The Rabbit and the Hare have always been represented as elements of luck or misfortune by the many cultures, both ancient and modern. Let’s learn more about the meaning of a rabbit as a spirit animal, dream interpretation, and more.
- 1 Meaning of a Rabbit in Esotericism
- 2 Symbolism of a Rabbit in Different Cultures
- 3 Rabbits (Hares) in Witchcraft
- 4 Black Rabbit Symbolism Explained
- 5 White Rabbit Symbolism Explained
- 6 Spiritual meaning of rabbits in dreams
- 7 Rabbits for Spiritual Guidance
Meaning of a Rabbit in Esotericism
There are many meanings related to this animal such as abundance, comfort, vulnerability, fertility, desire, and procreation. The rabbits are also extremely connected to the seasons, to the changes of the mother earth and especially, to the spring. They, in fact, feel the beginning of the spring in a very intense way, as if it were a real celebration of life.
In ancient times, it represented a source of youth, a cause of serious psychological illnesses, a sign of an immense disaster (for example, if it was in the mining sector or at sea) or was, and still is, a symbol of impetuous sexuality.
This sweet animal has so many different symbols. It is amazing to learn more about each of these symbols so we know how to interpret our dreams when we see a rabbit in them or to use them as a way of self-introspection when we crossed paths with it.
Symbolism of a Rabbit in Different Cultures
Native American mythology has many references to this animal. In fact, its meat was forbidden in some places because it was believed that warriors could assume the timidity (lack of courage) of the animal. On the other hand, the skin was widely used, especially for the production of amulets and ornaments.
Later on, these amulets and ornaments were applied on the hunting instruments because it was thought that will make the arrows faster and the warriors will be more cunning. These peoples have numerous legends that are telling stories of the Rabbit’s superiority and cunning. They also tell how it became the symbol of the Moon by defeating fearsome adversaries, such as nocturnal birds and bears.
The ancient Egyptians presented the god Osiris with the head of a hare. In Greek mythology, the rabbit was a symbol of Aphrodite (goddess of love and sex). In ancient Rome, it was believed that the meat of the Rabbit fought female sterility and that the testicles favored conception.
The Celts, the Mayans, and the East
For the Celts, the rabbit was the sacred animal to the goddess of Victory. The Mayan and Aztec civilizations present this figure as a symbol of the Moon. For the later, sunspots were nothing but Rabbits thrown to the Moon by gods and it was believed that hundreds of Rabbits watch over the crops at night.
In the Mayan culture, a legend tells that the goddess Luna was saved by a Rabbit. This salvation, in fact, is equivalent to the salvation of the entire cycle of life. They also associated this animal with love and medicine.
In China, the Hare predominates. It’s presented by both the fourth animal of the zodiac and as a symbol of longevity and fertility. The Hare is the protector of all the wild animals and the color of its hair is associated with favorable events; white indicates immortality, black indicates professional success, and red is equivalent to luck in general.
In Japan, the rabbit is a living sacred monument which safeguards the species. In Africa, it is considered as a sacrificial animal. While in India, the deity corresponding to the name of Bodhisattva has the appearance of a Rabbit.
Rabbits (Hares) in Witchcraft
Hares and rabbits represent the element of earth; living underground gives them that symbolism. While being associated with small people is a symbol of hidden knowledge.
Part of this statement is related to the reproductive capacity of hares and rabbits with the covens of witches and sorcerers; orgiastic encounters of ancient tribal beliefs of fertility that went against Christian belief.
Black Rabbit Symbolism Explained
There are some beliefs in certain European parts that the black rabbit is a creature of witchcraft. Hares and rabbits were the favorite companions of witches.
In addition, in some British colonies, it was believed that witches took the form of rabbits to travel undetected. In the establishment of the patriarchate, it was believed that the devil would often take the form of a three-legged hare.
This inspired the belief of the powers or luck that a rabbit’s foot can give to the one who possesses it.
Also in other cultures, rabbits were represented as divine creatures accompanying goddesses such as Aphrodite, Cerridwen, and Freyja.
White Rabbit Symbolism Explained
Some esoteric beliefs say that white rabbits can symbolize faithfulness, that is, that the person who has dreamed of the rabbit is faithful in love.
It is also given the same meaning if another person is holding the rabbit, for example, if you dream that your partner carries a white rabbit in his/her arms, means that he or she is faithful to you.
They can also have other meanings such as fertility or rapid adaptation to any situation in life.
Spiritual meaning of rabbits in dreams
Dreaming of a rabbit leads the dreamer to confront himself/herself with a powerful symbol which is actually a fear that a dreamer will be (or is it already) confronted with his/her fears and vulnerability.
And it is precisely the tenderness, sweetness, and defenselessness of this animal in dreams, that brings out the theme of vulnerability, but also of naivety, and childish curiosity.
Perhaps the dreamer must bring attention to similar qualities that are surfacing in his/her behavior (or in a person close to him/her) and dreaming of a rabbit can then indicate what scares him/her and highlight the parts of his/her most fearful personality in front of what it’s happening.
What if a rabbit crosses your path?
Just as some people fear black cats crossing the road, the passage of a rabbit in front of the traveler is a sign of good fortune, but if you cross the road after the rabbits’ crossing is considered bad luck.
Rabbits for Spiritual Guidance
When we need spiritual guidance we can turn to these animals, which for ancient Native Americans, are the beings that are sent by nature.
It is a totemic animal that is associated with fear, sweetness, and fertility. When it presents itself in our lives, it wants to show us that we must be more alert and that sometimes it is better to take some distance and interpret the environment in which we live without rushing.
It can also show us the need to be more pleased with our society, to move more naturally and to observe in order to anticipate.
Another teaching that can give is the rabbit as our totemic animal is its quick reflexes and trust in its instincts.
The fear that the rabbit represents reminds us that it serves to overcome obstacles, to survive and to be cautious. The sweetness of the rabbit teaches us to be faithful to our loved ones, to remain safe, to take care of others, and fertility. It also reminds us of the need to be close to the family and to think seriously about whether or not it is time to have offspring.
A rabbit talisman is related to good fortune and having the ability to get out of any situation. If it is our totemic animal, it will protect us and teach us to follow our instinct, intuition, and speed.