The Receptive Over The Abyss
Earth Above, The Deep/Water Below
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Water at the center of the earth.
The great man expands his following
Through his kindness towards the less fortunate.
The followers need a warrior.
Auspicious if you are determined.
Water is stored within the earth and lies unnoticed. The power of the warrior is stored in the unity of his following. The warrior which can be dangerous keeps this nature in check with self discipline. There is a mission to be accomplished but order must be established before the situation can be dealt with effectively. Discipline is needed in this situation but this discipline must be achieved through kindness towards others rather than through sheer force. You must try reasoning with the emotions of your followers and bring out their enthusiasm for the proper cause. You are not the leader in this situation but rather a subordinate who has power over the masses. The leader of the situation must have complete trust in you and your abilities. For this reason you must contemplate your actions carefully before you use the strength of your followers to achieve your final purpose. The goals and reason for your actions must be justified in the proper light if you are to have support of your followers. Without this there is discord and your actions will be doomed to fail. Your experience in the matter at hand must command respect if you are to successfully make your point to your followers. You must also make sure that your followers actions are justified and that they do not get carried away with a spirit of vengeance. This is the need for discipline on their part. If your cause is just and you persist, you will meet with success. Whatever you do, remember that to succeed you need to be compassionate in your actions as well as your intentions.
1 –X– The followers must act as a unit. If order is not maintained, disaster looms.
When an undertaking is in its infancy it is crucial to establish order right away. A proper purpose must be the basis of motivation. Discipline and organization must be maintained within the group or the undertaking will be doomed to failure.
2 –0– The warrior battles with the followers. The ruler grants him three citations. Auspicious. No blame.
The leader of a group will only find support if he is in touch with his followers. He must share in both the good and the bad with those who follow him. If he can do this he will be able to undertake great exploits. The ruler of this situation must recognize the authority of the leader. The leader will be rewarded many times for the proper actions. By having respect for the leader, those who follow him will share in his honour.
3 –X– Dead men in the wagon. Ominous. Disaster.
Men of lesser character and skills have taken control of the situation. They have undermined the leader and are guiding the group to defeat.
4 –X– Retreat. No blame.
When confronted by an enemy who commands superior forces, there is no shame in ordering the retreat of your own forces. There is no point in bringing the group to an inevitable defeat. Systematic retreat is the only option here. Only a fool would insist on doing battle against overwhelming odds. This would only injure those who follow him to his doom.
5 –X– There is prey in the meadow. It must be captured and exterminated. The eldest should lead the followers. The young should be kept from leading. To persist in this conduct would bring misfortune. No blame.
The group is under attack. It must fight back vigorously to protect its interests from the oncoming assault. Be careful to have the proper men leading the battle otherwise the situation might change into anarchy. If lesser men are allowed to lead, doom will fall upon the whole group. This is similar to fighting a war and must not be allowed to deteriorate into mass hysteria. If this is allowed to happen defeat of the group is assured. Beware of vindictive attitudes.
6 –X– The ruler commissions his administrators. Lesser men should not be empowered.
The battle is over, the group is victorious. The ruler divides the assets and appoints administrators. It is important that these men be chosen based on merit rather than on friendships. Men of lesser character should not be given administrative duties. If they have helped in the struggle they should be rewarded with material possessions rather than responsibilities and privileges. If they are used in administrative functions their abuse of power will lead to dissatisfaction within the group and internal dissension.