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Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit; Hare, Hare, Hare

Does anyone else know this particular superstition?

I learned it from my I've-got-idealism-cred-'cause-I-was-at-Woodstock third grade teacher. From the age of eight to something like fourteen, I'd follow it, for all intents and purposes religiously. If it had been a bad month, I'd say it because I didn't want the next month to be worse. If it was a good month, I'd say it because I'd want this month to be just as good or better. It was a great lesson in the learning of spiritual blackmail and the persistence of fear-driven religious exercises.

What am I talking about? It's the superstition that if you say "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" just before going to bed on the last day of the month, and "hare, hare, hare" upon waking in the new month, you'll have good luck all month long.

Now, let me get out my Tibetan prayer flag garland and attach it to the fan for the endless generation of merit.

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intertribal
Oct. 2nd, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
What Would Dale Cooper Do is my guideline in situations like this.
barry_king
Oct. 3rd, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... Pie.
acwise
Oct. 2nd, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
I think the version I knew (and occasionallt practiced) involved saying rabbit, rabbit, rabbit on the first of the month. You also had to say it to someone first, before they could say it to you. I don't believe there were any hares involved.
barry_king
Oct. 3rd, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Aha. It does exist. I had been under the impression that she made it up whole cloth!
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