Friday, October 7, 2011

Black Cat Mythology: The Familiar Familiar

There is a long tradition of black cats being known as familiars in western folklore and mythology. Grimalkin, who was the witches' cat in William Shakespeare's "MacBeth" is just one example from literature. The symbology of the witches' black cat is an important part of the Halloween celebration.
According to mythology, a familiar is an animal companion that the devil gives to a witch to aid her in her magic spells. A familiar would have a name, the same as other pets; during the middle

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