Omens of death, symbols of good and bad luck
In the past, and even today. some people believed that black cats brought good luck. At the same time, others believed that cats attracted bad luck.
Ancient Babylonians associated cats with evil and they compared them to serpents.
During the middle ages, cats were believed to be demonic creatures. In those days, people thought that black cats were witches. People also believed that black cats brought bad luck.
Around that time, many Europeans believed that cats were omens of death. It was believed that if a black cat crossed your path, danger was imminent. Many cats were killed during that time because of such superstitious beliefs.
In Great Britain, it is considered good luck if a black cat crosses your path. In Scotland, if a black feline sits on your porch it's also considered good luck.
In Japan, people believe that black cats ward off evil spirits.
The bubonic plague
In the 1300’s, there was an outbreak of the bubonic plague, a contagious disease transmitted from person to person or by the bite of infected insects, such as fleas (fleas would catch the disease from an infected rodent). There's a theory that suggests that, during this time, people started to bring cats into their properties to combat the mice problem.
-- The black cat is one of the Wicca religion's many symbols.
-- Nowadays, black cats are very popular decorations during Halloween. In addition, many people believe that black cats bring good luck.
-- In general, black cats are very popular among cat owners.
Black Cats and Witchcraft
Since ancient times, cats have been associated with witches. In witchcraft tradition, cats are believed to be familiars of witches.
A familiar is a spirit who obeys and serves the person associated with it.
Black cats have been particularly linked to witches because of their color. In the past, many witches have claimed that they could change their shape into that of a cat (this ability is known as shape-shifting).
During witch trials, cats were also burned alive along with their owners. For many people, just the fact that a person owned a cat was proof that that person was a witch.
Black Cat Trivia
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Posters and art prints of black cats
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