Today the birds were downstairs when the garbage truck came down our road. They freaked out—not out of fear but because THEY MIGHT MISS SEEING THE TRUCK. so I had to run to the window and stand there with them until it was gone. Apparently this is a big event in their lives every week haha
• Character A and Character B are partners working on a school project together. They have a dating history, but broke up years ago. However, spending so much time together outside of school is causing them to realize how much they miss being with the other.
• Character A gets dragged to the informational meeting for their high school musical/play by their best friend, Character B. They find out that the play/musical is based off of their favorite show/book/movie, so they decide to audition. Character A has to battle their horrible stage fright the entire time.
• “Once again, no, I won’t give you my homework. Just because you’re kind of attractive doesn’t mean that I have to let you walk all over me, now go do your own work like you’re supposed to” AU
• Character A and Character B fight over who is the better teacher’s pet in every class they share, which is every class. All their classmates are either extremely annoyed by this or they root for one or the other, there is no in between.
• “Whoa, hey, get your own coffee dude I need the caffeine just as much as anyone else” AU
• Character A is having an extremely stressful night, trying to write an essay, finish a project, and complete several worksheets, while also packing for a trip they’re going on for the next three days. Character B comes over to help them get everything done in time before Character A breaks down and has a panic attack.
• “I don’t think you understand how important Tumblr is to me I can’t get through high school without it” AU
• Characters A, B, C, and D have a study jam at Character A’s house. They have mountains of textbooks, notes, papers, pencils, pens, higlighters, and various foods and drinks strewn about A’s room. By the end of it all, they goof off more than they study.
• “Can someone kill me please? Preferably before exams start in a week” AU
Kitties! The source for the never-ending squee (for those of you unfamiliar with anime or internet culture, “squee” is the word for that high-pitched squeal of delight when someone sees something incredibly cute… like a kitten). Cats have a wonderful, loving relationship with most of the world, and have solidified their place in internet culture due to their antics. And, of course, many of us are lucky enough to be the loving and subservient human to a feline master or two (or, in my case, four).
But, as often seen when the stores begin their commercial takeover of the Halloween season - when we witches prepare for Samhain and take delight in popular culture’s enjoyment of our New Year’s - cats and witches go paw-in-hand.
Yes, Josh. This couch is comfortable. Now pet me. ~Whitney
Cats have a very long history alongside humans. Most famously in ancient culture, the Egyptians revered cats as a sacred animal. However, something that has always puzzled archaeologists is when and how humans started domesticating cats. With dogs, it’s much easier to track (just like their muddy paw prints on the carpet…), but cats are fittingly mysterious in when humans chose to add them in their societies. (Let’s face it. Humans did not choose the cat. The cat chose the humans. I think that’s where scientists and historians keep getting it wrong.)
As far as we can tell today, cats can be traced to several areas in early human history, but the two most significant areas from which modern kitties can be traced back to are the Middle East and China. As early as 12,000 years ago, the rise of agriculture had begun attracting rats, mice, and other rodents. In turn, wild cats began being drawn closer to human settlements. Clearly, having a friendly animal around to help keep your grain safe is ideal, so these cats would then be fed and protected by the humans that they’d begun helping.
Over the centuries, these two breeds of cats began to evolve, growing closer to humans and starting weave their ways into our lives (if we trust them and love them, it’s easier for them to accomplish their goal of world domination).
A Divine Link
Cats eventually began to find their way into our spirituality. In the Middle East, cats were respected as guardians of spiritual texts and sites. In Egypt, cats were deified. This was the case so much so that to be accused of having killed a cat in ancient Egyptian society was to face punishment by execution. In fact, cats were so revered that they were mummified and treated with the same respect as royalty.
To the ancient Egyptians, cats were associated with the goddess Bastet (or Bast). And sure enough, what is her domain within the Egyptian religion? Protection. As a lioness protector, she was a goddess of great importance, and was a prominent goddess long after Egypt’s civilization began to fade.
Toward the end of Egyptian civilization, the Greeks had come to respect Bast, as well, and connected her with another goddess - Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon (a goddess often associated with Hecate).
The Romans came to respect cats, as well. While more secular than the deeply spiritual Egyptians, Romans respected cats for their independent natures and wild demeanors, and attributed cats to two of their goddesses: Diana and Libertas.
What? You said I’m a protector goddess. So I protect. I protect your PS3 from the cold. ~Whitney
Demons, Witches, Plagues, and Cats
Unfortunately, the high status that our feline overlords deserve would not be respected into the Middle Ages. With the rise of witch hunts, anyone who welcomed an animal into the home would be faced with accusations of witchcraft and heresy. Cats in particular were targeted due to their independent and nocturnal natures.
The ambivalence with which cats rule their lives was seen, particularly by witch hunters, as a link to demonic nature. For a man or woman to welcome cats into their home was surely a sign that the feline was truthfully a demon performing fiendish deeds for the evil magician inside.
This was the origin for the modern stereotype of witches and black cats. Just as men and women were rounded up on accusations of witchcraft, cats were killed by the hundreds.
Little did Europe know how much it needed its feline population. As the number of cats began to dwindle, the number of rodents exploded, and with the rats came plague. The protection cats long provided against disease (something Bastet was long honored for as a goddess of healing) was no longer present, and the bubonic plague ran rampant and caused the world population to drop by more than 100 million. Of course, reactions did not help cats or witches any, for often witches and cats would be accused of further spreading the plague.
Eventually, when the focus was taken away from the cats, they began to resume their time honored magical duty of rat hunting and disease prevention.
Yeah, we’ll hunt those rats… after our nap.~ Whitney, Lilly, and Barnabus
A Return to Glory, and a Witch’s Best Friend
Every so often after the Black Death, cats would be the subject of witchcraft accusations, both in the old world and the new. But their popularity as mousers would earn them a respected job for both the navies of the 17th and 18th centuries and of the United States Postal Service clear up to the early 20th century.
By the end of the 19th century, cats were walking beside humans again without fear, happily going about their way as humans began to rely less on their utility and more on their company.
Up until some rather important innovations of the 20th century (namely refrigeration, the invention of kitty litter, and the rise of spaying and neutering), the thought of having an indoor cat was on the preposterous side. Even the President’s cat had free reign to wander in and out of the White House. But as these amenities became prevalent, kitties started to have a place as permanent indoor companions, safe from the dangers of the outside world, and more comfortable than even their own humans!
Today, cats have come to dominate not only the world of pets (much as many dog owners would refuse to admit, more pet owners have cats than dogs), but also the Internet. They’ve become the penultimate companion to the millenial due to the ease of care (food? water? easy. Litter? unpleasant, but easy. Love and cuddles? Well, these kitties will never want for attention!) and the stress-relief that cats often provide in a world that tends to promote stress and anxiety.
To many witches, cats are perfect companions. In addition to the connections with gods and goddesses worldwide, cats also have a role to play in witchcraft! Cats are natural teachers for us when we need to focus on our independence, confidence, and overall attitude towards life.
As familiars, cats can provide us with a link to the divine, to Hecate and Bast, while also helping to magnify our magical energies and naturally cleansing energy from spellwork (even Feng Shui acknowledges the natural abilities of cats in energy cleansing - it is believed that wherever a cat spends a considerable amount of time, chances are that stagnant energy is pooling there, and the cat is doing what it can to get it flowing again).
Don’t mind me. Just cleansing away the negativity! ~Cody
When working spells that involve cats, pay attention to what goddesses you use - Diana, Freya, Bast, Isis, and Cerridwen are all great picks for cat magic (Cerridwen was often accompanied by white cats… which is probably why I can’t seem to cast a spell in this house without Whitney showing up and helping!). Then, think about what aspect of the cat you want to emulate or encourage in your spell:
Getting in touch with your inner kitten (er, child)
Promoting restful sleep, or banishing insomnia
Protection (from evil spirits, disease, and anxiety and depression)
Connecting with Spirit
Communicating with the dead
Helping the dead move on
Love Spells (Especially self love)
There are many more aspects to cats in witchcraft. Whether you have a cat or use cat imagery, a witch is bound to find quite a bit of assistance from our feline overlords. If you are blessed enough to be owned by a cat, and wish to have the cat as a familiar, be sure to ask it first. Chances are, it will agree. Sometimes, it will simply decide to be your familiar anyway (like I said, Whitney never seems to miss a spell).
Cats are sacred. Both in the eyes of the ancients and in their own eyes. To be a witch working with a cat is a blessing and a joy, and there is so much that our feline masters can teach us about ourselves. When working magic, they are both inspiration and mentors.
As usual, my bestiary entries are meant to be a stepping point to help you in your own research. If you plan on making cats a central feature of your practice (as I’m sure that our kitties are intent on us doing), be sure to research and do some digging. Every tradition sees cats in a different way, and there is a lot of history that is shared between humans and cats.
And above all, treat all kitties as royalty. They are gods and goddesses in their own right, after all!
Blessed Be! )O(
*This article was brought to you in part by my four beloved furry masters: Whitney, Lilly, Barn, and Cody.
I apparently traveled back to High School in my Second Semester of Junior Year in College.
So my Adv. Crim class is one I have been looking forward too for a while, it’s taught by my FAVE teacher (literally this man could be teaching about literal shit and somehow make it fun and interesting, he’s amazing!) ever and I am obsessed with criminology. So, duh, I have been looking forward to the class, 10/10 excited.
So I get to class today and the teacher asks “How excited are you to be in class today?” and of coarse I hold up both hands showing all 10 fingers because I am 10/10 excited! Everyone thinks I’m crazy but whatever, it’s the truth. Made the teacher laugh and call me an outlier.
Then near the end of class (about 20min from the end, and we have 2hr long classes mind you so it’s been a while) he asks how much we wanna get outta class and leave. Most people are at 5, some 8′s going around. I didn’t answer because I didn’t wanna get looks again. So he asks “Is there alone that’s below a 5?” that’s when I answer, just raising my hand though not giving a number. Of coarse though, being the type of teacher he is that runs with any answer you give and makes you talk more, he asks me what the real number is. SO I go with a 2, because I’m kinda hungry, but I don’t wanna leave because I love this class and my next one is in 4hrs and since I commute I have to wait those 4hrs in the DC or Lib and that’s boring as fuck! SO I would so rather be in this class then waiting there!
My teacher is just highly amused by this. I’ve had him before. He knows how enthusiastic I am about this subject and learning new things. However, I hear obvious whispers behind me (I sit in the front row so I can see, I have really bad eyesight) of “teachers pet” and the like.
Really? Just because I like this class? I don’t need or want to be the teachers pet. 1) I hate social interaction and have severe social anxiety 2) I get good grades that I work hard for. My grades speak for themselves. I don’t need to be a teachers pet to get them, and I don’t want to be because of my social anxiety. If my teachers like me, it’s usually because they like my enthusiasm and that I do well in the class.
Sorry that I’m enthusiastic about the subject and actually like learning unlike you people, clearly.
Hell I’m just as enthusiastic in my Brain and Behavior class (and I hate biology, hate it!!!!) because I love learning and the teacher is amazing and hysterical!
Also, hell my main thing here, excuse me for actually enjoying the class that I pay a ludicrous amount of money to take!
Okay. That ended up being a rant when I’m not even angry. I dunno there is something amusing about this to me. like wth ya know?
I guess I missed some things in High School by being homeschooled. This is amusing. Whatever to them though, I’ll wear that title with pride. If liking class makes me a teachers pet, then sure, I’m a teachers pet.
Can’t believe this happened in college though, every time I think college is removed from high school, something reminds me that nope, these kids are still in high school sometimes. smh.