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Black Cats - Who's got one?

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@Aurelian, If my understanding is correct a familiar is a spirit / conscious energy that you have a close connection with. You can connect with them directly or through another, be it animal, plant or human. Please correct if I'm wrong  :)

With regards to pets being familiars I'm sure it's rare, as from the accounts I've read the familiar finds you. Maybe it's the nature of cats being allowed to wander around on their own that there are more reports of them being familiars as apposed to other pets. I've certainly read more reports of birds and other wild animals being familiars over the family pet. The main reason I asked in my original thread if people considered their cat as a familiar, is purely down to the witch black cat stereotype and if the close bond with that pet was considered more.

I'm with you on taking everything with a pinch of salt. I'm also doubtful, especially with my own beliefs and abilities. Which is why I'm finding this site such a blessing as I can read everyone's experiences and compare them to my own. I would definitely like to hear from those with familiars though.

 

 

Thanks Solanaceae for the familiars thread bump

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Sometimes I wonder if a spirit can have a familiar? I used to have an all white cat who would come running and jump on my shoulder whenever I channeled a particular spirit. She ignored every other channeled presence.

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@Aurelian, If my understanding is correct a familiar is a spirit / conscious energy that you have a close connection with. You can connect with them directly or through another, be it animal, plant or human. Please correct if I'm wrong  :)

With regards to pets being familiars I'm sure it's rare, as from the accounts I've read the familiar finds you. Maybe it's the nature of cats being allowed to wander around on their own that there are more reports of them being familiars as apposed to other pets. I've certainly read more reports of birds and other wild animals being familiars over the family pet. The main reason I asked in my original thread if people considered their cat as a familiar, is purely down to the witch black cat stereotype and if the close bond with that pet was considered more.

I'm with you on taking everything with a pinch of salt. I'm also doubtful, especially with my own beliefs and abilities. Which is why I'm finding this site such a blessing as I can read everyone's experiences and compare them to my own. I would definitely like to hear from those with familiars though.

 

I think that you have a decent grasp on the concept, although different witches have divergent definitions and opinions on the subject.  

 

The reason I'm so opinionated and salty about this particular subject is that too often people will latch onto a shallow and/or pop culture guided understanding of familiars, never delving any deeper into the matter, and any further understanding comes to halt.  Lo and behold, now their cat is their familiar!  Never anything else, it wouldn't cross their minds.

 

It goes without saying that if a witch does indeed have a kitty that is their familiar, me making a strong statement on the matter will change nothing at all!   :D

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I think that you have a decent grasp on the concept, although different witches have divergent definitions and opinions on the subject.  

 

The reason I'm so opinionated and salty about this particular subject is that too often people will latch onto a shallow and/or pop culture guided understanding of familiars, never delving any deeper into the matter, and any further understanding comes to halt.  Lo and behold, now their cat is their familiar!  Never anything else, it wouldn't cross their minds.

 

It goes without saying that if a witch does indeed have a kitty that is their familiar, me making a strong statement on the matter will change nothing at all!   :D

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Hey Aurelian-

 

Just a quick comment from me-

 

I do have a black cat that I've had a long time. She is about 13 yrs old. I do admittedly have a strange connection with her, although I wouldn't necessarily call her a "familiar". Some examples; she is an indoor/outdoor cat...she catches mice but it is a rarity that she catches a bird...like maybe once or twice in 13 years. I needed a bird one time. I let her out one morning and mentally told her to go get me a bird. Not an hour later that cat killed a bird and brought it to me. Another time I was in the house watching her outside "play with" a mouse out in the backyard. Feeling badly for the mouse, I wondered why cats actually do that. I was having a new talent emerge during this time period that allowed me to "switch minds" with animals  (which I have contemplated to be the real definition of shape shifting possibly) and actually was able to switch minds with her briefly...like a minute or two maybe (I don't recommend it-it feels dangerous and is a very strange experience...I've only done it a few brief times...I feel like a lot of bad things can happen when you can truly do this...it's like giving your body over to an animal with an animal's mind and your own mind becomes more primal and a bit more limited in its ability to think like a human...saying all of that because this is in the public section of the forum). Anyway, it was fairly easy to make the switch. I know why cats do that now..lol. She does have a bit of an interest in being around when I am doing spells. I think she likes being around the energy that's being raised. I think she feels it maybe?

 

I don't necessarily believe that our pets can be familiars...but based on my few experiences, there is a nugget of truth to explore there. Basically, where there is smoke, there is usually some fire. 

 

Regarding cats though, in general, I have more of a personal affinity for calicos (or tortoiseshell) rather than black cats. Always have. I have to get another calico at some point. When my black cat was pregnant years ago, I sensed a calico. I could see it in the womb of my cat...I just knew she was going to have it. When the calico was born, I gave it away. I wish I would have kept it. I'm always on the lookout for my next calico. If you look into it, you'll see some info. out there on witches and calico cats from Europe, I believe. Makes sense to me. Interesting stuff.

 

I wonder if it is more about the individual owning the cat versus the cat itself...which is why I wouldn't call it a "familiar" situation but more of a witch being able to develop a special relationship with the cat, if that makes sense.

 

Have a good one! 

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That's great, Anara!  

 

My cat, whom I love, just brings me.....decapitated baby bunnies.  All the time.  I've stepped out on my porch and....squish!  OMG   :stars:  He officially has his own shovel so I can go bury them out in the field.  I figure he thinks I'm the worst kitty ever and thus takes pity on me!

 

We can certainly develop very deep and special relationships with our critters, and I've been vegetarian for decades because I love animals.  I definitely can't do the shape-shifting thing.  I can pick up on (some) animals, but not in such a way.  That sounds like a very interesting ability.

 

That's a good thought, regarding the person owning the cat.  We can develop relationships with land spirits, some of whom are the embodiment of a certain species.  I wouldn't know how to classify such a relationship, but to me at least, I agree, not 'familiar.'

Good post and some things to think about!

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My cat, whom I love, just brings me.....decapitated baby bunnies.  All the time.  I've stepped out on my porch and....squish!  OMG   :stars:  He officially has his own shovel so I can go bury them out in the field.  I figure he thinks I'm the worst kitty ever and thus takes pity on me!

 

 

 

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Oh no! Not bunnies! LMAO! He's bringing you presents! That means he loves you! hahaha! (I feel ya... I've almost stepped on decapitated mice many a time..lol)  :rabbit:  :bunny3:  :bunny3:  :bunny3:

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The reason I'm so opinionated and salty about this particular subject is that too often people will latch onto a shallow and/or pop culture guided understanding of familiars, never delving any deeper into the matter, and any further understanding comes to halt.  Lo and behold, now their cat is their familiar!  Never anything else, it wouldn't cross their minds.

 

I completely agree with you. If I were of the "fluffy" variety I would say my cat was my familiar because he's closer to me than anyone else because I'm a witch. He plays with witchy things so he must be a familiar right. But I feed him more than anyone else which is why that first bond was made and he will play with anything, unless my shoe laces and cardboard boxes have magical properties that I don't know about?  :confused: 

I think we are all probably guilty of seeing something that isn't there from time to time. Viewing things with our magical tinted glasses. That's what's good about being able to discuss these topics with people. It can be a bit of a reality check. 

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I have one :flyaway: post-393-0-84804200-1512953871_thumb.jpg

unfortunately you have to turn your head to the side to see her:)

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My cat Casanova, or Nova as he is now referred as is black, or rather blackish brown/red/gray that generally appears black. Surprisingly good guard with over 9 kg of pure muscle and aggression, also good at keeping negative energies at bay

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My cat Casanova, or Nova as he is now referred as is black, or rather blackish brown/red/gray that generally appears black. Surprisingly good guard with over 9 kg of pure muscle and aggression, also good at keeping negative energies at bay

 

upon first glance, I thought you wrote his name was Catsanova  :eye:

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I have 2 cats, one is a gorgeous grey tiger stripe and the other is almost all black with a touch of white around his mouth/nose and white socks. He is a fantastic hunter and huge! (like 19 lbs of kitty muscle). He is very sweet and cuddly but he is know to leave me disemboweled mice and weasels right as I step out my door, he apparently thinks I suck at hunting  :lol: 

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I worked many years at a cemetery office. A day before one Halloween, one of the maintenance crew nearly mowed over a kitten, so he brought it to me, knowing I had other cats. She is all black and is now 14 & sitting on my lap as I type. What with having been found in a cemetery at Halloween, and handed over to a witch, what else could I name her but Kizmet? She's free to be whatever she wants to be. She sleeps on my head, hogging the pillow at night even though she has her own. My cats are my family.

 

 

 

I work at a cemetery office too! How was your experience there? Was it located directly on the grounds? Our is in the middle of the cemetery itself, I love working here personally. I find it to be a pretty relaxing environment on the grounds especially, although the office feels a bit...suffocating?....I guess is the right word, when you are working alone in it. Hard to explain but the building has an almost "heavy" energy to it, 

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I myself don't have a cat, but i do have a pitch black wolf dog breed XD. He is perfect for me in every way!

Although, today I saw a picture of a ginger kitten that was found wandering in the area that i live in, and the community put an alert out with the kitten's picture asking if he/she belongs to anyone.

I swear i have never felt like I did when that picture hit my eyes! I've seen plenty of pictures with kittens, i have been around countless kittens. But that pocture just shot straight to my soul!

If he/she doesn't belong to anyone i would have taken him/her in a hearbeat. But unfortunately funds and family don't allow that at the moment.

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I work at a cemetery office too! How was your experience there? Was it located directly on the grounds? Our is in the middle of the cemetery itself, I love working here personally. I find it to be a pretty relaxing environment on the grounds especially, although the office feels a bit...suffocating?....I guess is the right word, when you are working alone in it. Hard to explain but the building has an almost "heavy" energy to it,

 

 

 

 

Better late than never - just saw your Qs. Our office was at the front, near the entrance. Most of the time I liked the atmosphere, although live office visitors carry loads of grief. I occasionally spritzed holy water to lift the haze. The crew were good people. The "residents" were never an issue & any time I saw a large, bow-shaped flare of light I'd think," there goes another one" & grin. And yea, winter's early sun sets meant I'd be locking up to go home after dark. Only problems were the wannabe witchlings who left burnt offerings and busted beer bottles. Asses. No real witch would insult the environment so.

 

The site is on a migration route for geese, and annually they halt traffic when the flock lands, crosses the road, or lifts off. 2-300 big birds make a heap of racket and slippery skid zones, but I wouldn't'a missed 'em.

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So I'm going a little off topic from my original post, but rather than starting a new thread, I thought I would share it here.

 

I have just discovered a breed of cat called a Lykoi a.k.a The Werewolf Cat and they look fricking awesome!!

 

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Some of you have probably seen them before but it's the first time for me.

 

. What an amazing cat! I would love one!

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Zombee and Professor I have never worked in a cemetery but I used to walk through one every day. It was my favourite place. It was so peaceful especially in the older part. It felt like a spiritual place although I never encountered any spirits!

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. What an amazing cat! I would love one!

 

I know right! They're supposed to have the temperament of dogs as well

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I have had a black cat, named King. Unfortunately, he passed.

I now have an all dark grey cat, Dino.

He's my best friend :-)

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Loving the cat pictures!

 

I don’t have a black cat - nearly got one but it fell through. I ended up with two fluffy Ragdolls. Definitely not my familiars, but one of them likes to pick tarot/oracle cards and is much more sensitive to energy and emotion than the other. I love unusual names, so I have Actually Whimsical (Chilly or chillsie for short) and Eloquence (Ellie).

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Yes! I have a black cat, I got him from the local animal shelter, we had been there several times, but Onyx, was the most entertaining and friendly cat there was.

He sleeps on my head and I really do mean ON my head. Most uncomfortable. He is a hunter, killer of mice and birds alike. He even brought me a live mouse and layed it at my feet, then he just left it for me to deal with. What fun and mayhem ensued.

He is more a partner in crime than a familiar, he could be if I ask him to come back when he dies. He loves to be with me, especially outside in the garden, where he inspects all that I am doing.

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Onyx and my Husband.

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