Day 6 – Black Cats

What Halloween would be complete without a black cat or two? One of my favorite black cats is Salem Saberhagen – the wise-cracking cat from Sabrina the Teenaged Witch.

It used to be thought that a black cat crossing your path would bring you bad luck, but historically some black cats were actually thought to be GOOD luck.

The origin of the black cat and good luck is believed to have begun in Ancient Egypt with the sacred black cat of Oagans- BAST. BAST, a goddess of Egypt reigned in the Twenty-Second Dynasty and was the official deity of Egypt. Many courted her favors, by procuring black cats into their households; believing that she would become part of that cat in spirit, and grace the home with riches and prosperity

It was largely in the Middle Ages that the black cat became affiliated with evil. Because cats are nocturnal and roam at night, they were believed to be supernatural servants of witches, or even witches themselves.

If you’d like some black cats to bring you good (or bad) luck this Halloween, here are some old Halloween Decorations I’ve cleaned up for you to download and print. Click on them to open up a higher resolution pdf.

A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays. – English proverb

French peasants thought that black cats could find buried treasure, if they followed a specific ritual: find an intersection where 5 roads connected, then turn the cat loose and follow him.

A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity. – Scottish superstition

A bride will have a happy married life if a black cat sneezes near her on her wedding day.