An image of estrangement is indicated. For example, when brothers and sisters marry, they grow apart, since their allegiances lie with new families. Though they will remain close enough to successfully deal with problems and share minor interests, they will be unable to undertake any great projects together. Simply put, when people grow apart — even for the most natural of reasons — their points of view, values and interests diverge.
Divergent natures and interests bring opposition into the world of human affairs. And if opposition drifts into alienation and enmity, there are no good results. But when opposition takes the form of healthy competition, or when it is simply part of the natural order of things and is recognized as such, good fortune is still possible.
When diverging interests make a situation seem stagnant or futile, remember that there are always creative possibilities inherent in polarities. One is reminded of the interplay of the opposites, yin and yang, that is fundamental to life itself. And, as the symbol of the Tao illustrates, the yin and the yang each have the seed of the other residing within them.
When opposition has its roots in issues of principle, hold to your integrity and individuality. Avoid becoming involved with vulgar or base people who do not share your values. With both people and companies, one measure of stature is the quality of the competition.