WHITE RABBITS AND THE MAD MARCH HARE
The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven--
All's right with the world!
Spring is nearly here.
The Spring equinox falls on March 20th and it is nearly unbelievable that we are at this point in the calendar already! I have noticed the shoots coming up in the garden and the little flowers are already scattering themselves amongst the grass. It is such a wonderful time and brings much promise of better times to come. I won’t be sorry to leave those dark nights behind.
Did you know that March comes from the Roman Martius which transcribes as Mars, God of war.
March used to be the beginning of the year until 1752 when the Gregorian calendar changed it all.
Marbles and skipping are games traditionally played by school children through lent. These games stopped at 12 on Good Friday. Marbles represent the Easter pastime of rolling eggs, stones and even hazelnuts!
Do you remember those games we used to play with Marbles?
I went on quests to find the most beautiful mally; you could really get some gorgeous ones, twists and swirls of bright colour. As kids we would bring boxes of our favourite ones and show them off and swap them.
Another childhood custom that still remains part of the seasonal psyche for all ages is to say ‘White rabbits’ on the first of March. Apparently this comes from medieval times, when March was the beginning of the year and people believed in witches as something terrifying.
‘Pinch, punch the first of the month, white rabbits!’
According to custom, salt depletes a witch's power and this gives pinch, punch is to push her away and white rabbits bring protection.
This inspires another childhood memory whereby it was perfectly reasonable to give someone a gift of a rabbit’s foot as a token of protection; these would come as necklaces, brooches or as key rings. Thankfully you don’t really see them anymore!
It is to the hare that we turn when we think of March. To be as mad as a March hare…
I have rarely seen hares but I have seen them in the fields with the lambs and they really do gambol and frolic in a most zany but life loving way as they get ready for the spring and the mating season.
The Egyptians believed hares were a link to the cycles of the moon and they were able to swap gender. They were a symbol of purity, being able to give birth without actually copulating. In Christianity, a single hare represented Mary’s virginity, another association with the Moon.
It was the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre who carries the symbol of the hare at Easter, they represent the first full moon at Spring Equinox.
There are many statuettes and pictures of a hare gazing at the moon.
This is supposed to be a symbol of fertility. I have one of these statues and there is something wildly romantic about watching this little hare peep at the full moon.
So, my moon gazing hare has suggested a seven card spread. Arrange the cards like a horseshoe as a symbol of improved luck!
What is it that I dream of?
Resources, what do I have to make this dream a reality?
Unconscious factors, what do I need to know about that is hidden?
Am I on the right path?
What is my next step?
Supporting factors in my environment, people and/or places
The Tarot cards that represent fertility and abundance would be Empress, Sun, 4 Wands, 3 Cups and Queen of Pentacles.