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.

First we must consider the meaning of the symbols individually before deciding on the meaning of the overall cross.

The Libra symbol contains the key to the cross.  The sea captain, someone who is in charge of a ship, is retired - that is, the controlling or highly influential aspect of the psyche is put to rest.  He is released from societal obligations.

The Cancerian germ grows according to an unconscious programme - it does not control its own growth, it proceeds naturally without limitation.

The Arian prim spinsters have chosen not to marry (the definition of a spinster) and find company with each other.  The prim-ness 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 wants to grow (Cancer).  Each spinster reinforces the other, maintaining their restrictive conduct.  They contrast with the germ by seeming barren.

The Capricornian girl is bathing, cleansing, in a stealthy way. This symbol is interesting because "in the nude" is redundant - who bathes with their clothes on?  There is a focus on the nudity. According to dreammoods.com nakedness indicates a feeling of exposure and vulnerability, and bathing is about "a cleansing of your outer and inner self. You are washing away the difficult times. This dream may also be symbolic of ridding yourself of old ideas, notions, opinions, and other negativities. Your dream may be pointing toward forgiveness and letting go." That she is bathing surreptitiously, wanting to hide her naked body, might indicate a sense of shame, or simply not wanting to feel exposed.   The Capricorn symbol could be an analogy of self-help where people want to heal themselves without exposing themselves to others.  Her body has matured or is maturing and she just wants to take care of it herself, or like teenagers she may be self-conscious about bodily changes and reluctant to reveal herself to others. 

The girl bathing contrasts with the Libran sea captain who is "at home" in water, is experienced in life and freed from work.  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 girl is possessive/protective of her body; the germ achieves growth unlimited; the spinsters have inhibited attitudes; the experienced captain retired and in decline.

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