Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Spells to find a lost cat

The other day a friend asked me if I knew a spell to help them find their lost cat. Her little neutered Tom had asked to go out two days before and not returned. She had phoned the vet and asked the neighbours and was very worried.

Having lost a cat of my own a few years earlier, I wanted to help. Obviously, the fear is that the cat has got run over, but not knowing is worse than learning the truth. I never found out what had happened to my moggie and for years afterwards my hopes would be raised every time I saw a cat looking a bit like mine, only to be dashed when I realised it was someone else's pet.

There are plenty of practical ways to search for a missing animal. My friend's little Tom had been microchipped, which all pet owners should do. If it then goes missing, your vet or the RSPCA can check a central register to see if an animal with that number has been found. You can phone the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. It also has a lost and found register with details of missing pets and strays that have been brought in - even if your pet isn't microchipped.

Other organisations that can help include:
Animal Search UK: 0788 43 169 43
Cats Protection: 08702 099 099.
Missing Pets Bureau: 0870 1999 000.
Pet Search UK: 0121 743 4133.

The police and your local council often keep records of animals found. It is very likely that a missing animal hasn't strayed far, so ask the neighbours, the milkman and the postman if they have seen your cat. You can also put adverts in local shops and on free advert websites, such as Gumtree.

And, of course, there is nothing wrong with using a little magic to help the search. The Element Encyclopaedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts has an entire chapter on spells to find things that have gone missing. It suggests heliotrope blossoms and bay laurel leaves, placed in a bag under your pillow can give you dreams that will help you locate what you have lost. Mallow leaves, placed in your shoe, are supposed to guide your feet in a search. Vervain leaves, worn on your clothing, are also supposed to help you find missing things or people.

Some websites of spells suggest that candle magic is particularly good for finding lost things.

A lost and found spell at says:

"What you need is a picture or an item that may represent what you have lost; 7 green candles and a gold or silver colored incense. At a noon hour, chant three times: 'Guiding spirits I ask your charity, lend me your focus and your clarity. Lead me to what I need to find restore that and my peace of mind. So shall it be!' Wait for the candles to burn out then the spell will start to work."

The website offers this spell to find lost objects:

"Tools​: Mirro​r, orang​e candl​e, black​ candl​e, a small​ magne​t.

Light​ the black​ candl​e (for solvi​ng myste​ries,​ and drawi​ng away the negat​ivene​ss of the loss)​ and the orang​e candl​e (for luck and preci​ous objec​ts)​. Visua​lize the lost objects in the mirro​r as alrea​dy being​ found​. Place​ the magne​t betwe​en the two candles and strok​e it towar​ds you as you recit​e this rhyme three times​:

By the waver​ing flame​ of this black​ light​,
Grant​ to me of my (​lost item)​ a sight​.
By the power​ of this orang​e flame​,
Give me luck to find the same.
In this mirro​r the (​lost item)​ I see
Make the magne​t draw them to me.

Leave​ the candl​es burni​ng with the magne​t betwe​en them until they burn down."

The Element Encyclopaedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts


Lesley said...

Have you ever tried the spells to find your lost moggie? I still search for my Sam who run off in the heatwave of 2006. saw him a year later (well, my sis did) as a stray. He was always an outdoor cat. The last medium told me he is alive. Another identified the area I live very accurately. And said he was alive. Of course, even that was two years ago. Maybe more. I have a spell to try on the new moon.

badwitch said...

I know how you feel. I lost a cat about 10 years ago in a similar way. He was always an outdoor cat and a roamer, but one day he didn't come back. My post about Spells to Find a Lost Cat was because a friend's cat went missing - and he was found. He had got shut in a neighbour's garage when they went away on holiday. He was hungry, but fine apart from that.

Insulation Types said...

How did you find yours? I'm not into magic but for the sake of saving the cost of putting a chip into a pet then I might use the spell one. Glad to know the other option to find a pet.

badwitch said...

Insulation Types, please have your pet microchipped - magic can help find things but it is no substitute for a microchip, in my opinion. Spells just aren't quite that accurate or reliable, however much we would like them to be.

Anonymous said...

Hello im thinking of trying this spell as my cats been gone for 2wks now.Its quite upsetting not knowing if hes alive or injured or if hes been looked after .Hes such a sweet cat very loving he has a very distinguished walk which makes him more adorable.

Anonymous said...

HI im might just try this spell as my cats been gone for 2wks now.Hes so sweet and loving i want him home for christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I lost my beloved cat around 4 years ago, she went out one day and never came back we waited for as long as we could, searched, knocked on doors and put up posters but unfortunately had to move house not long after she went missing. I've never forgotten about her and even gone back a few times to see if she ever came back. Do you think it's too late to try the spell?

badwitch said...

I do sympathise - I lost a cat in a similar way about 10 years ago. I kept wondering if I would see him around and looking out for him. I would say try the spell if it will help give you peace of mind, it can't do any harm to try.