Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cat Tattoo Symbolism

Cat Tattoo Symbolism

Cat Symbolism Meanings: Independence, Mystery, Magic, Secretiveness, Feminine/Goddess Energy, Stealthy, Hidden power, Aloofness, Solitude, Companionship, Renewal, Transformation, Freedom, Vitality, Transition, Luck, Cleverness, Intelligence, Playfulness, Wandering spirit, Incarnation, Apathy, Authority, Protection, Royalty, Shapeshifting, Shadows, Watchfulness, Psychism, Grace, Beauty, Adoration

Besides getting a Cat tattoo in memorial of a beloved pet there are many or there symbolisms that involve the cat. 

Many goddesses have feminine/lunar qualities which carry themes of: Fertility, Nurturing, Emotion and Intuition to name a few. 

Artimis: (Greek): Lunar goddess associated with hunting, fertility and protector of the sacredness of Nature. 

Diana (Roman): Also a moon goddess who help all wildlife and Nature as sacred. Governed the sacred act of the hunt. 

Hecate (Greek): Goddess guardian of the sacred feminine, holder of magic knowledge, cycles, transition, shapeshifting 

Bast (Egyptian): Solar goddess, fiercely protective of children and matron of childbirth, magic, ritual and sacred feminine 

Freyja (Norse): Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, childbirth and good taste. Cats pulled her chariot. 

Acient Celtics thought cats were the guardians of the Otherworld/ Underworld. Stoic, silent and mysterious, it's clear why cats make great Otherworld guardians. They keep the secrets of the underworld eternally to themselves, as the gaze at a world that does not see or understand the depth of their knowledge. Astute, crafty and clever, cats were considered residents of Celtic mystic realms too. When invoked, cat energy can grant the caller a variety of insights regarding esoteric, ethereal knowledge. These powerful meanings in Celtic lore can play an important role when selecting cats for tattoos. 

Japanese folk tales describe cats as having the ability to walk between worlds. Other Japanese legends tell of cats joining forces with women to shift their behavior and demeanor. This tale seeks to explain woman's unpredictable, sometimes secretive nature. 

Western European folklore records cats aiding women in shape-shifting. Early writings about witchcraft report cats always being close to women practicing witchcraft - and were called "familiars." This term refers to the ability to move like a cat does in otherworldly ways thus shape-shifting or casting out magic by secret means .

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