I have been lucky enough in my life to have had several black cats as my loving companions. Our last one, Jack, was one our son picked from a farm litter when he was 8 years old. He adored him, we all did. He now has a doppelganger of Jack named Jinx. Black cats are a gentle breed. Loving and loyal. Symbols of both good and bad luck. Friends of witches. The animal we associate most with Halloween.
In England, Ireland and Scotland, black cats are considered good luck. In Scotland a Fairy name Cath Sith would turn into a black cat and if he turned up on your doorstep it meant prosperity. Japan also considers the black cat a symbol of good luck. If a lady owns a black cat she is considered to be one with many suitors (my husband won't like that). Charles lst. said when his beloved black cat died he lost all of his luck. It was the Pilgrims who brought the myth of black cats being evil to the Western World. With their puritan beliefs that any woman who was independent or a healer was a witch and if she owned a black cat it was her familiar, gave a bad name to the poor creatures.
Even now black cats and black dogs are rarely adopted at shelters, they are the ones I am attracted to first. August 17th. , 2011 was the first Black Cat Appreciation Day. Wayne H. Morris made it a day in memory of his sister who passed away and her 20 year old black cat Sinbad who died just two months before. He hopes it will bring awareness of the lack of adoptions of black cats and people will open their eyes and realize how silly it is.
There is one thing that is true. Those of us of the witch persuasion do love our black cats. Not necessarily as familiars but for their devotion and kindness. I love them as symbols of Halloween. Their jet black against the orange of the pumpkins is striking. These black cat pillows are puuurrrfect for Halloween.
I love vintage pictures of black cats, alway sitting by their witch.
The cupcakes look delicious and beautiful topped with black cats. And Hello Kitty! How cute are these cookies from CUPOOKIE .COM.
Silhouettes are a simple and lovely way to add images of black cats for Halloween. How easy is this, just black paper, a frame and off you go.
You can also buy some lovely silhouettes for Halloween like these from WISTERIA.
I never thought of making pumpkins into black cats but these from FUN & FESTIVE WEEKEND PROJECTS are fabulous. Go there for some very easy directions.
How about a piece of black cat cake.
On a black cat plate.
I just had to show you this. How amazing! Someone took the time to make this kitty into a skeleton for Halloween and the amazing thing to me is the kitty let them.
So for good luck, bad luck or just the love of these black beauties, let us celebrate the Black Cat this Halloween. No one has told this little guy he is not a black cat so let him have fun on Halloween too.
Speaking of Black Cats, don't forget my SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY it ends of October 13th. at the Witching Hour so if you haven't already leave a comment of the connected post.
Also pop on over to Brenda at The Rusty Thimble to enter A WINTER WONDERLAND GIVEAWAY. Lots of artist have donated for this fabulous giveaway including me!