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Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

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, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Rabbit teaches you how to stop, look, and listen so you can avoid difficulties. Delve deeply in Rabbit symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can still, calm, and illuminate you.

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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, the Earth, and The Underworld. They’re a potent emblem of Shamanic journeys and may even be called upon to monitor those rituals. In fact, when viewing the Rabbit’s physical attributes, the creature comes to represent a prayerful life as it puts its paws in prayer position each time they wash their faces.

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 or in unfamiliar surroundings, using your inner light for direction.

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

Rabbits are Tricksters because they know their enemy and remain aware of their adversary’s movements to outwit them. When chased, Rabbits are not predictable in their movements–rather, they zip and zag, which aids in an escape. If their unpredictable movement doesn’t work, then Rabbit (or Hare), like a skilled shapeshifter, disappears as it blends into the environment via camouflage. Otherwise, Rabbit slips into a small hideaway for a tidy retreat. So, the cunning critter has the additional symbolism of directional awareness, cleverness, planning, and keen senses.

Rabbit Spirit Animal

When Rabbit leaps into your life as a Spirit Animal, it’s time to stop, look, and listen as you’ve never listened before. 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.

Do you need to be a little less predictable? Or is it time to stay in perfect stillness, thus allowing a would-be predatory person to find something else to distract their attention? Rabbit encourages you to tune into your instincts. It gives you time to get out of or away from a situation where you can then find a haven until the threat to your emotional well-being ends.

When your life situation leaves you feeling cornered, Rabbit, as an Animal Spirit Guide, knows full well how to help get you out of a fix. In the wild, Rabbits are terrific planners and escape artists. They create small caves open at both ends. Part of Rabbit’s Medicine involves learning the importance of always leaving yourself an “open door.”

When Rabbit appears, it may be to let you know that personal transformation is necessary or about to happen. While Rabbit has survived for centuries, they are some of the biggest “victims” of the animal kingdom. Have you adopted the role of “victim”? Do you feel others 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 clever critters on the planet. Rabbit says, “Trust your smarts! Know that you’re are worthy of respect!”

If you want to start a family or become part of a pre-established family, Rabbit, as a Spirit Animal, arrives to tell you, Hop to it! Rabbit will appear to people with a strong sense of hearth and home who want to have large families. In this setting, Rabbit assists with effective family planning, so you avoid overextending yourself physically, emotionally, or financially. The creature’s mantras are “Look before you leap,” and “Keep one foot grounded in reality.”

Finally, if you see a Rabbit cross your path, question its direction. Was it heading to the left, symbolizing the Feminine and Lunar Energies, or was the creature hopping to the right, signifying the Masculine and Solar Energies? Was Rabbit heading North, South, East, or West? The symbolism of the Four Cardinal Directions gives you more insight into Rabbit’s meaning when it appears in your life.

Rabbit Totem Animal

People with Rabbit Totems are spontaneous and the life of the party. Rabbits love good fun and frolicking, so those who encounter you will find no wallflower! You love the feeling you get when things are moving fast; it gives you a rush of adrenaline, which heightens your awareness, gets your blood pumping, and brings a blush to your cheeks!

With Rabbit as a Birth Totem, you have a quick wit and use your creative skills for innovative problem-solving. Rabbit Energy challenges your reflexes and supports you in tapping into your psychic skills. Therefore, you have a deep sense of knowing what direction to take to ensure progress in your life and your spiritual path.

Carrying a Rabbit Totem carving is an Earth-and-Animal-friendly alternative to a Rabbit’s foot for 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

As a Power Animal, Rabbit works wonders for those who have chosen a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. As a vegetarian, the Rabbit Spirit gives you energetic support when seeking a balance in what you eat for your greatest well-being.

The phrase, “Breeding like Rabbits,” stems from the creature’s remarkable fertility. Invoke Rabbit as a Power Animal when you want more abundance in your life; this can translate into various fertility types from the successful growth of a glorious garden to financial abundance or even to the start of a family.

If you want to commune with the Godhead for life guidance, call on Rabbit as a Power Animal for help! Let your Power Animal teach you the magic of silence. It is only when you quiet what Buddhists call “the Monkey Mind,” or the endless chatter of your conscious thoughts, that the Divine can get a word in edgewise.

When you are uncertain about steps to take when pursuing your career or making a decision, call on your Power Animal, the Rabbit, for some help with direction. Rabbit reacts fast, relying on instinct to choose what direction to go in, and the creature wastes no time when hopping on an opportunity. The Animal’s energetic signature will help you in trusting your inner voice, with eyeing opportunities, and with knowing when to remain still or make a move.

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 Animal Ally when learning ritual forms.

An additional association with Rabbit is that of a “fear caller.” Lore suggests when Rabbit fears something, it calls out to that thing until noticed. In nature, Rabbit lives in fear. Here, the Native American lesson is that calling to whatever frightens you or focusing on it can foster manifestation of that very thing in your life.

Celtic Rabbit Symbolic Meanings

Celtic myths include tales about the Goddess Eostre, from where the word “Easter” originates. Eostre is a Moon Goddess with symbolic ties to the spring, fertility, and the reawakening of the Earth come springtime. Each Full Moon Eostre shapeshifts into a Hare.

In Celtic traditions, people relied on Rabbit for divinatory purposes. They would read the patterns of Rabbit tracks and observed mating rituals to interpret Rabbit’s actions as signs or omens; thus, Rabbit has the additional symbolism of prognostication.

Rabbit Dreams

Dreams of Rabbits portend abundance, sexuality, fertility, and luck. Dreams in which you play with Rabbits represent a full life with many children. Rabbit dreams usually portend a positive turn in fortunes.

If the Rabbit in your dream bites or scratches you, it’s a head’s up. You are ignoring an important relationship in your life. If you continue doing so, it will lead to relationship difficulties.

Learn more about Rabbit Spirit by reading What Do Rabbit Dreams Mean? on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

Rabbit in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Rabbits are one of the twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are one of the luckiest Chinese Zodiac signs. According to Chinese Astrology, Rabbit People 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.

Rabbit Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Fertility
  • Abundance
  • Stillness
  • Unpredictability
  • Divination, Signs, & Omens
  • Survival Instincts
  • Psychic Senses
  • Shapeshifting
  • Speedy Action
  • Wit

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31 thoughts on “Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Gritty says:

    I’ve seen this cute Lil rabbit by my actual apt building, just a few steps away from me. The last time I saw it was a few days ago and it hopped to the left a little but it didn’t go too far like it would if it we’re really trying to dodge people. What does the rabbit hopping to the left mean? Thank you

  2. Dalilah Serrano says:

    I dreamt that I was a wolf. And usually everyone feared me. ( by the way, first time me dreaming this. But what i felt was more like, a matter of fact) anyways, this time. All kinds of animals where not scared of me. In fact right next to me as if to see what we were going to do. We were running from some thing. Some thing scarier than the big wolf. But not an animal. Something big and evil. The wolf was weirdly pregnant. Which I think I was, with my youngest Camilla. I saw my daughter Jolene. But she was a rabbit or bunny. What ever it was, it started to come for us. All of us. And we ran as fast as we could. I remember my daughter running zigzags to get away, she was super fast. But that thing caught up to her and surrounded her. She stopped very fast as it surrounded her, and she faced it and I see her face and eyes looking everywhere as if to see where to escape. She was ready to fight back. My wolf felt deep sadness. After all she was my baby. 2nd of my now 4 children. I don’t remember it touching her. It just caught up to her and surrounded her. So I pray she got away. I had to keep running. What ever it was, it wanted what was inside me. The baby or pup. I often think of this dream. Worried for my daughter Jolene. I awoke right after seeing her surrounded.
    Do you habe any insight on this? Perhaps some thoughts? Please. The memory of this dream and how I emotionally felt, has stayed with me.

  3. Valentina says:

    I just had a dream with a grey bunny, which was always facing away from me. I love interpreting dreams and reading your website. I got drawn to ‘over-extending myself,’ from the above text, which makes perfect sense and is very relevant to my life situation right now.

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