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Friday, October 29, 2010

Positive Black Cat Superstitions

Hi Everyone,

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.

Happy Halloween!

Sandy AKA Sandra K. Marshall

Author of Addiction and The Deceived
http://www.eirelander-publishing.com
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10 comments:

Linda Kage said...

I didn't know any of that. Thank you so much for the facts. I love learning tidbits like this.

Sandy said...

You're welcome, Linda. You can learn more when I blog at Paranormal Romantics tomorrow. Smile. And again on Sunday, when I post my blog. Grin.

jean hart stewart said...

Love learning new things. I'd always been told black cats were UNlucky. Glad to know they aren't at all. Jean

Paris said...

Thanks for all the great info:-) I had no idea that black cats were ever considered good fortune. There's a huge black cat that hunt's the tree line that I can see from my kitchen window--I have a whole different perspective thanks to you:-)

Sandy said...

Jean,

While doing my research I learned negative superstitions extend to all cats and not just black ones.

Sandy said...

Paris,

Have you tried to make friends with the black cat near your home. I hope he's not homeless.

I'm glad to help you with your perspective on black cats.

Katalina Leon said...

Growing up, I always had a black cat as a pet. I just thought they were the most beautiful cats. I'm so happy to hear a few new positive takes on black cats.
XXOO Kat

Sandy said...

Kat,

I think black cats are beautiful and intelligent.

With the two cats in our home together we have learned they communicate with one another. We're not sure how they do it, but it could be telepathy. They stare at each other for awhile and then they play or walk away.

Another thing their actions speak to the other one. Sometimes even to us. lol

Marianne Stephens said...

And here I thought black cats only brought bad luck! Great information, Sandy!

Sandy said...

Black cats are just as lucky or unlucky as any cat or being. lol

Thanks, Marianne.

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