The Trouble with the Witch’s Familiar

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Living with the Ancient


KATIE DOHERTY asks why such beautiful creatures as black cats are considered unlucky


It is a rather sad fact that black cats can be very difficult to re-home due to their associations with bad luck and omens. Last year a campaign was launched by a cat charity to bring awareness to this issue so their black cats could find a nice loving home that they deserve without prejudice.

Cats in general have been associated with the occult, in particular witches. A witch’s familiar depicted in art and literature over hundreds of years has led many to believe that they are evil and may even be the witch themselves having magically transformed herself into a feline. Even non-believers have a tendency to look over their shoulder or avoid the path of a black cat.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. I come from Nottinghamshire in the uk and was always taught that a black cat was lucky especially if it crossed your path, I think the American belief is the opposite and originated with the puritans transported with the pilgrim fathers.

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