Cats rank as the 2nd most popular pet, just behind dogs (much to a Cat’s dismay). They’re a common sight in homes and in the media. Cat Spirit has an attachment to human history, and humankind is better for Cat’s wisdom. After all, fur babies are life!
Around the world, Cats from great to small had special roles to play in folklore, myth, and magic. In exploring common breeds of Cats, you can glean greater insight to Cat Spirit as a whole, in all its unique and fascinating characteristics. As you connect with Feline vibrations, there are many lessons awaiting, along with blessings and insights for nearly any situation.
Domestic Cat Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal at Home
Cats are not content to be boxed in (unless they want to sleep in one). Independence is a keynote to Cat Energy, and it’s something Cat Spirit encourages. There is always a little something of the Great Cats in domestic breeds. The little Tiger within burns brightly, embodying rebirth (9 lives), agility (landing on their feet), curiosity, and serenity. As a Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal, Cat Spirit offers any (or all) of these qualities as your life requires. You have but to reach out, and connect.
Cat Animal Spirit Guide Global Symbolism & Meaning
As you travel the world, you’ll find Cat Spirit popping up everywhere, with many different ascribed traits and mystical abilities. Native Americans link Cat with the esoteric world and independence. Zuni Tribes claim Cat Spirit can heal.
The Asian Luck Cat, seen in many shops, has two distinct “jobs.” If the left foot waives, it brings happiness, if the right paw waives, it attracts money. Additionally, if the Cat is white, it’s an emblem of good fortune, while the black cat keeps negativity at bay.
The Celts tied Cats to the Otherworld. They are the guardians of great secrets, which they do not give up easily. Cat represents pacing, and using resources wisely, too.
Cat Spirit at Creation
An old legend says that Cats were not made at the outset of creation. It wasn’t until Noah’s boat was infested by breeding rats, who ate all the food, that Cats’ story begins. Noah prayed for a miracle, and Cats came to life. They dispatched the problem quickly. In thanks for their aid, Cats were honored as the first animals off the ark when it reached dry land. Cat Spirit retained that self-confidence and pride.
The history of domestic cats begins in Egypt around 4000 BCE. The Egyptians treasured them because they protected crops and also reduced disease. Cats became so sacred, killing one was a death sentence. Families grieved the death of their cats and mummified them with mice for the afterlife. You can look to the Egyptian Goddess, Bast, for further evidence of the Egyptian idolization of the Cat Spirit. She was Cat-faced, mother Goddess connected with love, life-giving, sensual pleasures, and fertility. Cats retained connections with all these energetic attributes and more.
The veneration of Cats was not unique to Egypt. Cave walls in the Middle East, India, and Africa show feline images as companions to Great Goddesses. The Chinese had lion protectors called Shih, who watch over the souls of the dead and their families. Some South American tribes had totemic Jaguars, too.
Folklore recounts numerous stories of humans who could transform into Cats, and Cats who could turn into humans. Typically the humans included wizards, mages, and shamans who had spiritual gifts that allowed for the change. Or, it may have been a Witch who used the image of a Cat to carry spells, or who had a Cat companion for magic, called a familiar. So, when you seek assistance with your metaphysical journey, especially in moments when you have to reinvent yourself on a dime, Cat Spirit makes an ideal helpmate.