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28: Excessive Pressure

Excessive Pressure

Something is about to collapse. Pressure is causing an imbalance that needs correction. But if the dam is about to burst, moving out of the way is the first priority!

If you are in an old mine shaft and feel the earth begin to tremble, it is a time for quick, instinctive action and nimble footwork. At such a time, only extraordinary measures can support a successful outcome. When the roof is collapsing, run first. Choose your destination later.

Extraordinary times bring out the best and worst in people. Natural disasters produce stories of heroism, but also of looting and rioting. When such a great weight is on the world, powerful moments present opportunities to make great gains, because everything is in a state of flux. One can either move in the direction of positive change and improvement or toward stagnation. To achieve the former, one must go gently to the heart of the issue, to the cause. Then a smooth transition is assured.

This may be the moment you have been waiting for. Although the current challenge may seem to be more than you can handle, remember that a flood reaches its high-water mark for only a few brief moments, before it begins to subside. Action must be taken now to ensure opportunities for eventual success later on. You never know the true extent of your abilities until you, at least once in your life, dive into a crisis with complete abandon, dedicating every ounce of your energy, every fiber of your being, to the cause at hand. Dare to win.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

When embarking on an ambitious undertaking in turbulent times, the wise take great care in the beginning. Proper planning and the laying of a good foundation are often neglected in the excitement of the moment; such an oversight, if it cannot be avoided, will cause problems later. Attending to careful preparation now will leave you in a better position.

Line 2

Unusual partnerships are favored. The image is one of an old tree putting forth new shoots or an old man who marries a younger woman. Despite the unusualness of the situation, all goes well. This is a time of renewed vitality and rejuvenation, a time of advancement.

Line 3

Plunging willfully ahead during risky times, against the advice of your friends and intimates, invites trouble and will make things far worse. Action is not advised, and neither is obstinacy.

Line 4

Friendly relations with all types of people can become critical and bring good fortune in times of crisis. But if you depend upon the support of others, you must keep their interests at heart as well as your own. Otherwise, misfortune will result.

Line 5

The person who aspires only to relationships with those of higher status, greater wealth or more power, creates an unstable situation. The tree that sinks its roots deepest into the earth is the one that is able to stretch its limbs highest into the sky.

Line 6 (top line)

Brave determination can lead one into deep water. Though it is careless to forge ahead regardless of risk, sticking to your principles can seem more important than mere survival. There is no shame in this, as long as you remain aware that plunging ahead on your own is risky, and perhaps quite dangerous. Nevertheless, nobody can blame such courage.