05-06 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: A Square Brightly Lighted On One Side.
  • Cancer: Game Birds Feathering Their Nests.
  • Libra: The Ideals Of A Man Abundantly Crystallized.

  • Capricorn: A Dark Archway And Ten Logs At The Bottom.

The cross describes the processes for discovering our essential beliefs. 

Aries’ square shows how one side—of ourselves or a situation—is brightly lit; highly visible.  The square represents solidity and stability (dreammoods.com) and lit up implies ‘what you see is what you get’; nothing to hide.  The other sides are less lit, but the bright light on one side still illuminates the others.

Cancer’s game birds demonstrate the irony that while they are feathering their nests, surely someone will hunt these birds to ‘feather the nest’ of the hunter.  ‘Feathering the nest’ is an old phrase describing making oneself more comfortable but not necessarily in an ethical or transparent way—with a sense of sneakiness; not wanting to reveal to others what you have gained for yourself.

Libra’s symbol indicates that what you believe is what will manifest to you, for example if you are determined to feather your nest, then you can only expect in your reality that other people will feather their own nests and it may be your feathers that they use.  The ideals are crystallised, that is, they find physical form, the blessing of which is to show you what your beliefs are.  The world mirrors you so you can see yourself.

Capricorn’s symbol, in seeming opposition to Aries’ bright light but resonant with the non-lit sides of the square, points to the subconscious—that we may not even be aware of these beliefs because they are from a very deep and early place; these beliefs are not necessarily obvious to us (as for Aries).  We can, however, be brave enough to enter the darkness and examine them.  The ten logs are an indicator of abundance—the number ten representing the culmination in tarot of the suit—which resonates with Libra’s abundantly crystallised ideals.  Capricorn’s darkness can represent the hidden agendas and vectors of a situation, while the logs represent their access like steps, or felled trees that consequently make a clearing.  In the cross, it seems that anything hidden is accessible.

One example of this cross is action is:  someone gives you an inside stock tip which you believe because of their reputation (Aries), so you go ahead and buy shares (Cancer), when perhaps you should examine why they would share their stock tip with you, or what they would gain from telling you, or why you invest in their story so much and act on it (Capricorn).  You could examine these, or just let the outcome show you (Libra).

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