I. The Oracle
A. The Lines
1.  Even though everything is set for Rapid Progress, there is an air of uncertainty. The
disinterested man is not sure that he will be accepted and trusted; others may turn him
away. But he is not disturbed by this possibility. He continues on a rightful path, without
trying to force his way. Eventually, his integrity will be recognized, and all will turn out
2.  Rapid Progress is prevented by someone in a powerful position. This is a great disappointment,
but the man is not deterred. He keeps on his rightful path, and eventually, the
powerful man recognizes his great assets and rewards him.
3.  A man is unable to proceed on his own, but luckily he has many supporters who urge
him on. With their support, he is able to make progress in spite of all adversity.
4.  A time of Rapid Progress often provides opportunities for wrongful gain. If a man
succumbs to such temptations, he runs great risk in eventually having his actions brought
to light. A superior man avoids making progress through improper means.
5.  If a person in an influential position does not take advantage of opportunities to promote
his private interests, he should not entertain regrets. It is far more important to maintain
the confidence others place in him and not throw his influence away by pursuing self-enrichment.
Such opportunities are trivial compared to his main mission.
6.  There is a time when progress demands that a man stand firm and forcefully oppose
resistance based on erroneous ideas. This is risky–but proper–when dealing with one’s
close associates; but it can only lead to reversals if strangers are handled in this way.
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B. The Image
1. Sun above, Earth below, the image represents the condition of Advancement or that of Progress.
II. My interpretation
A. With this scene, we will see things as they would normally appear to the normal eye. There is no darkness at the moment as the conditions might reflect. Now the moment has come to advance but there are elements that somewhat hold us back from progressively moving forward at the moment. If you can accept the trust that is given by the community, for now, all will be well. Above all, keep your eye on your goal as you progressively move forward. In short, the superior person must make more brilliant his or her bright virtue, create more betterments towards that brightness and brilliance, and let it be known to all.
- 1671 – John Law, Scottish economist (d. 1729)
- 1838 – John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)
- 1864 – Max Weber, German economist, and sociologist (d. 1920)
- 1889 – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr., Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)
- 1915 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor (d. 2001)
- 1935 – Charles Grodin, American actor, and talk show host
- 1951 – Tony Danza, American actor, and producer
- 1980 – Tony Romo, American football player
- 1992 – Tom Burgess, English rugby league player
- 753 BC – Romulus founds Rome (traditional date).
- 1092 – The Diocese of Pisa is elevated to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Urban II
- 1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
- 1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.
- 2012 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 2043 is adopted.
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