CATS!

22 JAN 02:  
CATS!

from the Penguin
Dictionary of Symbols
:

“In the Buddhist world, cats, along with
snakes, are blamed for being the only creatures left unmoved by the death
of the Buddha, something which might be considered from another angle as
a sign of higher wisdom.

“To the North American Pawnee Indians,
the wild cat is the symbol of cunning, forethought and ingenuity: ‘it watches
in crafty consideration until it can achieve its ends.’ For this reason
it was a sacred animal which could only be killed for religious reasons
with a set ritual.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.