In Greek and Roman myth , hares were associated with Artemis , goddess of wild places and the hunt and hares were not to be killed, but left to her protection . Ref : The Symbolism of Rabbits and Hares Terri Wilding .
The myth of the Moon Gazing Hare reflects ancient beliefs. Pagans believed that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new-beginnings and good fortune. The hare is known to be sacred to the goddess Eostre.