Many new Witches misunderstand the concept of familiars. In discussing the concept with them it is clear to see that they believe that their familiar spirit is their animal companion whether it is their pet cat or dog or bird and that particular animal aids them with their magick or ritual, but the Witch's familiar is much more than a pet and typically their pet is not their familiar. While having an animal companion is pleasant and there are wonderful benefits for the Witch in owning a pet, to believe that your pet cat or dog is your familiar is misinformed and misguided. A Witch's familiar is not owned by the Witch. A familiar is a spiritual entity in its own right possessing freewill and a unique personality. They are spiritual entities with agendas that may or may not align with the Witch at any given time. The familiar chooses the Witch as much as the Witch chooses the familiar; the two cultivate a magickal relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties involved in the bond.
Is there a difference between Power Animal, Totem Animal, Animal Ally and Familiar or are they one in the same?
A Power Animal, Totem Animal or Animal Ally are one in the same. They are animals that we tend to have an attraction to or who are called to us by an emotional need within us and appear to us in dreams, meditations, visions and mundane life. They reflect our inner spiritual nature and allow us to understand our past while revealing our future spiritual goals with visions of how our life could be if we lived with honest thoughts and emotions. As we focus on the attributes of our totems we internalize their traits and begin externalizing their character. It is possible to have several totem animals around us at various times in our lives or alternating totem animals due to the growth we do as we travel our individual spiritual path.
They are channeled energy frequencies that we tap into and work with to