57: Gentle Penetration

A subtle penetrating effect is like a soft wind blowing through some reeds that are bending gracefully, demonstrating flexibility and endurance. This symbolizes a quiet, relaxed effectiveness in action. This is a gentle influence that is at work, but just as the wind can be ceaseless in its efforts, small forces can add up to produce lasting results.

Gentle penetration bodes well for new relationships or enterprises. Just as a summer breeze slowly penetrates the woods to cool the forest, the ideas of gifted leaders slowly reach the minds and sink into the hearts of people. In personal relationships, a gentle beginning can lead to a long-lasting union.

When using a force that is gentle but persistent, careful aim is necessary, for only when a small force continually moves in the same direction will it have a cumulative effect. In human affairs, this kind of soft influence comes more through strength of character than by direct confrontation or active seduction. It’s important to have, and stick to, clearly defined goals now. Maintaining a strong vision and following a steady course of least resistance will bring good fortune.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

Inborn gentleness can have indecision as an unfortunate side effect. This line points to a case of a gentle spirit drifting into quandary and becoming filled with doubt. When the rudder of personal will flaps back and forth with no clear direction, it must be grasped firmly, and brought back on course, like the rudder of a boat. Discipline may be required.

Line 2

When negative forces are undermining your best plans, trace the shadows back to their source, and gently expose them to the light. Openness and honesty will succeed, but only if you have been honest with yourself first. Search your heart and mind for hidden enemies like self-pity, pride or a rigid view of what “should” happen.
An excess of feelings -- either hard and arrogant or soft and self-indulgent -- obstructs progress and saps your strength. By gently bringing negative inner feelings to the light of day, you can rob them of their power over you. Do so, and good fortune awaits you.

Line 3

Even a gently penetrating mind can be driven to excessive processing. After having researched and pondered a serious decision, further deliberation may only lead to a subversion of the will. An overactive mind may begin to use fresh doubts as a shield against taking needed action. When analysis becomes overdone, the will becomes paralyzed, and weakness of purpose sets in. Misfortune can result from too much thinking.

Line 4

When responsibility, experience and energy are combined with modesty, the effects will be enduring, and success almost guaranteed. When approaching difficult situations that require sustained effort to achieve a desired goal, keep these virtues in mind.

Line 5

A changing line in the fifth place indicates a situation in which things are far from perfect and a new direction needs to be taken. The beginning has not been great, even if it has not been horrendous. Some careful reform is in order, but don’t throw out the good with the bad. Be prepared to continue making changes and adjustments, until the situation is aligned with your true purpose. Self-correction will bring success.

Line 6 (top line)

When a quiet, penetrating power has reached its peak, both success and difficulty are indicated, for a certain loss of strength will also come about. If you penetrate deeply into a situation and discover the presence of strong opposing forces, you will be practically helpless. In such a case, immediate withdrawal would be the best course of action.