55: Great Abundance

Abundance comes into full flower when a group is unified and the power of its leadership is at its peak. This is like the sun at midday—a high noon of clarity, insight, and progress. Whether this refers to a national cycle, a business boon, or a period of personal abundance, peak periods can be brief; so it is important to bale your hay while the sun is shining.

During a period of abundance, it is skillful to show benevolence and to share the fruits of one’s good fortune. Think of good deeds now as a hedge against scarcity in the future. This reading bodes well for the raising of children and the nurturing of a healthy family, or any close-knit group.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

To facilitate an experience of abundance, bring a mixture of energy and vision. This combination often comes from two people who are joining together in an effort, project, or relationship. Indications are that they’re well matched and their partnership is well founded. This line indicates that the timing is good for a partnership that can help you advance to the top. Good fortune awaits you.

Line 2

In times of abundance, plots and intrigues are like eclipses of the sun, which only happen occasionally. It is often best to handle periods of temporary darkness by doing nothing, letting them pass and sink of their own weight. To try to do battle with negative forces at this time would only cause you to stumble. Hold inwardly to what is true, and the sunshine will re-emerge soon enough.

Line 3

A recent success is eclipsed by a fast-moving element that could snatch the reins from your hands. In the confusion, small-minded or self-serving people may be gaining power, which makes it impossible to accomplish much at present. Though you are not to blame, a time of loss and difficulty may follow—but only for a while.

Line 4

When a shadow passes over a time of prosperity or success, an unsettled feeling can remain. In order to prevent a temporary setback from becoming a permanent condition, effort must be made to find complementary strengths that support your position. A search for wise counsel is indicated here.

Line 5

Those who bring modesty to high positions attract those who are capable of offering brilliant counsel. Accepting good advice brings blessings and supreme good fortune. The situation is like that of a wealthy man who hires the best investment advisors, and then listens to them! The rich get richer, in wisdom and wealth alike.

Line 6 (top line)

Arrogance in the handling of power tends to bring the opposite of the desired effect. If you strive for abundance so single-mindedly that you alienate those who are close to you, you will be left holding an empty bag. Too bad. Holding power is like bringing a large torch into a sea of candles: the more the flame is passed to others, the greater the chance that the torch will be reignited if its flame dies out. Misfortune results from isolation.