Ailuromancy is a form of divination that uses the movements of the cats to predict the future. It has origin in the Greek word – ailouros. This method of divination is also known as Felidomancy, and is dependent on observing the movements, and the way the cats jump, and where they land.
The cat has always been associated with the occult, right from the ancient times. Many ancient religious beliefs considered the cat as sacred. Across all cultures, it is also believed that mistreating or killing a cat will bring misfortune. The ancient Egyptians, too, practiced this form of divination. One of their practices involved placing a magical tablet inside the mouth of a recently deceased black cat. The inquirer was required to write his question, along with the name of the deity required to help him, on the tablet with a solution of myrrh. This was said to bring about a prophetic dream.
The cat has always been a mysterious creature, and has also been associated with witches and a variety of superstitions. Diviners of the past have used the cats to look into the future. The movements of the cats have often been observed to predict the weather.
The Way The Cats Behave
In ailuromancy, there are many superstitions regarding the cat. Where, in the United Kingdom, a black cat crossing your path is considered a lucky omen, in certain other places, such as the United States, Germany, and in India, it is considered a bad sign. However, owning a black cat is believed to be lucky, and so is a gray cat supposed to bring good luck. If you happen to have three black cats crossing your path, you can expect a shower of good fortune, wherever you may be living.
A cat turning its tail to the fire is a sign of the impending change in the weather – either rain or hard frost is expected. The stormy weather is said to be on its way if the cat lies in a curling position with its forehead touching the ground. Other signs for the diviner that indicates an early arrival of rain is a cat climbing up the furniture, or washing its face or ears.
A further sign of good luck is finding a cat on a boat. If you find a cat following you, it is a sign that you will be coming into money. If a white cat happens to cross your path, look out for your health. This is not a good sign for your health. If a cat happens to lick its ears three times, check to see in which direction it is looking. This is the direction from where you can expect visitors to your home.
Let us look at some other signs of ailuromancy:
• If a cat, while grooming, puts its paw around its right ear, you can expect a male visitor soon.
• If the paw happens to be around the left ear, expect a lady visitor.
• A sudden entrance of a black cat into your home is an omen of good fortune. Chasing it away, or harming it in any way, is sure to bring you bad luck.