I noticed a lot of newer witches were really interested in wanting and getting familiars, but didn’t know how to get one. Something you should take note of is that the familiar chooses you, not the other way around. You can’t just walk into a pet store and pick one out. But you can make yourself more vulnerable to get a familiar.
The first step in getting a familiar, you must prepare your spirit. You must love yourself, tend to your spirit, and always try to grow spiritually. If your spirit isn’t full of love and desire, a familiar will not choose you.
After your spirit is ready, you can choose how you’d like to draw a familiar to you. There are a few different ways to do this. One of my most common ways to get a familiar, or draw one to you, is to use meditation. During meditation, you can ask the Divine to bestow one onto you. Some deities that would be a good choice to ask would be Mising (Native American god who protects animals), Heitsi-Eibib (African god of animals and nature), or Artemis (Greek goddess of animals and hunting). If you’d rather not choose to work with a deity, you can you ask nature to bring you one as well. Another way to use meditation to bring a familiar to you is to visualize a bright light (your familiar’s spirit) coming towards you and embracing it. Lastly, you could ask the Divine, nature, or your higher self, to show you the way to your familiar. When you do it this way, you can visualize the exact path you need to take to find your familiar.
Another popular way to get a familiar is by using spells and rituals. When you want to use a spell to get a familiar, or draw one to you, you should cast a circle (if your tradition calls for it, although I always recommend it for these types of spells). You should use your normal spell or ritual layout, but there are a few different things you can do that might help amplify your magickal workings. Using crystals like celestite, kyanite, golden tiger eye, agate (banded, blue lace, white), selenite, and angelite can help draw a familiar to you. You can arrange the crystals of your choice on your altar and empower them to call to a familiar. You can use sigils in your ritual as a beacon to draw familiars your way, or make yourself more vulnerable for a familiar to accept you. You can use oils (anointing or familiar oil are the best options, but you can use your favorites) to anoint yourself to get the attention of familiar spirits. If you’d like to have a certain type of familiar (if you really want a cat or reptile), you can use pictures or symbols of those animals to help draw that type of familiar to you.
Something you should make note of is even if your spirit is ready and you perform a very intricate ritual, you may not get a familiar. You shouldn’t get discouraged. Maybe you aren’t meant to have one, you were too specific or needy(only wanting a male black cat), or you didn’t wait long enough. After you performed any spell or ritual to get a familiar, you should always wait at least two months before performing another. This will give the spell enough time to work and get the familiar to you.
Please keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my experiences, and my opinions that I have gathered from my research. If you disagree, just remember: nothing in witchcraft is set in stone. There is no right way, or wrong way; just your way and my way. If you have something you’d like to add, please do so kindly in the comments.
Blessed be, brothers and sisters.