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Thursday February 28th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    The whole Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit on the first day of the month doesn't appear to be so much an ancient lore as a product of the Edwardian imagination, an era when for some reason or other children of the upper middle class suddenly became delightful sources of entertainment. Can't be sure about Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit of course, but there's a motif that appears on buildings along the course of the Silk Road which is three Rabbits chasing each other round and round in a circle. And this motif is also found on older churches in the west of England and in Wales, and by older you're looking at prior to 1500ad, and along the Silk Road all the way back to 600ad. The thing about this three circling Rabbits motif, it's almost like the Mason motif, despite the theories no one fully understands what it means or what it's about or whether it's a decorative accent, unless, as in the case of the Mason's it's meaning is sworn to secrecy on pain of appearing in public wearing nothing but the apron and carrying a cockerel type thing. It's true that both Rabbits and Hares chase each other around in circles, and I've heard that when Rabbits are being chased by something vile like a Beagle they will make wide circles around their nesting area which enables a Kalashnikov toting hunter to pretty much roughly predict where to wait for the chased Rabbit to suddenly appear.

 

 

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    In some more isolated parts of the world the Rabbit is not in any way lucky, doesn't live on the Moon where he makes rice cakes, had nothing to do with The Creation, no way could the Aztecs be correct in their assertion that there were four hundred Rabbit Gods, and you certainly don't say Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit up a chimney on the first day of the month so as to make sure someone gives you a present. In fact it was very unlucky to even say the word Rabbit, it could easily call down damnation and cause the walls of your dwelling to crumble, and if you had to say Rabbit you called him something disparaging like "Long Ears" or "Underground Mutton." Point here is, it's very difficult to know exactly what to remember to say, when and if I wake up tomorrow morning on the first day of March. An important month for gardeners in the pantheon of months, and unlike something like November, or December or February, March despite being named after the Roman God of War, is deserving of reverence. Either way my own tradition of saying "Not Again" as homage to reoccurrence each morning, just has to change, it's depressing, just a little counter productive and at this time of year challenging the Gods could lead to 10ft snow drifts.

 

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