As you have probably heard through folk lore, Black Cats are the traditionally associated animal when it comes to portraying a Witches’ Familiar. This would take one of two forms usually. Either the Black Cat was a magickal assistant/servant, or a husk whereby the Witch could take the form of the Black Cat as if it were a permanent external vehicle. Black Cats are also associated with luck and fortune. To own a Black Cat is suppose to be very luck in parts of the U.K., but strangely to have one cross your path is suppose to be unlucky.
So, as it is Black Cat Appreciation Day, and if you own a Black Cat, as I happen to, then at some point during the day take an extra moment or two to strengthen the bond between owner and Black Cat, or you could just feed it and give it a good scratching behind the ears.
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."