My grandaunt Elo (Lola Elo) and her sister (Lola Encia) were "Espiritistas". They can summon, banish, interact and bind spirits. It is in the family's tradition to bind the so-called "Guardians" to each newborn. These guardians are meant to protect, test, and strengthen the person they are bound to. The elements and the behavior of the spirit is also dependent on the person's, so basically, the person and the guardian influence each other.
In my generation (these are ALL according to my mom, who WAS a skeptic), all 7 of us (me and 6 of my cousins) were given guardians on our baptismal day. My mom was a skeptic, so she didn't believe these stuff, but to satisfy an elder's wish, she agreed. The guardian bound to me became active on my first year.
Often times, my mother told me that I would just disappear from my crib and she'll find me under the sink, in the bathroom, or whenever it rains I'll be at the roof in the rain, "baby-talking" with something she can't see. She said that after that she is starting to believe... But is still making up reasons on how weird things are happening.
When I turned 3 my parents set up a small play pen for me in their bedroom. This one time my mom was washing the dishes in the kitchen, and I was left playing alone in the pen. Then she said that she'll suddenly feel a little pinch in her leg, thinking that it was just her imagination she would just ignore it. But as she ignored it, it became a tap in the shoulder, and that's when she got creeped out. So, she went to the bedroom to check on me and she found me tucked in my crib sleeping. Then she said that's the first time she spoke to the guardian and asked it if it could just let her take care of me. But everything was just silent. But when she got down to the kitchen, her unfinished dishes were all cleaned up. She then freaked out and took me to my grandaunt, asking her to take guardian-thingy of me. She said the guardian wasn't ready, so my mom had to wait... But eventually, through my mom persistence, my grandaunt unbounded the spirit from me.
Ok, here's what I think... When I heard this story I kinda' got pissed at my mom. I mean the spirit was helping her take care of me and wasn't hurting anyone. So, I didn't think it was a bad thing to have it around. Also, as a side not, it would have been so cool to have had it until now. I'm a christian, but hearing that story from my mom, got me intrigued about Wicca... Because I think they have a way to summon spirits... I was just wondering if I can summon back my guardian... Wicca is a bit scary though, so I'm reading more...