Note to Macbeth, 1.1.8: familiar


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"In European folklore and folk-belief of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, familiar spirits (sometimes referred to simply as "familiars" or "animal guides") were believed to be supernatural entities that would assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic." —Wikipedia: Familiar spirit



Witch Feeding Her Familiars,
A Cat and Two Toads


Image Source: Wikipedia: Familiar spirit