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43: Determination

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45: Gathering Together

44: Liaison

An attraction is strong, but the relationship may not be destined to last long. A coming together of disparate forces may not be what it seems. An apparently harmless -- but potentially dangerous -- element has attracted attention and is pulling on a stronger one. One image is of a bold but immature young girl who uses her charms to gain influence with a powerful man. The man dallies with her, thinking that it can do him no harm. Ha, famous last thoughts! When power shifts into the hands of those who are not prepared for it, harm can come to all parties. Still, you need not fear meetings with those whose positions are different from your own, as long as you are free of ulterior motives.

Be wary of temptations that arise because of the power of your position or, conversely, your connection to someone in an important position. Generally, it is best to combat temptations to take advantage of power differentials by nipping them in the bud before they can flower. As soon as you become aware of a dangerous liaison, it usually behooves you to promptly speak up. Also know that there are times when a rendezvous of the yielding and the strong turns out to be a great opportunity for a positive and constructive relationship. The difference between careless connection and a relationship of depth lies in the motives of one’s heart. How sincere are you?

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