New Moon Rabbit

January 5th, 2011

Last night was the New Moon, so thinking about the whole cosmos theme, I spent a little time drawing in watercolor pencils in my sketchbook and ended up with this bunny sitting in the circle of the New Moon.

I like to think of New Moons as a time of new beginnings, a time to reflect, gather, and dream of what's ahead.

For the year ahead, what is it you'd like to gather to you, as you prepare for a year of creativity? What tools do you need at your disposal? What support systems? What would you like to manifest? What are your intentions for your creative life?

UPDATE: This evening, as I was reading the comments on this post, I looked up and saw a bunny rabbit sitting just outside our screen door in the backyard. And in the middle of winter! What sweet synchronicity!

20 Responses

I love this bunny! I’ve been running across allusions to rabbits and the moon lately. I know that there is a Native American myth from the southwest, but recently I heard that there is also a Chinese fairy tale featuring a rabbit in the moon.

So lovely.

I like the notion of the new moon, which is there even though it’s not quite visible, as a metaphor for possibility. It’s like what happens underground before a plant sprouts.

Thanks for making me think of this today!

Thank you, Leah, for giving me another new idea on which I can reflect…the new moon-new beginnings, new potential.I love the metaphor that Lisa suggested about a seed underground…just beautiful!

so,so sweet Leah. Peaceful and calm looking little bunny :)


I would like to trust myself and my creativity more – ie. less self doubts & criticism.

Kat X

Jeeze Louise, that is freakin’ awesome, Leah!

–from your fellow Madrileno expat.

Leah this is so awesome! I love it. It really communicates a sense of wonder to me (rabbits are a spirit message for me so this was especially meaningful to me).
I would like to gather love to me – love for myself and hopefully the patience and acceptance that come with that.
I’d love to manifest even more healing for myself as well as at least the spark of an idea of what I’d like as a career. I’m almost 35 and still don’t know.
My intentions for my creative life are to become more and more relaxed and okay with my art being how it is – rather than perfect :-)

Great questions Leah. I have so few “tools” since I’ve only been doing art since Nov. but I have found that doesn’t limit you at all. I think I’m going to keep things as simple as I can for a while so I can just keep learning and having fun. I’d like to trust myself to make beautiful things though, I still have so much doubt because I see what those around me can create.

Sorry about the other comment. Multi-tasking is a dangerous thing!
I found you from Pumpkin Delight. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

I really like this piece. And it’s funny, I had a dream about rabbits and the sky last night!

As you can tell by my blog name, bunnies are very special to me. I love your piece! I am touched by the innocence of it and the potential. What is she imagining?

there is something so touching and sweet about your bunny!

how cute is this? I am totally into bunnies right now. Love your page!

Awwwww… I love it! The kids have two Netherland Dwarf bunnies. This reminds me of their white one whose named Flower.

[...] other day Leah posed some great questions that I’ve only just started to internalize.  Things like what you want to gather [...]

I was just amazed when I read your question, because my word for this year is Gathering! That’s just wild. I totally feel like I’m in a phase where I’m gathering knowlege, and contacts, and tools.

Your bunny is just so sweet!

I love the simplicity in this. I also really really like that it looks like there is kind of like a “shadow” of a blue bunny in the moon, looking back at the little bunny. (Can you see the two bunny ears in the left of the moon?) I don’t know if that was deliberate or not – and it may look entirely different in real life, but it is very cool.

thanks for this!

The association of rabbits, hares, and the moon can be found in numerous cultures the world over ranging from Japan to Mexico, from Indonesia to the British Isles. Whereas in Western folklore we refer to the “Man in the Moon,” the “Hare (or Rabbit) in the Moon” is a more familiar symbol in other societies.
A number of explanations account for this hare/moon symbiosis. One is that the hare is nocturnal and feeds by night; another is that the hare’s gestation period is one month long. The fertility of the hare was celebrated for its timely coincidence with the lunar cycle. The hares 30 day gestation period, covering roughly the course of one Moon, suggested an innate affinity between the hare and the moon, such that the hare’s act of giving birth continually could be read in the context of the moons continual rebirth. And, it was believed that a rabbit could change its sex, like the moon.

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