H is for Hares

There are many associations across the globe which link the hare to the moon and the sun, to androgyny and femininity, to shapeshifting and tricksters, to madness and fertility. Various deities and witches have been said to be able to change into hares so as to flee from enemies or to pursue them.

I think hares are utterly beautiful. They have a long, sinuous shape, a complete lack of grace when moving slowly but fabulous when running.

Pagans are super fond of them. I mean, really. There is an amazing amount of jewellery, artwork, clothing, stories and so on associated with hares: leaping hares, moon-gazing hares and triple hares. Then there’s Eostre or Ostara, deity associated with the spring equinox and with hares. There’s a spectacular post by Cavalorn looking at just how the mythology was created. I tend to reckon meaning is where you find it, deities change over time, and you can worship whatever you like whether it’s continued as an unbroken tradition from ‘ancient times’ or not. (I’m not a reconstructionist.) I also think it’s crucial to know when people are making it up and to understand where your myths are coming from, though.

Hares are one of those kind of otherworldly creatures which are always amazing to catch a glimpse of. I mean, I’m always delighted to see any wildlife, but hares are something special.


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  1. Cavalorn’s Easter rants are marvellous. Ah, Bede, that sneaky fellow. Hailing from St Hild and St Bede college I’m lucky enough to have got to go and pay official tribute to his actual remains (all very Catholic) in Durham several times and I love him dearly, but people do need to understand that a story is a story and not a historically recorded thing that’s OK. I’m not sure how people who maintain they’re sticking only to definite facts even manage to be honest I mean we’re mostly talking about stuff from before people wrote anything down. But then my belief system is purposefully based on worshipping imagination and story so I’m kind of biased here.

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