The symbolism of the hare is one of protective influence, as an animal guide it brings solitude and focus, it also brings Cupid, it is very much a nocturnal animal but like the blackbird it brings in the new day. If the hare comes to you in a dream then celebrate the new dawn, the new day and fresh opportunity.
If the hare/rabbit spirit enters your life, it is a time for family, a time to come out of the shadows and take advantage of a fresh opportunity that has presented itself or is going to present itself.
The hare/rabbit lives in both worlds above and below, tentatively they come out to the light to enjoy life, to thrive on solid ground underfoot. They eat, dance and are merry, playful, excitable and very sociable. But with a beat of the foot a warning is sent and a retreat to the safety of home. The hare is an expert in camouflage and like a chameleon will disappear from view, the rabbit will disappear underground and retreat to the safety of the world below.
Like a shamanic drum summoning all earthly energies, a beat of the foot is warning enough to send them back into the safe harmony of home. Here a network of tunnels and dens allow many entrances back to the light. The burrows are shared with many others, the fox, the badger, the mole and the frog are to name but a few each member of this household bringing a new opportunity for the rabbit to share hospitality and extend the hand of friendship.
The East Wind brings the Goddess Freya, Eostre, Ostara, Brigid, and the spring, with the spring comes new life, fresh opportunity, bigger homes, larger families and more time for play. The hare/rabbit are among the first to acknowledge these changes, and heralds the warmth by shaking off its darker thicker coat and changing it for one of lighter and brighter noticeable fur. The colours of spring are lighter and brighter, the darkness of winter and their dark coats in winter would make them unable to camouflage and the art of invisibility would be lost.
It is the hare that is seen boxing in the meadows and signifying the coming of Spring, a spectacle that captures all things that are good. As a queen bee is always identifiable by her strength and majesty the buck hare can be identified by his leadership, he will protect and fight for his own and it is possible to watch him disappear from view after.
The hare represents the coming of spring, the 7th century saw Eostre turned into Easter, the rising of our lord. The easter egg is taken from the hare who brought forward fertility, the egg is the fabled druids disc representing the Abred, Gwynedd and Ceugant. The past, the present and the future, this was also turned to mean the father, the son and the holy spirit. The birth of Christianity changed many a tradition.
The Celtic Queen Boudicea is known to have pulled a hare from her tunic and based her decision on which direction it ran after she released it, the hare being a totem of the goddess Andraste, this was recorded in the 1st century AD by Roman historians.
Cupid the Roman god of love is often seen with the hare at his feet, Venus goddess of love is also seen surrounded by the hare, Greek legend finds Aphrodite' being presented with a hare, with the hare being the only animal worthy of being sacrificed for her, such was its fertility and sexual prowess recognised.