The Hare & The Spring Equinox

Painting by Martin Herbert

The Hare has many associations in mythology: it was associated with the Celtic Goddess Cerridwen, and hares attended the Norse Goddess Freya. In classical mythology, it represented Aphrodite and Venus as a symbol of fertility and sexuality, due to its association with Spring, renewal and abundance. In China and India it is believed that the Hare can be seen on the face of the Moon – the Indian legend tells that the God Indra placed him there following a supreme act of self-sacrifice so that people would remember and be inspired by his courage.

“I’m for the bird that’s strong in flight
I’m for the shady hollow
I’m for the Hare that runs by night
I’m for an English meadow”
                                     Trad. English

 

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