Sinister Superstitions About Dear Little Kitties

superstitions - People have many unfounded fears.
@Adoniah (7515)
United States
February 2, 2008 6:26pm CST
Everyone knows the one about, if a black cat walks toward you it brings good fortune, but if it crosses your path and walks away it carries the good,fortune with it. But, how many know why black cats are linked with witches? It started with a Norse legend about a chariot belonging to the witch Freya. The chariot was drawn by black cats that became black horses. These cats were very fast and were considered to be possessed by the Devil himself. Once they had served Feya for seven years, they were turned into witches disguised as cats, as their reward for time served. In the Middle ages, it was believed that black cats became witches after seven years, and if a black cat crossed your path the Devil was taking notice of you! Now I have given you two sinister superstistions. Does anyone know any sweet superstitions regarding our dear little friends? Or any more sinister ones for that matter. Shalom~Adoniah
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• United States
19 Feb 08
Blessed Be - Black Cats, Blessed Be
Adoniah, Although it's not a superstition, I will add that cats are hypersensitive and predict earthquakes before they happen. I learned this fact from living with some wonderful cat friends in San Francisco over 30 years ago. My little "Peaches" and "Cream" would signal to us that one was approaching by not eating as usual approximately a day prior to the event and becoming very close to the humans in the household. They would do quite a bit of the twirling in and out of the legs as we walked. As for black cats, my next door neighbor has the fortune of having one to live with her family. We always make certain to warn her to keep him in the house during the Halloween season as their are several "want to be" covens that make up their own rules in our area. In past years many black cats have been found "sacrificed" at one of the local parks that is a reported "witch park". This is so very sad because it just stirs fear in people and reinforces their views that all witches/pagans are into sacrifices and are satan worshipers.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
19 Feb 08
Hello Donna, I did not know that about Cats. Another bit of info to file away for future reference. That is sad that they would kill the kittys on Halloween. I would have thought just the opposite would be true. Shalom
• United States
19 Feb 08
Adoniah, Any true earth witch does honor not only cats (of any color) but all animals. As I said, this happens only among people that are getting information from the internet and thinking that they are actually practicing witchcraft - "practicing" is the operative word here! It's good to see you. I've been so busy with my daughter it's been hard to be here very much, but I am trying to get here as often as possible ~Donna
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
19 Feb 08
I read some of the problems you wrote that your daughter is having. My heart goes out to all of you. I hope life calms down for you soon. Shalom
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
That's a good explanation, now I know that it has nothing to do with the color!;) We have lots of superstitious beliefs on cats here as well, most came from old urban legends and folklores. The story depends or varies from what region it came from, since our ancestors are rich on stories about this subject. As from what I was told, there are beings here who shape-shift and sometimes turns into black cats. People here call these beings as "aswangs" or a local version of flesh-eating zombies, the only difference is they are humans by day..
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Wow, that is really out there. What else do you have on dear little kitties. Flesh eating zombies. Thats definitely a new one. Shalom
@mirali110 (436)
• Hyderabad, India
3 Feb 08
Hi there, I never knew that witches had black cats that turned into horses and later on turned into witches themselves, however, though I heard of witches fly on broomsticks and had sledges drawn by bears (as in the chronicles of Naranya) and if the devil has its eyes fixed on you it sends a black cat to cross in your way and take away your fortune. Well, as far as I am concerned the devils had dogs at their disposal who growl and cry in the nights if they do see an aparition. If the saying goes that the black cats take away the good fortune, do u have to believe the the black dogs get it back....
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
3 Feb 08
You may believe whatever you wish. This is just a post to see what is out there. Every country and people have their own belifs and I was just looking for the different types of superstitions out there. Shalom
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Poor little kitties! I am a bit confused about Freya being regarded as a witch, because she was the Norse Goddess of Love and Fertility from whose name we get the day that ends our work week -- Friday. It is amazing how many people don't know who or what the days of the week were named after. I can see where cats would be associated with Freya, though, as in pre-Christian Scandanavia they were considered to be fertility symbols, just as Freya herself was. The only one I can think of is the saying that if your cat is washing behind its ears a lot, it is supposed to be about to rain. Of course, both cats and dogs can predict earthquakes. That is fact, not superstition. Actually I was talking on the phone with a customer from one job I had when his dog started to howl pitifully and so loud I could hear it on the phone. He was trying to shush the dog, and then suddenly the dog got quiet and the man yelled "Oh, my God! It is an earthquake!" Within seconds, although I was about 25 miles further away, the quake hit where I was and it was so strange with first the dog and then this guy telling me what happened before it got to where I was.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
3 Feb 08
At one time humans most likely were more in tune to their surroundings too. As we were able to enclose ourselves into solid protective buildings, we lost our instincts, as we no longer had to rely on such things. Our furry friends however fortunately have retained theirs. Shalom
• United States
3 Feb 08
Oh yes, one that is very big here in the south. A cat will take a baby's breath as it sleeps.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Yeah I didn't put that one in because of Lil Sis being PG. but I figure she knows that one already anyway. There are about a zillion good ones about cats though, because they were worshiped by the Egyptians. Shalom
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Hello my friend. Awesome question. As you know I have a black kitty. I think he is very lucky. Just that if they cross your path you have bad luck, now add that to broken mirrors and that of walking under a ladder. Blessed Be, Aingealicia
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I see you got your star! congrats! There are a lot of peoples that mummified cats for various reasons both good and bad. Interesting Shalom
@Darkwing (21588)
20 Feb 08
I find it strange that you should label Freya a "witch". From my readings, Freya is the Norse Goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and gracious of the goddesses. She is the patron goddess of crops and birth and as the symbol of sensuality, was called upon in matters of love. She loves music, spring and flowers, and is particularly fond of the elves and faeries. She is also one of the foremost goddesses of the Vanir. She married Odin who disappeared, and when she mourned his loss, her tears changed to gold. True enough her chariot is pulled across the sky by two cats, but the superstition you tell of was only related by a few... no doubt they were non-believers in her real powers. Freya is the Goddess of my beliefs, so I've read up on Her quite extensively. :) Brightest Blessings.