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.

When a hen scratches for her chicks, it is to teach them how to get their food.  Once the hen thinks the chicks are able to scratch for themselves, the hen will peck them on the head if they clamour to get her to scratch for them again.  The mother chicken teaches the chicks survival and independence - a very good mother!  The Cancer symbol resonates with the Aries empty hammock in that work is implied, not rest.

On the other hand, since the hammock is the subject of the symbol, an item that invites rest, the symbol also resonates with the Libra symbol of arrest - ie the two men were stopped, imprisoned, unable to do anything.

The Capricorn symbol may be about territory, proud nationalism and defining what is yours and what is mine.   According to Wikipedia the origins of the flag were about 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 the Cancer symbol, the Union Jack is an extension of loyalty to the tribe - the love and responsibility for the family is extended to one's country.

The Libra symbol can also resonate with the Capricorn Union Jack in that the law is implied in both symbols - the governing institution weeding out the undesirables, protecting society. In a completely different sense, the two men arrested are united 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 is working today (Cancer), she will one day stop (Libra) - peck her chicks on the head - so that her flock succeeds in confidence, independence and survive to flourish (Capricorn) which requires the chicks to practise work, having the idea that they will retire one day too (Aries).

In the other direction the cross could boil down to: Unity (Capricorn) provides protection (Libra) for the future (Cancer), tirelessly (Aries).

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