Moon Gazing Hare
Seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new beginnings, and good fortune. The hare is always an attribute of lunar deities. It has an almost universal meaning regarding fertility and dates back to ancient times. The hare was sacred to the goddess Eostre and eventually became known as the Easter bunny.
In some countries, it is customary to eat hot cross buns around the time of Easter and Christmas; the cross on the bun is said to represent the four quarters of the moon. These buns were originally pagan offerings and were often hung from rafters to scare off evil that lurked in houses.
The moon-gazing hare was especially important to early Britons. They were once seen as royal animals and it was forbidden to hunt them. Now, in Britain, people talk about 'the man in the moon' but most cultures know that the moon bears the image of a hare. In nature hares can be seen, and in ancient times often seen, in this "moon gazing" pose.
Many Celtic goddesses and legendary women are associated with hares. There are many stories of women shape-shifting into hares. Certainly their beautiful courtship dances, wild sexual energy and night activity make them fascinating, magical animals.
Sadly hares were maligned by the church, associated with madness and decried as animals of ill-omen. Dancing hares at night were said to be covens of witches dancing. Shape-shifting witches in the form of hares were said to dry up the udders of cows and cause women to miscarry or give birth to a child with a hare-lip.