Worrying about black cats crossing your path this Friday the 13th? Well worry, no more. We have 13 reasons cats are considered blessed and blessings. So go hug your cat. And, if a black cat crosses your path, bask in good luck today!
- The Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet resembled a cat and was the goddess of joy, love, protection, dance, music and, of course, cats. Cats, which were quite popular in ancient Egypt, were considered her sacred animal.
- In Yorkshire, Britain, if you keep a black cat in your house it will bring good luck, ensuring a safe return of fisherman from the sea.
- It is considered good luck to see a black cat or a sneezing cat on your wedding day.
- Freyja, the most renowned of the Norse goddesses, was the goddess of fertility, love, battle and death. She rode in a chariot that was drawn by cats, and farmers left out offerings for the cats to ensure a good harvest.
- The Prophet Muhammed had a favorite tabby cat named Muezza and, according to Hadith (a report of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad), Muhammad prohibited the killing and persecution of cats.
- There is an American superstition that dreaming of a white cat means good luck.
- In Scotland, it is believed that a strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.
- An Italian superstition believes that a sneezing cat is a good omen for everyone who hears it.
- There is an American superstition about one-eyed cats and wishes. If you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb and stamp it in the palm of your hand. If you then make a wish, it will come true.
- A Chinese proverb says a cat assures its owner of good luck. There is also a practical Chinese proverb that says “Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat.”
- In France there is a saying that dogs may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
- A cat is believed magical and the bringer of good luck in India. One belief is if you kill a cat, you have to offer a cat in gold to a priest.
- The Ancrene Wisse was written in the 13th century as a guide for devout recluses who dedicated their lives to devotional reading, meditation and prayer. The anchoresses typically lived in enclosures attached to churches. Although allowed minimal to no contact to other people, the book did say that the sisters were allowed a cat.