Thursday, June 30, 2011

Not So Familiar

By Darcy Merriweather from Heather Blake’s It Takes a Witch (coming in January 2012)

Have you ever heard of familiars? You’d think that I would have brushed up on all my witchcraft terminology when I found out I was a witch and then moved to the Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, where there’s a witch on every corner.

But I’d never heard of a familiar, didn’t know what they were, and had never seen one until one was quite literally underfoot. If you’re as clueless as I was, here’s the definition from (don’t you love that website?)

Familiar: an animal, as a cat, that embodies a supernatural spirit and aids a witch in performing magic.

Since I’ve been in the village, I’ve come across two familiars, Pepe (a mouse who works at Bewitching Boutique) and Archie (a Macaw who works for the Craft’s secret Elder). I know there are more, maybe even one under my own roof. Could it be Missy, our dog? Tilda, our cat? Is there a mouse in our house, too?

I’ve begun questioning every critter I come across—and I’m not alone. I found my sister Harper quizzing a lady bug the other day. I guess time will reveal who’s who and what’s what around here.

Until then, I’m hoping Pepe and Archie might help me solve the murder that recently occurred in the village—and help me to brush up on all things witchcraft. Can’t hurt to ask them, right?


  1. I've heard of familiars but haven't met one yet, or have I?

    I would definitely ask both Pepe and Archie to help you in solving the murder.

  2. I'm wondering... does the type of familiar (cat, dog, parrot, viper) make a difference to witch's magic?

    I'd like a big dog, a Leonberger, or something like that!

  3. Dru, you just never know.

    Victoria, not in my world. I know of a Saint Bernard you might be interested in...

  4. I know if familiars, yes. I told myself if I ever got a black cat I'd name it Salem. Stereotypical I know, but at the time I thought it apropos. Now, I just have a gray tabby I call "Egypt." (I love Egyptology!)

  5. Did you ever see the movie, "Bell, Book & Candle"? It's an old one -- James Stewart & Kim Novak. She was a witch & her familiar was her Siamese cat, Piewacket. I loved the movie & I have 2 Siamese. I must check with them.
    Hope yours can assist you or at least, keep you out of trouble.

  6. I love the idea of the animals working. So far I prefer macaws to mice, but maybe you'll open my mind to this new frontier!