Nell loves nature and has studied Witchcraft, Paganism and Herb law all her life.
The Link Between Magic and Spirituality
I have been interested in Witchcraft ever since I was a child. In fact, I think I was born with a bell, book and candle in my hand. Witchcraft, or Wicca, is a form of Paganism. But what does that mean? Today, one of the definitions of what it means to be a Pagan is to be a lover of Nature.
Witchcraft has been given a bad name over the years. But if we look at all religions, especially way back in history, most of them make reference to some form of magic. For example, magical incantations, daily rituals, or the use of gemstones, candles and incense to enhance daily prayers are all forms of magic across religions. In this article, we will look at rituals you can use to work within your relationships with animals.
This Article Covers:
- How to Attract Animals to You
- How to Support a Sick Animal
- How to Provide Lasting Pet Protection
- How to Psychically Bond With an Animal
- How to Use Divination to Uncover Your Animal Familiar
Brief History of Animals and Magic
Most of us have heard of the Familiar or Witch's cat, but there are many animals that can be invoked in a spell. Throughout history, people have made and used animal omens to bring them luck while at sea or fighting wars. Carved from wood or bone, sailors would often take small fish- or whale-shaped images with them to bring good luck while on the stormy seas. When hunting, hunters have often carried a carved animal in their belt.
Many wood or stone carvings of animals are made not only to protect humans, but to also protect the animals themselves. Even today, we place carved wild animals made from stone or wood in our gardens. Psychologically, we have them as Totems because we love them. But who's to say they are not there to protect the animal?
Take the fox carving pictured below. What if it's there to say "no" to hunting?
How to Attract the Right Animal to You
We all know that animals have a sixth sense. But not many realise that it's actually a form of telepathy. I personally have a very strange—and sometimes quite funny—affinity to dogs. Indeed, I seem to attract them when I am out walking! Walking through the local park, I recently saw a guy in front of me with his small dog on a leash. I am not sure what type of dog it was, just small, furry and very cute. It spotted me, and much to the owner's chagrin, dragged him over to me so that I could pet his belly. The dog's belly that is—not the guy's!
This sort of encounter happens all the time. Dogs cross over the road to be petted. But of course, not all dogs act that way. And let's face it, cats are much more obstreperous when it comes to making friends with their new owners!
Animal Invitation Spell
- Use a focal image for your altar (e.g., a photo, toy or image). It has to be a literal depiction of the animal you want.
- Next to the picture, place images of what that animal would have in its life with you. For example, if you are envisioning a rabbit, you might want to put out some hay or grass.
- Add animal-shaped candles, or candles with the image of the animal imprinted on the sides.
- Light a Spirit-summoning incense. This can be cinnamon or frankincense.
- Relax and visualise the animal that you want to draw to you.
- Do this every day for up to 30 days. The animal you wish will soon appear.
Spell for When Your Animal Is Sick
When your pet is ill or hurt, it's a horrible feeling knowing that they are suffering. Apart from the obvious help from a trained veterinarian, you can support them by casting this spell.
- Cast your circle and place thistles at the four cardinal points—north, south, east and west.
- Place your animal inside the circle so that the spell is intensified.
- Chant your spell or words over the animal. You can either write your own or you can light a white candle and appeal to St. Benedict. Keep an eye out for a crow outside your window. This will indicate that your spell has been heard.
- Do this for as long as your animal is unwell.
- When he/she is recovered, add Masterwort (Astrantia) in a pouch around the animal's neck for strength and protection.
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Use Candle Magic for Lasting Protection of Your Pet
For long-term physical protection for your animal, follow these simple steps:
- Find a candle or create one that resembles your pet.
- Carve your animal's name and symbols of protection on it.
- Anoint the candle with oil and then burn it.
If you wish, burn one and keep another. Make sure you keep one burning at all times. When the candle has been burned in its entirety, make another.
Spell to Create a Psychic Bond
We all have a bond with our animals. We love them, protect them and make them part of our family. But sometimes we wish we could mentally understand or use a form of telepathy to understand what they are trying to tell us. This spell will help you make a psychic bond.
- Cast a large circle around you on the floor. It has to be large enough to add your animal, magical tools and anything else you wish to consecrate. Don't forget to add animal collars and coats. Include your written spell.
- Around the edge of the circle, burn Frankincense joss sticks or cones.
- Sit within the circle with your pet and repeat the words of the spell.
- Sit as long as you feel comfortable.
- Conclude by 'undoing' the circle. This is done by clearing it in the opposite way you closed it (e.g., counterclockwise; widdershins).
Saints and Animals
St. Francis of Assisi
Patron Saint of Animals
Patron Saint of Dogs
St. Gertrude of Nivelles
Patron Saint of Cats
Use Divination to Find the Right Familiar or Pet
We all know what it's like to fall in love with that new kitten or puppy. But you cannot force it to love you back. Sometimes you may need a little help to discover whether that animal is the right one for you.
This is where Divination can come in handy. Either cast the cards yourself and ask the question out loud, 'Is this the right pet for me?' Or get someone to cast for you.
A good way to see if the pet is the right one is to concentrate on it before bed and try to direct your dreams towards it. If you can see the animal clearly, then it's for you. If you cannot see it or feel it, then it's the wrong one. In fact, many people dream of another one completely and that is the one that is their totem spirit animal. The one that calls to you is the one that will manifest in your dreams.
Using Telepathy to Connect With Your Pets
Even Witches Can Be Big Softies!
Throughout history, people have used spells and incantations to support healing, to ask for help or deliverance, and to help in other major things in their lives. So it is unsurprising that many of us would want to integrate our spiritual workings into our relationships with our beloved animals. Let's face it, where our animals are concerned, we would go to the ends of the earth to help them!
But then again, we are all big softies, aren't we?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Nell Rose
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 13, 2020:
Thanks Bobbie, here's one I found for you.
Bobbie on July 12, 2020:
First I want to say that I love your work and honesty. Ok for my question I was wondering if you could help me come up with a spell to heal my kitten? Or do you know one I could use?
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 24, 2019:
6 cats, that's awesome! lol! I do hope your young cat gets better, we do worry when anything goes wrong. Thanks Flourish.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 23, 2019:
Thanks Peggy, yes I love all the animal spells, great for Wiccans.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 21, 2019:
I totally connect with cats. I have 6 and am concerned about my young cat who just had his second cancer surgery in 8 months. He’s a tough little fella and so sweet. I just want him healthy and protected. He was once feral. I enjoyed reading this article.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2019:
I would agree with you that we are all softies when it comes to the pets that we love. This was an interesting article to read.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 08, 2019:
Thanks Mark, anything magical to help our furry friends!
Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on March 06, 2019:
I love cats and this is a great article on healing spells. Thanks for the thorough education on witchcraft.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 12, 2019:
Thanks Chitrangada, yes each religion has a special affinity to animals, thank goodness. Always good to hear from you.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2019:
Excellent article Nell!
This kind of knowledge is quite rare and specific and you explained everything so well.
Animals and birds have religious significance in Hinduism too.
I always enjoy reading such articles from you.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 11, 2019:
Thanks Tim, yes our pets are so special to us, and this gentle little 'magic' spells definitely help. whatever the religion we have always said mantras prayers or spells to protect. I totally love candle magic, its amazing!
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 09, 2019:
Thanks John, I have always been interested in this sort of thing, I am a cross between a pagan, and a psychologist! lol! hope your two dogs are better soon.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 09, 2019:
Hi Paula, me too! we have always had cats and dogs, witchcraft is just another word for waying prayers really. lol! yes cats can be really witchy! and a pain when they yell constantly, LOL! thanks as always. Peace, nell
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2019:
This was an enjoyable read as well as being educational, Nell. I have two old dogs who have not been well lately. I may need to use a couple of those healing spells on them. Thanks for sharing.
Suzie from Carson City on February 08, 2019:
Hey girlfriend.....Being an animal lover, I truly love this article. You've passed on some new info to me and I especially appreciate learning!
I've been Mommy to so many fur babies in my lifetime, always having at least one cat and one dog, often more.
Currently I have my 3 precious felines. Cats are definitely mysterious with individual, fascinating personalities! I have no problem understanding their connection to witchcraft. My 2 males are sweet, laid back & playful guys. But my female? Oh, she is one hell of a witch!! I'm thoroughly convinced she's the reincarnation of an old, ornery nun I knew in High School!! Total Bitch!! LOL....Thanks for the education & entertainment, Miss Nell. Peace, Paula
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2019:
Thanks Pamela, I am so glad you liked it!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 08, 2019:
Nell, I enjoyed your article on animal spirits and I learned so much from this article.The connection with animals through spells was so interesting.
Have a good weeend Nell.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2019:
Thanks so much, Tim. Yes so many Saints are there for our furry friends! lol! and yes, call them spells prayers or whatever, every religion does it one way or another.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 08, 2019:
Excellent, Nell. I love your work because it's informative and educational. It was interesting to learn about the saints who are guardians of various animals. I also liked reading about connecting with your animals through these spells.
You are quite right: all of the major religions of the Earth have magick within, and a wise person should seek to learn as much as possible about these things for spiritual growth, prosperity, and protection.
You are a talented, kind, and informative author who inspires and provide a wealth of data for your readers.
Peace be yours, Nell, until I read your next wondrous article.