A being of any sort that a black magician uses as an anchor point in Matter. Familiars may be discarnate entities, they may be demons, they may be people, or they may be imprisoned elementals or animal forms on the astral plane. They may also be physical animals—like the black cats, toads or other animals that are often depicted accompanying witches.
Whenever you have electricity, you need the positive and negative for a current to flow. Wherever you have a Guru-chela relationship, you need Alpha and Omega for the completion of the circle. The black magician has polarized himself in the perversion of the Spirit, or the Alpha, current. He has perverted the energies of heaven (the energies of the upper chakras) and the light of the people to work his black magic. But in order to complete the circuit, he must have an anchor point in Matter that constitutes the negative, or Omega, polarity, and this is called a familiar.
In the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the witch had a raven. A raven is a very key familiar on this planet; in fact, the raven, as a bird, is the representative of the Brotherhood of the Black Raven, to which all betrayers of the light belong.
The raven was associated with the “Hapsburg curse.” According to the legend, every misfortune happening to the House of Hapsburg was associated with the appearance of a raven. The day before the assassination of Elisabeth of Austria, she was in the mountains around Lake Geneva and a black raven brushed her forehead with the tip of its wing. Knowing the legend, her companion became extremely disturbed and agitated. She said not to be concerned because it was not the raven or the curse, but the will of God that determined life and death, and where she was to be today or the next day was not of her concern. Nevertheless, she was assassinated, and the raven was the bearer of that sign.
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of Christ or Antichrist, pp. 101–03.