You know maybe it is the current conjunction of asteroid Ubasti (aka Bast – the Cat Goddess) with Pluto BUT I was just thinking how taken for granted the usage of the term “cat lady” as a put-down is. We don’t hear anything about “dog man” – even though you could say that there are presumably some single guys with dogs, no?
It’s also a myth that being a ‘cat lady’ equates to poor hygiene. If anything, living with a creature as obsessively groomed, fragrant and fastidious as the cat inspires cleanliness.
One of the most famous cat ladies in history was Florence Nightingale, the iconic and influential nurse whose revolutionary hygiene practices altered the course of modern medicine. At any one time she would have at least ten of them and her copious collected manuscripts have paw prints all over them.
FYI, she was a double Taurus – born on the New Moon in that sign – with her Sun/Moon trining a Virgo Lilith/Ascendant and Jupiter conjunct asteroid Ubasti (Bast) in Pisces.
Actually, I think it is deeper than just a stupid double standard – women and cats share a history of having been denounced by the church as demonic. In olden days cats were sometimes burned alongside so-called witches at the stake.
In Ancient Egypt, when Goddesses were as omnipresent as Gods (Isis and Osiris, for instance), cats were sacred. Could there be a deeper dimension to the casual denigration of females who like/have cats and live independently?
Semi-Frequently Asked Question: Should cats have their own zodiac or horoscopes? There is no need for a Cat Zodiac, as such: they simply have different incentives. Eg: You could ‘swap in sardines and a sunlit velvet cushion with a view of the feline street action’ for – say – ‘a fulfilling job.’
Top Image: Paul Jasmin – Sofia Coppola and Birdie