26: Containment of Potential

This points to the command and control of great power — a power that increases as it is wisely stewarded. Like a river that has been dammed, or a cooking pot with the lid on, holding and containing power produces enormous potential. During normal times, daily ritual and habit help keep life ordered and serene; but in times of exceptional opportunity, the force of a powerful personality is required. Focused attention is required to channel this potential in order to achieve supreme success.

You have considerable reserves of energy and support to draw upon. This is an excellent time to nurture creativity by collecting and organizing your best ideas and plans. Now, even great and difficult undertakings can be successful.

A hidden source of power for those who would do noble deeds is the study of the past. The lives of wise and successful men and women are like treasures buried in the earth. Great good fortune comes to those who unearth such valuable treasures by applying the lessons of the ages to their current situation.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

A changing line in the first position indicates restraining an impulse to act at this time. You may wish to make strong advances, but there seems to be an obstacle in your way. Compose yourself and wait for a better time to vent your pent-up energy. In the meantime, keeping still will help your power to increase.

Line 2

There is no point in struggling now. The forces opposing you are too strong; waiting patiently is necessary. Submit to the current conditions and content yourself with buying some time. If you wait a bit, your energy will accumulate for vigorous action when the time is right.

Line 3

An obstacle has been cleared from the road; the time has come to ride with fresh horses. Working with people of like minds and strong wills brings good fortune. In the period following the removal of a major roadblock, take care to remain alert not only for challenges ahead, but also for threats approaching from the rear. If the obstacle was your own attitude, you may have to remove the roadblock more than once. This is best accomplished by joining with others whose powers of focused attention are stronger than your own.

Line 4

EEarly precautions taken to restrain a wild force can prevent misfortune. In ancient times, a board was fastened to the forehead of young bulls to render their horns harmless. Similarly, it is smart to restrain reckless forces before they do great damage. In this way, good fortune ensues, because prevention is better than a cure. When disruptive forces threaten, extraordinary precautions are necessary. Do not rule out the possibility that the disruptive force, in this instance, may actually be coming from inside you.

Line 5

When confronting a powerful force, it is often best to meet the challenge through indirect action. The matador restrains the bull not by blocking its path, but by deftly stepping aside, draining its force bit by bit. By his understanding of the beast, he gains power over it. Similarly, by understanding the source of your challenge, you can and will render it powerless. Good fortune awaits.

Line 6 (top line)

Supreme good fortune! Great and powerful forces, inhibited in the recent past by temporary restraints, are now building strength and momentum. Use your creative powers to advance strongly at the present time; ride with the current. Do not hesitate to accept a new level of responsibility. You have an opportunity now to exercise a powerful positive influence.