In his book, Animal Speak, Ted Andrews says, “Studying the traits, habitats, and surroundings of any animal can give one an insight into its spiritual significance.”
Female Rabbits can bear a new litter every 28 days and is connected in mythology with
the lunar cycle. Rabbits and mice are the most common prey animal, therefore Nature compensates them with the ability to bear 2 to 5 litters per year. Within one month the baby rabbits are able to venture out on their own. They also run very fast for brief distances when frightened. The first defense of Rabbit is to run for a distance and then stop and wait. Rabbits apparently believe they are invisible while they listen to see if further distance is required. Rabbit leaps and jumps and can turn so unexpectedly that a predator may give up before catching Rabbit. It is active both night and day, but it often seen at dawn or dusk.
Rabbits have played an important role in the folklore of cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology it was associated with the goddess Hecate. In Native American folklore, The Great Hare is the hero, the creator of the earth, supporter of humans, bringer of fire and light and teacher of the sacred rituals. In another, she is the clown, thief or sly predator that dances between positive and negative. In still other stories, the rabbit is symbolic of how we deal with fears. For example, one story describes the rabbit as a Fear Caller because she attracts whatever she fears most. She will see a Coyote and loudly tell him to stay away because she is afraid of him, only to cause the Coyote to notice the Rabbit and prey on him.
Many West African tribes have lore about a Hare trickster who is equally rascal, clown, and hero. In one, Moon sends Hare, her messenger, to earth to give humans the gift of immortality. Hare gets things mixed up, giving them mortality instead. In India, the Panchatantra fables portray Hare as a clever trickster whose adversaries were Elephant and Lion. In Japan, the Rabbit is sly, clownish, and mischievous; and in China the Rabbit’s foot is associated with prosperity, hope, fertility, abundance and good weather and is one of the twelve astrological signs.
Among most Pagan traditions, the Rabbit is the symbol for Ostara and represents fertility, intuition, rebirth, promise, fulfillment, and balance. She is the Goddess’ creature and represents the Moon, night and dawn. Their motions have been used for divination. They are also associated with transformation, receiving esoteric knowledge and intuitive messages. The Celts believed they brought luck and keeping a part of the animal, usually the foot, attracted good fortune. It was also believed that the foot protected people against evil.
In order to determine how Rabbits might impact you, write down what the animal means to you. Determine the characteristics you associate with Rabbits. What kind of energy vibration can you associate with your relationship to this animal. The more you can describe the more insight you might have into your own inner self the next time a Rabbit chooses to cross your path.