As I my watch my beloved feline familiar Num Nums fight for her life, I can’t help but be humbled by her unyielding loyalty to her owners (me & my family.) Actually, we are more than that we are her family. Some people have a hard time grasping this (mostly the non-animal oriented) but they love and trust us just as much as we do them. For thousands of years, humans had always embraced and accepted animals to their homes and lives. Right now I can’t help but wonder what will happen to Num Nums once she passes. I was told by a roman catholic acquaintence of mine once that animals have no souls and don’t go to heaven, yet the research I’ve done over the years have proven otherwise.
Ancient Egyptians believed animals protected us even in death. They were worshipped and revered for their gifts, immortalized in temples and monuments, and in paintings and texts. Most ancient North American tribes like the Aztecs, Mayans and most Native American tribes today believe we can call on animal spirits for guidance and inner strength. In Hopi and Navajo rituals they call on certain animal spirits to cure certain ailments and illnesses. Many of them have had success curing their people too. How do you explain this?
Pagans believe in Familiars, who are ancient spirits or elders that take the form of an animal to guide and serve a young witch in their magickal workings. This ancient folklore was brought to the mainstream with the Harry Potter Series and shows like Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Though I’m not a devout pagan I do embrace certain customs this one in particular. I do feel Nums Nums is my familiar she is very protective of me and my family. She has proven herself on several occasions and now as she holds on for us. She has been a part of my family for sixteen years and would always accompany me during my readings my clients loved her; never had a problem with her being around. I love you Num Nums and I will never forget you. I take comfort in knowing that you can be summoned whenever I need you.
Love and Light xoxo