Lucky Irish Cat Art & Limericks Plus St. Patrick’s Day Pagan Origins
Lucky Irish Cat Art & Limericks Plus St. Patrick’s Day Pagan Origins+ by Layla Morgan Wilde. Exclusively at CatWisdom101.com
You or your cats don’t have to be Irish to go a little wild on St. Patrick’s Day AKA St. Catrick’s Day. Every year, I post new lucky Irish cat art, vintage St. Paddy’s Day cat cards and more. This year is no exception plus a bunch of other items for a super festive St. Patrick’s Day. Grab your green beer or catnip tea and top of the morning to you!
Take a peek at some Lucky Irish cats past and present. Oh my goodness, so many Lucky Irish Cats Bring Smiles for the past 11 years.
Odin then and Odin now.
There was a lucky cat named Clover,
Whose fur was as green as a rover.
On St. Patrick’s Day,
He’d dance and he’d sway,
With shamrocks in his paws all over.
But before Odin and I lay out our glorious carpet of clover and kitties, we like to share some fun facts. St. Patrick’s Day is largely a secular holiday and of course cat lovers make any excuse to celebrate yet another feline influenced holiday. Perhaps your cat is inclined towards Christianity, Judaism or Islam but I believe most cats are Pagan.
St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday around the world, particularly in Ireland and the United States. It is a day where people dress in green, attend parades, and drink green beer, among other festive activities. However, the origins of this holiday are not widely known, and many people are unaware that the holiday has pagan roots.
Before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, the Irish people practiced a polytheistic religion. They worshipped a pantheon of gods and goddesses, including Lugh, the god of the sun, and Brigid, the goddess of spring and fertility. These gods and goddesses were often associated with the natural world, and their worship was tied to the cycles of the seasons.
One of the most important festivals in the pagan Irish calendar was Imbolc, which celebrated the beginning of spring. It was a time when people would make offerings to Brigid in the hopes of ensuring a successful growing season. Imbolc was typically celebrated on February 1st, which corresponds with the Christian holiday of Candlemas.
When Christianity arrived in Ireland, the Church sought to supplant pagan practices with Christian ones. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, played a significant role in this process. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. He also used symbols from pagan beliefs, such as the sun and the cross, to convert the Irish to Christianity.
Over time, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day became associated with the Christianization of Ireland. It was celebrated on March 17th, the date of St. Patrick’s death. However, many of the customs associated with the holiday have pagan roots.
For example, the wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day is often seen as a nod to the Irish flag, which features green, white, and orange. However, green was also the color associated with the god Lugh, and it was believed to bring good luck. The custom of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day likely originated as a way for Irish people to show their pride in their heritage and to honor the pagan traditions of their ancestors.
Another popular custom associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the consumption of alcohol, particularly beer. While there is no direct connection between this custom and pagan beliefs, alcohol has long been associated with celebrations and festivals in many cultures, including the pagan Irish. Adding food colouring to beer to create green beer was invented in New York by Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin. He added a drop of blue to beer which turned it came a green and the rest is history.
Cheers or Sláinte, to your health!
First, a few vintage cards edited and with a feline touch.
I found a couple in this wonderful color pastel and not the usual green. Do you love this vintage 30s vibe.
Vintage cards often have a really weird vibe like this one. I couldn’t resist adding some black cats and writing a limerick.
A bushel of luck was their ride
As black cats snuggled inside
With purrs and meows
Ready to carouse
With fur as black as night
And eyes a bright delight
They bring good luck
And fortune to all in sight
I made two new cards mixing old and new.
I was curious to create some AI cards with mixed results. This was the best crop of these lucky Irish cats but still a bit weird. What do you think?
I tried to edit these into something usable but honestly I preferred working from scratch.
Sometimes the art is so weird it’s good, or at least a good jumping point to create something new. My DNA is mostly Finnish but I have some Irish. The Irish have a wonderful slang word: Feck which inspired this one which I drastically altered from the original AI. It evokes the feeling of one too many green beers.
St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete with a few Irish Kitty Limericks
There’s a feline who’s known as McGee
Whose luck is as strong as can be
On St. Paddy’s Day
He’ll lead the parade
And bring his owners fortune for all to see!
A cat named O’Reilly O’Shea
Had a shamrock on his collar one day
He found a pot of gold
And he never grew old
Thanks to his luck on St. Patrick’s Day!
A black cat with a shamrock in tow,
Was the luckiest feline we know. On St. Paddy’s Day,
She’d dance and she’d play,
And her good luck would continue to flow.
There once was a cat from Killarney,
Who loved to drink green milk with honey
On St. Patrick’s Day
She’d dance and she’d sway
And meow with a voice sweet as money
In Dublin there once lived a tomcat
Whose fur was as green as a shamrock
He’d purr and he’d play
On St. Paddy’s Day
And do a jig until wee o’clock
A feline from Cork named O’Malley
Was known to be quite the grand finale
On St. Patrick’s night
She’d sing with delight
And dance on the rooftops with Molly and Charlie
A kitten from Galway named Finnegan
Was a St. Patrick’s Day legend
With his emerald eyes
And his coat like sunrise
He’d dance a jig with the best of them
I’m not sure if Odin and I will be dancing but I will wear my green velvet suit! Tell me, how will you be celebrating?
From Belfast came a cat named Odin McPurr
Whose green eyes shone as much as his fur,
On St. Paddy’s Day
He’d run and he’d play
with his cat mom all Day
We are very late to the party, but Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Love all the cards and limericks!
Made me smile with pleasure and glee.
Loving the images! Astor-kitty Feline McCool will be finding a pot of catnip at the end of his rainbow!
Oh Astor kitty McCool is a lucky kitty🍀🐈⬛
Ellen J Pilch
I love the vintage cards. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! XO
Memories of Eric and Flynn
Happy St.Patrick’s Day to you!