Thursday, October 31, 2013

Black Cat "Gourd-o-lantern" & Superstition History

Black Cat Gourd-o-lanterns by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo DSCF1952_zpsfef94ea3.jpg

Black Cat "Gourd-o-lantern" & Superstition History

As you know I am a Gourd Artist as well as a Blogger - "Gourd-o-lanterns" are so enjoyable to create.  A few days ago I shared with you a few of my other "Gourd-o-lantern" Babies (click HERE to view).

Black Cat Gourd-o-lanterns by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo DSCF1954_zpsbc197a13.jpg

When I was a child I had the most wonderful long-hair Black Cat named "Ziggy" - but I always wondered why Black cats are considered bad luck.  I started thinking about that again & I had to do some research. 

Did you know that in Japan, Great Britain & Scotland the black cat is actually good luck!!  And in Germany the direction of the black cat determines whether you will receive bad luck or good luck - if a black cat crosses your path going from right to left then that is bad luck - if however the cat passes from left to right - then that's good luck!

The "bad luck black cat" superstition in North America started with the Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims believed that black cats were a witch's companion and if people were caught with a black cat they would at least be punished and sometimes even killed!

As a Christian I don't place any merit on these superstitions but I do find history very interesting.  I'm very thankful for my feline friends no matter what color they are.

Black Cat Gourd-o-lanterns by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo DSCF1955_zps4075b49a.jpg

Have a safe evening & ENJOY!!

Black Cat Gourd-o-lanterns by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo DSCF1959_zps65c6ad98.jpg


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  1. I love your Cat-O-Lanterns! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Your work is beautiful! Those gourds are amazing!!! A Happy Halloween to you!

  3. These are adorable! Sharing on G+ from the Halloween Blog Hop!

  4. Such CUTE projects and interesting history, too! Thank you for sharing this post at the Halloween Blog Hop and $100 Giveaway! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


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