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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cat in the Moon

The Cat and the Moon

“The Egyptians have observed in the eyes of a cat, the increase of the moonlight.”
~ Edward Topsell ~

The cat has always been associated with the moon. Like the moon it comes to life at night, escaping from humanity and wandering over housetops with its eyes beaming out through the darkness.

Ancient Greeks believed that at the beginning of the world the sun and moon created all the animals. The sun created the lion, but it was the moon that brought forth the cat.

Sometimes the cat’s eyes were identified with the moon, changing as they do from crescent to round. They shine more fully at the full, and more dimly in the changing and wain. It is believed that not only is the cat more active after sunset, but the dilation and contraction of its pupils are the waxing and waning of the moon.

The eyes of cats are probably responsible for much of the spirituality and the magic that have been attributed to these animals. The cat shares with the snake an unblinking gaze, and its disconcerting habit of staring fixedly into human eyes has a compelling power which affects some people deeply. The pupils of their eyes shine in the darkness, and in half light some reflect a fiery glow.

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