It’s that time of year again — ghosts, goblin, vampires, witches…and black cats! Black cats have been associated with Halloween for generations. But why black cats and not other colors?
Back in the middle ages when people believed strongly that witches who cast spells and hexes on your crops and family roamed the earth, and pretty much anyone could be accused, cats were also thrown into the guilty mix.
As for the cat color determining your luck, well, that all depends on where in the world you live. Here are a few facts about cat color and superstitions:
In Asia and the U.K., a black cat is considered lucky. Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck. In Yorkshire, England, it may be lucky to own a black cat, but it is unlucky have one cross your path. To dream of a black cat is lucky. In North America, it’s considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In the U.K., switch the colors, I guess unless you live in Yorkshire. Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck. A strange black cat on a porch brings prosperity to the owner. (Scottish Lore) A black cat seen from behind portends a bad omen. If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it. If a black cat crosses your path while you’re driving, turn your hat around backwards and mark an X on your windshield to prevent bad luck. To dream of a black cat is lucky. On the other paw, seeing a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition. A funeral procession meeting up with a black cat is believed to forecast the death of another family member. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if someone was sick he would die if a black cat lay on his bed. In North America, it’s considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path.
I have to say, some of these superstitions leave one to wonder where the mind was of the people who made them up! I mean, why are black cats bad luck in the USA and good luck in the UK? What if you were born in the UK but moved to the USA?
In any event, if you own a black cat, keep him/her indoors! Especially in October. Believe it or not, there are people out there that will cause harm to black cats this time of year and it is best not to take unnecessary chances.