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#21 aurora

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 11:47 PM

Yes Boudicca, good call!!
Not certain but I thought she used them as a form of divination... not sure tho fox so you could be right.

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:11 AM

Boudicca released a hare as a form of divination, it's direction told her whether a battle was likely to be victorious. My grandmother told me lots of stories about Irish witches and hares and they have always been a potent symbol to me. I still look to them as both an augury and a sign of the goddess. For example i went for an important meeting in a town i had never been to. I was really nervous and as i walked to the meeting i passed the local brewery and their huge factory had a massive leaping hare sign on it. Nerves gone, i knew it was going to be a success, and it was. At Dublin airport there are hares that dance and play around the runways. In many countries they would be destroyed but never in Ireland, and i love it because when i see them i know I'm home.
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#23 Belwenda

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 05:37 AM

Do we differentiate between hare and rabbit?
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Posted 02 September 2015 - 06:29 PM

Yes.

A hare is much bigger than a rabbit.

(I googled it when I read the article)

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 02:48 PM

In the last year I've been blessed to see many hares, last Sunday we were driving (wife and I) and we noticed a hare running up a cut wheat field. We stopped because, well, we love watching them. Then another came up and they started boxing! It was such a sight. I would say that if you saw a hare running down the road in front of your car you'd know it, but actually you might not. It runs more like a deer than a hopping rabbit and at first can easily be mistaken for a small dog.

If you've not yet been fortunate enough to see a hare you will realize the fortune of coming across them when you do. As with most animals I am willing to eat, it doesn't mean I love them any less as animals (like pigs, for example), but I have tried jugged hare and I'll be honest unless you're a real glutton for punishment I wouldn't recommend it. It was terrible, and not just because I felt bad for eating something as wild as a hare. It was so dry, like school dinner liver. Rabbit, on the other hand...

But spotting hares is not easy. Before this last year I had never seen them before. It takes a lot of country drives. Unless you enjoy driving around the English countryside for its own sake, you are unlikely to be out frequently enough to spot this elusive beast. Its predominant habitat is fields however, so at least if they are around you're less likely to miss them.

Edited by Godless, 07 September 2015 - 05:43 PM.

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#26 BethainKawdarnDeSavyok

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 02:08 PM

Though this is an old thread, I'd like to share some information regarding the difference between hares and rabbits, though many similar points have already been made.
Hares are solitary things, larger, and they change their fur color throughout the year. They pair off to mate, without violence. They are more feral and weird. Bigger and faster. Rabbits live in colonies; males fight for dominance, and then mate with most of the females in an area. Rabbits are smaller, their fur doesn't change color, and they are a bit more timid.
Witches will have an association with hares. Ordinary people with rabbits. The "Victim" will always be a "rabbit".

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 09:51 PM

I just would like to add to this wonderful post that the Hare is a symbol of fertility at Ostara, they get the reputation in Spring, as the Mad March Hare because Male Hare will stand on their hind legs and box their opponents for mating rites.
I believe that English Witches could turn themselves in a Hare and Scottish Witches had the reputation of turning themselves into either Crows, Ravens or Cats.

Scottish Chant to Shapeshift.

I shall go into a Crow
With sorrow and such and a black thraw
And I shall go in the Devils name
Untill I come home again.

To Thraw means to turn, to twist, distort. "Old Scots" One turn of the hand, in a twisting motion.

To Change Back
Crow, Crow, Crow, God
Send thee a black thraw
I was a crow just now But I shall be
in a woman's likeness even now
Crow, Crow, Crow, God.
Send thee a black thraw!

For Astral Travelling chant while holding a crow or Raven Feather (From the wichcraft trial of Isobell Gowdie.
Scottish Highlanders associated Ravens with the "Second Sight"
Elizabeth Gowdie "Pittenweem" 1662, confessed that "when we would go in the likeness of a Cat, we wold say thrice over ( 3 times)

I shall go into a Cat
With Sorrow and Such, and a black shot (much care)
And I shall go in the Divell's name
Aye until I come home again!

And when we wold be out o these shape, we say

Catt, Cat, God send the black thraw
I was a cat just now But I shall be in a women's likeness even now
Catt, Cat, God send the Black thraw (shot)
I conjure the go with us.

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#28 Zombee

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 02:20 PM

I will always thank Disney Studios (say what we must about their creepy pedo-file racket) for the Sword In The Stone movie and the image it gave of Merlin in Bermuda shorts and sandals with socks! The shape shifting lessons given to Wort, the young Arthur, were very instructive. To be a good king and rule over a kingdom you must know the various ways of all the inhabitants. Metaphorically, to reign over one's own psyche (kingdom) you must know the ways of your thoughts. Nobody said it has to be boring.

Edited by Zombee, 29 May 2018 - 02:21 PM.

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