Regarding the spirit animal controversy…
The original, unbastardized meaning of the term “familiar spirit” seems to be pretty close to what pagans use the term “spirit animal” to mean nowadays.
I will henceforth recommend the term to abusers of the word “totem” in place of “spirit animal” (which I was suggesting before) unless anyone can put forth any reasonable objections. Does anyone have any?
Edit: To make things clearer, I am NOT suggesting that anyone use the word “totem.” It has a specific meaning and comes from a specific Ojibwe term. I am considering suggesting that people use “familiar spirit” IN PLACE OF “totem” or “spirit animal.”