Evidence from archaeological studies in Egypt, point to the African wild cat being the ancestor of the domestic cat. Cat art and mummified remains have been found in excavations that date back four thousand years ago. Cats according to recent scientific studies are the most popular pet in the world. A group of cats is known as a clowder or a glaring, a male cat is called a tom or tomcat a female is called a molly or a queen. The male progenitor of a cat, especially a pedigreed cat, is its sire and its female progenitor is its dam
Bast the cat goddess of ancient Egyptian religion was worshipped as early as the 2890 BC. Originally she was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt. As protector, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity. Solar deities are usually male whereas lunar deities are mostly female. Cats are also associated with witches, magic, illusion, the moon and sensuality. In ancient Rome the cat was sacred to the Goddess Diana, the huntress, moon and birthing Goddess.
To aid with navigation and sensation, cats have dozens of movable whiskers over their body, especially their face. These provide information on the width of gaps and on the location of objects in the dark, both by touching objects directly and by sensing air currents. They have an acute sense of smell, they can see in near darkness and they can hear very high frequencies.
Cats make superb pets but they are pets that we can never own, cats are independent and come and go as they please. When a cat owns you they can be very social and affectionate, to have a cat sit on your lap and purr is a beautiful thing to behold. Cats can jump huge heights and are sleek and nimble on their paws. Their huge eyes appear to glow in the dark and this has led to many myths and legends beginning about cats and their powers. A black cat is supposed to signify luck whereas a black cat crossing your path is supposed to signify bad luck.
If cat is your power animal then you are independent and socialise on your own terms. You enjoy company but you also need space to be alone and reflect. You like the mysteries of life and the abstract and unusual attracts you enormously. You have an excellent sense of direction but sometimes like to meander off the beaten track just for the adventure of it. You see through illusions but also like to create your own illusion of mystery to baffle and appear mysterious. You can be extremely broody and melancholy and even accident prone sometimes. Like the cat has nine lives so you too are a survivor. The moon phases fascinate you and effect you deeply. With the sun god Ra and the moon both associated with the cat you epitomise the duality of existence.
Cats message to you would be to jump to your potential that you know you are capable of reaching. See with cats eyes through the darkness that sometimes overshadows you and your perception of things. When you do this you shine a light on the situations and relationships in your life that challenge you. You are very emotional and have great compassion and empathy. Listen to the high pitched signals that your own inner hearing can hear. Use your instinct more to smell out things and situations before they become too overwhelming. You have the gifts of clairaudience and clairvoyance. Use them to hear and see the unknown, they will help you and guide you through the many different difficult situations in your life. Keep mementos of cats around the house and pet your cat often, to bring this power animal closer to you.
Characteristics: illusion, mystery, sensual, psychic, clairaudience, clairvoyance, emotional, duality.
Ask cat to assist when you are in the dark about a situation and you need some light to shine to see from a different perspective. Also when you are emotional and need the comfort of a reassuring purr to steady your emotions. When you need to find balance between the dark and the light side of your personality. Ask cat to help you shed light on the many mysteries of life that you find difficult to unravel. x