association
Noun: A demon supposedly attending a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal.
In European folklore and folk-belief of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, familiar spirits (sometimes referred to simply as "familiars") were supernatural entities believed to assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic.
According to the records of the time, they would appear in numerous guises, often as an animal,
When they served witches, they were often thought to be malevolent, while when working for cunning-folk they were often thought of as benevolent (although there was some ambiguity in both cases). The former were often categorised as demons, while the latter were more commonly thought of and described as .............fairies.
The main purpose of familiars is to serve the witch or young witch, providing protection for him/her as they come into their new powers.
"A familiar spirit (alter ego, doppelgänger, personal demon, personal totem, spirit companion) is the double, the alter-ego of an individual. It does not look like the individual concerned. Even though it may have an independent life of its own it remains closely linked to the individual. The familiar spirit can be an animal (animal companion)."
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