Hare Totem – Spirit Animal

By: Shayel Niran Yahalom

During the month of March we celebrate the Spring Equinox. The Shamanic Calendar marks the Spring Equinox as the Festival of the Hare, and the Wicca (the Celtic witchcraft tradition) celebrates Ostara on the 21st of March (the origin of the Christian Easter Holiday). In both Easter and Passover holidays it is common to eat hard-boiled eggs that symbolize, among other things, fertility.

The Equinox is the day when feminine and masculine energies are balanced on Mother Earth. Spring celebrations bring with them the fertility of reproduction, regeneration and the expectation of bloom.

The Hare is undoubtedly one of the most successful examples of reproduction in nature. Its reproduction season begins in January and ends in June, during which the Hare conceives two to four times, from 3 to 6 puppies in each litter. Nevertheless, most of the newborns do not survive their first year. Hare meat is a delicacy for many predators, from foxes and wolves to birds of prey. Hare’s fortunate agility enables it to escape quickly. Its long legs develop a high speed of approximately 70 kilometers per hour, can hop up to 1.5 meters and advance in leaps of approximately 2.5 meters. Hare usually prefers to rely on its legs for escaping a dangerous situation rather than hide in niches and holes underground.

Many fables and tales speak of Hare’s quickness of foot. Hare people must learn to be patient and simultaneously be ready to react in a timely manner and advance in leaps when necessary.

HareOur immediate association related to Hare is of softness, sweetness, agility and, of course, long ears. People who have Hare dominant in their Totem Map or it is their power animal, tend to be soft and sweet in relation to their surroundings. They prefer to avoid conflicts and even when upset by others they will usually respond with diplomacy and kindness. They are good natured and kind and long for a peaceful life.

The Hare is gifted with developed senses that help it survive, relying mostly on highly developed senses of sight and hearing. It has big eyes and can see a radius of 360 degrees. One of the foods related to Hare as well as to the sense of sight is the carrot, known to improve vision.

The orange color of the carrot as well as Hare’s high fertility remind us of the Chakra of Sex and Creativity in our body. Hare people are usually very sexual and women who have Hare as their totem should be careful of unplanned pregnancies.

People who have Hare Medicine are highly influenced by their sense of hearing and the art of listening is the key for their inner balance. Music plays a central role in their lives and if they are not musicians themselves then music is their source of relaxation and personal healing.

The Hare is considered as a coward animal and when it is scared it freezes on the spot. People who have Hare medicine feel “stuck” at certain points in their lives but must remember that Hare advances in leaps, not step-by-step. Regardless of the freezing fear it is always followed by an advancing leap.

Interestingly enough, Hare people whose fears are usually related to daily conduct and personal relationships tend to be courageous when it comes to extreme sports and taking courageous decisions in their personal lives. I remember a man who practiced many kinds of extreme sports who came to me to discover his Totem Map and was sure that his guiding animal was a Jaguar or Puma and was greatly disappointed when he discovered that it was Hare. The Hare symbolizes a mixture of contrasts – softness, homeliness and fear linked with courage and open mindedness.

The Hare is a quiet animal, living alone or in pairs. Its favorite habitats are fields and open grass lands. Hare does not dig burrows and will prefer to hide in niches or under bushes.

Hare people prefer to be on their own and their favorite place of leisure is home. They are sensitive and connected to Art, beauty and aesthetics and spend much energy in taking care of their homes.

In Chinese Medicine, the Hare is one of the 12 Chinese astrological signs and is considered to bring an abundance of luck and to bestow to those under its influence the powerful Medicine of the Moon. This Medicine depicts a connection to the subconscious, developed intuition and an ability to overcome fear by understanding latent motives embedded in past traumas.

Hare’s connection to the Moon and its activity during sunrise and sunset hours link it to hidden dimensions and the realm of faeries and spirits. In Alice In Wonderland it was the rabbit who lead Alice into the tunnel or crack between the worlds and showed her the way to a magical world full of archetypes.

Another central aspect of Hare people who are connected to faeries and spirits is their tendency to camouflage themselves. Hares have excellent camouflage ability. You can spend time in a forest and walk right by them without noticing that they are there. Hare’s camouflage Medicine is expressed in the color of its fur coat, which changes to a brighter color in the Winter. If you are lucky enough to see Hare in nature it is definitely a sign for you.

Hare people’s connection to Nature Spirits and magic evokes their need to spend time in nature for energetic cleansing and recharge. Working with flowers and plants as well as healing with plants is highly suitable for Hare people.

Two years ago, I conducted The Womb Festival Ceremony with a Circle of Women during the Winter Solstice. During the ceremony, one of the participants had a vision of a hare. I explained its symbolism and the next day she called me up excitedly, claiming that when she got home she saw a real hare sitting at her door step. If Hare is your guide and brings sweetness into your life, be attentive to the whispers of your intuitions, surroundings and nature. Add many vegetables to your diet and take care of the energy you love in your personal space.

Be alert to danger and remember that confronting danger or unpleasant people, can be done simply by quickly turning around and vanishing into the horizon.

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44 Responses to Hare Totem – Spirit Animal

  1. Davina Thomson says:

    I have enjoyed reading your hare totem, I am an Astrologer & have been meaning for a while to design business cards web site etc wanting to use a painting of a hare with the moon & stars reflected in his eyes, but at the same time not really understanding why, reading your information above makes sooo much sense & has really resonated to me as a person & what I am trying to achieve, I also have a Hare who accompanies me on many journeys. Having a Sun in Cancer ruled by the moon represented by the Hare, it all makes sense. Thank you

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Hi Davina,
      I’m happy to read your comment. where are you from?
      It seems that you have wonderful intuition.
      Wish you a lot of luck with you’r web site.

  2. Jj says:

    Hi Yossi
    A hare ran towards me on a country road I was traveling this week escaping along a steep grassy embankment on the opposite side, working hard to not fall back onto the other side of the road into oncoming traffic. I stopped safely to halt further traffic and watched it through my rear view mirror run away down the road I had come along. It was an electric moment as I held my breath holding a space for its safe return into the countryside. It felt so significant to me that I’ve just searched the Internet and found your site. Thank you for your wonderful description of Hare.
    Happy Oestra!!!!

  3. Sharron says:

    Hi Yossi,
    Last night I was returning home from a friends house and this beautiful browny red hare ran in front of my car.. I breaked and watched it go by.. It was just like slow motion to watch, as it wasn’t moving fast at all.. I saw the lovely big ears and the eyes were glowing almost red like big marbles and then it was gone into the dark… 😊😊 It left me with such a warm feeling inside .. 🤗
    I’ve done nothing but think about it since then and wondered if there was a reason for me to have seen this.. 🤔
    I too have been looking online and found your lovely Hare totem it really is wonderful to read.. 🌺

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Thank you Sharron :-).
      In your case, I think that the red hare is more like a warning sign.
      This may be a good time for you to stop running and take a small vacation to heal yourself.
      Best wishes

  4. Rhian says:

    Hi Yossi,
    Thank you for this beautiful description of the hare. I live in full countryside and late this afternoon, while some distance from the large entry gate to the property, I saw a hare who had hopped through it, sitting quietly on my driveway. It sat there for some time while I stopped and watched. Then it turned back and hopped through the gate again, staying motionless on the other side. I looked down for a second to my goats standing beside me, looked up again and the hare had disappeared. I used to have a hare living on my property but much further away. I have never seen one in full daylight, so visible and motionless. I will be emigrating soon and I wondered if these precious moments held a message for me.

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Dear Rhian, thank you for sharing.
      It seems to me that the hare hooping from side to side of the gate is a very powerful message for you.
      Life is full of surprises, and in your case changes in your life that will happen if not already.
      Anyway, the hare was there to remind you that you can always hoop over problems when things are getting hard to handle.
      Enjoy your goats and hooping for the best,

  5. Suzanne says:

    The evening write my birthday a young brown hare came up to our house and proceeded to groom itself quite calmly in the doorstep-it then ran arsonist our back terrace and sat in the garden with no fear-I was able to take some beautiful close up photos of it. We are hoping to move and I’m starting a new business – it felt auspicious to have such a close and calm encounter 🙏

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Well, it seems to me that the hare wanted to remind you that changes can be smooth and easy, calm and without fear.
      Just do it 😊.

  6. Suzanne says:

    not arsonist! Around and this occurred on the evening before my birthday. Sorry for spelling mistakes in previous post

  7. karen stevens says:

    Today I had a surreal encounter with a young hare, I came across your site when searching for a meaning. Although your writings are interesting to me, i feel there may be more to this encounter and feel I need to make more sense if it. Whilst clearing my horses field of droppings, a young hare ran across the field parallel to me, I stopped to watch this beautiful creature. He appeared to have his head twisted to one side, he stopped in the long grass, then turned and ran straight towards me. He stopped about 2ft in front of me and lay down. I went towards him, he was so worn out, I picked him up and noticed a look I have seen before, he appeared to have something neurological going on (maybe he got hit by a car) no injuries but breathing fast. I sat in the grass and laid him in my lap giving him love and healing while I thought about what I could do for him. Within 5 minutes, he had passed over and lay still, I knew this was going to happen, I just sat with him whilst he left his body. I didn’t cry or feel sad, I had a sense of peace and blessed him on his way. It has been on my mind the rest of the day. I feel privileged to have experienced such a moment with a wild animal.

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      What an amazing experience Karen!
      It feels like you have a way with animals and the hare was there for you to listen to your spirit
      and to help you find your path in life. everything is easier when you know your way.
      Don’t be afraid of changes and from making new decisions in life.
      I also recommend you for a Skype meeting with Shayel (who wrote this Hare Totem), it can be very helpful for understanding more.
      Wish you all the best,

      • karen stevens says:

        Thank you Yossi for your reply. I find this fascinating as I feel I am at a junction in my journey, and still unsure of my path in life.

        Today my son found another young hare on the side of a busy road, it appeared to be dazed, so he picked it up and bought it home to rest, it recovered well and we set him back in a safer area. Then tonight my newspaper dropped a couple of pages, when I picked them up, the top page had a beautiful drawing of a hare .

        It appears the message is strong, I love hares, I find them beautiful to watch and feel a strong draw towards them. I would really love to learn more, how do I go about arranging a Skype with Shayel?
        Blessings. Karen

    • Caroline says:

      A few days ago my dog flushed out a hare from the long grass of a track we were walking along. She gave chase but I know she is too slow to catch them. Soon enough she gave up and the hare disappeared into the grass again. Moments later I suddenly saw this hare running full speed back towards me. It stopped about 10 feet from me and sat up and looked at me. The dog, ahead saw it and started to run back. I said to the hare “you are safe to come past me” and with that it ran past me so close it brushed my ankles. As the dog came past moments later I grabbed her collar to stop her game. It was surreal. I see hares all the time. I watched six last night playing in the evening sun. They always appear at a time I need encouragement to get back on my path. I love them.

      • Yossi Yahalom says:

        Thank You Caroline,
        It seems to me that hare is one of your Totem Animals
        and you have a special connection to it.
        I recommend exploring this connection deeper.

  8. Shari Lewison says:

    I just returned from week kayaking and camping in the Boundary Waters between northern Minnesota and Canada. While I was there, I was sitting in the woods and a huge snowshoe hare wandered by…maybe 20 feet from me. It was so large and quiet I thought it was a bobcat at first. It was magical! I don’t know if it saw me, but I’m sure it was aware I was there…it just didn’t seem to be interested in me, but was just going about its own business.
    That same night, my husband and I were sitting by the fire as the sun was setting. I turned to look at the lake and there was an enormous, luminous full moon that had appeared over the ridge across from us. It was magical! We looked for the moon the next 3 nights and never saw it, despite clear skies.
    I loved how the totem talked about the moon, solitude, and connection to Art.
    The encounter with the snowshoe hate is something I will never forget.

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Interesting encounter Shari!
      Thank you for sharing and I’m glad that you got some answers from this article.
      All the best,

  9. Ann says:

    Yesterday i went for a short evening walk in the forest with my dog and i met a hare twice. First time it was only a few meters in front of me, just sitting and watching me, then the dog saw it and ran after it, i called the dog back calmly and she returned quickly. Then about 15 minutes later, there it was again in front of me looked at me and then it was gone again…. recently i have met the hare every time i go for a walk in the forest, and this is just amazing to read – thank you

    Ps. I need to read about the fox to, it just appeared today at our morning walk just as i said to my self let it go, let al worries go right now, this is the life walking here in this beautiful nature

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Thank you Ann.
      Animals sometimes are a reflection of your inner self.
      Just needed to tell you that you can find everything within yourself.
      Don’t go searching far.
      All the best,
      Ps. you can read about the fox here:
      Fox Totem

      • Ann says:

        Thank you Yossi, for the kind and wise words, it truly is my innerself i need to find again
        (just closed my business)

  10. Jo says:

    Hi Yossi

    In March this year we drove to view a house for sale in an area we wanted to live in. On the way there I saw a hare in cloud form that stayed with us for quite a lot of our journey. We loved the house and decided to offer on it.

    On the way home my husband saw a hare in a field on the busy road we were on. How he spotted it I’ll never know but I don’t believe in coincidence. Our offer was accepted but the sale has since fallen through. Any thoughts on the symbolism of our hare sightings?

    Thank you.

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Hi Jo,
      not much to say, just keep it balanced :-).
      Don’t rush and don’t hesitate too much when buying a hause, and you can also take that to other decisions in life.
      Best wishes,

  11. Cate O says:

    Yesterday, a beautiful red hare stopped within a few feet of me while I was walking the dogs. The day before that, I was driving and had to stop as one was in the middle of the road and I had to wait for him to move on. Two, in two days.

  12. Cate says:

    Hi Yossi,
    Like everyone here I too have had a connection with the hare recently so thought I would look up it’s symbology and found your web-site.
    We have just moved country and the image of the hare has been coming to me since moving here. It was my birthday recently and I received two birthday cards from women I would call soul-sisters with the image of a hare on them. Then on the way home from my day’s outing on my birthday, a hare run out in front of the car I was driving. The road was empty apart from our car and the hare. It very slowly made it’s way across the road occasionally stopping and being alert, before it ran off into the hedges. It was a beautiful moment as I have never seen one before in nature.
    Since my birthday people keep buying me things with pictures of hares on them!
    My life has changed enormously for the better since moving country and it feels like the hare is helping to push that energy forwards in it’s swift-like way.

  13. Romy says:

    Wow… This is my spirit in a nutshell… almost as if you\’ve written it for me! Thank you and blessings to you xx

  14. Ekrem says:

    Hi i’ve just connected to a hare and can clearly right now as im typing feel its energies. I saw it and intuitivly started to follow it. each time it ran to fast for me to keep up it immediately stopped to wait for me. It came very close at one point and lastly it showed me a house and started to rub its nose against the concrete. Know what that might mean?

    Best Regards Ekrem

    • Yossi Yahalom says:

      Well Ekrem,
      House can sometimes represent the self.
      Try reading the article again and see how the hare can assist you to connect to your self.

      Best wishes,

  15. Sarah says:

    Hello Yossi,

    Last night I woke at midnight because I was lucidly dreaming that a brown hare was jumping over me while I slept. It was so real that I could feel it’s movement on the bed. It just felt magical and that the hare was not leaping from fright but because it was playing and jumping back and forth and around me. It felt like a very youthful hare and yet I sensed it was a large adult.

    I haven’t seen a hare for years but grew up in rural Lincolnshire and it was a common sight to see them running over the fields.

    I knew it meant something to have that dream. I found your hare totem very thought provoking. Thank you.

  16. H. says:

    I was born on the 21st of March and since I was a baby my favourite stuffed animal was a hare (named hare 😉 ). Having had a very lonely childhood \”hare\” was my best friend for years and he I still go to him for comfort when things get real bad. I recieve a lot of signs from the universe the last couple of months (grasshoppers and herons) and am on a search what it all means an what my spirit animal might be. Looking up this page I was shook, it all sounds so much like me. I have seen a couple of hares in my lifetime, admired and apriciated them but never tought too much of it.. who knows what it might means? If you have any other recources that might help me on my search let me knowThank you for reading and thank you for sharing your knowledge. Love, H.

  17. Nancy says:

    I have always loved the beauty, grace and power of the hare. I have always felt drawn to images and though rarely seeing one in real life, collect the most beautiful pictures that I come across. About a month ago I had a very lovely encounter with a hare. Driving home one night, my son in the car, it was dark and we were travelling down a short cut back lane to get to a main road. Suddenly I spotted something up ahead and on getting closer realised it was a hare sitting in the middle of the road. It did not run as we approached so I stopped the car. It looked as us and sat in awe. Then suddenly it started running along the road ahead of us, my son said it was as if he was leading us somewhere. We crawled along behind it and he just kept ahead of the car. We were approaching the main road and both my son and I were worried it would run out and get hit by a car. I began to blast my horn to scare it into the fields. It remained steadfast. It got the junction of the main road and ran right across turning right, the way we were headed. It ran on ahead of us on the main road. By this time cars were queuing behind us and I continued to blast my horn to get it off the road. It actually slowed down, moved out to the side and ran along side the car, I felt looking at me as it did. Finally it seemed to find one last spurt of speed, we had travelled a good half mile at this point, it ran ahead of the car again and ran into a gate way, where it stopped sat down and I swear it watched us go past.This will stay with me for ever, I felt such a connection.

  18. Jeannie says:

    Thank you for the thorough description of hare! I’m an artist, and over the past year have lost loved ones, and am experiencing many changes in my life. I have a strong deeply felt connection to Raven, and hadn’t given a lot of thought to Hare but have been creating work depicting her, this year, seemingly out of the blue, from dreams and unexpected finds of images. So I have been searching out references to this being, to learn what she’s trying to tell me. Yours is the reference that is fullest, and which most resonates.

  19. Lisa Fulford says:

    I have always had a strong connection to Hares, I had never seen one in the wild before until today. I’d been traveling in the car with friends when I saw two beautiful Hares dancing together in a field. It was magical even though it was a fleeting moment. I hope this represents new beginnings as I’m currently in between jobs & traveling for a few months.

  20. Rachel Mountney says:

    Hi there, on the way to work this morning a hare jumped out of the hedge on the roadaide and ran for a good while in front of my slow moving car before leaping off to a field on the left. I thought of it all day and was surprised to see a hare in my driveway when I got Home!

  21. Andy says:

    Lovely article.I came across it after a dream I had. In it I was searching around a house and couldn’t find a way out. I finally found a door and there was a blue coloured hare in front of it. I opened the door and there were two people standing outside the house. I couldn’t see who they were, as my dream didn’t focus on that. Instead I noticed they also had a blue hare each standing in front of them. The animals moved together and seemed to communicate. It was at that point I woke.All very strange and made me think, hence doing a search for what ‘blue hares’ in a dream meant.Really enjoyed the article and it resonated a lot. Thank you.

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