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Caturday ~ The Black Cat

What’s up with “the black cat,” and why is it considered an icon of superstition?

Many equate black cats as a signal of bad luck. They say: don’t let it cross your path, don’t touch one, don’t even look at one. Some say one single black cat is dangerous while a duo or pack of black cats are harmless. Some say the superstition of black cats only apply on Halloween.

Other say that black cats actually signal good luck. However, these are usually “witches” who claim this.

Either way, black cats have a spiritual impact on our culture. All cats are considered to be mystical on some level — common myths claiming they can see ghosts or travel to other dimensions, how they were worshipped in ancient Egypt… However, it is specifically “the black cat” that has the highest notoriety.

Folklore is full of black cat characters. They tend to represent sneaky figures who can shapeshift into witches, demons, and other mythical entities to spy on others.

Cat Sith is a popular character from Celtic mythology. Cat Sith is a fairy who can shapeshift into a black cat, with a white spot on its chest. It is believed that it has the power to steal souls by floating over a corpse before burial. The Scottish have an ancient tradition of using distractions such as toys and catnip to keep a deceased body safe until its buried.

The “Sabot cat” is an anarchist symbol — more specifically, anarcho-syndicalism. The icon is a black cat standing in pounce-mode, feeling threatened and ready to attack. Anarcho-syndicalism is responsible for human labor rights such as shorter workdays (our current 8-hour system.)

How did the black cat end up representing anarchist beliefs? The legend is that while on IWW strike, a black cat walked into the camp looking very sick and skinny. Strikers fed the black cat and it eventually regained its strength. Suddenly, the strike went from poor to positive and the strikers finally received compensation for their demands.

In modern times, black cats are much more accepted, especially within the cat-lover community. However, this ancient superstition continues to threaten our sweet, furry friends. To this day, black cats are commonly bullied by ignorant humans, especially on Halloween night. And at animal shelters, black cats are much less likely to be adopted. These innocent souls are suffering, due to the tragic influence of false beliefs.

In our culture, “the black cat” stands for power, mystery, and independence. Throughout history, many have demonized the black cat, the same way our culture demonizes free-will, personal rights, power, and things that go beyond our limited understanding.

Do not fear the black cat! It is here to set us free, to remind us that we are more powerful than we realize — if only we stop letting power-hungry authority figures make us feel weak.

Graveyard Walk

Take a graveyard walk down memory lane

See all I had to lose, in order to ever gain

See the broken bones and the lifeless hearts

See the sacrifices made, in search of a new start

This tombstone here is so special to me

Lay down roses and imagine what could be

Lay down letters that will never be returned

Lay down sage, light a match and let it burn

The ghosts wander waiting and listening for prayers

Tell them all my secrets I am willing to share

Tell them scary stories about my own waking life

Tell them there is better reason to fear the day, than to fear the night.

Murder Scene

***WARNING: GORY HALLOWEEN POEM***

The detective enters the room

and instantly senses an aura of gloom.

Splashes of crimson red

across the room, it’s spread

all over the walls and floor.

He searches closer for more.

There is no body here,

yet the evidence is clear.

In the center of the room: a chair

He circles around it with a piercing stare

Coiled around it are heavy chains and handcuffs

Furrowing his eyebrows in disgust

Continuing to further explore

JUMPS when he hears a knock on the door

coming from the closet, he sees

doorknob is rattling, now he’s weak in the knees

“HELP!” a woman’s voice shrieks

The door swings wide open, and what does he see?

A skeleton hangs, flesh melted to the ground

A hand reaches and takes the detective down.

21 SIMPLE and NON-CONFORMING ways to celebrate Halloween

You don’t have to be a child going trick-or-treating in order to celebrate Halloween. You don’t have to dress up and you don’t even have to go out. It’s annoying to feel the pressure of participating in these modern rituals such as getting a costume, decorating, trick-or-treating, going out to a party or bar hopping, etc. And sometimes you just don’t have the time or money to engage in the holiday.

Below, is a list of simple and non-conforming ways to celebrate Halloween. If you are sick of all the pumpkins, scary movie marathons, haunted houses, and all that other cliché stuff, then this list is for you. Each one is very basic and easy to do.

  1. Add garlic to your dinner – keep the vampires away.
  2. Watch a scary film – not your typical horror movie, but about something that scares you personally (like a documentary about insects.)
  3. Play a prank on someone and then “blame it on the fairies.” This is a real, ancient Halloween tradition.
  4. The night before Halloween, give someone you dislike a cabbage stump. This is a real, old Scottish tradition.
  5. Rub chalk on someone’s back and yell “Halloween!” This is a real, old Canadian tradition.
  6. Eat a kale salad or make kale chips — kale is connected to many ancient Halloween traditions.
  7. Get a tarot reading done, or simply look up your horoscope. The veil is at its thinnest!
  8. Burn sage.
  9. Make pancakes — an Irish tradition on All Souls’ Day. (Bonus points if you make them from scratch.)
  10. Pause and take a moment to think about your loved ones who have passed, and feel grateful for knowing them.
  11. Leave a plate of food out at night for the dead. (Another old tradition.)
  12. Bake soul cakes — an All Hallow’s Eve tradition.
  13. Search for a black cat and pet it for good luck. (The pet store or adoption center counts.)
  14. Easy craft: Pour red fruit juice into a glass jar and label it “Vampire Blood.” (Optional: embellish with stickers.)
  15. Listen to a murder mystery podcast.
  16. Drink vampire wine.
  17. Light a candle.
  18. Go to sleep under a white blanket and call yourself a ghost.
  19. Drink mugwort tea or yarrow tea — herbs that are connected to divination.
  20. Another easy craft: make a mask by taking a paper bag, cutting two holes for the eyes, and decorating it with markers, stickers, and glitter.
  21. Ask a question and flip a coin. Heads means “yes,” tails means “no.”