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A friend asked me to write about the rabbit

She meant The Rabbit that arrives in our neighborhood early spring. The one that brings a battalion of herself – replicas, that peer from under every flowering bush. She steers them to our vegetable gardens, and encourages them to snarf tendrils of newly blossomed pea pods, lettuce and beans.

Her strong feet and back legs, like little elevators, hoist and lower her to whatever level she needs. The tops of her ears, all that is visible in the dense shrubbery, resemble seed pods, until they rotate, like furry audioscopes to listen for what might be lurking.

Soon she’ll have another contingent hopping behind her. She can mate right after giving birth, and produce a brood within a month. She births at night, so she’s dubbed The Moon Rabbit; during the new moon phase the moon too undergoes a transformation and, like her, disappears for a time. Chinese folklore believes that female deities such as Aphrodite, Ishtar and Inanna live on the Moon under the Cassia Tree – the Golden Shower Tree, that after 4000 years still has the power to heal and renew itself endlessly.

The gifts the Moon Rabbit offers are repetition, change and transformation. Repetition, that is, how we learn as children, from good parents and mentors. Change is what we learn to do because of our mistakes and successes. And transformation through life experience is how we keep becoming, over and over again.


Jean Cassidy   2023



The Moon Rabbit and the girl, was a topic of discussion between the Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the mission controllers in Houston right before the space capsule landed!

Here is an excerpt of their conversation:

Houston to Aldrin: Among the headlines about Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a little girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl has been living there for 4000 years. She was banished to the moon because she stole the pill of immortality from her husband. You might want to look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit who is standing on his hind feet and easy to spot. The name of the rabbit is not reported.

Buzz Aldrin: Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out.



Photo credit: the DM Collection

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