Today is Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious?
In 1233 Pope Gregory IX announced that black cats were placed on earth to do the Devil’s work. Prior to Pope Gregory, cats were pretty much worshipped as gods. Guess the pagan idea didn’t sit too well with the Catholic Church.
Since then, the black feline has pretty much been seen as “bad luck.”
Did you know that black cats, even black dogs, are usually the last ones to be adopted at animal shelters? One animal shelter worker told me black cats, and dogs, usually spend seven to ten days longer in the shelter than any other color.
The cat in the above photo is Morgan. He is a very sweet lovable black cat with oh so very soft fur.
Here is a photo of Bates, when he was a tiny kitten. Again, he is a very sweet boy with soft fur. He loves to lounge in my lap and if I am laying on the sofa or bed he wants to lay on my chest. I think he likes the rhythm of my heartbeat.
Some folks are superstitious of black cats crossing their path. I have been told by a friend that when they are out walking and see a black cat cross in front of them, they turn and go in another direction because they believe allowing a black cat to cross in front of them will bring them bad luck.
My black cats bring me joy.
Here is my warning about black cats: If you walk around the house at night without the lights on, you can’t see them. I have lost count over the years how many times I have been tripped by Morgan and Bates or accidentally stepped on their paws or tails in the dark. But, I still love them and they love me.
So, next time you want to adopt a cat, think about adopting a “Black Cat.”
Black cats aren’t the only thing people are superstitious about.
Some folks will not walk under a ladder. Others are afraid they will jinx themselves and knock on wood. Others carry a lucky rabbit’s foot or a lucky four leaf clover.
Here are some superstitions:
A ship should not set sail on Friday the 13th because it will sink.
Do not get a new bed on Friday the 13th for it will cause you to have bad dreams.
If a black cat turns it back on you, you will have bad luck.
Do not plant a Weeping Willow for it will bring sadness and sorrow.
Never sleep directly under a full moon as it can bring illness and death.
Never marry in May. It is not a good month to start a marriage.
If you kill a Robin redbreast, you will have bad luck for the rest of the year.
Do you have other superstitions you would like to share? If so, leave them in the comment section.