Dogs are Christians, Cats are Pagans

To restate an old religious joke, dogs are Christians – they believe in you no matter what you do. Cats are Pagans – they want to see the food in the bowl.

On an only slightly more serious note, I continue to be amused at how many Pagans and Wiccans have cats (and/or dogs, but especially cats). I think there’s something about the Pagan aesthetic of finding your own path and doing your own thing that means we relate well with cats.

Again, it’s not that Pagans can’t love dogs, but perhaps the old stories of the witch and her familiar cat are playing themselves out in the contemporary world for very good reasons…what do you think?


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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7 Responses to Dogs are Christians, Cats are Pagans

  1. Sherrian says:

    Dogs sit down and get up when the guy talking says they should.

    However, I have never yet met a dog who can crouch awkwardly forward, half-seated and half-kneeling, while looking around furtively to see which option the rest of the congregation chooses. Or maybe I’m the only one who does that.

  2. Stephen Glaser says:

    Yes, it is funny, because many Pagans love Hekate and Artemis/Diana, who are associated with canines.

  3. Merit says:

    I’ve been a Christian all my life, and trust me, I’m a cat.

  4. Seeker from Aus says:

    If ever there was an animal that fully represented pagans I reckon it’s the platypus. Such an odd combination of characteristics in a single animal: the bill of a duck, lays eggs, is a mammal, the tail of a beaver, otter footed, poisonous and amphibious/semi-aquatic.

    • Literata says:

      Hmm – maybe. Something from an older time period, looking strange to modern eyes but still well-adapted to its environment…yeah, that fits. 🙂

      From now on, when someone says “eclectic,” I’m going to think “platypus.”

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