The symbolism of the cat varies widely from good to evil and around the world. The cat has a great history, they were seen as evil mascots from witches, or they are seen as a powerful animal. Not to mention they were sacred in Egypt. In Native America cat totems are seen as a symbol of Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic, and independence.
Cats have been fascinated humans for millions of years, maybe for their ability to effortlessly blend seemingly contradictory traits: loyalty and independence, affection & aggression, playfulness & dignity, curiosity & indifference.
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A completely black cat has magical properties: its flesh cures the bewitched, and if a woman carries a black cat’s spleen it will stop her menstruation. One superstition states that a black cat crossing one’s path brings bad luck. Black cats are also associated with witchcraft.
The Lion symbolizes the astrological sign of Leo, which rules the heart. Courage comes from the heart. One who acts truly from the heart is capable of leadership, achievement, and the kind of success that encourages the accomplishments of others.
Cats are also associated with death, probably because they are nocturnes. Some people believe that cats may be able to see signs of death.
A cat on a grave should mean that the buried person’s soul was in the possession of the Devil, and if two cats were fighting on a grave, this signified the Devil and the defunct person’s Guardian Angel fighting for his/her soul. Cats were demonized by the church and became known as ‘familiars’ of witches, an instrument of the devil himself.
In Japan Cats are held to be beasts of ill omen, capable of killing women and assuming their appearance.
Cats also represent feminine power, especially in dreams.
In Malaysia, where people believe the cat would help souls journey from Hell to Paradise.
In Great Britain black cats are thought to bring good luck. People believe that white cats bring luck as well. But in Japan a mythical black and white cat found throughout the country, is a symbol of good luck and fortune, also called the Maneki-neko.
Speed and Focus
The Cheetah is fast, They accomplishing their goals with speed and focus.z
Several ancient religions believed that cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans. that they are all-knowing but are mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans.
Cats can forecast the weather: they predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears. And a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means bad weather is coming. A cat sneezing once means there will be rain.
The cat, a creature which combines a high degree of sensuality with a deeply psychic and spiritual nature, teaches us that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one.
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