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14: Affluence

Supreme success! Like the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a person whose fortunes have turned for the better shines brightly now. At the core of this success lies unselfishness and modesty, as it is the tendency of a flexible or yielding nature to bind powerful forces to it, especially when prosperity begins to manifest. When power is wielded with such grace and dignity, there is supreme success and great abundance!

Ah, but be careful. Along with any accumulation of wealth or influence may come an increase of pride and arrogance. Fight this tendency if you want your good fortune to continue. Stay attentive enough to manage your affairs well. And remember that while prosperity beats the alternative, it is only one of many elements of a satisfying life. A lasting sense of prosperity honors the highest values and furthers the collective good.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

In its first stages, success is innocent and blameless, since it has not yet faced the challenges which accomplishment brings. Avoid creating future harm by guarding against self-indulgence -- show consideration by exercising the proper level of restraint. Learn to speak of personal or business matters only with trusted advisors; to all others, remain relaxed and detached. Leave your ego at the door; there is no space for arrogance. Acting thus will strengthen others’ perception of you as a person endowed with confidence as well as wealth.

Line 2

The first lesson after the realization of success is to stay fluid and mobile. It is not the sheer amount of wealth that matters, so much as its usefulness to you. Wealth of any kind has the most value when it can be used to launch new undertakings for the good of all, rather than just to strengthen the elite status of a few. One means of spreading wealth is to be generous with those who have helped you. The dedicated support of trustworthy people is the greatest of all assets.

Line 3

Philanthropy is a moral obligation of those in possession of mature wealth. Only by donating a portion of his wealth to the service of a greater good does a man become free of being possessed by his possessions. On the other side, those who lack great possessions need feel no shame in receiving assistance. All wealth is a passing trust, to be administered by any one person and only for a short time. A small-minded individual is unable to assume this attitude and, as a result, can never be free.

Line 4

If pride and envy have surfaced in your life, let them go. Don’t attempt to compete with others’ images of themselves; another person’s ego is a wild goose to chase, if ever there were one. This line refers to the dilemma of one who finds himself suddenly among the rich and powerful. When dining with the elite, the poorer man sometimes must pick up the check. Be willing to do so without hesitation or resentment, and you will remain free in spirit, and therefore be the equal of those around you.

Line 5

The person who is able to win over others by unaffected sincerity and a sense of dignity always finds himself or herself in a favorable position. This applies as much to those of great wealth and stature as to the people beneath them. A combination of sincerity and dignity produces the best results. Those who respond to improper behavior, while maintaining such qualities have good fortune assured!

Line 6 (top line)

You are blessed by providence and good fortune. This is a time for improvement in every way. Supreme success goes to those who are in the world, but not of it -- who, in the fullness of possession and at the height of their power, remain modest and often wink toward heaven. Providence helps those who live with faith and gratitude, while other people help one who is true. To he who has, more will be given.