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59: Dispersing


Nothing survives forever, not even rocks, or the most rigid of structures. Likewise, all obstacles dissolve in time. The erosion of that which has been solid is not bad; in fact, it can mean that something new is being created. One image is that of ice floes, hardened in winter, dispersing in the warmth of spring; when the ice melts, a mighty river emerges. This is a time of small changes that can produce big results over time.

Rigidity in the hearts of men tends to breed an egoistic separateness, but this can be overcome by a greater force, such as an uplifting ceremony or other communal activity. The thawing of cold hearts always improves conditions.

The first thing to dissolve is any mental rigidity within yourself that is feeding a sense of separation from others. Try to work closely with compatriots, concentrating on common activities that evidence your integrity and goodwill. Some slightly dramatic action in support of the greater good can shift the energy, lift the spirits and lead toward new possibilities. Spiritual impulses, including a sense of justice, should be honored, and acted upon. They can provide an initial, gentle impulse to important and constructive change. Avoid righteous indignation and aggressive force of any kind, and disunity can be overcome. If you should have any lingering business or other partnerships that are inactive or not working, this reading suggests that you might consider dissolving them.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

In all significant undertakings, it is critical that dissension be nipped in the bud. Misunderstandings and feuds that are allowed to fester can quickly develop into open wounds that affect an entire community or project. Conflicts caused by hidden factors must be brought to light and dissolved as soon as possible to avoid further arguments and wasted energy. Once this is done, good fortune awaits.

Line 2

If you sense trouble on the horizon for your group, establish firm, reliable channels of communication within the group as well as with influential people outside it. Trustworthy information is the greatest asset during a time of rapid dissolution of an enterprise or relationship. Once things are clear, all regrets will fall away, along with obstructions.

Line 3

Often in the course of a great work, it is important to let go of any thought of self or the desire for reward. Look within yourself for what may be causing an obstruction. Losing yourself in work -- if the work is vital -- can dissolve any regrets.

Line 4

When a group’s bond is dissolving, only by rising above partisan interests can anything of value be achieved. Take the high ground and good fortune will result!

Line 5

Crisis can mean opportunity, but only when like-minded people are organized behind an inspiring ideal. This is particularly true during highly disorganized times, when energies and resources become scattered. Great energy and generosity are needed to seize the moment, and rally behind the common cause. At such times, remember, if you are not part of the cause, you will become one of the effects.

Line 6 (top line)

This line refers a person tiptoeing around a dangerous situation in order to save those who are important to him, or to take them a safe distance from damaging influences. Consider carefully the consequences of any course of action. When treading through a minefield, it furthers one to think on one’s feet.