For millennia, every culture in the world has sought to understand the mystical nature of the cat. No other creature has inspired more tributes in art, literature, and music. Folklore is filled with tales of cat magic. What truly lies behind the cat’s knowing gaze will be forever a mystery to its human companions. Cats are good at keeping their secrets. This deck offers a glimpse into a hidden realm of feline enchantment that exists alongside the everyday life cats share with us. This is a magical otherworld where our own cats dwell—perhaps in their imaginations or ancestral memory, but who knows? Maybe they journey there when we are not looking.
Cats are not mere pets. They are the rightful descendants of the Cat Goddess, in all their furry glory. As your cat sits quietly curled on her favorite cushion, observing the world through half-closed eyes, remember that ancient wisdom is the heritage of this eternally mystical creature.
In this deck, the Majors are the Cat Mysteries, feline interpretations of these universal soul lessons. The four Minor Arcana suits are newly envisioned as four Cat Clans (Fire, Sea, Sky, and Earth), and the court cards are Kitten, Tom, Queen, and King. The accompanying book explores these Mysteries and Clans, with the Cat itself as your guide, offering advice from a feline perspective. Here’s a sample:
XX Good Kitty (Traditional card name: Judgment)
Cats do not feel shame. Although we may misbehave or make unfortunate choices at times, it doesn’t affect our judgment of ourselves as essentially good. We learn from our mistakes and grow in wisdom throughout our lives, so that our elder years are serene. The Cat Goddess has blessed us and told us we are worthy of praise, and how could it be otherwise, when we are made in Her image? We are all good kitties.
The Cat’s Advice
Judge yourself honestly and assess what you need to change in order to fulfill the greater purpose of your life. Look clearly at your errors and your failings. Then forgive yourself and release any blame or shame. Accept the Cat Goddess’s love and shine it on yourself as well as others. Lick your paws clean and move forward with a lighter heart.
If the card is reversed
When you have come to a place of self-acceptance and clarity about yourself, turn your attention to the larger community—your family, your clan, any others within the sphere of your influence. How can you help others feel better about themselves? How can you expand the blessings of compassion to benefit all? Where do you need to forgive?