00-01 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: A Woman Has Risen Out Of The Ocean,

                 A Seal Is Embracing Her.

  • Cancer: A Furled And An Unfurled Flag Displayed From A Vessel.
  • Libra: A Butterfly Made Perfect By A Dart Through It.

  • Capricorn: An Indian Chief Demanding Recognition.

While investigating the Aries symbol, I came to the legend of the Seal-Woman, or the Selkie-folk which are part of Celtic folklore - specifically Irish so I'm told.

The selkies live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land (as part of a ritual). The stories are generally romantic tragedies where a selkie maiden only has contact with humans for a short time before going back to her true home, the sea. Often this means that children and/or a husband on land is left behind. Sometimes the selkie is going back to a sea-family that she was "kidnapped" from, once a man on land took her pelt and therefore made her his wife. Sometimes a selkie woman changes back into a seal to save her unwitting fisherman husband from drowning, but she cannot change back into a human, so they are thereafter separated anyway.

To me I wonder if the "embracing"seal is actually the seal pelt being taken off the underlying human form. There are many selkie stories, and if you have this symbol, then your story is another version again (you don't have to fit the myths that have already been told - we are all unique and having a unique time in our current lives).

 There are two entities, a woman and a seal, so the seal could be a pelt, or it could be another member of her seal "family" embracing her. Yes just a subtle difference, but it is up to YOU to feel what resonates.

The Selkie is shedding a skin to inhabit a human world, and the Aries symbol is focussed on the process of conscious transformation. The Libran butterfly refers to a something that has already finished its transformations - from caterpillar to butterfly at least, and now that it is pinned (in death by the way!) there are no more transformations. It is perfectly still, preserved, possibly even "complete" in terms of "finished".

The Cancerian symbol with the furled and unfurled signals, indicates an ambiguity resonant with the Aries woman/selkie identity.  There is still more to "unfurl", develop, or bloom/grow. If the vessel refers to a sea-going ship,  flags are for identification and signalling to other boats. In a variation on the theme of identity, the Capricorn Chief is an obvious symbol of power, identity and ego. The Chief is demanding that we see him as the rightful leader.

All the elements of the cross have the theme of visual identity, and vary from Aries and Cancer transitions to Libra fixed and Capricorn imposing this identity on the tribe. In comparison to Capricorn, the Aries woman emerges, she is who she is without the need for validation. 

As we spiral upwards, we continue shedding skins (Aries), learning and experiencing ourselves within the home of ourselves (or with others in the same "boat" such as families - Cancer), until we have completed our transition (Libra) and demand to be seen as who we now are (Capricorn).

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