There is something about hares that I have always seen as somewhat magical - indeed I have used one as part of my logo because of that association. I was drawn to use it in my work because of the hare’s connection with the moon, but I didn’t realise quite how interlinked the hare was.
The hare is a totem animal for the moon goddesses, Freyja, Hecate and and Holda and also the goddess Ostara is said to have the head and shoulders of a hare.
Ostara is another name for the Spring Equinox and the hare has become intertwined with this season of renewed fertility.
The hare is also seen as a positive sign and is even associated with immortality due to its strong connection to the moon which disappears from view and then appears to be reborn every night.
This link has even given rise to tales of witches shapeshifting into the form of a hare and running wild under the light of the moon.
No wonder hares have such power to enchant and spark the imagination.
My lino prints will be available at Know Thy Self, Falmouth, Cornwall, as well as a range of artists work as part of an evolving exhibition celebrating the hare and the 40th anniversary of Kit Williams Masquerade.