Children of Bastet

In ancient Egypt, cats were highly revered. This was partly due to their excellent ability to combat vermin. Royal cats were sometimes dressed in gold jewelry and were permitted to eat from their owners’ plates. It was also illegal to take a cat outside of Egypt. Anyone caught harming or killing a cat, even by accident, was sentenced to death. Bastet, the cat and lioness goddess, was said to be the mother of cats. Since she was believed to be their mother, cats were considered demigods. They were also mummified when they died.

Several other religions believe in cats as being exalted souls. In Japan, maneki neko is a cat that is a symbol of good fortune. Japan also has an island that has a temple that is dedicated to cats. Some writers stated that Muhammad had a favorite cat, Muezza. He is said to have loved cats so much that he would do without a cloak so as not to disturb a cat sleeping on it. Freyja, a Norse goddess, is depicted as riding a chariot drawn by cats.

Many other cultures have negative superstitions about cats. One of them is a “black cat crossing your path is bad luck.” Another is that they are witches (in the negative connotation) familiars that were used to augment a witch’s powers and skills.

Some people dislike the independent spirit of cats. Cats are not dogs. They will not come on command, nor is it easy to train them to do something other than use a litter box. They are independent and thoughtful. A cat might even have a better glimpse of your soul than humans.

Cats love. They have the spirit of their mother, Bastet. They are loving, but they are also warriors. If a cat chooses you, you will likely be protected by that cat. Be warned, cats aren’t quick to forgive an insult. I speak from experience on this one. Any insult or threat made to a cat isnever forgotten. Treat them like the royalty they are (or believe they are). They will reward you with their affection, protection, and companionship. They are the children of Bastet.


Posted on May 30, 2012, in Animals, Religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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