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The Meaning of Dreams About Rabbits

The Interpretation of Hares and Bunnies as Dream Symbols


The rabbit's rich mythological associations make it a rich dream symbol. Dreams of rabbits symbolize everything from fertility to resurrection and rebirth.



The idea of the egg-carrying, basket laden rabbit as an Easter symbol can be confusing. But the Easter bunny is actually a manifestation of the hare as a rebirth symbol. In addition to rebirth, rabbits in dreams also symbolize other ideas such as luck, creativity, and quick thinking.

Resurrection and Rebirth Symbols in Dreams

How did the rabbit become linked with rebirth? The mythologies of the Norse, Pagans, and Egyptians provide the answer.

Ostara is the name given to the festival falling roughly the same time as Christianity's Easter. Ostara celebrates the fertility goddess Eostre or Eastre. As a fertility goddess Eostre was sometimes depicted as having a hare's head. The rabbit was then linked to the goddess's fertility, but also since it is a nocturnal creature, it was then additionally connected to the moon.

The moon itself is a rebirth symbol due to its monthly cycle. It appears and then gradually disappears and then returns again and again, mimicking the concept of eternal return. The rabbit's link to the moon led to its association with resurrection symbolism.

The Egyptians also revered the hare as a rebirth symbol. Just like Eostre, the Egyptian god Osiris was depicted as a hare, only in Osiris's case, this depiction came during his annual sacrificial ceremony. Osiris's sacrifice encouraged Nile flooding. Nile flooding resulted in the land's, and ultimately,Osiris's, resurrection. Again, the rabbit is linked to a deity associated with eternal return.

If it appears with traditional Easter imagery such as lilies or eggs the dream rabbit can herald a kind of waking life resurrection. Increased vitality, energy or a new-found excitement over life may manifest.

Rabbits as a Symbol of Self-Sacrifice

Another of its less well-known symbolism comes from Buddhist tradition where the rabbit sacrificed itself in order to save a starving Buddha.

If it is somehow sacrificing itself, or if the animal is thin or perhaps even dying, the dream rabbit may point to the dreamer's own feelings of being a sacrificial object. This may also indicate feelings that the sacrifice is going unnoticed or is not appreciated. Rabbits can also symbolize giving one's self away to a hopeless cause or relationship.

Bunnies as Fear Symbols in Dreams

If the rabbit is being chased in a dream, it usually symbolizes fear, especially fear of being stalked by some ominous person or thing.

Burrowing is one method rabbits employ to escape capture and that action also symbolizes fear. However, in the case of the burrowing bunny, the fear symbolized is a deeply ingrained one. Similarly, the deep underground hiding can be an expression of a situation that the dreamer is ignoring or attempting to "bury" in her psyche.

Immobile rabbits can mirror a waking life situation over which the dreamer feels similarly paralyzed. The situation could be a relationship, especially an abusive one, that the dreamer wants, but at the same time desperately fears, leaving.

Dreams of Hunted Hares

Hunting rabbits in dreams can indicate that the individual is actually attempting to track down hidden fears. They can also symbolize a spiritual pursuit, or the tracking of an elusive, ever escaping waking life goal.

Rabbits as a Sign of Emotional Disturbance

In waking life, rabbits bunnies wreak havoc on gardens and when they do so in dreams, this may indicate that the dreamer feels something precious to him, something he feels sustains him, is steadily being worn down.

Ravenous rabbits can symbolize a emotional situation that is gnawing away at the dreamer. One may feel unable to express her feelings over the situation and may be attempting to manage it by stuffing emotions way underground. However, the dream destructive hares indicates that attempts at controlling emotions by hiding them are failing.

Dreams About Rabbits as Fertility Symbols

Rabbits are fertility symbols for basically two reasons. One is due to their association with deities linked to fertility. The other is its well-known status as a prolific procreator. Female rabbits insure the survival of their fertility symbol status by secreting an ovulation inducing hormone each time she mates thereby guaranteeing pregnancy.

Dreams of rabbits can therefore symbolize a time of high fertility. Dream fertility is interpreted more broadly than an ideal time for literal conception.

Creativity is a form of fertility, a time when the mind is ripe with new ideas or open to the reception and nurturing of intuitive impulses and promptings from the soul. It can also symbolize prosperity, thus the dream rabbit can also be associated with luck and wealth.

The Rabbit as a Symbol of Mental Agility

By using their quick minds, speed and agility, rabbits are led to escape and safety. In fact, their speed, agility and quick minds are their only methods of self-defense.

Running rabbits can symbolize a waking life situation requiring a hare's agility. Such a dream may also be a communication that one needs to stop using the mind as a tool for over-analyzing a situation and begin using it as an means to productively process intuitive information.

Dream symbols have some underlying, common interpretations, but never a definitive, singular meaning. Ultimately, the proper interpretation is found within the dreamer's own personal mythology and associations. Rabbits are no exception to this rule.


Black colored animals typically call out to our deeper feelings – as they are dark – they symbolize the shadows of our thoughts, the “nighttime” of our minds – the dreams we keep tucked away from the forefront of our everyday thoughts.

Rabbits are symbolic of:

  • family
  • community
  • awareness
  • caution
  • curiosity

Perhaps your two black rabbits are sending you a message to be more reserved (behind the shadows) in your dealings with others.

Or perhaps, they’ve crossed your path to let you know that the power in ourselves is sometimes found in the most unexpected (night/dark/black) places.

Black is also a symbol of silence, perhaps your rabbit friends are trying to tell you to take assurance and peace in your own stillness…silence may be the best answer.

The specific number (two) may also bear a message as symbolic meaning of two’s deal with balance, choice, judgment, relationship.  Perhaps this is a message for balance for you, or clarifying the point in which you might be of “two minds” about a decision or issue in your life.

 

 



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