Nine in the fifth place means:
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Nothing that does not further.
No beginning, but an end.
Before the change, three days.
After the change, three days.
In the situation described in Ku, WORK ON WHAT HAS BEEN SPOILED 18, an entirely new point of departure must be set up, whereas here it is only a question of reforms. The beginning has not been good, but the moment has been reached when a new direction can be taken. Change and improvement are called for. Such steps must be undertaken with steadfastness, that is, with a firm and correct attitude of mind; then they will succeed, and remorse will disappear. But it must be remembered that such improvements require careful consideration. Before a change is made, it must be pondered over again and again. After the change is made, it is necessary to note carefully for some time after how the improvements bear the test of actuality. Such careful work is accompanied by good fortune.
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