Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rabbit, Rabbit ...

You may have seen this posted on social media pages, and wondered, "What does this mean?"

Old British folklore from the early 1900's claimed that if you say 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit' the first thing when you wake up in the morning, on the first day of each month, you will have good luck all month long.


The exact origin is unknown, but there have been variants about it through the years. There have been dignitaries uttering these hopeful fortuitous chants, from British military author Sir Herbert Russell (1925) simply saying, "White rabbits" first thing in the morning to United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1935) confessed that he said "Rabbits" on the first day of every month. In fact, President Roosevelt believed in this legend so much, that he even carried his lucky rabbit's foot in his pocket. 



There are some old English legends feel it shows respect to the animal kingdom, while others say you should only apply this chant to the months with an "R" in them. Now, if you happen to miss your morning monthly chant, legend says you can say, "Black Rabbit" before you hit the pillow for slumber, or say, "Tibbar, tibbar ..." - of course, rabbit spelled backwards. 

Does this practice really place good fortune in your hand? Well, it is fun, it enhances your morning with its whimsy, and what can it hurt? We could all use a little positive and fun affirmations in our lives. 

"And if you go chasing rabbits ... Go ask Alice, I think she'll know" - Jefferson Airplane

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