Due to human associations with its rapid breeding it is often linked with sexual desires. Also its softness and non aggression sometimes to the point of depicting us as a victim, or foolishly passive; may thus represent unworldly idealism. Perhaps because of its tendency to be the victim of predators, is often used as a sacrifice in dreams, which suggests the hurt we might experience to the soft, vulnerable parts of our nature as we experience the pain of meeting reality in the maturing process; feeling hounded by someone; ones vulnerable child self; docility or humility.
If the dreamer hunts rabbits: It could mean some element of self or others being criticised, attacked, ‘hunted down’ or hounded; instinctive urge to dominate.
Pet rabbit: Wanting to be petted or cared for; gentle contact and caring; responsibility.
Rabbit hole: Alice down the rabbit hole illustrates this – a going within self; into the unconscious; the womb; attempting to escape from problems by turning within. Going into a rabbit hole could also suggest sexual intercourse. See: unconscious.
Rabbit in your garden: A quiet attack on your resources or personal growth; also may connect with the general definitions above.
EXAMPLE: Then they brought in a white rabbit, and thrust its eyes through with heated irons. And as I gazed, the rabbit seemed to me like a tiny infant, with human face, and hands which stretched themselves towards me in appeal, and lips which sought to cry for help in human accents. And I could bear no more, but broke forth into a bitter rain of tear. Anna Kingsford, From Dreams and Dream-Stories.
EXAMPLE: The nightmares returned – one terrible one in February 1896 about a tramp, seen holding over a well ‘washing, but with a kind of amused tenderness, an object that I thought was a rabbit, but I presently saw that it was a small deformed hairy child, with a curious lower jaw, very shallow: over the face it had a kind of horny carapace. . . made of some material resembling pottery. ….. The horror of it exceeded all belief.’ A. C. Benson, quoted in David Newsome, On the Edge of Paradise.
These two examples show how our dream process links the vulnerability of rabbits with childhood or children, and our own vulnerability and human pain.
Useful questions are and hints:
What part or role in my dream is my rabbit playing?
Can you put words to it?
If the dream rabbit is vulnerable what vulnerability in me is this reflecting?
If the rabbit transforms into something stronger in what way am I myself changing?
If I stand in the role of rabbit what do I feel? (For help doing this see Stand in Role under peer dream work.