Capricorn 13-14 An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite

<tt>Qajari relief via Wikimedia Commons</tt>

Qajari relief via Wikimedia Commons

My daughter has her North node on this degree, and I have yet to understand what this means, however I thought I would make an attempt at describing the impression this symbol makes on me, and in respect to its 13-14 Capricorn/ Aries/ Cancer/ Libra cross.

Bas-relief refers to a sculptural technique where a sculpture is still attached to a background, and in this case, the sculptured elements have a low depth. As the symbol is a form of ancient art captured in granite (an extremely hard rock that withstands a lot of weathering), the idea of Legacy is foremost.

For Aries 13-14 A Serpent Coiling Near A Man And A Woman, we know that snakes coil into a spiral as a defence when resting or when threatened they coil into a ball to protect their head. The 'coiling' that occurs before striking looks more like a "pleating" of their bodies. For this symbol I feel the energy of the snake is more passive rather than striking. Snakes also mean transmutation as they shed and grow new skin. In dreams they indicate change.

For Cancer 13-14 A Very Old Man Facing A Vast Dark Space To The Northeast the image contrasts a man's age (what is behind him, a large distance given his age) with the future, that due to a lack of light, implies mystery. According to this site, the northeast is surcharged with divine energies. Compared to this degree, the bas-relief provides a concrete and comforting foundation, or a helpful signpost, although a very old man probably has the inner resources to face that dark space.

For Libra 13-14 A Noon Siesta the symbol seems obvious and fits with the theme of the cross which seems to be very static and passive.

The challenge for me is that I have tended to interpret symbols on their cross as energies moving between them, however in this case, the energy feels static! So it is difficult to think of how one symbol evolves into the other.

I can only speculate, so please feel free to disagree.

Lets start with the coiling snake - and the biblical reference of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The snake helped change the consciousness of the two humans, and its work done, has coiled in self-protection or rest. Similarly the Cancerian old man has lived a long life but looking ahead rather than behind, in seeming stasis. The noon siesta is the break in the middle of the day one needs to be able to deal with the rest of the day, having survived the first half of the day, which I feel could be similar to the energy of the Cancerian old man. The bas-relief is the finished work of art completed in that second part of the day, that now stands as a legacy, a communication from the past to the present that events existed, and now at rest, like the snake, who is part of history-making events.

Moving in the other direction, I might describe the symbols as a challenge coming from the bas relief:
Will you learn from our recorded events and stories (Capricorn), and bask in the full sun of the present (Libra), briefly resting on the laurels and hard work of ancestors that gave your this current life(style), before looking toward the future with your own experiences behind you (Cancer), to effect change in others (Aries) as your legacy?


Does any part of the symbol resonate with you?

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Mar 02, 2017
The cross relates to ancient rites?
by: Pam

These degrees could also relate to ancient rites: bas-relief, snake coils, and the north-east direction. The northeast is where Sirius is, and Sirius is at this exact Cancer degree; the star that the masons, philosophers, Hopi Indians refer to; the sun-god Ra is Sirius. And the North Star - which is also the blue star i the north-east that Pinocchio wishes on (and his author was in the philosophical society.
Sirius shines down the central part of the Great Pyramid in July at 14 degrees of Cancer, which is a sense of both Capricorn and Cancer degrees meeting.
There is also the Dendera zodiac which is an Egyptian bas-relief from the ceiling of a chapel dedicated to Osiris, among many examples of bas-relief.
This cross is quite arcane!

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