This week’s superstition is helping us get into the Halloween spirit. This week’s superstition is about black cats. Often used as symbols of bad luck, black cats grace many Halloween decorations. The superstitions of black cats go all the way back to the Dark Ages. It was during the Dark Ages when witch hunts were common activities. Older women of towns were quite often accused of witchcraft and their pet cats were said to be their “familiars,” or demonic animals that had been given to them by the devil.
Another superstition that adds on to the theories of black cats is about the devil himself. A common superstition that was often told during the Dark Ages is that Satan turned himself into a cat when socializing with witches. Nowadays, black cats aren’t always connected with bad luck and mischief. In numerous different places such as Ireland, Scotland, and England, it’s considered good luck for a black cat to cross your path.
Normans and Germanic people believed that a black cat was a sign that a death would soon occur. They thought that if a black cat crosses your path it was bad luck. The fears about black cats spread rapidly throughout Europe and over time killings of black cats took place. Although certain areas had some positive black cat superstitions, the black feline was often misunderstood and mistreated.
Check back next week for some more spooky Halloween superstitions!
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