The hare has a strong symbolic association with the moon, fertility and the idea of rebirth and regeneration. According to the ancients, the patches seen from earth on the surface of the moon looked like leaping hares. The moon hare association was linked to many belief systems, including that of Native Americans, Celtic, African, Greek and Egyptian, who used the iconic hare to represent the lunar and feminine cycles of regeneration.
In Imperial China, the hare was seen as being a symbol of good fortune and in the classical and Celtic belief systems, hares were linked to hunter goddesses, such as Aphrodite, Eros and Hermes.
Today the hare is still a commonly used symbol of spring and you sometimes hear the expression, Mad March Hare, which originates from the slightly erratic spring behaviour of hares in the wild.