Meaning of Black Cat Crossing Your Path [Spiritual Explanation, Superstition]

Spiritual Meaning of Black Cat Crossing Your Path Good or Bad Luck

Want to know what the spiritual meaning of black cat crossing your path is?

Whether you’re superstitious or not, it’s hard to ignore the stigma surrounding black cats. Black cats are associated with witches, witchcraft, and all things Halloween and spooky themes.

I’ve heard conflicting opinions over the years. Some people say it’s good luck if a black cat crosses your path. I’ve heard some people say it’s bad luck. I’ve also heard that a black cat crossing your path while driving can curse you.

Crazy stuff.

But what’s the real meaning and beliefs? Is there more to the power of cats beyond what we see on the surface?

Here’s everything I’ve been able to find out about the spiritual and superstitious meanings behind black moggies.

Do Black Cats Bring Good Luck or Bad Luck Crossing Your Path?

The reason you may have heard conflicting stories about black cats and the type of luck they carry is because it’s different in different cultures.

In Britain, Ireland, and Germany for example, it’s believed to bring you good luck if a black cat crosses your path. But only if it crosses from left to right!

While most other countries in Europe believe that black cats bring bad luck. Especially if they are following you or cross your path. Some cultures even think you are cursed to die if a black cat crosses your path, scary!

Most cultures believe that if a cat walks towards you, they are bringing good luck with them. While if they walk away, they are taking the luck with them. So, how exactly you’re supposed to benefit from that luck before they leave, I’m not sure.

Significance of Black Cats In Other Cultures

Depending on where you live you’re going to look differently at seeing a black cat.

CountryBlack Cat Sentiment
Britain😊 Good Luck
Germany😊 Good Luck (if crossing from left to right)
Ireland😊 Good Luck
Japan😊 Good Luck
Scotland😊 Good Luck (if a black cat arrives at your home)
America☹️ Bad Luck
Belgium☹️ Bad Luck (some people)
India☹️ Bad Luck (associated with Lord Shani)

Note that these beliefs are based on cultural superstitions and may not reflect the beliefs of every individual in these countries.

Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egyptian culture, cats were considered to be sacred animals and were even worshipped as gods. The goddess Bastet was depicted as a cat and was believed to have healing powers. Black cats were seen as particularly special and were believed to bring good luck and prosperity.


In Japan, black cats are considered to be good luck charms, especially for single women who are looking for love. They are often featured in art and literature, and the “maneki-neko” or “beckoning cat” is a common sight in Japanese stores and restaurants.

Lucky Black “Maneki Neko” Cat


In Scottish folklore, a black cat appearing on your doorstep is seen as a sign of good luck. However, if a black cat crosses your path, it’s believed to bring bad luck.


In England, black cats were once believed to be witches in disguise. If a black cat crossed your path, it was seen as a sign that a witch was nearby.


In Germany, it’s believed that a black cat crossing your path from left to right will bring you good luck. However, if a black cat crosses your path from right to left, it’s seen as a bad omen.

Black cat crossing road from right to left – bad omen in Germany!


In Italian folklore, a black cat is considered to be a lucky charm, especially for gamblers. It’s believed that carrying a black cat’s bone will bring good luck at the gaming table.


In Russia, black cats are believed to bring good luck and are often kept as pets. It’s also believed that if a black cat enters your home, it’s a sign that prosperity is on its way.

North America

In North America, black cats are often associated with Halloween and are seen as spooky or scary. However, in some Native American cultures, black cats are seen as symbols of good luck and protection.

Black cats are seen as spooky in Halloween settings in North America

Is a Black Cat Crossing Your Path While Driving Good or Bad Luck?

According to superstition, the same rules apply if you’re driving. If a black cat crosses your path from your left to right, then it’s supposed to bring you good luck.

If the cat crosses your path from the right to the left, then the opposite applies. It’s supposed to bring you bad luck. Either way, if you’re driving you need to be very careful not to harm the cat or get distracted and cause an accident.

Black Cat Coming to Your House: Good or Bad Luck?

If you have a black cat that keeps coming to your home and even letting themselves in, don’t panic. This is supposed to be a sign of good luck and prosperity. A pretty good incentive to leave a little food out for any stray black cats in the neighborhood. There’s actually a spiritual meaning to a stray cat choosing you.

The same applies if you’re having dreams about black cats and black cats coming into your home. It’s all good signs and nothing to worry about.

Where Did the Tradition of Black Cats Bringing Bad Luck Come From?

The exact time period and origins of black cats and the superstitions of bad or good luck are unclear. What we do know, however, is that in the middle ages black cats were hunted down and killed because it was thought they were witches or the devil.

They also played a pivotal part in pirate culture. Around the 18th century, pirates would take black cats with them aboard their ships believing it would bring them good luck and fortune.

Pirates would take black cats on their ships in the 18th century

Wives of fishermen would keep black cats at home too while their husbands were at sea. Believing this would bring them and their husband’s luck, and they would return safely after a good fishing trip.

From there on, the various superstitions of seeing a black cat cross someone’s path developed.

Black Cats Need Homes Too…

Black Cats Need Homes Too

Due to the folklore, history, and stigma surrounding black cats, it’s actually harder for them to find loving homes. With shelters in the US finding it more difficult to rehome black cats, is there really a lot of people who believe in the bad luck they bring?

Or, are black cats just less desirable due to their color? Maybe they are seen as less interesting. It’s hard for me to say, I currently have a black cat and don’t view her any differently based on her color.

All I’m asking is that don’t pass over rehoming or adopting a black cat based on the superstitions I’ve covered in this article. They deserve a loving home as much as any color cat. Maybe even more so!

In fact, the Cats Protection organization the UK has named October 27th as ‘Black Cat Day’ to help raise awareness of this issue. While in the US, August 17th is ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ and is supported by the ASPCA.

What Are Your Superstitions / Beliefs?

I hope you better understand the spiritual meaning of black cat crossing your path now. As well as some of the history and folklore explaining why there is a stigma following black kittys around.

What’s your opinion on black cats? Are you superstitious? Have you had a personal experience you’d like to share? Maybe you have a black cat as your spiritual animal?

I always like hearing from the community, feel free to drop me a comment below if you have anything to share on the topic.

Oh, and keep an eye out for black cats and from which side they’re crossing your path next time you’re out!


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