17-18 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: An Empty Hammock.
  • Cancer: A Hen Scratching For Her Chicks.
  • Libra: Two Men Placed Under Arrest.

  • Capricorn: The Union Jack.


A hen scratches for her chicks to teach them how to get their food.  Once the chicks learn to scratch for themselves, the hen will peck them on the head if they clamor for her to scratch for them again.  The mother chicken teaches the chicks survival and independence—a very good mother!  Cancer’s symbol resonates with Aries’ empty hammock in that work is implied, not rest.

Alternatively, since the hammock is the subject of the symbol, an item that invites rest, Aries also pairs with Libra’s arrest—the two men imprisoned, unable to do anything.  This connection is slim though, as Aries' empty hammock (busy-ness) seems in opposition to Libra's arrest (stopping).

Capricorn’s symbol is about territory, proud nationalism and defining what is yours and what is mine.  According to Wikipedia the flag once symbolized unity.  “The origins of the earlier flag of Great Britain date back to 1606. James VI of Scotland had inherited the English and Irish thrones in 1603 as James I, thereby uniting the crowns of England, Scotland, and Ireland in a personal union, although the three kingdoms remained separate states”  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Jack).

In the context of Cancer’s symbol, the Union Jack is an extension of loyalty to the tribe—the love and responsibility for the family (Cancer) extends to one's country (Capricorn).

Libra’s symbol also pairs with the Union Jack as the both symbols imply law: the governing institution weeding out the undesirables, protecting society.  In a completely different sense, the two men arrested (Libra) are united (Capricorn) in their common situation.

The cross clearly has many layers and the connections between symbols are ambiguous.  What does project is the theme of abnegating the self (an empty hammock, two men under arrest) in deference to the duties and responsibilities required by family or country.  While the hen works today (Aries and Cancer), she will one day stop for the greater good (Libra)—peck her chicks on the head, not as punishment but for discipline—so that her flock succeeds as a tribe (Capricorn) continuing their work (Aries) giving her one less job to do!

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