The Cat Familiar
Once I would have been seen as a Familiar
People once thought cats were "familiars", nasty, supernatural, evil entities who helped witches to make magic. Especially cats like me, black. I don't why black cats were viewed as worse than tabbies.
Fortunately not much of that medieval ignorance is around nowadays but there are always pockets of superstition and bigotry in out of the way places.
Halloween is a frightening time though. A lot of black cats are in trouble, persecuted, harmed and most animal shelters won't allow you to adopt a black cat at this time of year.
But let me tell you about Cat Familiars.
Just what Is a Familiar?
A Familiar is said to be a sort of shape-shifting minor demon with magic powers.
A Familiar was a servant to a witch, and helped in the magic spells and mumbo jumbo that people thought witches and wizards got up to.
Familiars featured prominently in the many witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries and at one stage the mere possession of a black cat (or of an unusual pet like a frog, lizard or rat), was sufficient cause for investigation as a witch.
The stereotypical Familiar in Western culture is the black cat.
More on Familiars
- My Cat, My Familiar
How Felines Can Foster Felicitous Ritual
Ask a Witch: "What is a 'Familiar'?"
Modern, but still Medieval
"Examine the colors, character and behaviors of your Cat. Everything about it will reflect in your own life. When a Cat becomes predominant in your life, magic and mystery come alive."
Really? Do people believe what they write?
This is just the same as believing that I'm a Familiar and the woman who feeds me is a witch..
The Enchanted Cat
A delightful exploration of cat history and the significance and value of cats plus charms and rituals from folklore
Black Cats and Superstition
Superstitions centering around the black cat are some of the most well-known and popular superstitions today.
Are we Bringers of Good Fortune or Harbingers of Doom?
It depends where you live in the world.
In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path, is considered good luck.
If you live in the USA or some European countries, it's bad luck.
Cats and Halloween
Are you familiar with Familiars?
Did you know about Familiars?
© 2011 Vladimir