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Cats: Spirituality & Superstitions pt 1

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Cats are considered to be one of the most reputable spiritual creatures across many cultures with more myths and cultural adaptations than we could research in an entire year.

Looking deep into these cat-related folklores, we find the feline connection to human spirituality runs very deep and has a long, colorful history.

The very notion of cats to many of us is instantly synonymous with a number of beliefs and superstitions.

Images of cats and cat behavior are interpreted to represent many different things throughout many cultures and today we will touch on a few of these cat folklores.


Cats and Luck

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It was a capital offense to kill a cat in Ancient Egypt as cats were worshiped and treated as royalty.  It wasn’t until the Middle Ages and the suggestions formulated through the development and teachings of Christianity that cats became one of the many scapegoats of dogma.

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Fortunately for cats, most cultures around the World immediately equate the presence of cats with positive energy and welcome such instances.

Apart from the many proven scientific benefits of nurturing a cat companion such as reducing stress and lowering your chance for a stroke, the simple act of stroking the tail of any cat (as long as they allow you to do so) is said to help bring about good luck.

You can take this one step further and stroke a cat’s tail nine times for a boost of luck in an upcoming game of poker.


Religion & Cats

devil cat myth

An odd, but common Medieval myth viewed cats as the Devil’s personal soul couriers and many saw the presence of cats as a very bad thing.

Today, it’s funny, almost cartoonish to ponder the mental image of cats delivering fresh souls to the Devil in Hell.

But the myth didn’t stop there.

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Many Christians during the time period attributed the nocturnal nature of cats to what they referred to as “the devil’s hairs.”  The three hairs at the very tip of a cat’s tail. These “devil’s hairs” compelled the cat to stay up all night, prowling, when all good Christians should have been asleep.

In the American South, it was thought that anyone who drowned a cat would be punished by the Devil himself.

For the lesser crime of kicking a cat, the Devil would just give you rheumatism.


Black Cats & Good Fortune

black cat bright eyes

The notion of the black cat signifying something negative is an invent of Christianity that permeates much of American folklore surrounding black cats.

However, in Britain, black cats are known to bring about good vibes and finding a single white hair on a black cat is said to be a strong good luck enhancement for everyone in the cat’s proximity.

If you stroke a black cat’s tail, it is said to help with vision.

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It is believed that a lady who owns a black cat will have many eligible suitors.

Japanese culture suggests that the presence of black cats is a strong indicator of great wealth and good fortune.

The Japanese hold this belief so dear it is not uncommon to find black cat statues in homes and businesses, utilized for the same underlying beleifs.


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Cat Gifting

If you are looking to give an interesting and unique gift to a pair of newlyweds, try a cat in a cradle. This may sound odd, but it is said to help them acquire children faster.

Many couples in England consider a black cat to be a great gift for a new marriage as it thought to help usher in good luck and prosperity.


Future-Predicting Cats

 

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If you see your cat washing her little face, you should expect a visitor to arrive soon.

One common superstition held by many French located in the Normandy region, suggests that if you see a tortoiseshell cat, this foretells your death in an accident. Creepy.

Not all future predicting by cats is of the same cryptic nature.  Perhaps you saw some the media coverage on a cute deaf cat named Achilles?

He was the ‘official animal oracle’ for the 2018 Fifa World Cup. This after successfully picking the winners of games in last year’s Confederation Cup.

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Numerology: Ruling Number 1 Compatibility Guide

Most people are curious to know if they are compatible with someone else. It can be our significant other, boss, friend or family member.

We find this out by reducing our ruling number to a single digit. Remember: our Ruling Number (aka Life Path Number) is our complete birthdate reduced to a single digit. As long as you know the person’s Ruling Number you are ready for some interesting info. There are many combinations to finding compatibility so over the next few blogs I’ll break the numbers down individually.

Our first number, of course, is 1.

We will explore number one with the rest of the numbers 2 through 9.


Ruling Number 1 Compatibility:

1 with 1

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Leadership is key with this combination. Since you both are aggressive and both want the same things, working together in harmony is the lesson here.

1 with 2

Number 1 is the leader here and number 2 is the support. This is a winning match because you compliment each other.

1 with 3

With one’s leadership abilities and three’s ability to turn ideas into real success, these two can have an extremely fruitful relationship. If they both stay focused anything can happen.

1 with 4

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Even though ones are strong on leadership they are also strong on impulsiveness. Fours are cautious which can be irritating to a one.

1 with 5

Both of these people are very active and have original minds. They make a great team with the one originating the ideas and the five selling them. They have a great capacity to make a good living together.

1 with 6

People with a number six love art, beauty and the “good life”. The number one person is capable of delivering these luxuries as long as they don’t insist on having their own way all the time. A cooperative effort and this team can do great things.

1 with 7

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These two people can make a spiritual connection. Ones need to give sevens the space needed for privacy and thought. Sevens can help with the impulsivity of ones. Together these numbers can make a powerful team.

1 with 8

Both numbers here are aggressive and used to things going their way. They would have to cooperate or become arch rivals. They can either do great things together or bring ruin to each other.

1 with 9

This is an interesting combination. Nine people have great vision and wisdom while one people are original and inventive. Together they can make for a very successful partnership doing great things.


That’s it for now

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Number 2 Compatibility

More from our Numerology series

Numerology: An Introduction & Number Meanings

Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

Numerology: Name Numbers

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Numerology: Day Numbers

Numerology: Soul Urge Numbers

Numerology: Outer Expression AKA Personality Number

Numerology: Personal Year Number

Numerology: Hidden Passion Number

Science of Astrology Complimented by Numerology

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Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

This time we are going to talk about the three Power numbers otherwise called the Master numbers 11-22 and 33.


The Master Numbers

We do not break these numbers down to a single digit. We refer to them as 11/2, 22/4, and 33/6 because they contain aspects of their single digit counterpart.

11/2

We already talked about how elevens have exceptionally high levels of intuition and spirituality. These are the people who are the guides of mankind. They guide us into lives of compassion and awareness. The eleven also has aspects of the number 2 which includes charisma and leadership. The number two is a duality of intuition and inner conflict. The negative side of this is that not many elevens live up to this great responsibility. They are shy and have a lot of nervous energy. This can give way to fear and self-doubt.

Elevens make great teachers, artistic performers and social workers.


22/4

Twenty-two is not only the most powerful of all numbers but the most successful. The number 22 encompasses the all or nothing. Twenty-two’s can become the masters of anything they are committed to or they become lazy drifters. Remember, 22 are double 11 and they have the practical aspects of 4. Four’s express themselves best in the material world. What a great combination! They possess an immense potential to achieve with intense productivity. The number twenty-two is rare occurring in a small percent of the population.

Twenty two’s make great leaders in all aspects of life, artists, diplomats and architects.


33/6

The number 33/6 is not concerned with self-advancement. It is all about doing well for mankind. This brings with it great responsibilities and leadership skills. These people are all about serving and helping the largest number of people. The down side of this is their being able to discern where, when and whom to help or they become overwhelmed. Remember, 33 combines 11 and 22 all of which are rare numbers. 33/6 also encompasses the number 6 which is about responsibility especially to others. It also represents a take charge attitude along with loyalty. There are always two sides to every number. The negative side to 33 is to become too focused on your own agenda and to care less of others. People born under 33 make great spiritual leaders, teachers and artists.


Next post: Name Numbers

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More on Numerology at The Psychics.com Blog:

Introduction & Number Meanings
Name Numbers
Day Numbers

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Numerology: An Introduction And Number Meanings

There are many methods that better help us understand ourselves. For many, numerology can be one of the most interesting, logical, and fun. You do not have to be a math geek to enjoy it. Numerology helps to give us a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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