19-20 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: A Young Girl Feeding Birds In Winter.
  • Cancer: Gondoliers In A Serenade.
  • Libra: A Jewish Rabbi.

  • Capricorn: A Hidden Choir Singing.

Aries' birds are messengers from spirit (dreammoods.com), so a young girl feeding them in winter represents feeding her own spiritual growth. Winter represents a time for rest and contemplation, or a time when survival is harder, so we turn to spirituality or emotional growth to cope. Her youth indicates vulnerability and innocence, still new to the world.

Cancer’s gondoliers sing on boats, which represent floating above our emotional drama, safe and dry (dreammoods.com). We use the water for transport rather than drown in it. The gondoliers sing, express and share their love or joy, which is how I feel when I have had an epiphany or mastered some aspect of my emotional self.

Libra’s Jewish Rabbi, identified with their spirituality as a primary self and attained spiritual ‘rank’, acts as advisor, consultant or mediator between God and human. They are overt in their spirituality.

Contrasting Libra's overtness is Capricorn’s hidden choir.  Spirituality is hidden (unlike Cancer and Libra), which could suggest integration into the whole person, without any over-identification. There is a direct line of communication between an individual and their guidance, while they conduct their business with all that is earthly and practical. They are simply ‘in tune’ with the universe.  Both Cancer and Capricorn sing—the former describing our emotional state, the latter our spiritual state.

I read that the block to enlightenment for the rest of us is that we don't meditate, but the block to enlightenment for monks is that they do! This cross illustrates that as well. During our spiritual practice, we may focus on other matters. What looks like a ‘turning away’ or break from spirituality is just another step in the spiritual process, to apply what we have learned to the physical medium that we inhabit.  In fact, our spiritual learning integrated into our cellular memory as we have ‘shifted’.

To move forward we cannot keep doing the same thing we have always done, no matter how noble the activity may seem. We are creatures of evolution. Buddha asked his disciples: if they took a raft to an island, would they then carry that raft everywhere they went on the island? Of course not.  It's the same with reaching enlightenment—we get there by some means, but once we arrive, we must use another way of navigating this new place we inhabit.  We then arrive once again at Aries, feeding spirit on a new level, glorying (Cancer) then achieving spiritual authority of that space (Libra).

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