The Hare and the Moon in May….

The Moon for May was born on 6th at 8.30pm (GMT) and was at this time in stubborn Taurus, we will see the full moon on Saturday 21st May at 10.14 (GMT) and at this point the Moon will be in adventurous Sagittarius. The half waxing moon is on the 13th and the half waning moon is on the 29th.

Their are various different names for the Moon that begins life in May according to varying traditions, the most commonly found are as below;

Native American; Flower Moon/Corn Planting Moon

Old American; Milk Moon

English; Milk Moon/Hare Moon

Celtic; Bright Moon

Wiccan/Pagan; Hare Moon/Grass Moon

Many of the names for the moon in May are self explanatory, such as the Flower Moon when many flowers begin to bloom. Those who think of the May Moon as the Flower Moon say that the flowers grow at night during this time. However, of all the moon names, my favourite is Hare Moon, because of its association with the moon-gazing hare. Hares should never be confused with rabbits. They are entirely different species and are, except in physical resemblance, quite unalike. Baby rabbits (kittens) are born hairless, blind and helpless. Baby hares (leverets) are born fully-furred, can see and have independent movement. Hares are generally larger and have longer hind legs and longer ears with characteristic black markings. Only hares change colour in the winter. Hares and rabbits have different diets. Rabbits are social creatures, while hares are mostly solitary creatures. Rabbits generally live underground in tunnels and burrows, but hares are always on the surface.

The symbol of the moon-gazing hare is almost universal and dates back to ancient times. It symbolizes fertility. Pagans believed moon-gazing hares would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new beginnings and fortune. To others, the hare symbolized purity, and a single hare was often used to signify the Virgin Mary’s purity. This image of the hare, of course, is in sharp contrast to that of the fertile common rabbit.

In ancient Egyptian belief, hares were intrinsically linked to the moon’s cyclical movement – being at once masculine when waxing and feminine when waning. Hares would thus be depicted as alchemists making the elixir of immortality or as messengers of the female moon deity.

Since ancient times people have claimed to see the image of a rabbit or hare on the face of the moon. In East Asian culture, the Moon Rabbit or Jade Rabbit lives on the moon and is seen pounding a mortar and pestle. In Chinese folklore, the image is that of a companion to the Goddess Chang’e, who is pounding the elixir of life for her. As the moon waxes and wanes, the common view of the hare has also waxed and waned. Revered in ancient times, the hare was later regarded with contempt and suspicion in early Christianity. It was considered to be a shape-shifting creature serving the interests of witches, ready to tempt man into perdition

Good Times this month for Planting:

  • Above ground crops: 19–21
  • Below ground crops: 1–3, 29, 30

The Midnight Hare – Oz Hardwick

Gold-foot, loping, leaping to light,
twisting to the smile on the silent field,
flying to the drum of the full Moon dance,
hops the hedge, legs spread loose,
lank, then taut, tight, sprightly
Springs, flips to perform, then:
Spellbound, sleek, almost
invisible, low on dark ground,
inscrutable hieroglyph of being, seeing
secrets deep behind honey eyes,
old as time, cold as stone,
alone with night, a million stars,
Up again, snatched from dreams,
darting to the mewse, the old ways,
pitched like a soft stone, silhouetted
on rising silver, high over water,
low across the Earth, drawn to the down,
the husk hushed, then wild, moonstruck,
shadow-boxing things unseen.

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