The cross has pairs: Aries’ unsuccessful explosion suggests the fallout was not as expected, and Libra’s soap bubbles are a delight before they pop. Cancer’s flexed hand—as if to receive—has a prominent thumb indicating dominance, that is, receiving on one's own terms or a power dynamic where a giver surrenders to the receiver, and Capricorn’s fire worshipper submits themselves to the fire deity.
In my experience of the cross, Aries’ explosion triggers the other symbols. I asked my Mother-in-law not to visit in the mornings after night-shift, as dealing with her negativity first thing in my morning was no longer sustainable. She continued to do the morning drop in, which is the Unsuccessful part of Aries’ bomb dropped on her. In rage at the disrespect, I burnt the bridges between us (Capricorn) and I learned to respect my own feelings and boundaries thereafter; respecting the fires of anger I wrongfully repressed to tolerate trespassing my boundaries. Since then, my in-laws have not trespassed my boundaries. After the drama, I am determined that my children and I have fun (Libra), away from that part of the family tree. I feel happier having dropped obligations to my in-laws, saving energy I would have wasted in caring what they think. We travel more and have exciting experiences because I feel freer and the best revenge is a life lived well.
I recently asked for a babysitting favor from my Father-in-law, stressing no obligation to help me; he should only help me if he wants to. I ensured there were no ‘strings attached’, and I intend not to feel obligated to him if I receive his help (Cancer). I also have other options if he doesn't help me. Cancer’s symbol is proof of my self-respect and that I receive cautiously rather than over-gratefully. Capricorn's fire and Cancer's thumb are connected via the theme of self-respect: "I must enforce my boundaries (allowing X and refusing Y) because if I don't, the fire-dragon inside me will destroy everything. When I say No, it is out of respect for that fire-dragon, rather than selfishness".
Now, knowing that repressed feelings create unsuccessful bombs (Aries) and burnt bridges (Capricorn), I am careful to respect and listen to my inner fire (Capricorn) and boundaries. I am clear to others about those boundaries (Cancer) because whatever the fallout (Aries, Capricorn) I have a clear conscience and permit myself joy (Libra).
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