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Helpful Hints from a Full Blood Witch: The Luna Hare

All young witches and wizards have open minds and love to learn new things!  December has many forms of celebrations but they are all tied into the original reason for the season, the Solstice.  The Yule or Winter Solstice is coming up on December 21st at 5:44 am EST. The Solstice season brings the idea of decorating with light and the stories of the Luna Hare and Yuletide Rabbit!

Man has for centuries respected, even feared, the hare because of its perceived powers of solitude and remoteness. Active at night, symbolic of the intuitive, and the fickleness of the Moon, the hare was an emblem of unpredictability. Like the Moon, which always changes places in the sky, hares were full of mystery and contradictions. The moon was perhaps the most powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth. The hare was endowed with similar earth-bound powers.

Many European Gods and Goddesses are associated with hares and rabbits. The hare is often depicted as a companion to Cupid and as an attribute of Aphrodite/Venus, being associated with fertility and love Holda (or Herke, Harfer) of Teutonic mythology, was followed by a train of hares carrying torches and the Norse Goddess Freyja had hare attendants.

Kaltes is a Moon goddess venerated by the Ugric people of western Siberia. She was a shape-shifter and often manifested as a hare. The hare was sacred in many ancient European traditions which associate it with moon deities and the deities of the hunt. In earliest times killing and eating the hare was taboo. In Kerry, Ireland, it is said that eating a hare was like eating your grandmother.

 A minor Egyptian goddess named Unut or Wenet also had the head of a hare. There is a city that bears Wenet's name, meaning 'District of the Rabbit'. Its primary deity was Thoth. The hare is often depicted greeting the dawn, and he sometimes serves as messenger for the God Thoth.
On a more spiritual level, the hare could symbolise the very essence of life itself: the hieroglyphic 'Wn',  a myth that at the start of the world, the Moon was so pleased with the Earth that she wanted to give mankind the gift of immortality. The Moon sent her companion, Hare, to pass on the message: 'Just as the Moon dies and rises again so shall you.' But Hare confused the message and said instead: 'Just as the Moon dies and perishes, so shall you.' Earth's people believed these words and became mortal. When the Moon heard what Hare had done, she became so angry that she beat Hare with a stick and split his nose, but as they continue to live together, they have mended their friendship.

Fables are told across the continent of the cleverness, deceit and triumph of the hare, called by various names in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Hares were said to resemble a coven of witches dancing. Like many animals sacred to older religions, medieval Christians changed the hare into an animal of ill omen, saying witches shape-shifted into hare form to suck cows dry. Stories abound of wounds inflicted on hares being found the next day on a woman. It was claimed that a witch in hare form could only be killed by a silver crucifix.  Silly as it sounds, old beliefs die hard and much lore regarding the lucky, as well as the unlucky, nature of the hare exists to this day.  

Read a good book about a Luna Hare written by author Wendy Andrew: Luna Moon Hare: A Magical Journey with the Goddess

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Luna-Moon-Hare-Magical-Journey/dp/0956074308#immersive-view_1480609599435

From the Inside Flap
As the moon waxes and wanes it is reflected in the eye of a hare. `This is now and this was then and this is Luna Moon Hare.' She follows the magical way of The Goddess on her cyclic journey through the seasons, helped, guided and challenged by mythical creatures, totem animals and faeries. 
Wendy Andrew's enchanting illustrations and lyrical words offer a subtle and yet profound insight into the magical world in which we live.

From the Back Cover
We take a magical journey with LUNA MOON HARE through the ever changing seasons, encountering ancient archetypes, mythical creatures, totem animals and faeries as the Goddess guides Luna on her way. 
This beautifully illustrated book cleverly weaves the ancient myth of the Holly King and the Oak King into the dreamy tapestry of Luna's journey around the wheel of the year. The qualities of the sabbats are described in loving detail and each chapter can be read to awaken your senses at the festivals. 
A delight for children and adults alike!

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