Carrying a rabbit's foot as a charm is supposed to bring exceptionally good luck (although the rabbit it belonged to was obviously not so fortunate). Rabbits and hares were associated with witchcraft, since a witch's familiar (or spirit agent) could supposedly take such a form. Just as it is said that a black cat crossing one's path is unlucky, a rabbit passing in front of a person is held to be fortunate (although one passing behind is another matter).
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