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The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells and Magick

The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells and Magick

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The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells and Magick

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From the temples of ancient Egypt to the homes of modern Witches, cats have long been associated with magick and mystery. Examining cat mythology and folklore from around the world and sprinkled with enchanting cat quotes from famous feline admirers throughout the ages, The Enchanted Cat is a must-read for any magickal cat fancier.

Witches, Pagans, and other magick-minded folks will love the dozens of charms, spells, and meditations included for working with feline power. A naming ceremony, lists of magickal cat names and correspondences, and spells and charms for your cat's collar are just a sampling of the feline-friendly magick inside. Cat astrology, tarot, and even a discussion of feline feng shui make The Enchanted Cat a uniquely magickal exploration of our enduring fascination with the feline mystique.

Winner of the 2007 Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for Best Magick/Shamanism Book

Freigegeben:
Feb 8, 2012
ISBN:
9780738717616
Format:
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Über den Autor

Ellen Dugan is the award-winning author of fifteen books, and is known as the "Garden Witch". A psychic-clairvoyant, she has been a practicing Witch for over thirty years. Well known for her candor and humor, she is a Master Gardener, and is the High Priestess of her Coven in the St. Louis area. Ellen teaches classes both online and across the country on Witchery, Psychic Protection, and Magick. She has contributed articles for over twelve years to Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, Witches Datebook, Sabbat Almanac, and Witches Calendar. Ellen's popular magickal books have been translated into over ten foreign languages. When she's not working on her next book project, or keeping up with her family (the kids are out on their own, and the youngest is in Graduate school), Ellen likes to unwind by working in her perennial gardens at home with her husband of 31 years. Ellen wholeheartedly encourages folks to reclaim their personal power and to personalize their Spell-craft. To go outside and connect with the spiritual side of nature. To get their hands dirty and discover the wonder and magick of natural world that surrounds them. Visit her popular syndicated "Blog of Witchery" at www.ellendugan.blogspot.com  You can visit her website at www.ellendugan.com


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The Enchanted Cat - Ellen Dugan

About the Author

Ellen Dugan, also known as the Garden Witch, is a psychic-clairvoyant who lives in Missouri with her husband and three children. A practicing Witch for over twenty years, Ellen also has many years of nursery and garden center experience, including landscape and garden design. She received her Master Gardener status through the University of Missouri and her local county extension office. Look for other articles by Ellen in Llewellyn’s annual Magical Almanac, Witches’ Calendar, Witches’ Datebook, and Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac. Visit her website at: www.ellendugan.com

Llewellyn Publications

Woodbury, Minnesota

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The Enchanted Cat: Feline Fascinations, Spells & Magick © 2006 by Ellen Dugan.

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First e-book edition © 2012

E-book ISBN: 9780738717616

Book design and editing by Rebecca Zins

Cover design by Kevin R. Brown

Cover illustration © 2005 Rick Lovell

Interior illustrations © 2005 Kerigwen

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For my daughter,

Erin Kathleen,

with love.

And for the enchanted cats that have

added humor and magick to my life,

in both the past and the present:

Skippy, Samantha, and Jasmine.

acknowledgments

As usual, a few words of appreciation need to be said here. A special thank-you to my circle mates and friends who have helped me brainstorm on this book. They offered suggestions for reference materials and happily loaned out books from their own magickal libraries—and who, most importantly, were excited and enthusiastic when they found out what new book project I was conjuring up.

Also, a special thank-you to the cat-loving ladies at Llewellyn: Natalie Harter, Andrea Neff, Nancy Mostad, and of course to my editor Becky Zins, who shared great stories of her new son and her three enchanting cats. Thanks also to Kerigwen, for the beautiful illustrations.

To my husband Ken with love, and to our children Kraig, Kyle, and Erin, who are now all young adults, off to college and following their dreams. We are so very proud of the three of you. Remember what I’ve always taught you: if you believe in yourself and are willing to work hard, then nothing is impossible.

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Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Wisdom of Cats

Chapter One

Cat Deities and the Feminine Mystique

Chapter Two

Elemental Feline Folklore and Divination

Chapter Three

Cat Magick, Candle Spells, and Astrology

Chapter Four

Feline Power Animals

Chapter Five

The Feline Familiar

Chapter Six

Charms and Spells for Your Cat

Cat Magick Journal

Bibliography

introduction

The

Wisdom

of Cats

The idea for this little cat book leapt onto my desk one day and simply would not budge. Surprised and slightly annoyed, I treated it the same way I would as if one of my own cats had jumped in the center of my writing desk: I firmly but gently picked up the idea and set it aside. Then, taking a deep breath, I told myself to focus and get back to the project at hand.

Being a Virgo, I’m usually good at organizing things, making lists, and sticking to my plans. After all, my next book project was outlined and there were a few chapters finished. I had even gone so far as to send in the outline to my editor to see if she liked it. The deadline for several annual articles was coming up soon, so I had plenty to keep me occupied. I should just ignore this feline nudge and get busy on my other writing projects. Pleased with my own plan, I worked diligently on my various articles and then found myself inspired to include spells featuring cats. How curious.

Thinking that this would ease the itch, so to speak, I sat down, said a little prayer to the Goddess, and asked her to help me focus. I cleaned off my desk, sent in the articles, and prepared to get back to business.

Then an interesting thing happened. While I was putting my office to rights, my sixteen-year-old daughter walked into the room and asked to read one of the articles I had written. I handed it to her and, while she read, made out a list of reference books that I wanted to track down at the local library. She gave back the article and told me that she especially liked the ritual that featured working with your pet cat.

Mom? she asked me.

Hmmm? I answered, distracted as I made my list.

I wish you would write a book about cats and magick.

I set down my pen and goggled at her. Actually, I was sort of thinking about it . . . I admitted, with a surprised laugh. Then I reminded her about my current book project, to which her response was classic teenage girl. She rolled her eyes and sighed at me loudly. (Nobody does a roll-their-eyes-and-sigh-disgustedly better than a teenager.)

Yes, it would be a lot of fun to write, I agreed with her. Sensing my weakness, she started an impassioned speech. I sat and listened to her, only to be interrupted by my tabby cat, who decided she wanted attention by jumping on the desk and then sitting right in the middle of my notebook. I nudged her aside, picked up my ink pen, and laughingly ordered both cat and daughter out of my office.

Neither of them budged. I looked at my daughter, who was standing there with arms crossed and one eyebrow raised. It’s a fairly impressive pose—she learned it from me, after all.

I’ll think about it, I promised my daughter, and then I gave the cat a nudge and told her to get off the desk. I picked up the pen to finish my list of reference books, which only seemed to encourage the cat to playfully try and bite at the end of the ink pen. Samantha, cut it out, I grumbled and then ordered the cat firmly off the desk.

Both of our cats know that my writing desk is off-limits. If I’m working they are typically content to sleep under the desk by my feet or to take a nap on the loveseat in the office. Not only did Samantha refuse to get off the desk, she started purring loudly and rubbing against the monitor.

I think she wants you to write about magickal cats too. My daughter laughed and then scooped Samantha off the desk herself. Mom, it would be cool, you should do it, she urged me.

We’ll see, I said to my daughter as she left the room with the tabby in her arms.

Back to my reference book list I went, only to have our other cat, Jasmine, dive-bomb me next. Feeling very harassed, I nudged her toward the nearby windowsill and off the desk. She settled on the sill and flipped her sleek tail in lazy circles. As I reached for a folder with my outline in it, Jasmine decided to start making her opinion known. Meeoow, she cried plaintively. This is unusual for Jasmine, as she chirps but rarely does the classic kitty meow sound.

What? I asked her. I gave her ears a scratch and picked up the folder, only to have her bat it away and out of my hand. I’ll run you out of here too, if you keep this up, I warned her as I reached down to get the fallen file off the floor. Right on cue, Samantha ran back into the room and sat smack on top of the fallen folder. Good grief.

What’s up with you two? I asked them. Samantha just started meowing and Jasmine climbed out of the windowsill and padded over the top of my desk. She got up in my face, putting her nose against mine. So, face to face with my witchy black cat I sat, my green eyes staring into her golden ones.

Signpost up ahead. Play Twilight Zone music here, I thought with a smile.

But I didn’t plan to write about cat magick, I tried to explain to the cats with a chuckle. Jasmine just playfully batted my cheek with her paw and looked wise. Samantha half-climbed on my lap and started to purr. Well, I thought to myself, I had asked the Goddess to help me focus. Maybe she was sending in the troops.

Then I remembered that the last time I asked the Goddess for help with a manuscript, I had ended up writing something entirely different. Hmmm . . . today was the full moon, after all, and I suddenly realized with a jolt there was a second full moon later this month as well, a blue moon. According to tradition, a blue moon is the classic time for all sorts of mysterious, magickal, and out-of-the-ordinary events to occur.

I sat and let the ideas roll around in my head for a few moments. The cats jumped off the desk and my lap, respectively, and settled on the loveseat. I turned a sheet in my notebook and started a new page. Was there anything here to sink my claws into, so to speak? Promising myself that I would only work on this for a day or so—just to get it out of my system, mind you—I began to research the topic of the mysterious, captivating, and magickal cat.

Obviously, my daughter and our cats got their wish.

What Makes Cats So Captivating:

Their Untamed Spirit

You are my Cat and I am your Human.

Hillaire Belloc

The domestic cat, Felis catus, is wild, unpredictable, and independently confident. The cat began their

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