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Wabbit Season!

The highlight of my long weekend was taking Wolfling to Earth Sanctuary, which she loves almost as much as I do. We didn't visit 'my' labyrinth, but spent all our time on the trails. This was the first time we went beyond the stone circle, and we found a smaller (and to my mind much nicer) stone circle perhaps a quarter mile beyond it.

It seems that each time Wolfling and I go to the Sanctuary there is one kind of animal that makes its presence felt. The last time we went we saw two snakes, and I've never seen snakes there before or since. This visit turned out to be rabbit day. We saw two rabbits near the parking area, and as we approached the smaller circle Wolfling pointed out a very small one sitting just on the border on the opposite side nibbling grass. We sat down to watch.

It was quite lovely to just sit there in the sunshine in a sacred space and watch this tiny, lovely wild creature going about its business, aware of us but unconcerned. Later, as we returned to the parking lot, we saw a much larger rabbit at the side of the path. He didn't seem to mind our presence either, allowing Wolfling -- who got down on all fours and advanced very slowly -- to get very close before hopping casually into the foliage.

We also saw several rabbits when we visited jillwheezul and Hob and went for a walk with Hob.

I realize that Googling "rabbit totem" is not the best way to understand the spiritual message of these appearances, but I do find it interesting that all of the entries I read had something about dealing with fear - which is definitely an issue for me right now, as I face my deeper, usually-denied fears of doing my Work in the world. There are the fears I've been quite aware of, thank-you-very-much, but I've been doing some inner work that's taken me to the subtler, more insidious fears beyond them, and the results have been liberating. I still have a lot more to do, but it's been gratifying to see quick progress, reflected not just in how I feel, but in my actually doing things that I've been avoiding.

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oakmouse
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
*sings* Be vewy qwiet...I'm hunting wabbit...

Microbuns (baby rabbits) are one of the most charming things on the face of the earth. Glad you had a chance to watch them, and that you're making progress with the fear issues.
poliphilo
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Rabbits are survivors. Almost everything preys on them, but they just keep a-comin'.

And don't forget Brer Rabbit- The American incarnation of an African trickster god- and his 20th century cousin, Bugs Bunny.
qos
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Good point! And if I remember correctly, Richard Adams characterized his rabbit mythic hero El-Ahrairah (sp?) as a trickster.
poliphilo
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the book, but I've seen the movie- and I seem to remember the mythic hero is addressed- rather splendidly- as "prince with a thousand enemies".
qos
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
"Prince with a Thousand Enemies" is correct.

All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you they will kill you -- but first they much catch you.

I read Watership Down several times during my junior high through college years. I thought it was splendid.
silverhawkdruid
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm coming in late on this. Been awol from LJ for a week while I get to know my way around Sparkpeople. I'm loving it there btw, but couldn't remember your username and I can't find the email you sent me with it in.

Rabbit fascinates me. Such a fertile creature, but like you observed he is first and foremost about fear. To quote a little from the Medicine Cards:
Rabbit is the Fear Caller. He goes out and shouts "Eagle, I am so afraid of you." If Eagle doesn't hear him, Rabbit calls louder.... Rabbit calls bobcats, wolves, coyotes and even snakes until they come.
qos
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually been on Sparkpeople in quite a while.
I got demoralized with my lack of progress, and then when I did start exercising again it was with a routine that didn't neatly fit their parameters. I know their systems can be tweaked relatively easily to match just about any need, but the communities I'd joined had also gone quiet, so I'd lost the companionship aspect.

I still recommend it highly, and maybe one day I'll find my way back. I'll message you with my username.
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