About the Moon Gazing Hare
The Above Hare photograph is by Robert Minton.
His photography is available at the Spirit of the Green Man Stuio at Tintern.
By day I am a shadow that hides in the light,
By darkness a moonbeam that dances the night,
I am the spirit that runs with the Moon,
From Spring Time to harvest, in time
with Earth’s tune
I am the spirit of fresh greening fields,
I grow with the year till her harvest she yields
I am the last sheaf bound up with the corn,
The spirit of Earth, forever reborn
I am a shape changer, I change like the year
I fly as the Owl and I run as the Deer
The eggs of the Lapwing are left in my care,
For I am the Mystery and Magic, I am the Hare
So, if you should seek me lying close in my form,
I will run through your dreams from darkness till dawn.
Sharon L. Shute.
Hares have a long history as a sacred animal.
Witches are said to be able to shape-shift in to this creature.
The Hare was associated with fertility and the coming of
Spring and was sacred to the Spring Goddess Eostre or Ostara.
They are also historically linked being
captivated by the Moon, hence the phrase “Moon Gazing Hares”.
Many people believed that the Moon Gazing Hare was associated
with positive energies, such as growth, re-birth and could indeed bring good luck.
A sight of a Hare, particularly a Moon Gazing one is still considered to be a positive
symbol, particularly by believers of the old traditions, such as Wiccans.
“In pre-Christian times the Hare was considered a sacred animal, entwined with the earth or white Goddess
who was the provider of all things. The Celts worshiped the hare and would not eat its meat nor kill them except
at Beltane festival (1st May, marking the arrival of summer).
Queen Boudicca is said to have prayed to a hare Goddess before going into battle with the Romans.
the Saxons who colonised Britain worshiped a Hare goddess and apparently some people
in Wales used to believe that Hares changed sex every month.
It is suggested that the Hare is symbolic of our relationship with the land and could be
identified with our need to temper our use of the natural environment.
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