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58: Joy

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59: Dispersing

Nothing survives forever, not even rocks, or the most rigid of structures. Likewise, all of our obstacles will dissolve in time too. The erosion of that which has been solid is not a bad thing; in fact, it also means that something new is in the process of being created. One image for this is of ice floes, hardened in winter, dispersing in the warmth of spring; when the ice melts, a mighty river emerges. This image points to is a situation where small changes can produce big results over time.

Rigidity in the hearts of men breeds an egocentric separateness, but this can be transformed by a greater force, such as an uplifting ceremony or other communal activity. And the thawing of closed hearts always improves conditions for everyone.

The first thing to dissolve is any mental rigidity within yourself that might be feeding a sense of separation from others. Try to work closely with your friends and compatriots, concentrating on common activities that emanate from your integrity and goodwill. Some slightly dramatic action in support of the greater good can shift the energy, lift the spirits and lead toward new possibilities.

Spiritual impulses, including a sense of justice, should be honored now, and acted upon. They provide a gentle impulse toward important and constructive change. Avoid righteous indignation or aggressive force of any kind, and any sense of disunity can be overcome. If you should have lingering business or partnerships that are inactive or not working, this reading suggests that you consider dissolving them.

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