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Cat Symbolism and Meaning in the Tarot

Cat symbolism in Tarot

Cat Symbolism
In Tarot

When thinking about cat symbolism in Tarot, it's a good idea to remember the cat plays its role on stage with the Queen of Wands. With this in mind, we can think about the relationship between the cat and Wand Queen to derive powerful meanings.

For example, cat symbolism in connection with the Queen and suit of Wands deal with:

  • Magic
  • Watchful
  • Independent
  • Discernment
  • Cool/Collected
  • Regal/Nobility
  • Singular Focus
  • Renewal/Rebirth
  • Restorative Power
  • Nurturing/Protecting
  • Curiosity/Exploration
  • Feminine Power/Goddess Energy

Looking through this list of symbolic meanings, we can easily apply any of these attributes to both the Wand Queen and the cat with which she keeps company.

Cat symbolism in the Tarot, in my view, honors the mystery inherent in the cards. For untold centuries the cat has stood nobly as a symbol of aloofness - a savvy keeper of secrets. Cats have long been viewed as vessels of magical power, never revealing their motives (does anybody really have any idea what motivates the feline to some of its antics!?!).

This calm, cool exterior bleeds over into the Tarot to convey a sleek mood of secretiveness and obscurity. The cat is an ultimate authority of its own inner realms. It needs no permission to behave in one way or another - therefore the cat must be given full reign to rule as it sees fit.

Cat Symbolism in Tarot

On the whole, the Wand Queen is a bright, extroverted energy. So, the presence of the black cat can be an enigma when interpreting. In short, that paradox is symbolic of not giving away all our secrets. Everybody has secrets, and the wisest among us know when to share, and when to keep our secrets to ourselves.

When the cat comes pitter-pattering into your awareness in the cards, pay attention to the presence of secret knowledge in your midst. Think about information that can be shared, and information that is better served when withheld.

That dark mysterious cat will certainly have a message for you. Perhaps she encourages you to incorporate an air of mystery into your persona. Or, perhaps the queenly feline beckons you to be the queen/king of your own inner knowledge - a reminder that you are the only one in charge of your inner kingdom.

Whatever the message, to be sure cat symbolism in the Tarot is a powerful energy. When it comes up for you, honor it and pay attention to the messages the feline forces have to offer.

View the Cat in the Tarot here (Rider-Waite).

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