What went on behind the scenes or At the compost heap and other areas of Wonderland…
What makes this Blog unique from any other that is out there in cyberspace? Well it’s about my persona aka The White Rabbit who at the moment is trying to get back home. Where is that? Her original home is the constellation Lepus but right now she landed on the Planet Blog by chance when a radio D.J. directed her via U-twit-Face.
Having jumped down, or was it up into Lewis Carroll’s Rabbit Hole like her uncle and namesake she found herself hitching the airwaves into cyberspace. She first got her front paws wet on a site called www.changematters.co.za situated in the galaxy of Web she now calls her second home. Nevertheless her rabbit nature is to hare off so she made another cyber leap to a neighbouring planet known as www.changematterscounselling.com where she also felt very much at home.
With a trail of paw marks across the universe where she is very comfortable why on earth or is it space is she off again? Why Blog of all planets? Well it is all about moving. Apparently you can only reach your true home by making hops and cosmic leaps through the burrows of inner head-space.
So who is this White Rabbit and where the bleep is Lepus? Well she comes from a long line of folk lore that reach back to when humans on Planet Earth told stories under the open night sky around the blazing fire that protected them from the dangers of the wild.
Her original home Lepus (Pronounced – Lee Pus) is a constellation of stars that are:
- Visible in Northern Hemisphere in winter located just below Orion and west of Canis Major and Minor
- It was known to the Greeks in the 4th century B.C.
- Located 40,000 light years from earth
- The constellation forms a square and hence a rabbit hole
- Within the constellation are the following star clusters M79, Nihal and Arneb – also known as ‘The Camels’ and ‘The Hare’
The constellation draws the explanation of its origins from a number of earthly sources:
- According to the Greeks the mythological figure Orion was honoured after his death by being placed in the night sky as a constellation. As the story goes, Orion was famous for his hunting and in particular he loved to hunt hares with his two dogs. So to illustrate Orion’s love for hunting hares the Greeks named three more constellations depicting his two dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor) giving chase to a hare (Lepus).
- The Arabs believed that the 4 brightest stars in the Lepus constellation represent 4 camels drinking from the river Eridanus.
- The ancient Egyptians believed that the constellation Lepus was shaped like a boat and that their god Osiris used it to float across the heavens.
- The Navajo see the Lepus constellation as being the rabbit hole to the underworld. Here Phookah – ‘The White Rabbit Trickster’ has his entrance.
As a mythological character and symbol The White Rabbit has a prestigious ancestry:
- The Chinese believed that there was no man in the moon but a hare in the moon. At full moon the craters were translated as depicting the hare’s burrows criss-crossing its surface.
- The Aztecs believed that the hare represented fertility, parties and drunkenness
- In Central Africa the hare is known as ‘Kalulu’ – The Trickster.
- In other parts of Africa the hare is called ‘Manabozho’ meaning ‘coming soon’. His character is also described as the trickster, the shape-shifter who is also responsible for creations, provisions and transformation.
- In Native American mythology the rabbit/hare is a symbol of fear. It is commonly believed that one ‘calls’ their fears to themselves by speaking them aloud. The rabbit/hare’s lesson to mankind is to not allow your fear to hamper you in your everyday life.
Her heritage is also associated in other myths:
- Freyja, the Norse Goddess of love, sensuality and woman’s mysteries was also served by Hare attendants.
- Kaltes, the shape-shifting moon goddess of Western Siberia, liked to roam the hills in the form of a hare.
- Ostara, the goddess of the moon, fertility and spring in Anglo-Saxon myth was often depicted with a hare’s head or ears and with a white hare standing in attendance.
- Eostre, the Celtic version of Ostara, was a goddess associated with the moon, mythical stories of death, redemption and resurrection. The belief in Ireland is that old ‘wise women’ could shape-shift into hares by moonlight. The Celts use hares and rabbits for divination and other shamus practices. It was believed that hares/rabbits burrowed underground in order to better commune with the spirit world. They acted as messengers from the living to the dead and from humankind to the faeries.
- There is a tale that Buddha after his enlightenment called the animals of the earth to celebrate with him the rabbit was the fourth animal to visit. As a result of this tale the rabbit was given a place of honour in the Chinese Zodiac.
In modern times the White Rabbit’s family can be found in literature, film and television. There a hundreds of references to the rabbit and the hare. Here are some of her favourites:
- Aesop’s Fables has a famous story about ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Br’er Rabbit in the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris
- Peter Rabbit in stories by Beatrix Potter
- Rabbit in AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Bugs Bunny
- What the bleep do we know – also known as The Rabbit Hole – This is a movie about the connection between the theories of Quantum Physics and Spirituality. It sets to explore that The Universe is made up of energy and that this energy is all interconnected, from a spiritual point of view you could say that ‘We are all One’.
According to H.P. Blavatsky who some say was a wise old bird and others a crazy old bat:
“When the constellation Lepus enters the Age of Aquarius, psychologists will have extra work to do and the psychic idiosyncrasies of humanity will enter into a great change”.
The White Rabbit’s true purpose lies in her tail/tale. Just as Alice was compelled to follow her rabbit down the rabbit hole, so Dear Reader just follow ours and who knows what you will discover and what adventures you may have on the Planet of Blog.
Already she has left a trail that can be found scattered in a series of letters called Ask the White Rabbit on the website www.changematters.co.za now on Blog she finds the letter Z and is nibbling on the end bite that asks the question – What is Zest for Life and what has it got to do with the Garden of Quest?
For those of you who have tasted this metaphorical lettuce leaf relish you will know that it is an essential ingredient for assisting creaky old atrophied attitudinal joints in becoming flexible again. You cannot make a perception jump without it. The White Rabbit recommends a daily dose to be taken in the morning on waking whilst still in bed so as to allow some of its components Gusto, and Keen Enjoyment to propel you into the new day. A warning – do not take too large a bite otherwise you could find yourself leaping out on the wrong side of the bed into a fools paradise and land up like Alice when she grew too tall. All you need is enough to get you through the door and into the Garden of Quest.
In her next episode I have asked the White Rabbit to speak in her own voice. If you have nibbled the right amount of the Zest to maintain the right height and have been able to step out into the Garden of Quest you will find her conducting a guided tour starting at the compost heap.
I asked her about her choice of positioning herself at the compost heap and she told me that every personal quest starts with a look at its com-position (around a particular position or view point or a situation from the round, meaning a viewpoint from different angles).
Until we meet again, or as they say on Planet Blog where anything is possible, whale-meet-again.