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.
The dog is a symbol of loyalty, friendship, and trust. This may indicate your very best friend in the whole world, or at the very least someone extremely close to you. This may even be your romantic partner, spouse, or someone else you’re extremely intimate with. The color most often associated with the dog card is brown
The dog card may also indicate that you need to handle a trying or stressful situation in a better way. Dogs are always loyal and trusting but they don’t cast judgement on others, they aren’t rude or aggressive generally without reason. There’s a children’s story about a man who comes home from work, he’s had a horrible day and as soon as he walks through the door of his home, he takes his anger out on his wife, who has done nothing wrong and is therefore upset about the way the husband has treated her. She takes out her anger by being rude to the oldest child, and criticizing her for something she did a week prior. The oldest child is upset because the mom unfairly punished her, and then punches the youngest child for no reason. The little boy cries about the abuse, when the family dog approaches him to say hello, and he therefore kicks the dog. The dog immediately jumps on the boy and gives him love and affection. While everyone else took out their anger on the next smallest thing, the dog didn’t even hesitate before returning to the boy and licking the child in the face. Dogs are optimistic creatures and are steadfastly loyal, no matter what the consequences to them. Dogs are tried and true and continue on their steady path regardless of what is going on around them.
Because the Cross can refer to a burden or the decision to take on a new responsibility, and the Dog referring to loyalty and trust, these two cards together could mean that you are being faced with a new responsibility or job that holds high expectations. This could be at your place of work or it could be in a personal relationship. The Cross indicates that the responsibility is one that comes with a lot of burden or careful thought. You will feel like others are really counting on you to do the job or take on this responsibility. The dog indicates how you feel about this situation. It can refer to how others trust in your or how you trust in yourself to do what it takes and follow things through.
The Cross is represented by the number 36, and the Dog is represented by the number 18. When we combine them we get the number 56. Since 56 is not a single digit we then add 5 + 6 to get the number 11. We then again add 1 + 1 to get 2.
The number two can represent two people, like luck in love. It may also be used to indicate the month of February, the day of 2 or 20 or 22, or the time of 2 o’clock or 2:22, more specifically. It is not surprising that 2 is the month that is luckiest for two people in love, which holds the holiday of Valentine’s Day. Two can mean a pair, and can literally refer to cards and poker, but less literally be addressing the time frame of upcoming luck, or that your riches will double. Two may also be related to your lucky number. Do you know what your lucky numbers are? In a simple way, most people believe that their lucky numbers will bring them riches through a literal sense, and most likely through gambling. These people may try to play the number on a roulette wheel, buy a lottery ticket with the lucky number, or make a bet on an athlete or race horse wearing the number. However, the lucky numbers divined for you can and should be taken much further. You can use these numbers for your wedding date, grand opening date for your business, even as some form of your new home address. You can use your lucky number as a number, or can convert the number to a letter - for example, 2 would refer to the letter B. You can make sure to pump only your lucky number of gas, for example, as well, like $22.22, to increase your fortune on the road.
In the case of this card combination and the number 2, it is likely that the responsibility will be something directly involving a personal relationship between you and one other person. This could be that you decided to take on some responsibility in order to unburden or help someone else in need. The number 2 may suggest that this is more of a personal agreement between the two of you and less likely that it is an appointment from a superior at your place of work.
Think about what you can do to help those in your life who are having a tough time. This could even be an impromptu phone call or spending some quality time with someone close to you. If you are feeling burdened yourself, spending time with loved ones will put things into perspective for you and you will remember the things that are most important to your life. The number 2 is a very lucky number so keep that positive thought in your mind. Remember to wake up each day with your best foot forward and do not be afraid to take on a new task or burden because you will benefit twice over by helping someone in need.
“I accept that there will be some new responsibility presented to me and I know that I am the best choice for the job. The people around me see me as trustworthy and loyal. If I know there is someone in my life who needs a helping hand, I will see to it that I offer my help. I know what is important in life and I will invest my energy in keeping those important things healthy.” Say this in the mirror every morning this week.