"We don't have a cat," I said, stating the obvious.
"I know, silly. It wasn't a cat, really, but I saw a cat kind of slink under that table over there and into our bedroom. It was weird."
"Oh. That's my cat." I tried to sound nonchalant.
"And you were planning to tell me about this when?" he eyed me.
"Never. But now that you've seen it." I shrugged. I was acting quite cool about it but in reality I was amazed that someone else had seen my cat. Mike is very empathic, but I didn't think he'd actually see my cat. Now I'm not so embarrassed about it because his seeing it validates that I am not imagining it.
I was talking about my cat to a friend while my daughter was in the room. She had never heard me talk about it before, and her eyes widened and her mouth dropped open. I thought she was thinking her mom had gone mad.
"What?" I asked.
"Well, you never told me that before," she said.
"I don't parade my insanity before my children," I laughed.
"Well, because one night I was semi-sleeping and I felt a cat jump on my bed. I thought it was Cinnamon (our real cat), but when I reached out to pet him, there was nothing there."
"Really? Wow. Ok, yeah, that was probably my cat. I wish you had told me because it wasn't until Mike told me he saw it that I realized it wasn't all in my head."
I really wish I knew why this cat has hung around me for so long and if there is a particular spiritual significance other than companionship for its presence. Some have told me it is my "familiar" but I'm not into witchcraft or anything like that. Is there any reason a non-witch would have a familiar? And I have no control over when it shows up. It's not like I can call it and it appears. It shows up very randomly of its own accord.
I asked tarot to tell me about the cat:
The 6 of Swords is a transitional card having to do with moving and traveling, but because it is of the Swords suit, we focus more on the state of mind which prompts the progression from moving from a rather unhealthy state to a more peaceful frame of mind. Two elements are featured prominently in this card: air and water. The wooden boat suggests earth as well, though it is designed to float on the emotional water. The implication here is that it is a time when one can evaluate one's thought process and one's emotions without being engulfed by the attending emotions, safe and grounded in an earthen vessel. The ferryman is a guide to this process. So could the cat be a manifestation of a guide that assists in my life transitions?
I love that the Strength kitty showed up. It's definitely feline. Offering a kind of peaceful strength in times when its needed. It may also suggest that the unassuming kitty may be a lot more powerful than I think. The Moon may suggest I'm crazy and seeing illusions and imagining things, which I thought was true, but since both my partner and my daughter have validated my sightings, I'm more inclined to think the Moon is pointing to the spiritual feminine and the shapeshifting qualities of such an "animal." There is an otherworldly aura to the Moon, a card of spiritual and subconscious depth and intuition. The light of the moon is a shadowy guide through the night, so again it feels like it's saying the cat is an intuitive guide.
Another weird and very disturbing sighting of something I have no name or explanation for happened randomly one evening when Mike and I were driving to a friend's home across town. It was dusk, but we didn't need the headlights on just yet. Our friends lived in an apartment complex behind a large cemetery, so Mike, who was driving, took a shortcut on the road that runs through the cemetery. He was driving slowly as one does in a cemetery, like 15 mph or something. I was gazing out the passenger side window at the headstones and saw a..."creature" walking between the graves and down a slight hill. It looked odd so I sat up straight and looked closer. It was as large as a Great Dane but its hind end was higher than its front, much as a human might be postured if down on hands and feet, but its gait was smooth and comfortable as opposed to a human trying to awkwardly travel that way. It was covered in gray, shaggy, medium length fur. It's muzzle was elongated, and its head quite large. This was no dog or wolf nor was it a deer, as some have suggested. It did not appear to notice us and it casually walked on in the opposite direction that we were driving. "What was THAT!" I exclaimed and looked over at Mike. When I looked back at the creature it had disappeared. Mike didn't see it but he saw the look on my face and heard the slight panic in my voice. He has no doubt that I saw something very unusual given my reaction. I described what I saw in as much detail as I could, and I was seriously shaken.
"I wish you had seen it," I said.
"I didn't need to see it, I saw your face after you saw it," he answered.
Upon arriving home that evening I tried to research what I might have seen. The closest description is of a Black Dog or Barghest, but I am not sure.
I drew three cards on my graveyard sighting and this is the result:
The Tower suggests the shock I felt and still feel at seeing the creature. It was entirely unexpected, I wasn't on any sort of paranormal exploration nor did I remotely expect to encounter anything out of the ordinary. Judgement is rather eerie here with the image of the graves and the formerly dead rising out of them. Did I encounter an otherworldly or undead being? The angel, too, suggests a spirit guardian of sorts and these types of mythical dogs have a reputation of being "guardians of the corpse-ways" and are, according to the stories, often sighted in cemeteries. Angels are also messengers, but I don't know, even four years since, what message this sighting was supposed to have brought. The 9 of Pentacles gives an assurance that all is well, however, no need to be frightened, I am safe and secure and well-grounded -- i.e., not crazy.
I'm glad tarot, at least, defends my sanity.
I'd love to hear others' views on these weird experiences. Any insights? Feel free to share your own strange experiences and any readings you've done on them.