The time of Easter is upon us and you know what means; rabbits and eggs, two symbols of reproduction. The idea that Jesus Christ may have been crucified, died and was resurrected seems to be overshadowed by a 10ft. rabbit nailed to a cross; a comic image to say the least but it makes a statement about Easter. We eat the heads off of chocolate bunnies and run around looking for colored eggs without any thought to where this bizarre behavior comes from, a tradition that relates more to Paganism than to Christianity and could lead Christians to be “mad as a March hare” if they at all questioned the tradition, or anything about their religion for that matter.
For ancient pagans, springtime was a time of awakening sexuality and the worship of the power of nature, symbolized by the rabbit and the eggs even though rabbits don’t lay eggs and can reproduce without fertilization, leaving us with the idea of the “virgin hare.”
The name Easter seems to have been derived from Eostre, the name of an ancient, Anglo-Saxon goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox, the first day of spring. The rabbit has always been a pagan symbol of fertility and reproduction because of its short gestation period and large litters, which led to the analogy that lots of sex is equated to “doing it like rabbits.” It’s all so “harey.”
So, to get ready for Easter, make a visit to the hare salon before you experience hare loss or your hare turns gray.