Who is the Easter Bunny and does She Lay Eggs?
The Easter Bunny always reminds me of when my daughter, now 29, was a little girl. She always had rabbits and it was so amazing to watch her with them. She loved the little creatures as only a small child could. She played with them as though they were her babies and even walked them in strollers. It brought me a lot of joy to watch her.
It is interesting to me that Rabbits are so symbolic of Easter and it got me thinking….
Who is the Easter Bunny?
The meaning of the many different customs observed during Easter Sunday have been buried with time. Their origins lie in both pre-Christian religions and Christianity. In one way or another, all the customs are a “salute to spring” marking re-birth.
The white Easter lily has come to capture the glory of the holiday. The word “Easter” is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of spring. A festival was held in her honor every year at the vernal equinox.
People celebrate Easter according to their beliefs and their religious denominations. Christians commemorate Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ died and Easter Sunday as the day that He was resurrected. Protestant settlers brought the custom of a sunrise service, a religious gathering at dawn, to the United States.
In modern times on Easter Sunday, many children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy. He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house. Neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize.
The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the “Easter Hare.” Hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that “All life comes from an egg.” Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why we dye (or color) and decorate eggs is not certain. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts.
In England, Germany and some other countries, children rolled eggs down hills on Easter morning, a game which has been connected to the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s tomb when he was resurrected. British settlers brought this custom to the New World.
In the United States in the early nineteenth century, Dolly Madison, the wife of the fourth American President, organized an egg roll in Washington, D.C. She had been told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs against the pyramids so she invited the children of Washington to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.
The custom continues to this day, except for the years during the Civil War. In 1880, the First Lady invited children to the White House for the Egg Roll because officials had complained that they were ruining the Capitol lawn. It has been held there ever since then, only canceled during times of war.
The event has grown, and today Easter Monday is the only day of the year when tourists are allowed to wander over the White House lawn. The wife of the President sponsors it for the children of the entire country. The egg rolling event is open to children twelve years old and under. Adults are allowed only when accompanied by children.
Spiritual Meaning of a Rabbit
Rabbit: fear, timidity, nervousness, fertility, humility
Rabbit’s medicine includes moving through fear, living by one’s own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting. Rabbit reminds us not to be afraid. Fearful thoughts reproduce (like rabbits) and bring the very thing we fear.
Rabbit people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, and disaster, that they call those very fears to them to teach them lessons. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, it may be telling you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. It always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.
If Rabbit is your power animal:
You are quick-witted in your speech and actions, able to triumph over adversaries and get yourself out of uncomfortable situations by using your intelligence, common sense, and wit.
You always have a plan B and are flexible in stressful situations.
You are sensitive, artistic, and articulate with a philosophical depth that sometimes surprises others until they get to know you.
You are optimistic and positive and find it difficult to tolerate gloominess and pessimism.
Ask for Rabbit’s help when…
A great opportunity presents itself–but to take advantage of it, you need to act swiftly.
You are working on a project that is coming along slowly and you want to speed things up.
You are trying to get pregnant and/or you want more playfulness in making love with your sweetheart.
You are feeling stuck of frustrated and you need Rabbit to remove blockages.
How to access Rabbit’s power:
Take a walk out side and look for rabbits.
Draw pictures of rabbits.
Cover yourself in blankets and pillows and burrow for a few minutes.
Eat more vegetation.
Grow a garden and welcome small animals (including rabbits) to come and eat from it.
Spend a few minutes skipping and hopping!