Your strongest desires show you who you really are.
The first impression of the cross is that of Yearning, self-evident in Aries’ symbol. The other symbols refine this theme.
While at Aries' gate, we only need to step through, however Cancer’s woman waits for the sailboat to come to her. The water is a metaphor for emotions—is she surrounded by her own desires and yearnings? What does she want to be rescued from? Will her ship come in? Is she patient enough to bear her life without the thing she wants?
The answer is in Libra’s symbol: finding small comfort and refreshment. The scale of water is much smaller than in Cancer. Birds are a metaphor for spirit, (dreammoods.com) and the child a metaphor for innocence, so the child offering a drink is to satisfy our souls with something that will slake the thirst, even as we wish for something bigger. That is, to content the self with small things, and be grateful for needs met, if not wants. Birds drinking means appeasing our spiritual side—a little taste takes the edge off our desires, because we learn that we don't really want the thing, or it confirms our wanting and satisfies it somewhat.
Capricorn’s general is a person high up in the military who is privy to the strategy, total resources, and desires of those in power. The general sees the bigger picture, even so far as to understand that in life we do not always get what we want—such as victory—but gracefully accepts because there are other things to look forward to, such as peace-time. While the specific outcome isn't exactly as desired, at least the war is over.
The cross therefore describes the journey of our wants—anything we want is possible (Aries), but how long are you willing to wait (Cancer)? When waiting becomes unbearable, can you content yourself with something smaller (Libra)? Or do you realize you don’t want it any more (Libra to Capricorn) or that your life is fine without it (Capricorn) or for the greater good? Is there something else you want instead (Aries)?
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