16-17 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: Two Prim Spinsters.
  • Cancer: The Germ Grows Into Knowledge And Life.
  • Libra: A Retired Sea Captain.
  • Capricorn: A Girl Surreptitiously Bathing In The Nude.

Libra’s symbol is the key to the cross.  The sea captain, in charge of a ship, retired—representing the controlling aspect of the psyche is at rest, released from work obligations.

Cancer’s germ grows according to an unconscious program; it does not control its own growth; it proceeds naturally without limitation.

Aries’ prim spinsters have chosen not to marry (the definition of a spinster) and find company with each other.  The primness is a literal ‘buttoning-up’ and propriety, a stiff neatness of polite society, where the spinster wants to keep to herself—or repressed—the sexuality that otherwise wants to grow (Cancer).  Each spinster reinforces the other, maintaining their restrictive conduct.  They contrast with the germ and seem barren.

Capricorn’s girl bathes, cleansing secretly. This symbol is interesting because ‘in the nude’ is redundant—who bathes with their clothes on?  But the symbol focuses on nudity. According to dream theory, nakedness denotes feeling exposed and vulnerable.  Bathing represents "a cleansing of your outer and inner self. You are washing away the difficult times...symbolic of ridding yourself of old ideas, notions, opinions, and other negativities...[and] may be pointing toward forgiveness and letting go" (dreammoods.com). That she bathes, hiding her naked body, could indicate shame, or simply that she desires avoiding exposure.  Some people are only comfortable with private personal development or want to heal themselves without exposing themselves to others.  Her body matures and she wants to take care of it herself, like teenagers self-conscious about bodily changes and reluctant to reveal themselves. 

Capricorn's refuge in bathing connects with Libra’s sea captain who is ‘at home’ in water, though contrasts with his experience in life.  He does not need to maintain like the spinsters do their prim-ness or the girl does the secrecy of her bathing.  He has given his best in life and now is free for peace and rest.

 The cross could represent the different attitudes and stages of maturation: the semi-inhibited stage where Capricorn’s girl is possessive or protective of her body; the germ is uninhibited in growth; the spinsters have inhibited attitudes, preventing the growth of their sexuality; the experienced captain retired and in decline.

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