Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cat Astrology


Who says that cats can’t also have zodiac signs just like humans? One of the best ways to understand your cat(s) is knowing his/her birthdate. If you also know the exact place and time of the birth, that’s even better. You’ll be able to get hold of your cat’s natal chart which is something I wished I had. However, if your cat is adopted and his/her birthdate is unknown, you can always estimate and look for the qualities that match your cat’s ego the most.

Sun in Aries (March 21-April 19) Fire element

These are the toughest kitties on the corner (I should know because my furdaughter is an Aries). Rather than settling down on your lap for an affectionate grooming session, the Aries cat prefers to play. Yes, playtime is better than cuddly time in the eyes of the Aries. The Aries cat is incredibly stubborn; she/he won’t take “no” for an answer. If you say “no,” she/he will find other ways to manipulate you. For self-defense, these felines are most likely the ones to challenge another being to a fight. This could be your neighbor’s large-sized dog or the veterinarian. I won’t be surprised if veterinarians have a hard time giving an Aries cat a checkup. As an independent and freedom-loving feline, the Aries cat loves to explore outdoors. Keeping an indoor Aries cat will bore him/her to death if you don’t have a closed backyard or garden, so provide a lot of playtime with different games. If your cat spontaneously runs across the room like a cheetah or pounces at your feet under a table, that’s most likely a cat with an Aries heart.

Sun in Taurus (April 20-May 20) Earth element

The Taurus cat prefers routine and has strong habits. Thus, the feline is quite stubborn when it comes to conforming to changes. He/she has a favorite spot when it comes to sunbathing, sitting, and sleeping. Like most Earthy cats, the feline prefers stability and comfort. The Taurus cat especially loves to eat, so you should be careful how much you feed him/her when it comes to dry food. If he/she tries to persuade you for more food, don’t give in because you’ll end up overfeeding. The Taurus cat is also shy around strangers, but there is no doubt they love children. In return of reaching the Taurus’s needs and happiness, he/she will shower you with devotion and affection.

Sun in Gemini (May 21-June 21) Air element

These felines make the purrfect familiars because they are curious, intelligent, and fast learners. The Gemini cat is talkative and demands a lot of attention from you. Although he/she isn’t greedy when it comes to food, the Gemini cat prefers a variety of interesting new food. The Gemini cat enjoys being both indoors and outdoors; it depends on their boredom when there isn’t enough fun. The feline likes to explore, especially in the house where there are plenty of neat hiding spots. An outdoor Gemini cat is most likely to stray far from your home because he/she constantly looks for an adventure, so it’s better if you learn how to leash train him/her. Both of you would then will be able to go on walks together. As an adult cat, “once a kitten, always a kitten.”

Sun in Cancer (June 22-July 22) Water element

Because the moon rules Cancer, the Cancer cat can be very psychic. The feline knows where he/she is going before you even take out the cat carrier for his/her vet appointment. The Cancer cat is quite affectionate and family-oriented; having a litter of kittens is an ideal desire. However, there are enough homeless kittens in the shelters for you to adopt and let your Cancer feline take care of. So please get your feline neutered or spayed (this goes to all cats of any zodiac sign!). He/she may also end up adopting a stuffed animal. I can imagine a Cancer cat meowing several times in the middle of the night while carrying a small doll in his/her mouth. The Cancer cat loves to receive affection in return through a tender petting session and being carried around the house. Just remember to give your feline enough attention every day, and your Cancer kitty will be satisfied.

Sun in Leo (July 23-August 22) Fire element

Like the lion, the Leo cat is proud and walks gracefully on his/her four paws. The feline is lazy and may spend the day dozing off in the sunshine. The Leo cat dominants your house and other animal companions you have and dislike strangers visiting his/her house. Climbing and observing others from a high elevation is entertaining. The Leo cat also enjoys being in the center of attention and showing off tricks. To show his/her appreciation for you, the feline may bring you a dead mouse or something he/she proudly caught as a present. Just accept your Leo cat’s gift and your kitty a treat in thanks.

Sun in Virgo (August 23-September 22) Earth element

Because the Virgo cat is naturally a critic, the feline is picky when it comes to food and doesn’t have many health problems. He/she likes to be clean and grooms often to keep his/her fur in place and free of other scent. The Virgo cat understands you more than others because he/she analyzes you often. The Virgo cat is most comfortable with a calm life of routine and shows affection in subtle ways. Although he/she is independent, giving attention to the Virgo cat is a must. Provide the feline a window perch, so he/she can observe the outside world.

Sun in Libra (September 23-October 23) Air element

The Libra cat is a purrfect lap cat and sits on you or others whenever he/she gets the chance. Like the Cancer cat, the Libra cat is also affectionate and enjoys showing love. The feline understands you whenever you communicate to him/her. Learning things is also not a problem. At times the Libra cat may decide to spend time with another person in your family, but he/she is just giving love to everyone equally. She/he enjoys a peaceful environment, so arguing will make the feline stressful. He/she may end up being the one trying to break the argument with a loud meow. Going outdoors is fun to the Libra cat, but don’t expect the feline to chase after birds or insects.

Sun in Scorpio (October 24-November 21) Water element

Being a good manipulator, a Scorpio cat makes a purrfect familiar because he/she can mind read. The feline may be curious whenever you cook and watch you on top of the counter. The Scorpio feline is secretive and is most likely to steal the bread from the table and eat it in the basement. If you have other cats, the Scorpio cat may demand you to give him/her the most devotion. The feline gets envious when the attention you give isn’t toward him/her. The Scorpio cat may end up hiding somewhere and return back to you when visitors leave the house, so your attention to him/her can return again. He/she may also form a special, strong attachment to you and protect you territorially.

Sun in Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Fire element

The Sagittarius cat is a naughty but adventurous fun kitty. The cat that “has nine lives” applies to the Sagittarius cat because he/she is always getting into trouble but ends up unharmed. He/she may occasionally return home with scrapes and make you feel worried. Due to the Sagittarius cat’s curious nature, he/she will make your laugh even if he/she didn’t intend to. However, the feline is naturally humorous and enjoys making you and others laugh. He/she is also energetic both outdoors and indoors and loves freedom and independence just like the Aries cat. Unlike the other two firey cats, the Sagittarius cat is not territorial and enjoys sharing the house with other animal companions.

Sun in Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Earth element

Due to the Capricorn cat’s faithfulness, he/she only gives you the most affection than others. As a kitten and adult, the feline prefers to play with you rather than toys. Because the Capricorn cat is serious and prefers stability, he/she doesn’t take risks and is less likely to explore outdoors. The feline is not a problem when it comes to feeding time; he/she isn’t picky and doesn’t like to waste food. The Capricorn cat is often shy and may stay close to you throughout his/her whole life. When it comes to children and the elderly, the Capricorn cat knows how to be considerate toward them. The feline is also patient and undemanding but giving them love and attention is necessary.

Sun in Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Air element

The Aquarius cat is unique and very intelligent. You know you have an Aquarius cat when he/she taught himself/herself how to open the door or use the toilet. The feline sometimes appears emotionally distant and needs some personal space. He/she is less likely to miss you terribly when you’re on vacation because he/she ends up forming a bond with the caregiver. Because of the Aquarius cat’s curious nature, the kitty enjoys exploring outdoors and visiting other homes. If your Aquarius cat is an outdoor feline, make sure to get him/her a collar or a microchip just in case he/she gets lost. The feline may also be humorous at times and enjoy getting surprised reactions from you and other humans; tag would be one of the Aquarius cat’s favorite games.

Sun in Pisces (February 19-March 20) Water element

The Pisces cat is sensitive and intuitive and is likely to be the most psychic feline. The Pisces cat finds watching the television and the birds outside entertaining. He/she has a thing for water and may enjoy watching you take a shower and other watery activities in the bathroom. Like the Cancer cat, the Pisces cat is very affectionate and family-oriented. He/she dislikes being alone and becomes very dependent on others. If you have one cat that happens to be a Pisces and you know you aren’t home often, make sure to get another feline companion for your Pisces, so he/she won’t feel lonely.

Sources

Kemp, Gillian. The Good Cat Spell Book. Berkeley, CA: Crossing, 2008. Print.

Dugan, Ellen. The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells & Magick. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2006. Print.

(By the way, I recommend all cat lovers to get those two books.)

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Special Maneki Neko

Some of you may have seen statues of the popular white cat holding its paw up in Japanese or Chinese stores. This cat was given the name Maneki Neko which means Beckoning Cat, Welcoming Cat, Money Cat, and Fortune Cat in Japanese. Neko alone means “cat” in English.

One of the most popular legends surrounding this cat takes place during the Edo period (1603-1868) in the western part of Tokyo, Japan. A temple priest was ashamed of his cat, Tama, for not contributing to his temple. One day, Naotaka Ii, a daimyo or lord of the Hikone district, was standing underneath a tree because it started to rain. He spotted Tama that was beckoning him to go inside the temple. By the time he approached the temple, the tree he was standing underneath was hit by lightning; Tama had saved his life. Naotaka was so thankful for Tama that he decided to adopt the temple for his family, and soon the temple became prosperous. When Tama passed away, he was buried in the Goutokuji's cat cemetery. After the cat’s death, the Maneki Neko tradition started.

The Maneki Neko statues range from big to miniature in size. They are usually made out of ceramic or porcelain. Others are made out of clay, paper, plastic, wood, or paper mache. Some are even made out of jade or gold. The Maneki Neko can remain still or animated with its paw waving “hello” up and down. Each paw positioned in a different direction represents a meaning:

Left Paw: Invites people or customers to come in
Right Paw: Attracts money and good fortune
Both Paws: Protection for home and business
North Paw: The higher the paw, the more magickal and powerful the cat.

Each color of the Neko represents magickal properties:

Red: Love, marriage, personal matters, protection, wards negativity and illness
Calico: Most fortune bringing
Golden: Good wealth and prosperity
Green: Health, education and studies
Pink: Love, romance, and relationships
White: Purity, attracts positivity and good things
Black: Good luck, wards off negativity, cures illnesses in children, protection for women to ward off stalkers and thieves

Other:

Bib and bell: Wealth and material abundance

So next time you spot a Maneki Neko in a store’s window, marvel at its existence :)

Sources

http://www.namaii.com/manekineko/maneki-neko-types.html
http://ezinearticles.com/?Color-of-a-Maneki-Neko---The-Japanese-Beckoning-Cat&id=3538525
http://cats.about.com/cs/manekineko/a/manekineko.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki_Neko#Material
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/maneki-neko.shtml

Updated 6/1/2012

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Psychic Abilities and Feline Power Animals

There is something I would like to share when I was reading The Enchanted Cat by Ellen Dugan (which I definitely recommend all cat-loving Pagans to get her book). In one of the chapters, she mentioned that certain feline power animals are helpful to work with for improving and/or developing one's psychic abilities.

Lynx
The lynx is known as the "keeper of secrets." Work with the feline for clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is the psychic ability of seeing visions of the future or past.

Panther
Work with the panther for clairsentience (psychometry). Clairsentience is the psychic ability of receiving impressions and images of the object, place, or person by touch.

The following are other psychic abilities I decided to assign to (or researched on) other feline power animals. Why? Because Dugan didn't mention other cats beside the panther and lynx for psychic abilities, and I was hungry for more.

Bobcat
According to Hercules Invictus in Cat Totems, "Bobcats are listeners. They like to take everything in, mull it over, and then use it to their own advantage. You won't catch a bobcat gossiping, but chances are (s)he's heard it already. Bobcats focus their energy on their own goals using what they observed from others."

Thus, I think the bobcat should be the purrfect power animal to work with in clairaudience (ability to hear voices from the non-physical world. Spirits, ghosts, etc.). Also, according to this website, people with the bobcat totem might have psychometry.

And work with also the panther, leopard or jaguar for clairaudience. The domestic cat totem is also good for developing or enhancing your intuition.

This doesn't deal with psychic abilities, but the leopard and ocelot are good power animals for artistic and creative expression (music, art, writing, etc.). Just something I wanted to share :)

Updated 6/1/2012

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Aries Cat

March 21-April 19

As you can see, this picture of my kitty does not seem to be enjoying my attempt of trying to pet her while I took the picture. Argentum is 2 years old and was born on April 18, 2008 according to the veterinary clerk. I adopted her on May 24, 2008 when she was 5 weeks old. How can I not forget about our anniversary date? :)

We both have a Sun in Aries. Her birthday is 2 days after mine. She really acts like me, and sometimes I joke around that she has my "genes." Unfortunately, I wish I knew the time and place of her birth. I would be able to get a hold of her natal chart instead of estimating it. I think if I had her natal chart, I would understand my dear kitty more.

The typical keywords of any Aries are independence, freedom-loving, and headstrongness. As a normally unaffectionate cat, she prefers to play than be pet or groomed while she's awake. She does blink, but she doesn't give out nose kisses so freely (maybe once in a blue moon). If I touch her at the "wrong" time, she will bite me and let me know that she doesn't like it. She only rubs against my legs right when it's breakfast or dinnertime. Sometimes she rubs my legs when I get home but rarely. By now, I don't have to explain that's she is also not a lap kitty. The feline prefers to sit and sleep in a cardboard box than on my warm legs.

Independent. She is considered independent, but I can't help but notice how she secretly yearns for my attention. She wants to be in the center of the spotlight like a Leo. Everyday, she demands at least 30 minutes to an hour of my attention. If I don't give her the playtime, she will stand by the stairs or from a distance away from me and meow like Gemini cat. Once I approach her, she will run away from me as revenge. It happens more than once. This is only in indoors however. At heart, she is happiest as an outdoor kitty. Once she's outside in our small garden, she wants me to bug off. That means I mustn't bother her while she hunts for insects, or she'll give me a good hiss.

I also like to add than she's is a brave fool. Every time our neighbor lets out her dog (once of those large black dogs), it starts to harass my cat. My feline however doesn't like it at all, and she'll teach that dog to piss off. I caught her trying to swap and slap the large dog with her paws several times. I of course am terribly frightened although there's a fence, so I run outside and scold my cat to get back inside the house. Her tail flies all the way up meanwhile. The other time, she jumped on top of my dad's car by trying to make herself look bigger than the dog while arching her back. It actually worked and the dog cowered back for a few seconds but continue to bark.

Freedom-loving. When I confined her to once room when she was a kitten because she did something terribly naughty, she did everything possible to get out. She opened the door that wasn't shut tightly and bolted upstairs to my sister's room. When I close the door when I do rituals, I will hear her scratching the door to be let in. She must be interested in becoming my familiar? Even when I think she's not upstairs, she usually knows what I'm up to and heads upstairs to join me. She is also attracted to candle flames. I always have to place them on the kitchen counter after a spell or ritual because I'm afraid she's going to hurt herself.

Headstrongness. When I say "no," she says "yes." When she says "yes," I say "no." If I won't do what she wants, she will try every possible way to annoy me until I give up. She's such a manipulator haha, and I end up falling for it.

Right after using the litter box or eating, she will immediately dart across the room like a cheetah. Run, kitty! Run! Sometimes when I'm not on guard and walk past the table, she jumps out and pounces at me legs. Once I turn around to see her, she immediately runs back to her hiding spot.

But this Aries cat has a "secret." I am only to pet and groom her while she's asleep or right after she wakes up. She tolerates it for some reason (maybe it's because she's still sleepy). I can also pick her up without hearing any whining. She always whines when my mom or sister picks her up. However, she strangely prefers me picking her up instead. I don't hold her up too long which is probably why. I hope this is probably a little thing you can do if any of you out there have unaffectionate Aries cat(s).

Nevertheless, I still love my furchild.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Cheshire cat

I absolutely love my new layout! Why? The Cheshire cat is awesome.

The following is from Alice in Wonderland (1951):

Cheshire Cat: Oh, by the way, if you'd really like to know, he went that way.

Alice: Who did?

Cheshire Cat: The White Rabbit.

Alice: He did?

Cheshire Cat: He did what?

Alice: Went that way.

Cheshire Cat: Who did?

Alice: The White Rabbit.

Cheshire Cat: What rabbit?

I had read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll before. I would like to read it again.

The next blog is going to be about anaphrodisiac herbs. That's all I have to say!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This quote caught my eyes during English class.

The following is from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison:

It had begun with Christmas and the gift of dolls. The big, the special, the loving gift was always a big, blue-eyed Baby Doll...I was bemused with the thing itself, and the way it looked. What was I supposed to do with it? Pretend I was its mother? I had no interest in babies or the concept of motherhood...I learned quickly, however, what I was expected to do with the doll; rock it, fabricate storied situations around it, even sleep with it. Picture books were full of little girls sleeping with their dolls...I was physically revolted by and secretly frightened of those round moronic eyes, the pancake face, and orangeworms hair.

The other dolls, which were supposed to bring me great pleasure, succeeded in doing quite the opposite...To hold it was no more rewarding. The starched gauze or lace on the cotton dress irritated any embrace. I had only one desire: to dismember it. To see of what it was made, to discover the dearness, to find the beauty, the desirability hat had escaped me, but apparently only me...I could not love it. But I could examine it to see what it was that all the world said was lovable. Break off the tiny fingers, bend the flat feet, loosen the hair, twist the head around, and the thing made one sound—a sound they said was the sweet and plaintive cry "Mama," but which sounded to me like the bleat of a dying lamb, or, more precisely, our icebox door opening on rusty hinges in July. Remove the cold and stupid eyeball, it would bleat still, "Ahhhhhh," take off the head, shake out the sawdust, crack the back against the brass bed rail, it would still bleat still. The gauze back would split, and I could see the disk with six holes, the secret of the sound....

One female classmate said that Claudia, the narrator of the story, is messed up. I didn't agree with her because this is absolutely how I've felt since I was a child. I was so happy that I can relate to the passage. Since I was a child, I absolutely have hated those baby dolls. At one point, I threw one into the closet in my old house because it frightened me. To this day, babies and little children still "frighten" me. I dislike them... is rather the better word. Why? I have no freaking clue. It's just something natural that I feel strongly about although I'm a female human.

People always say when I tell them I dislike children, "Well, weren't you a child one point?" Or "Wait until you have kids." Like hell I'm going to have kids. I'm a lesbian! Or "Well, this little girl is different. She's cute." Ughh. I'm sorry, but I find them hideous and alien-looking. I have no interest in "motherhood" and never will. Maybe that's why I've never worked with "mother Goddesses."

However, I love non-primate animals. Humans and monkeys... *coughs*. Cats and kittens? Awww! Kittens all the way! They can kick a baby's ass anytime. Now I sound like a fucked up "Pagan," but I'm a crazy cat lady. I'm not crazy without any reason... or proof.

Anyway, that's all I have to say. Sorry to offend any human mothers out there.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tomorrow is the last day.

Tomorrow is the last day of winter vacation. Sighs. Now I have to go back to school, but I guess it won't be so bad. January will fly by fast because of regents week and that English exam for juniors. By the time I'll know it, spring will be hereee.

I've been working on my fantasy story. You can check it out somewhere in my fictionpress by clicking on my Deviantart link. It's almost done; and I'm so proud! It'll be the first story I actually complete. Yeah. It's really pathetic. I'm already thinking about a sequel idea.

I think I had a dream about the a fox last night. The fox appeared in my dream twice I think. A few nights ago, I also dreamed about a grizzly bear. These are most likely my message animal totems.

About that cat in my previous journal, it turns out that it probably survived the blizzard. My father saw its footprints on the snow in our backyard. Maybe it's that cat or not. I just hope the stray cat is doing okay.