Heather Carter on YouTube put together a series of prompts titled #31DaysofWitchcraft that she’s been working her way through since the beginning of May. I really liked this idea, but I can’t handle the responsibility of any more daily posts, so I thought that for the next little while I would do one (or a few) at a time for the end of week “My Pagan Perspective” posts. I still have a handful more to go… but this week I’m doing Prompt 7.
7. Do you work with a specific animal spirit? If so, which animal and why? If not, is there one you would like to work with?
Although I don’t work with specific animal spirits, I do feel a connection to them and have used their representations in ritual as a connection to specific energies. This isn’t something I do often though, as I feel that even if I am asking for permission first, there is an element of usury involved in using creatures (whether they be nature’s animals, the Fae, or any other creatures) in my magic and ritual.
This isn’t to say that animal spirits, or animals themselves, are not welcome in my practice. But, I feel that if the choice is not entirely voluntary, without me asking first, then it is taking advantage. Interestingly, bees are very eager to take part in my practice and are often drawn to my spellcrafting and ritual when it is performed outside. I’ve also had the occasional squirrel, butterfly, hummingbird, moth, caterpillar, fly, dragonfly, chipmunk, robin, ant, chickadee, crow, and the Fae step in to participate without request.
These unprompted voluntary participation are always welcome.