The initial impression of this cross is best described by Taurus' symbol—to be rewarded with clover, one must climb the steps that lead there—so the cross describes what one must do for reward. Leo’s woman updates her look for self-confidence, Scorpio’s community builds a house for shelter, Aquarius’ deserter leaves the navy to find freedom. Each symbol also contains a change or transition: steps, haircut, raising, leaving.
Focussing on Aquarius’ symbol: for someone to desert the tribe—the navy being an institution that defends a territory by sea (metaphor for emotions)—the consequences must be worse to stay than to leave. The deserter feels there is limited choice: stay and die (physically or emotionally) or leave and find life on one's own terms. The navy views the deserter negatively—not part of the team, disloyal—but isn’t the team stronger without the ‘disloyal’ member anyway?
Scorpio’s symbol implies a community undertaking to build a shelter—in pioneer towns everyone puts in the sweat equity to build all the homes required. The symbol’s implied community could be any size, at minimum consisting of family and a friend or neighbour. Alternatively, ‘house’ could mean family, where the family is raised, growing up, or in social standing. Houses provide both shelter and safety, physically and socially.
Leo’s bob cut could describe: updating the self, getting out of a ‘hairy’ situation (resonating with Aquarius' deserter) or getting people out of your ‘hair’ (dreammoods.com.au).
The cross on closer inspection describes our needs: freedom (Aquarius), food (Taurus—for the bull), self-esteem (Leo), and shelter (Scorpio).
The ideas of leaving a community (Aquarius) and having one (Scorpio) seem to oppose in the cross, as do the idea of blooming clover (Taurus) and cutting growth (Leo’s bob). The cross seems to bring these opposing pairs to show that clearing away (Leo and Aquarius) is necessary for new or further growth (Taurus and Scorpio), like pruning a garden and getting rid of dead wood to prepare for new life. In terms of a journey, deserting a tribe (Aquarius) is like cropping unwanted hair (Leo), to focus on and raise yourself and loved ones (Scorpio) and thrive (Taurus).
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