It's my turn to blog again. Halloween is nearly here and what better way to celebrate trick or treat than by relieving your minds if you run into a black cat while out doing your tricks and getting your treats. Smile.
Did you know that many people believe a black cat brings good fortune and also, that anyone who finds the one perfect, pure white hair in an all-black cat and plucks it out without being scratched, will find great wealth and good luck in love.
In Britain, on the Yorkshire coast, wives of fishermen believe that their men folk will return safely if a black cat is kept in the house.
A black cat in the audience on opening night portends a successful play.
In the south of France, black cats are referred to as "matagots" or "magician cats." According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve.
Black cats were once treated like royalty in the homes of English sailors, who believed that keeping them happy would ensure fair weather when they went to sea. They became so high-priced that few sailor could afford them.
English Proverb: "Whenever the cat of the house is black, The lasses of lovers will have no lack."
Many of you know that my hubby and I love cats. At a time neither one of us cared about cats, a black cat (we named him Maxie short for Maximillian) came into our lives. We learned a lot about cats. The cat I saw leap on a pigeon and break its neck as a kid causing me to hate cats was explained to me. He was homeless and only trying to survive. Max died this past February, and we have two cats now. One is black.
Many of the bad superstitions materialized just in the last few centuries. Before that cats were revered.
Much of the information in this blog came from Kinross Cattery.
Sandy AKA Sandra K. Marshall
Author of Addiction and The Deceived