Black Cats: Are they unlucky, or can a black cat be a sign of something mystical or metaphysical?
It was once thought, centuries ago, that a black cat was a witch transformed by shape shifting. This belief goes back to the old days of witch hunts, days that thankfully are now in our past. Many innocent women died during those times, many healers and herbalists, and free thinkers. Fear is an important tool we have for responding to our environment, but irrational thoughts mixed with fear can create a dangerous situation when we let our fears guide our actions.
Are black cats unlucky? What about having a black cat cross your path? Ah, that’s been a popular superstition that’s still shared today, even if just for the fun of it.
Black cats have also been considered to be good luck, too! Let’s look into a few legends and superstitions about black cats that teeter on the edge of magic.
“To keep off evil spirits clip off the ends of the nails of a black cat with a pair of scissors collect them and sew them up in a piece of black silk which can be carried about your person or kept in your home. It will bring you good luck.”
Clipping the ends off my black cats nails? I think not. Taking such action, I think, may be followed by a bit of bad luck, a combination of biting and scratching.
“To stroke a black cat’s tail seven times will bring good luck at cards.”
Maybe this is why you never see black cats in casinos!
What if you feel you’re the victim of bad luck? No one wants to feel that way! Is there a way to shake off bad luck? Here’s a superstition about bad luck, and how to rid yourself of bad luck. The down side: where does that bad luck go?
“To rid yourself of bad luck throw a penny over your shoulder and the one who picks it up will get the bad luck.”
Oh come on, that’s not fair! But then, how many people think only about themselves, turning their back on the affect they have on the world around them. Out of sight, out of mind.
The black cat has been a favored halloween topic for a very long time. Unfortunately there are those who would do harm to an innocent black cat in what they call “the spirit of halloween”. Harm to self or any living creature should not be encouraged. Please do what you can to keep this halloween a joyful, playful time, protective of nature and our precious black cats. God bless, have fun, and be safe.
Excerpt from The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe:
“In speaking of his intelligence, my life, who at heart was not a little tintured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise. Not that she was ever serious upon this point, and I mention the matter at all for no better reason than that it happens just now to be remembered.”
The Black Cat and other stories by Edgar Allan Poe can be found in Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness on Amazon.
Black Cats Luck and Superstitions © 2012-2014 Dennis Finn. About the author: Dennis enjoys many outdoor activities, and appreciates finding spiritual insights as a fun adventure.