Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard designs came up with the terrific idea for a blog hop, the Superstition Hop.
She also created some wonderful black cat beads from polymer clay. The first 13 people to sign up for her hop won a bead. Our challenge was to make something with her bead. We could also take our “favorite” superstition to inspire us to design. This sounded like SUCH great fun, I rushed to sign up and sure did win one of these adorable little “lucky black cat beads”.
I’m not a really superstitious person. I do not think that black cats are unlucky nor the number 13. I love the number 13, after all, 1313 is the Munster’s address. I do not avoid walking under ladders (though I do look carefully to make sure there are no tools in danger of falling on my head).
I do, however, toss salt over my shoulder if I spill some, just in case it does bring bad luck. I do not kill spiders because it is good luck to see one. At this particular time of year, I should be ROLLING in good fortune with all the spiders trying to move into to the house due to the cold weather. I don’t kill crickets who come into the house just in case they DO bring good luck. And, I do let thistles grow in my flower bed because they are supposed to keep thieves away.
Anyhow……….when I got my cute little bead, I looked around to try to find out why black cats were considered unlucky. Supposedly, if a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck. Hmmmm. No reason why. ,
I have always, however been fascinated with African “hoodoo” magic, a version of Hatian voodun. Not that I want to practice voodoo, it’s way too complicated for me, but I love the mythos of the loa and stories of Haiti, the colorful alters and the interesting characteristics of the l’wa.
According to hoodoo or voodoo as it is sometimes called, a black cat bone carried in a mojo bag will bring a lover back to you again and again. It is very strong magic so they say. There was even a song written about it. Black Cat Bone was a song done by many musicians from old bluesmen like Lightening Hopkins to more modern singers like Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton. The lyrics tell of a man singing that he believes that his “baby has a black cat bone” because she runs around and cheats on him, is gone all night and has several men but he keeps going back to her. Maybe that was why the black cats were considered unlucky. A man would be compelled to go back again and again to a cheating woman who had a black cat bone.
Lore says, a black cat bone was only effective if you boiled a pot of water at midnight on the waning moon and tossed in a live black cat, killing it and boiling the flesh away. The bone that floated to the top was the most effective. EEEUUUUWW! No WONDER they came to mean bad luck! I simply cannot imagine ANY good coming to a person who had a personality that would DO such a thing!
ANYWAY……….black cat bones were considered such big mojo that a whole line of magical items grew out of this lore. You can buy black cat incense, black cat oil, black cat candles and black cat powder. Just for the heck of it, I checked on eBay and you can buy “black cat bones” which are actually (so I have heard) chicken bones splintered and painted black. I also read that the black cat oil is not actually rendered fat from black cats but mineral oil scented with natural oils. I would certainly hope so.
Just look at this cute bead I got from Tammy! How could anybody think he was bad luck!
I sure did not want to make any jewelry out of black cat bones so I kept looking for inspiration. I did find a spell and some lore that black cat hair is lucky for gamblers! hey! Here I go! I created this “lucky black cat necklace” with some moon and star charms, and some funny little beads that look sort of like bones to me, Tammy’s cool bead, a small glass tube with some black cat hair for luck and some stones and herbs that are good for drawing money. Maybe I will wear it and go to the new casino here in Dayton! I’ll play the horses! I’ll play the slots! It’s going to be my lucky necklace! I just know it!
I also found this little list of reasons to adopt a black cat. I’ve had some black cats in my life and I definitely considered myself lucky to have such good friends.
I had some fun making this piece and I know Ill have fun wearing it. It was good fun to look up black cat lore too though the part about black cat bones was nasty! I hope you’ll have some more fun and visit the other ladies in the hop to see what they made.
Sigh! I HAD a list of participants. But Tammy sent us a revised list and I deleted the list. For some reason, WordPress will not let me paste the list here and because of the eye surgery, I can’t read what they want me to do. Something about ctrol/cmd whatever that is. Anyhow. For a list of the other bloggers, please go to Tammy’s Paisley Lizard blog and see the list. Sorry.
November 13, 2015 Posted by stregajewellry | challenges, Jewelry, metaphysical | black cat, black cat bead, black cat bone, black cat lore, black cat spell, blog hop, Jewelry, superstion | 19 Comments
Who am I?
I am a lively Aries lady who lives in a house owned by a bunch of wacky animals.
I am the matriarch of a clan of kids, grands and great grands.
I am a solitary Wiccan whose pagan roots are both Native American and Celtic, strongly connected to the earth.
I am a jewelry artisan, addicted to beads, wire, silver, rocks, stones and minerals. I love working with metal clay, wire and natural stones.
I am a teacher. I’ve learned a lot about stones and minerals and folklore: the history behind the stones. I teach special classes for underpriveleged kids. I teach everyone who asks about the ancient uses of rocks and stones.