Cat is one of the guardians of the Celtic otherworld, keeping the secrets eternally in our world that does not see or understand the depth of their knowledge. Cats are also sacred to Diana, the Roman moon goddess as a guardian of home and domestic goodness. Norse cats draw the chariot of the goddess Freya and bless newborns and families. Shakti who is the Hindu goddess of childbirth rides on a cat. The cat also saved Mohammad from a snake and the “M” markings on the forehead of tabby cats is the mark of the prophet. Egyptian cats were sacred to the moon goddess Bastet and cats themselves were worshipped. Today’s cats have never forgotten this.
Cats are curious, unpredictable, sensual, astute, clever, secretive, mysterious, intelligent, intuitive, supernatural, watchful, selective, independent and a cat’s purr can heal. Egyptian physicians used a black cat as a symbol to advertise their services and recent research suggests that when a cat purrs within a range of 20-140 Hertz, nearby humans may therapeutically benefit from these vibrations. Purring has been linked to lowering stress, decreasing symptoms of Dyspnoea, lessening the chances of having a heart attack and even strengthening bones.
Cats are resourceful and remind us to welcome change, to be flexible and adaptable. When a cat visits unexpectedly it is a challenge for us to shake up our habitual routines and make some fresh changes in our lives, as well as be more flexible in our thinking.
Cats can also be aloof and reminds us to distance ourselves from people or situations that do not appreciate us. Sometimes the best cure for a problem is to step away from it.
The cat is symbolic of creativity and psychic power because of its independent and sometimes mysterious behaviour. Traditional Tarot decks depict a cat in the Queen of Wands card, which carries the hidden message that we have power over illusion. Cat reminds us not to be a fool out of ignorance and to follow our own internal wisdom. When we behave like cat and look within our own hearts, minds and souls and trust in ourselves we will always be shown the truth.
When a cat is around, magic and mystery come alive. DJ Conway in her book “Animal Magick” says cat is a strong protector, especially in dealing with confrontation and knows when to fight and when to flee. Her chant to cat is:
Littlest lion, panther in miniature
Help me in my magical endeavours
Teach me to see my path through dark places
Help me to sift the necessary from the unnecessary
And to relax and enjoy life
Strengthen my magic and carry it to its destination
The Circles of Life Oracle is currently looking for a reputable publisher, if you can help please contact Ideas unlimited. Readings are available in person, by email or facebook by appointment.