we all herd of the phrase “down the rabbit hole”. but what can some of symbolism be? 2 holes or a gate. one possible explanation could be, The mouth and rectum . things enter and pass, A gate that can allow one to pass or enter, The ear and Eye. I know in pushing the limit of metaphorical comparisons. Traditionally, rabbits are associated with fertility, sentiment, desire, and procreation. Rabbit meanings are also closely linked to the seasons, the changes of Mother Earth, and specifically Springtime. Have you ever heard the term “madder than a March hare?”. In Buddhist culture, it is said that the Buddha, disguised as a hare, threw himself in a fire as sacrifice to the god Indra. His reward was to live an eternal life as the moon.
The ancient Mayans thought the moon’s change of phase resembled the motion of a jumping rabbit. . If you’ve held a rabbit, you know their hearts beat very fast and hence they are often associated with people who have highly sensitive, extremely alert, and very cautious personalities. Luck and Knowledge are associated as well with the Rabbit. Down the Rabbit hole is often seen as meaning, deep search of knowledge. It could in my opinion by seen and linked to ancient “Star-Gates”
The snail is the steady-as-she-goes symbol of nature. Slowly but surely, the snail gets to her destination, and this can be a prime point in snail , especially if you want to convey steadyprogress on your life-path.
Snail shells are typically spiral in nature. Spirals are symbolic of expanding consciousness. Alternatively, spirals can also imply a process of going within (spiraling inward) to seek inner consciousness for answers.
Snail tattoo ideas can represent awareness, and an ability to effectively interpret dreams and unorthodox realities. This is because of the snails antennae which are hugely exploratory. Further, the entire body of the snail is a sensory tool. This is symbolic of experiencing reality via uncommon sensory perception.
The snail is also a lunar creature. Aboriginal cultures observed the snails abilityto hide itself within its shell, or reveal itself. This behavior is likened to the waxing and waning of the moon (revealing, and concealing). Similarly, the snail shares themes of progress, cycles, and fertility with the moon too.