Lady_Savant (lady_savant) wrote in cat_magick,

Cat lore, cat magic & Witches familiars

Cat History
For thousands of years, cats have been regarded as mysterious creatures with supernatural powers. These beliefs certainly did not disappear during the European witch-craze.

The witch trials started in the 13th century. People began to believe that witches had the ability to turn into an animal, usually a hare or a cat, in order to transport themselves to a sabbat (a midnight meeting) presided over by the Devil.

The idea of familiar spirits soon developed. These were imps or minor demons who took the form of any small animal, from a hedgehog to a toad. A familiar acted as an intermediary for the witch, carrying out her orders so that she wouldn't have to be at the scene of the crime when the evil deed was done.

A witch's cat came to be called a ”grimalkin”. The Scottish goddess of witches was called “Mither o' the Mawkins”, a mawkin or malkin being either a cat or a hare. Originally a gremalkin was a gray cat. Later the term came to refer to the "pussies" or "catkins" on a pussy willow, as well as to the witch's cat.

* Some of the above info from John Richard Stephens, author of "The Enchanted Cat"

Cat Folklore and Magic
Cats have been sacred to more than one religion, and at different times and places have been considered both good and bad luck-bringers. The Egyptian goddess Bast was both lion-headed and cat-headed and attended by cats and therefore cats were sacred and revered in Egypt; killing one was a heinous crime, and when a household cat died mourning rites were performed for it. Cats were often found in temples and were ritually fed; stray cats were treated with honour and fed, and the household cat was allowed to share the family's food. Cat amulets were produced and elaborate cat-sized sarcophagi crafted for cats who had died, who were often embalmed as humans were. Followers of the goddess Diana also considered the cat sacred because she once assumed the form of a cat, and cats were under her special protection. In Scandanavia, Freya's chariot was drawn by cats. The Celtic goddess Ceridwen was also attended by white cats, who carried out her orders on earth.

Cat Dream Interpretations
To dream of a black cat is lucky.
To dream of a tortoiseshell cat means luck in love.
To dream of a ginger cat means luck in money and business.
To dream of a white cat means luck in, spiritual matters, divination and spell-craft.
To dream of a black-and-white cat means luck with children; or the birth of a child.
To dream of a tabby cat means luck for the home and all who live there.
To dream of a gray cat means to be guided by your dreams.
To dream of a calico or multi-colored cat means luck with new friends and old ones.
A dream of two cats fighting means illness or a quarrel.

Cat Spells and Charms
If a black cat crosses your path, greet the animal politely and stroke it three times if possible, while reciting this charm:

"Black cat, cross my path,
Good fortune bring to home and hearth,
When I am away from home
Bring me luck wherever I roam'.

Then leave the cat and go on your way. If you abuse, insult or ignore the cat, no good luck will follow.

Cat Divination for Fortune
When you drive off to work in the morning, do a “cat count” on the way out of your neighborhood. Look for cats resting peacefully on porches or fences, under bushes or parked cars. The more cats you find enjoying the light of the new morning, the more likely you will find good fortune in the coming day!

~ by: Edward Fitch
{The above found HERE.}
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