Om Sasadharaya Namah – Salutations to the one carrying the hare. The hare is a symbol of the mind and the capacity for selflessness. The hare is also a symbol of the feminine side, and access to intuition, the inner tuition the intellect can give.
shashank, shashi Hin. shashanka, shashin, shashi- San. m. ‘hare-marked’, ‘containing a hare’ – the moon. Bharathiya (people of India) see a hare (shasha), rather than a man, in the moon.
When the moon is waxing, from about the eighth day to the full, it requires no very vivid imagination to descry on the westward side of the lunar disk a large patch very strikingly resembling a rabbit or hare. The oriental noticing this figure, his poetical fancy developed the myth-making faculty, which in process of time elaborated the legend of the hare in the moon, which has left its marks in every quarter of the globe. In Asia it is indigenous, and is an article of religious belief. “To the common people in India the spots look like a hare, i.e. Chandra, the god of the moon, carries a hare (sasa), hence the moon is called Sasin or Sasanka var. Shashank, hare mark or spot.” 75 “Max Müller also writes, “As a curious coincidence it may be mentioned that in Sanskrit the moon is called Sasanka, i.e. ‘having the marks of a hare,’ the black marks in the moon being taken for the likeness of the hare.”
It is to be noted that Shashank is one of the names of Lord Shiva, as Shiva carries the moon in his hair. Hence, he is also the “one carrying the hare”.
The following is from a Buddhist tract; but in the lesson which it embodies it will compare very favourably with many a tract more ostensibly Christian:
Although hares and rabbits look similar, they have very different symbolism. A hare is bigger than a rabbit, has longer ears, and possesses more powerful hind legs. The two most abundant kinds are the European Brown Hare and the Snowshoe Hare. The Snowshoe Hare is strongly linked to the Snowy Owl population, such that when hare populations are down, the owls stop breeding, and even die from starvation. The hare is more solitary and tougher than the rabbit. Hares don’t live in warrens or have maternity nests. The young hares are born so well-developed that they can fend for themselves within a few hours of their birth.
Hares were considered to be androgynous or able to shift sex, sometimes with the phases of the moon. This shape-shifting belief strengthened the belief that hares were messengers or symbols of the Goddess, perhaps even the Goddess herself. The Hare can also aid people in recognising the signs around them by attuning to lunar cycles and understanding the tides of movement in their own lives.
Hares are an animal which represent illumination, intuition, promise and balance. They are strongly feminine in their energy and often come into your life when you need to look within and figure things out. The hare asks you to value what you have in life and to ensure nothing is against your personal ethics and morals. If you are being pressurised to do anything you don’t want to, this is the time take control of yourself and your mind, and be a mastermind. You are then able to take control of the situation. Om Sasadharaya Namah – salutations to the one carrying the hare