The hare symbolizes the moon, as it sleeps during the day and is active at night. It is also closely related to mother Earth, as it's highly fertile. Because of its voracious sexual appetite, the hare was considered the favorite animal of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. In medieval Europe, people thought that hares, as well as cats, were witches' familiars. People believed that witches could turn themselves into hares whenever they wished to harm others. Consequently, it was considered bad luck if a hare crossed your path. The custom of carrying a "lucky" rabbit's foot began at this time, as people believed they would avert witches' spells. The hare, or rabbit, is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac. Because the rabbit breeds so prolifically, the rabbit symbolizes fertility, sexuality, and rapid increase. To dream of rabbits or hares is a sign that whatever is important to you will progress rapidly in the near future. You'll be able to avert potential danger and remain focused on your goal. Rabbits and hares are also a sign that you need to make more use of your intuition, as well as your imagination and creativity. If you catch a hare or rabbit in your dream, you'll win something of value. Conversely, if a hare or rabbit escapes from you, you'll lose something of value. Dreaming of a pet rabbit is a sign that you want to be appreciated, cared for, and loved.