Familiars, Muses, and Angels, oh my!

A guardian angel is an angel assigned to protect and guide a particular person or group. Belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity. The theology of angels and tutelary spirits has undergone many refinements since the 400s. Belief in both the East and the West is that guardian angels serve to protect whichever person God assigns them to, and present prayer to God on that person’s behalf. According to Leo Trepp, in late Judaism the belief developed that “The people have a heavenly representative, a guardian angel.”

In European folklore and folk-belief of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, familiar spirits were supernatural entities believed to assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic. According to the records of the time, they would appear in numerous guises, often as an animal, but also at times as a human or humanoid figure. When they served witches, they were often thought to be malevolent, while when working for cunning-folk they were often thought of as benevolent. The former were often categorized as demons, while the latter were more commonly thought of and described as fairies.

The Muses in Greek mythology are the nine goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

“Spirit guide” is a term used by the Western tradition of Spiritualist Churches, mediums, and psychics to describe an entity that remains a dis-incarnated spirit in order to act as a guide or protector to a living incarnated human being. Spirit guides were often stereotyped ethnically, with Native Americans, Chinese or Egyptians being popular for their perceived ancient wisdom. Other popular types of guides were saints or other enlightened individuals. Some spirit guides live as energy, in the cosmic realm, or as light beings, which are very high level spirit guides. Some spirit guides are persons who have lived many former lifetimes, paid their karmic debts, and advanced beyond a need to reincarnate. Many devotees believe that spirit guides are chosen on “the other side” by human beings who are about to incarnate and wish assistance.

Where do you stand on the belief in each of these?
Do you agree with pre-defined views, or do you have your own theory?

How does the modern definition of Familiars, being evil or demons assisting witches, make you feel?

Do you believe you have a guardian spirit, a spirit guide, or a familiar with you?
If so, what form does it take to commune with you? How long has it been with you?

The term ‘Muse’ used in modern day represents anything that gives you inspiration; what’s YOUR muse?


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