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Is it Lucky to See a Black Cat?

Watercolour of a black cat in progress
This watercolour in progress is of a balck cat at night in a japanese garden.

Represented as good and bad, there are hundreds of myths and stoires surrounding black cats.

Pirates of the 19th Century believed that a black cat would bring different kinds of luck, for example, if a black cat walked towards you. It would bring bad luck. If a black cat walks away from you, then you will have good luck.

Are you Lucky? If your Scottish, then you are. In scotland, a black cat is a symbol of good fortune. The Scottish believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity.

However, black cats in western history have often been seen as a symbol of evil, or a bad omen. They were seen as the companions of witchs, shape shifters and the couriers of demons.

In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat, he examines the psychology of guilt, a story about a murder who carefully conceals his crime and believes himself unassailable, but eventually breaks down and reveals himself, impelled by a nagging reminder of his guilt, and a one eyed black cat!

On a more positive note however, if you were a sailor considering a “ship’s cat” You would want a black one because it would bring good luck. You would also want your wife to have one at home while you were at sea, this would be in the hope that the cat would be able to use it’s lucky influence to protect you at sea.

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  1. October 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Real great illustration…I Think the black cat is a symbol of good fortune.

  2. October 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    This is beautiful, Daniel, and I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

  3. October 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Awesome work!

  4. October 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Well, lucky for me! This painting has flowed like dream. Not the usal struggle i am involved with when painting one of my pictures. Maybe there was black cat walking away from me at the time!
    I’ll post the finished on soon.
    Daniel

  5. Advocate Art
    November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Very good illustration and very expressive eyes!

    Advocate Art

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