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Lepus

Hare
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Lepus, the Hare, is a small constellation that is located directly below Orion. The Night Sky Observer’s Guide suggests that Lepus was changed from a bird into a hare by the Wiccan goddess of spring Ostara. Once a year, at the Vernal Equinox, the hare was again allowed to lay eggs. This is thought to be the origin of the custom of Easter eggs. The Greek said that Lepus was near to its hunter Orion and was eternally running from Orion’s dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor who chased their prey across the sky. Other stories indicate the Lepus sets in fear when Corvus the Crow and Aquila the Eagle are rising.