Everyone has their Cross to bear and, in Lenormand, it is quite a heavy one. Along with the Clouds, it is the most challenging symbol in the deck. Derived from the the cross Christ had to carry on his road to Calvary and on which he was to be crucified, it is the grin-and-bear-it kind of card. Since the entire fortune-telling system we are dealing with comes from a heavily Christian late 18th / early 19th century background, it is precisely this sort of connotations that remain the strongest for this particular card. It is a picture of great difficulties, sacrifice, redemption, or nothing but a cruel punishment carrying with it suffering, endless ordeals and limitations.
On the other hand (and on a less frightening note), it can stand for faith, be it Christian or of any other religious path. Next to the Tower, it is likely to represent a church or a temple. If it finds itself clustered with Coffin and Scythe, it can foretell pretty grave health issues so – beware. Its influence comes sooner than you’d like but stays for a long, long time.