Out in my garden with heart-shaped indentation for water.
In my entry-way, holding keys.
On the dining room wall, purchased in Yountville years ago.
A Caruth Studio rabbit on wall.
Another Caruth rabbit on same wall.
Miniature rabbits among tea cup collection.
A rabbit box to hold all my CD's.
Rabbit netsukes I have as part of a collection.
A rabbit "sewing bird" I hand-carved that mounts on an old Singer sewing machine.
A "Santa Barbara Ceramic Design" clock hanging in my bathroom.
My wonderful painting of Gilberto by Lynne Hoppe, also hanging in my bathroom.
On my bookshelf.
Also on my bookshelf. And only part of the collection!
In the baby cradle holding items for grandchildren to play with.
Another carved box that has rabbits on the lid.
So, just how many rabbits is too many rabbits? In my case, there are never enough. I don't really know where the fascination for rabbits came from. I was not born in the year of the rabbit but in the year of the rooster. Oddly enough, I have a collection of roosters as well! Maybe I am just a collector of "things" (rocks, beach glass, rabbits, roosters, art, etc.)
I found a bit of symbolism regarding the rabbit that states that "rabbit is also an Earth symbol by virtue of the fact that he is so close to the ground, and lives partially in the ground itself. He could convey, symbolically, a need to center oneself more". (www.rabbit.org/journal/4-11/symbol.html)
It also states that "realistically, rabbits are prey animals and that symbolically Rabbit is a "Pray" animal. Rabbit as companion has specific meanings that can be translated symbolically. For instance, they teach us Unconditional Love, and Compassion for Life, by virtue of eliciting those things within us. If we watch them, they teach us to meditate every day." And "rabbit teaches us that you are what you perceive yourself to be...They teach us to assume self-worth as well."
I found this very interesting and informative. I can see, after reading this, why the rabbit appeals to me so much. I just never knew why. Now, it seems to me, that the rabbit has been trying to teach me many lessons and I have just now woken up to that fact.
Thanks Donna for inspiring me to look around my house and also research rabbits. You sparked an interest in me regarding this and my collections. I have always said that there are no accidents in life. This just proves it once again to me.