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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Think Cat Magick!

Themes: Animals; Magic; Overcoming; Playfulness; Joy; Humor;
Symbol: Cat
Presiding Goddess Bast

About Bast: Bast is the Egyptian cat-faced goddess of sorcery, beneficence, joy, dance, and fertility. Being a cat in nature, Bast teaches us to land on our feet in any situation, using a positive, playful attitude as our best ally. Bast and her minions were so revered in Egypt that to kill cats was a crime punishable by death. Archaeologists uncovered mummified cats there, whose owners wanted the companionship of cats even in the afterlife. May is one of Bast's traditional festival months.

To do today: 

In Belgium, on the second Sunday in may, every third year, people dress as cats and hold a parade in which Bast is featured as Queen of Cats (see Kattestoet - Festival of Cats). So today is a day to think cat magic! If there's a cat in your life, pamper the creature today and include it in spellcraft as a magical partner (a traditional "catty" role in history). For example, if you find any of your cat's whiskers, keep them. These may be burned for Bast in return for a wish. Or, carry a pinch of cat hair to tickle your funny bone.

Painting the image of a cat on a paper lantern and lighting it (with either a bulb or a flame) draws Bast's attention and energies to you. Or, carry a cat's eye in your pocket today to begin developing catlike instincts and playfulness.

From: 365 Goddess
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