23-24 Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn cross

  • Aries: An Open Window And A Net Curtain Blowing Into A Cornucopia.
  • Cancer: A Woman And Two Men On A Bit Of Sunlit Land

                    Facing South.

  • Libra: A Third Wing On The Left Side Of A Butterfly.

  • Capricorn: A Woman Entering A Convent.


Capricorn’s symbol shows a woman entering a religious, female community but in Cancer’s symbol she keeps company with men.  Cancer's south direction means many things, but here I will keep it simple: fire, passion and physicality (https://www.buildingbeautifulsouls.com/symbols-meanings/cardinal-directions/cardinal-direction-south-symbolism-meaning/).
How does either woman transition to the opposite situation? What would be their motivation?

Aries’ symbol recalls the myth of baby god Zeus fed milk from a goat whose horn broke.  The horn then had the power to provide unending nourishment and became the cornucopia.  Did you know that the original biodynamic farmer, Rudolf Steiner, would bury a horn filled with crystals to make the soil fertile?

Libra’s symbol refers to transformation (from caterpillar to butterfly) and the left side means receiving, or the past, or a significant female (or your feminine side). If we choose to interpret the extra left wing as ‘femaleness’, Libra’s butterfly has two left (female side) wings and one right (male side) wing, so we go from one woman (Cancer), to two (Libra), to many (Capricorn) as an illusion of abundance (Aries).

Aries’ and Libra’s symbols appear to make sense as a motivation for a Cancer-Capricorn transition: Aries’ promise of abundance or ‘nourishment’ (spiritual or earthly satisfaction), versus Libra’s transformation of feminine ideals (Capricorn’s marriage to God or Cancer’s earthly partnership—and this doesn't have to be sexual) change in what to receive or accept (men and physicality in Cancer, or women and God in Capricorn) past (lives?), then choosing something different.

 I read the memoir of a Buddhist monk (Open Heart, Open Mind by Tsoknyi Rinpoche) believed to be the reincarnation of a great Buddhist teacher, however in this life he has too much energy and a strong interest in women to go back to the monk he had been for lifetimes. In this life he learns about having a family, patience with children, and living with a wife. These are experiences that deepen the wisdom of his ageless soul.

Another aspect of this cross is the tension between difference and belonging. The woman enters the convent—is she the new girl trying to fit in? Similarly, what is it like being the only woman on the sunlit land, or a butterfly with an extra wing.  Aries’ cornucopia resolves these symbols by saying that as awkward as we may feel about whether we belong, we have potential to bring nourishment and abundance to others as we are the ‘breath of fresh air’. The group needs our difference.  Similarly, different choices (Cancer or Capricorn) bring us the fresh air we need.



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