Cross & Scythe

Cross and Scythe


#36 - Cross

The cross is one of the most simple, yet powerful symbols there is in this world. Symbolized as just a plus sign, sideways x, or high letter T, it’s a geometrical figure consisting of two intersecting lines or bars, that are perpendicular to each other. The cross is most often representative of Christianity. Jesus Christ carried the cross, suffered on the cross, and died on the cross, and for many the symbol of the cross is often related to that story. The cross can symbolize religion in general, it can symbolize a difficult time, like what Jesus had to go through in the story. It can symbolize making a terrible or hard decision, a sacrifice for others. It can simply symbolize suffering, sadness, pain, despair, regret, guilt. It can symbolize pain. Have you ever heard of the phrase “cross to bear?” A cross can symbolize a great burden, and something you do not want to deal with— but something that has been forced upon you

As a reading, that’s exactly what the cross card indicates— not necessarily that you will go through a death by execution but that you will face a sudden and heavy burden that is something you have to go through in this lifetime. It is not fair that the cards have been dealt to you but they are so you must prepare for them. Location wise, a cross can symbolize a church, holy place, sacred space, or altar, but it could also be symbolizing a crossroads or place where a decision must be made. It may also be the location for this large decision or action on your part. The timing of this is immediate. You will not get much warning, when this thing happens you will have to deal with it right away and you can not pawn it off to anyone else. It is your trial and tribulation, but you will feel much stronger for coming out of it on the other end. As it relates to color, the cross can be either represent black or white. There is no gray area when it comes to your quest for doing the right thing and being a good person. As it relates to health, the cross can be symbolic of the lower back or any of the parts of you that might hurt if you were carrying a literal burden or heavy cross to bear. A cross may also be indicative that something is going to happen regarding a volunteer, chaplain, paramedic, doctor, priest, or clergyman The cross will make you think about your life purpose.

In popular culture a cross is often worn by people who are faithful to their religion, or people who associate with Catholicism or Christianity. They may wear the crucifix, with Jesus affixed to the cross, or just a plain cross with nothing or no one attached to it. Crosses are very popular recently and have been put on everything from t-shirts to rings to socks. The word cross was first recorded in 10th century Old-English as “cros” and was used as a reference to Christ’s crucifixion. It was thought to have originated from the Latin word for crux, which was a gibbet where criminals were executed. This is also where the word excruciate comes from, as in “you are in excruciating pain.” Cross symbols have been drawn as early as prehistoric times, due to the simplicity of the design. There is speculation that the points of the cross represent the four elements (earth, wind, water, fire). In Egyptian, the cross is presented as an Ankh (it’s curved on top), which represents life. The sun cross was used in early European cultures, representing the spoked wheel of the Sun chariot, and even the Swastika originally had somewhat of a cross shape, because it was borrowed from the Buddhism sign for prosperity.

#10 The Scythe

The Scythe may indicate a removal or clean break from something. This could be the stoppage of a relationship, the termination of employment or an employee, or some kind of decision you made to cease action with someone going forward. It could also indicate some kind of break in the physical sense, like a broken bone, or a rip or tear with the skin. Scythe’s often bring up imagery of knives, scalpels, syringes, and sharp medical tools. It could also be describing a garden hoe, shovel, rake, or any other combination of sharp farm tools, and can be referring to their potential harvest. You can combine all of these meanings, for example, a scythe could mean that there will be a break or interruption in a farming harvest. It could also be something accidental in nature, particularly from windy or stormy weather, like lightning and thunder. The scythe is most commonly correlated with silver, and other metallic colors like the tools and weapons it represents. It can also remind us of fall or Autumn harvest colors. A scythe can also ascertain that you’re about to go through some kind of dental or medical procedure. It may be an injection, a biopsy, or some kind of extraction. Whatever the procedure, it definitely involves a long and sharp tool. The scythe is long, strong, and very unforgiving. It does not listen to emotion, only pure logical reason.

Cross & Scythe Pairing

Because the Cross can refer to a burden or a heavy responsibility, and the Scythe referring to a swift and clean break, these two cards together means that a responsibility or a volunteer venture that has felt like a heavy burden on you has or must come to an end. A clean break is due and your burden should be lifted.


The Cross is represented by the number 36, and the Scythe is represented by the number 10. When we combine them we get the number 46. Since 46 is not a single digit we then add 4 + 6 to get the number 10. We then again add 1 + 0 to get 1.

The Number 1

The number one is so important in our culture. It could have divine reference and be used to depict our Lord or God, depending on what religion we follow. It may symbolize the President, Governor, Mayor, or leader of a country or city. It may be a Principal, teacher, or educator, or some kind of boss. It may symbolize the head of a family, tribe, or community. In sports, number 1 is the very best and the team leader, or player that all other players strive to emulate. “One” can mean first, or best, or a combination of both. The alpha, the beginning. Surely, someone who is number one either has the ability to see the future, or is smart enough to have an idea that something is about to happen. In this case, number one likely refers to the fact that the problem or issue needing resolution will directly affect the person who is number one in your life, meaning yourself. It could also mean that the conflict will revolve around something very important to you. It might signify something that is happening quickly, or prominently in your life. Typically, the number one signifies one minute, one day, one week, one month, or even one year. It could even be trying to represent the month of January, the date 2021, or the time of 1:00PM. The number 1 can also be our expression number Have you ever heard of your expression number? This is a number that is derived from the letters of our full birth name, and reveals the talents, abilities and shortcomings you hold in this lifetime.

Action Items for Today

This is the right time to complete that task that has been a burden on you. A clean break means that stress will be relieved. Someone close to you has been waiting for this burden to end for you as well. Take time to talk things out with this person so that you feel good about this clean break. Use this time to meditate on your life situation and concentrate on a positive future outlook.


“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as I complete this venture that has been somewhat of a burden to me. I look forward to good things coming to my life. It is important to talk things out with the person in my life who has always supported me and my decisions so that I can effortlessly move past the burdens that once held me back.” Say this affirmation 2 to 3 times daily for the next week.

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