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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

32 Superstitions About Cats

  1. When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true.
  2. A kitten born in May is a witches cat.
  3. A black cat seen from behind - a bad omen
  4. A black cat crossing your path - good luck.
  5. A black cat crossing one's path by moonlight means death in an epidemic. (Irish superstition)
  6. A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity. (Scottish superstition)
  7. English schoolchildren believe seeing a white cat on the way to school is sure to bring trouble. To avert bad luck, they must either spit, or turn around completely and make the sign of the cross.
  8. In the USA, Spain and Belgium a white cat crossing your path was considered to be good luck.
  9. To see a white cat on the road is lucky.
  10. It is bad luck to see a white cat at night.Dreaming of white cat means good luck.
  11. Stray tortoise shell cat - bad omen
  12. In Normandy, seeing a tortoiseshell foretells death by accident.
  13. Cats bought with money will never be good mousers
  14. It is bad luck to cross a stream carrying a cat. (French superstition)
  15. Cat sneezing once means rain
  16. Cat sneezing three times - the family will catch a cold
  17. A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it. (Italian superstition)
  18. In the early 16th century, a visitor to an English home would always kiss the family cat.
  19. A cat washing on the doorstep means the clergy will visit
  20. If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain. (English superstition).
  21. When the pupil of a cat's eye broadens, there will be rain. (Welsh superstition)
  22. A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead. (English superstition)
  23.  In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.
  24. If cats desert a house, illness will always reign there. (English superstition)
  25. In 16th century Italy, it was believed that if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick man, he would die. But there's also a belief that a cat will not remain in the house where someone is about to die. Therefore, if the family cat refuses to stay indoors, it was an omen of death in the family.
  26. When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave.
  27. A cat on top of a tombstone meant certainly that the soul of the departed buried was possessed by the devil.
  28. Two cats seen fighting near a dying person, or on the grave shortly after a funeral, are really the Devil and an Angel fighting for possession of that person's soul.
  29. If you kick a cat you will get Rheumatism.
  30. To kill a cat brings seventeen years of bad luck. (Irish superstition)
  31. Killing a cat is an absolute guarantee that you have sacrificed your soul to the Devil.
Collected from various sources

Cat In The Cradle Spell

In a ritual similar to the Thai Marital Fertility Spell, this time from Switzerland, approximately one month after the wedding, visiting friends should bring a tomcat (not neutered) and a cradle to the new couple's home. The cat is rocked in the cradle before the newlyweds.

From: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Thai Marital Fertility Spell

In this Thai ritual, during the actual ceremony, an older couple ritually prepares the bedroom so that it will be ready for use by the bride and groom. The room must be spiritually cleansed, protection set up and talismans left behind to radiate good fortune.

Talismans include bags of rice, sesame seeds, coins, and a tomcat (for happiness and fertility). The cat doesn't have to be a gift, it can be someone's pet that just hangs out in the room for a little while, emanating energy. The one caveat is that the cat may not be neutered. It defeats the purpost of the spell.

Note: This may be a good opportunity to adopt a stray from a shelter and let it participate in the ceremony prior to neutering.

From: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

The Cat as a Magickal Ingredient

  • Ruler: Bastet and/or Freya
  • Type: animal
  • Magickal Form: alive, whiskers, hair
This animal is the most common of the witches' familiars. They are very sensitive to occult workings and wise in the ways of the goddess. In order to make the cat a familiar, it must taste the blood of the witch. The correct way to do this is to let the cat become your familiar in his or her own time. You will know when this occurs, as he or she will take a good hard bite out of your hand, cheek, or leg and draw blood. Voila! You are now bonded for eternal life.

When a cat drops a whisker, place it on the altar for good luck. It is very bad luck to cut or pluck a whisker from a cat. Cat hair may be obtained by rubbing the back against the grain. Add the hairs to gamblers' luck potions to increase your chances of winning.
  • Black cats are very lucky indeed and you will be blessed when one crosses your path.
  • Red cats and calico cats bring money.
  • A Gray cat will protect you.
  • A Siamese cat will bring laughter into your life.
Found in: The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Petition to Freya Cat Spell

Freya, "She Who Shines Over the Sea," has associations with cats as powerful as Bastet. The old Norse tradition of paying tribute to Freya and seeking her aid or guidance involved feeding milk to cats.

  1. Put out milk for stray cats. If you don't live in an area with stray cats, bring contributions to a shelter or adopt a gray stray cat.
  2. Feeding isn't done by rote but as a conscious offering. Speak with Freya simultaneously, explain your needs, desires, and broken heart and request assistance.
  3. Pay attention; her response may come through the cats themselves.

Found in: Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

January, April, and July 13th in 2012 are Friday the 13th

Consequently, several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day....

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Friday The Thirteenth


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Old New Years Customs and Lore


In Madagascar New Year's is celebrated with much feasting and sacrificial killing of oxen takes place.

Chinese custom requires that every boy who calls on his neighbors or relatives on New Year's day, should receive a couple of loose-skinned oranges, or he is considered shamefully treated. The name of orange means luck, fortune, and auspiciousness.

On New Year's eve while the clock is striking twelve, repeat three times: "Good Saint Anne, good Saint Anne, send me a man as fast as you can," and you will become engaged within a year.

At the beginning of the New Year in Natal, a ceremony is performed by the chief by spurting from his mouth a mixture of the New Year's fruits in different directions as if upon his enemies. After this ceremony it is lawful for the people to eat the New Year's fruits. They are only eaten by stealth before....

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website The Pagan Calendar (hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com) and can be found in its entirety here: Old New Years Customs and Lore


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