Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

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Do you need help hatching a plan?

Are others trying to take advantage of you?

Is it decision making time and you don’t know whether to zig or to zag?

Rabbit energy is surprisingly strong and can help if you will stop, look, and listen.

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Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

The Rabbit archetype is anything BUT a “fuzzy bunny” lightweight in the world of animal symbolism. In many myths and legends Rabbits act as guides between heaven, earth and the underworld. As such they’re a potent emblem of Shamanic journeys and may even be called upon to monitor those rituals.

In the Earth Plane Rabbit is a sound navigator, having perceptions that pilot him through the darkness. Because of this, Rabbit represents Sensitives and Seers and their psychic powers. It also symbolizes those moments in life when we must “hop to” even in unfamiliar surroundings, using our inner light for direction.

Rabbits are creatures of the Earth, living close to the ground where they can easily hide if need be. The meaning here can be twofold – either you need camouflage or that you have become under-recognized among peers.

If we take a cue from Bugs Bunny and Br’er Rabbit we also see this animal spirit as a trickster, but not in a bad way. Tricksters know their enemy and remain keenly aware of an antagonist’s movements so as to outwit them. When chased, Rabbits do not move in a predictable manner – rather they zip and zag, which aids in escape. If that doesn’t work, then Rabbit (or Hare) simply shapeshifts for a tidy retreat. With this in mind, Rabbit has the additional symbolism of directional awareness, cleverness, planning and keen senses.

Visually Rabbit can also represent a prayerful life as it puts its paws in the position of prayer each time they wash their faces.

Rabbit Spirit Animal

Soooo, when when Rabbit leaps into your life it’s time to stop, look, and listen like you’ve never listened before. Sadly, Rabbits (and Rats/Mice) are the most common prey animals. Perhaps this is why Mother Nature gifts Rabbits with epic fertility.

That said, Rabbits often appear to those who are being “hunted”. Is there danger afoot at your job, in your home, or within?

If so, now is the time to nurture your instincts – especially those that aid in survival.

Is it time to zig? Is it time to zag? Or, is it time to stay perfectly still – thus allowing your predator’s eyes to be drawn to other movement. This gives you time to get to safety while they are looking the other way.

Should your life situation leave you feeling cornered, Rabbit as an animal spirit guide knows full well how to help get you out. In the wild, Rabbits are terrific planners and escape artists. They create small caves that are open at both ends.

When Rabbit appears, it may be letting you know that personal transformation is needed at this time. While Rabbit has survived for centuries, at the end of the day they are some of the biggest “victims” of the animal kingdom.

Have you adopted the role of “victim”? Do you feel that others always try or do take advantage of you? If so, it’s time to stop. You can only be a victim if you allow it. Rabbits are some of the most quick witted critters on the planet. Trust your smarts. You are good enough!

If you have been pondering starting a family or joining a ready made family, Rabbit as a Spirit Animal has presented to tell you to go for it!

In fact, it is not uncommon for Rabbit to choose people with a desire to be in large families and with a strong sense of hearth and home.

In this setting Rabbit assists with effective planning both financially and physically so you avoid over-extension. In other words the Rabbit Spirit’s mantra is, “Look before you leap” and keep one foot in reality.

Finally, If you see a Rabbit cross your path, was it headed to the left (feminine moon energy) or to the left (male sun energy). Was it headed North, South, East, or West? The symbolism of the four cardinal directions can help you take a deeper look at what your Rabbit Spirit Animal is trying to tell you.

Rabbit Totem Animal

People with Rabbit totems live life spontaneously, and are the life of a party. Rabbits love good fun and frolic, so if you’re a proverbial wall flower a little Rabbit energy would do you good.

Rabbit as a totem also affords quick wittedness and creative problem solving. Rabbit energy challenges your reflexes and hones dexterity spiritually and physically. You’ll begin to know what Paths support your soul’s journey vs. those that undermine it.

Carrying a Rabbit totem carving is a Earth-friendly alternative to a Rabbits foot for luck and a little whimsical serendipity. You may have to take a leap, hop or skip of faith to see it manifest, but Rabbit will not ask you to do so without cause. Don’t let fear block opportunity.

Rabbit Power Animal

Rabbit as a power animal works wonders for those who have chosen a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. As a vegetarian in nature, the Rabbit spirit teaches balance in what you eat for the greatest wellbeing.

The phrase, “breeding like Rabbits” has basis in the Rabbits impressive powers of reproduction. As a power animal this can translate into various types of fertility from a glorious garden and financial abundance to starting a family. For this to happen, let your power animal teach you the power of silence. It is only when we are quite that the Divine can get a word in edgewise. Once your spirit stills, Rabbit can guide you in taking the right moves for embracing prospects and getting out of a rut.

If you know someone with Rabbit as a power animal and aren’t sure which way to turn, FOLLOW THEM! The Rabbit’s fast reactions and sense of direction can guide you.

 

Native American Rabbit Symbolic Meanings

Native American lore portrays Rabbit as an ingenious and often humorous Trickster. Known as Manabozho, or Great Hare, this character shows up in many legends sometimes with the additional symbolism of a Hero. Some stories relate that the Great Hare created the world, brought humans fire and even taught shamans how to enact sacred rites. The Hare spirit is a good ally when learning ritual forms.

An additional association with Rabbit is that of a “fear caller.” It’s said that when Rabbit fears something it calls out to that thing until noticed. In nature Rabbit lives in fear. The Native American lesson here is that calling to what frightens you (constantly focusing on it) can foster manifestation of that very thing in your life.

Rabbit as a Celtic Animal Symbol

You know that Easter Bunny that sneaks around with goodies? Well Celtic myths tells us of the Goddess Eostre (from whom Easter gets its name), a moon goddess associated with the reborn earth and fertility. Each full moon Eostre became a Hare, and the Rabbit was her sacred animal. We know from recorded history that it was taboo at one time to eat this creature among the followers of this Deity.

Celtic tradition held that Rabbit was also good for divinatory purposes. They read the patterns of Rabbit tracks and observed mating rituals watching for signs. This gives Rabbit the additional symbolism of a prognosticator.

Rabbit Dreams

Dreams of Rabbits typically portend abundance, sexuality, fertility and luck. Dreaming of being a Rabbit breeder predicts a long life, and playing with Rabbits represents a life filled with children.

Rabbit in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Rabbits are one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are revered as one of the luckiest signs of the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese Rabbit will live a long, peaceful life filled with beauty, love and much prosperity. Visit my sister website BuildingBeautifulSouls.com to learn all about the personality, traits and characteristics of those born in the Year of the Rabbit.

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4 Responses

  1. “Rabbis are a creature of the Earth, living close to the ground”… this is very funny, and very true in a figurative way, but I’m afraid it is not what you wanted to write =) furthermore, i think that “rabbiTs are creatures” would sound better; i don’t think that all the rabbits are one single creature; perhaps that could work with rabbis..? =D

    • Hi, Jasper;

      LOL Funny – especially since my dad was Jewish! Thanks for catching that error! Spelling and grammar mistakes make me crazy so I really appreciate it when someone brings them to my attention! All fixed. Rabbis have now been turned into Rabbits! 😉

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  2. pavementprincess

    Well, rabbits are my totem animal. I have many amazing stories about rabbits, dating back to when I was a small child, as spirit guides in shamanic journeys, taking on painful wounds to protect me, etc. They are amazing.
    Recently I lost my sacred amulet (a ring with a bunny and sword on it- I love a tough bunny) and a week later, my friend and I performed a full moon ritual on the Manhattan Bridge. Afterwards, walking home, in the middle of New York City, a wild rabbit appeared on the sidewalk and hung out with me for a good 20 minutes. Think he was letting me know that it’s ok I lost that ring.
    I’d also like to mention the WTO demonstrations in Seattle in 1999. People came from all over the world, celebrated in the streets, prevented the WTO talks from happening in joy, had a giant street party, and celebrated the trickster (it was amazing how we outwitted the teargassing police and stood up for all people again and again).
    Well, then everybody went home to their home countries, and the ideas and inspirations that occurred during 1999 did what rabbits do–had lots of babies.
    Fast forward twelve years, to 2011, and Occupy became a joyful grassroots movement in every nation the world over. I can’t wait until 2023, the next Year of the Rabbit. Our joy, our empowerment, our love is contagious. And it’s having lots of babies!

    • Hello, PavementPrincess!

      Wow! I never thought I would ‘meet’ another person who loves Rabbits as much as my sister does! But I finally did! LOL

      With all the humanitarian efforts you are involved in, it makes perfect sense why Rabbit is your Spirit, Totem AND Power Animal! I thank you for caring about the world and am sending you a big bunny hug, right now!

      As for 2023, on my sister site I have an in-depth article about it – Year of the Rabbit: Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Traits, Personality & Characteristics. I think you might like it. 🙂

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

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