Find the Purrfect Spells and Charms for You and Your Feline Friends
Deepen the bond between you and your cats as you practice magic together. This wonderful and witchy book is filled with a wide variety of spells, enchantments, and recipes that will improve the life you share with them. From finding and naming a new cat to working with a feline as a familiar, The Little Book of Cat Magic has something for everyone who loves cats and magic.
Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You'll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake's extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Deborah Blake is the award-winning author of The Goddess is in the Details, Everyday Witchcraft,and numerous other books from Llewellyn, along with herEveryday Witch tarot deck. She has published articles in Llewellyn annuals, and her ongoing column, “Everyday Witchcraft,” is featured inWitches & Pagans.
When not writing, Deborah runs the Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, magickal and mundane.She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, andwww.deborahblakeauthor.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Magical Cat 1
1: Cats Through History 7 Cats in Egypt 9 Cats in India 9 Cats in Persia 10 Cats in Japan and China 10 Cats in Rome and Greece 11 Cats in Europe 11 Poem: The Duel by Eugene Field 14
2: Cat Myths, Folklore, and Tales 17 Fascinating Facts 18 Mythology, Lore, and Legends 21 Cat Tales 23 How Cats Got Their Purrs 23 How Persian Cats Were Created 23 Chinese Cat Creation Myth 25 How Pussy Willows Came to Be 25 Poem: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear 26
3: Cat Deities 29 Ai Apaec 30 Bast 31 Freya 32 Hecate 33 Ovinnik 33 Ra 34 Sekhmet 34 Spell for Finding Your Own Deity 36 Spell for Asking a Deity for Help 37 A Cat Deity Meditation 38 Poem: Cats by Charles Baudelaire (trans. Cyril Scott) 39
4: Cat Naming & Finding a New Cat 41 Naming a Cat 43 Spell for Discovering Your Cat’s Name 44 Female Cat Names 45 Male Cat Names 48 Getting a New Cat 51 Spell for Finding a New Cat 53 Poem: The Kitten and the Falling Leaves by William Wordsworth 56
5: Living with Cats 59 Behavior and Misbehavior 60 Spell for a Tranquil Household 61 Spell to Integrate a New Cat 62 Spell for Good Behavior 66 Cats and Training 67 Spell to Ease Training 69 A Cat in Motion 71 Spell to Find a Lost Cat 71 Spell to Find a Perfect Cat Sitter 72 Spell for Safe and Easy Cat Travel 74 Spell to Ease the Stress of a Move 77 In or Out 79 Spell for the Protection of Cats Who Go Outside 80 Crazy Cat Person Cure 81 Spell to Not Become a Crazy Cat Person (aka volunteering without adopting) 82 Poem: St. Jerome’s Cat Traditional English Nursery Rhyme 83
6: Cat Health 85 Spell for Cat Health 88 Spell for Cat Healing 89 Spell for a Vet Visit to Go Well 92 Spell for Protection from Pests 93 Natural Medicine for Cats 95 Poem: To Mrs. Reynold’s Cat by John Keats 99
7: Love and Loss 101 Spell to Ease a Cat’s Passing 104 A Ritual to Let a Cat Go 106 Spell to Communicate with a Cat Spirit 107 A Meditation for Letting Go of Grief 111 Poem: My Black Cat by Deborah Blake 113
8: Connecting with Your Cat 115 Spell to Connect with a New Cat 120 Living with Scaredy-Cats 122 Spell to Calm a Fearful Cat 125 Spell of Healing for a Cat Who Has Had a Tough Time 128 Spell for Mutual Love and Understanding 128 Spell to Deal with a Difficult Cat 130 A Cat Connection Meditation 133 Poem: An Old Russian Prayer by Anonymous 135
9: The Cat as Familiar 137 Spell for Finding Your Familiar 140 A Simple Cat Blessing 142 A Familiar Ritual to Increase Power 142 What a Cat Sees: Auras, Spirits, and More 144 Mixing Cats & Magic: A Few Cautions 145 Spell to Keep Your Cat Safe During Magical Work 147 Items That Might Be Dangerous for Your Familiar 148 Poem: The Cat and the Moon by William Butler Yeats 150
10: Power Animals 153 Bobcat 157 Cheetah 157 Domestic Cat 158 Leopard 158 Lion 159 Lynx 159 Mountain Lion 160 Panther 160 Tiger 161 Spell for Discovering Your Power Animal 162 Spell for Connecting with Your Power Animal Attributes 164 A Blessing for a Power Talisman Using Tiger’s-Eye 166 A Power Animal Meditation 168 Poem: The Tyger by William Blake 170
11: Cat Divination 173 Cat Tarot Decks 174 From Tales of the Mystical Cats by Lunaea Weatherstone 176 Divination with Your Cat 177 A Spell for Divination 179 Poem: For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry by Christopher Smart
12: Crafts & Recipes for You & Your Cat 187 Crafts & Crafty Spells 188 Cat Charm for Protection 188 Lucky Cat Blessings 190 Candle to Ward Off Evil 191 Cat Charm for Strength and Flexibility 192 Cat Home Blessing Charm Bag 194 Tarot Card for Strength and a Lion’s Courage 195 Memento Box 196 Cat Footprint for Remembrance 197 Herbal Charm Bag for Your Cat 198 Charmed Bell for Your Cat’s Protection 199 Bespelled Statue for Your Cat’s Protection and Health 200 Recipes 203 Fish Straws 203 Catnip and Cheese Balls 204 Beef Snack Bites 204 Grain-Free Dehydrated Treats 204
13: Channeling Your Inner Cat 207 Cat Naps 208 Independence 209 Remembering to Play 210 Poem: She sights a Birdshe chuckles by Emily Dickinson 211
In Summary 213
Recommended Reading 217