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In European folklore, familiar spirits (sometimes referred to simply as "familiars") were supernatural entities believed to assist witches in their practice of magic. They would appear in numerous guises, often as an animal, but also at times as a human or humanoid figure. It is said that there are three ways one "acquires" a familiar. 1) the spirit may spontaneously appear to the individual, 2) the familiar is passed down through the family or by one powerful individual to another, 3) the familiar is "called upon." In some cases, it was said that witches were assisted by several familiars throughout their lifetime. Certain familiars would appear as needed, much like guardian spirits.
Modern day witches believe you can draw a familiar to you by meditation. Find a quiet place to sit undisturbed, and allow your mind to wander. As you journey, you may encounter various people or animals. Focus your intent on meeting a spiritual companion or helper. The helper may not come in the form you envisioned but the companion will offer the help you seek.
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