Let's start analysing the cross with Aries - is the serpent coiling to sleep or to strike? If to sleep, it resonates with the opposite Libran noon siesta. The serpent represents transmutation due to the shedding of skin; change, regeneration. It could symbolise the primal Kundalini energy that is said to originate at the base of the spine, a form of spiritual and energetic awakening that feels like electricity.
In the context of the Cancer symbol, where an old man who has lived a long time, sees yet infinite nothingness ahead, the Aries symbol represents how our lives are ephemeral and all is temporary, considering the endlessness of the universe.
The Libran siesta when the sun is highest in the sky can represent bodily circadian rhythms that ebb and flow, or the symbol represents a temporary rest.
Finally the bas-relief is the only symbol of permanence - like an "I was here" carving, just as stone is used for graves to mark a life lived.
The theme of the cross could simply be Meditation, Quiet, Nothingness, Rest.
Yet if the snake coiling represents Kundalini energy, the cross has halves: meditation bringing energy in Aries and the necessary state of physical rest in Libra; the Cancer long view into the future and the Capricorn long view back to the past. With this lens, the cross represents the timelessness of life - that there is never a true death; energy from the past still exists today and will continue to exist in the future, and that in the present that energy moves in rhythms and spirals.
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