07-08 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries:A Large Hat With Streamers Flying, Facing East.
  • Cancer: Rabbits Dressed In Clothes And On Parade.
  • Libra: A Blazing Fireplace In A Deserted Home.
  • Capricorn: Birds In The House Singing Happily.

In Aries’ symbol, the hat faces east where the wind blows from the direction of sunrise, hence the flying streamers.  The hat represents a role we play in life (dreammoods.com), and the wind brings fresh air.  The hat could represent a receptacle for catching new ideas.

 Cancer’s rabbits indicate fertility and fear according to Native American stories (Carson & Sams, 1999).  The rabbits are dressed up for display—playing a character similar to Aries’ hats and roles—and could represent initial discomfort and vulnerability.  The hope is that we can ‘fake it 'til we make it’.  Further, life is a passing parade; nothing ever stays in the one place, resonating with Libra's deserted home.

Libra's blazing fireplace indicates cosiness and welcome for whoever belongs there—the returning owner or a visitor who has finally found ‘home’.  The fire also represents passion that awaits, similar to Aries' rabbits’ fertility— in ideas, creativity or sexuality.

Libra’s and Capricorn’s symbols involve houses, which in dream theory represent the self and the soul (dreammoods.com).  Capricorn’s birds represent spirit and so Capricorn's symbol represents the spirit happy at home in the self, promising a happy ending for Cancer's costume parade and Aries' new roles or ideas.

In summary: the cross describes us wanting to try something new (Aries) and in so doing, despite the initial fear and discomfort, we are not alone (Cancer), developing a sense of belonging and passion (Libra) for our new life, becoming more comfortable in our new skin (Cancer to Libra) that we are learning to inhabit (Libra and Capricorn).

The cross is an analogy for how we can wander, with or without feeling lost, until we find whatever ignites us, and there we create home.

Carson, D. & Sams, J. (1999). Medicine Cards.  New York, United States: St Martin's Press.

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