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Why Are Black Cats Considered Unlucky?

Why Are Black Cats Considered Unlucky?
How did black cats become associated with bad luck, and with Halloween traditions?

Every year when people begin putting out their Halloween decorations, and we start dressing our homes for Samhain, inevitably the image of the black cat comes up. It’s usually portrayed with its back arched, claws out, and occasionally wearing a jaunty pointed hat. Local news channels warn us to keep black cats inside on Halloween just in case the local hooligans decide to get up to some nasty hijinks.

But where did the fear of these beautiful animals come from? Anyone who lives with a cat knows how fortunate they are to have a cat in their life — so why are they considered unlucky?

Divine Cats:
The ancient Egyptians honored cats of every color. Cats were mighty and strong, and held sacred. Two of the most amazing goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon were Bast and Sekhmet, worshipped as long ago as 3000 b.c.e. Family cats were adorned with jewelry and fancy collars, and even had pierced ears. If a cat died, the entire family went into mourning, and sent the cat off to the next world with a great ceremony. For thousands of years, the cat held a position of divinity in Egypt.

The Witch’s Familiar:
Around the time of the Middle Ages, the cat became associated with witches and witchcraft. Around the late 1300′s, a group of witches in France were accused of worshipping the Devil in the form of a cat. It may be because of the cat’s nocturnal nature that it became connected to witches — after all, night time was the time they held their meetings, as far as the church was concerned.

Contemporary Cats:
Around the time of World War Two, when the American tradition of Halloween as trick-or-treat time really got underway, cats became a big part of the holiday decoration. This time around, however, they were considered a good luck charm — a black cat at your door would scare away any evil critters that might come a’calling.

Most people are far less superstitious today than they were in the Middle Ages, but the black cat remains part of our late October decor.

Black Cat Folklore and Legends:
Sixteenth-century Italians believed that if a black cat jumped on the bed of an ill person, the person would soon die.

In Colonial America, Scottish immigrants believed that a black cat entering a wake was bad luck, and could indicate the death of a family member.

The Norse goddess Freyja drove a chariot pulled by a pair of black cats.

A Roman solder killed a black cat in Egypt, and was killed by an angry mob of locals.

Appalachian folklore said that if you had a stye on the eyelid, rubbing the tail of a black cat on it would make the stye go away.

If you find a single white hair on your otherwise-black cat, it’s a good omen.

In England’s border countries and southern Scotland, a strange black cat on the front porch brings good fortune.

As an animal totem the black cat is the keeper of secrets, gatekeeper; when black cat crosses your path she is telling you to stay aware, as something very powerful is coming into your life: be ready to recognize it and receive it.

I have a black cat and she is one of the most intelligent animals I have ever had the privilege of living with. Her intelligence, understanding, compassion, and kindness is beyond compare. So those of you that have I lovely black cat know what I’m talking about.

If you have a black cat please make sure you keep them protected on Halloween.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Sending love and peace your way.

Sending love and peace your way.
Often I do not know what to say on my blog, so I thought I would let this picture convey what I wish for you now and always. Always make Peace with yourself… Be rid of the anger, hate, jealously, and sorrow of what life put you through because it doesn’t last forever. Being happy is a choice – – – yours! Life is 10% of everything you encounter everyday, AND 90% is how you choose to handle it!

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

Have you Picked up a Feather Lately?

Have you Picked up a Feather Lately?
The Path of the Feather traces all the animals, feathers are the easiest to find. It takes a special moment, a sacred space, to see the beauty of the feather, and if you have paused long enough to notice, and stopped long enough to pick it up, you can be assured you are already on this path.

If you have never stopped long enough to pick up a feather it is now time for you to begin. Birds leave their feathers as their traces all around us. You won’t find other traces from animals around you as easily. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a wild place, bears or lions don’t leave traces near your home except in your visions. But right in front of you in the parking lot of the market is a feather taking you on this journey. It will take you to the sacred sites, it will sing to you of the legends, it will make you alive. It will take you to the sacred places near you, and give you gifts to tell you who you are and what you are to do. Each time you pick up a feather it is a reminder that you are on the right path and that your life is sacred again.

On the Path of the Feather, we pray for world peace. In this dark time, making medicine wheels for peace and forgiveness is our work. Making art, writing, dancing and making music for world peace is our work. Pray and make medicine wheels to heal those who are in pain, to forgive and bring world peace.

I will be a guest on Barbara Grace Reynolds Program October 22

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I am looking forward to being on Barbara Grace Reynolds Radio Program Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM ET-11:00 AM CT-9:00 AM PT. We will be discussing spirituality, Metaphysics, and psychic phenomena. This should be a lively hour and if you cannot listen to the program live remember you can always listen to it at any time afterwards. I certainly hope you can join us and call in with your questions. The call in number is: 646-716-5054. Click here for details.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Hunters’ Full Moon October 18, 2013

OCT 18 Full Moon
The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon. The full moon on October 18-19 is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon. If you’re prone to tilt your head and howl at the moon, like the great hunters the coyotes, October 18 will be the only night this month when the moon will be visible in the sky all night long. Just be mindful of the neighbors when you howl!

As for Halloween night, the moon, if visible at all will be just a thin sliver, adding to the mystery of the night.

To the Native Americans full moons were a way to keep track of the seasons and make appropriate preparations for survival. Besides, with falling leaves and the fattening of wild game, also preparing for winter, who could argue that this month’s moon signaled a good time to go hunting.

As the moon rises in the east at dusk (Friday, October 18) in the continental United States, the lunar disk will be partially covered over by the Earth’s faint penumbral shadow. But you’re very unlikely to notice any shading at all on the moon’s surface. Europe and Africa will be in a better position to see the subtle penumbral eclipse because the lunar eclipse takes place at late night (instead of evening or morning twilight). For the most of Asia, the moon will be in eclipse as its sets at sunrise tomorrow (Saturday, October 19). Be forewarned. The moon does not dip into the Earth’s dark umbral shadow during this eclipse, so – at best – the partial penumbral eclipse may be seen as a slight shading of the moon’s southern limb.

Some say it is unlucky to sleep in the light of the moonlight, but I disagree. I relish it. I imagine that I am drawing down her beauty and energy to store it and draw upon as needed.

The full moon is always a good time to pray, have ceremonies, and be reminded of the continuation of life. Enjoy my friends.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

Spiritual Awakenings October 16, 2013

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It was a great program and I want to give a special thanks to my host Drew Pillow Who really made this program delightful. You can listen to it anytime you want to by clicking on the link. Click Here For Program Details.

During this time of a great awakening, many people are searching for information regarding the paranormal, their spirituality, and even the existence of the spirit world as evidenced through the increase of television shows, radio shows, internet websites, articles, books, and movies that addresses this heightened interest and stimulates what I like to call open-minded skepticism. Because of this increasing awareness, I can help to alleviate fears and can shed light on the very real and active spirit world.

On this special program with Drew Pillow I will discuss my work which includes, but is not limited to psychic readings, channeling the deceased, guided meditations into the spirit world, and astral projections as well as giving advice for solving relationship problems.

My answers come to me through images and hearing directly from my angels, guides, and the Great Spirit. I do not use any psychic tools such as tarot cards or pendulums. My gifts have been with me since birth and made themselves known at an early age. I started seeing Auras around people when I was fifteen years old, but I had no idea what they were. It wasn’t until many years later through metaphysics that I learned what it was I had been seeing all that time. I began my spiritual quest in the late 1970s and studied in a metaphysical school. I gave my first official reading in 1983 and have been using my gifts since then.

As a teacher of spiritual reality, I have been able to bring the spirit world into existence for many people especially my clients. I have published numerous articles on various topics and have made many of these articles into videos that can be seen on YouTube.

You’ll learn a great deal about me during this program and you can call in with your questions. I look forward to your being there with Drew and me.

Remember this program will be available at any time you want to listen to it in the future.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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