I’m adding this in my blog as a reference for a video “Life Is A Joke – Funny Realisation”, that I posted on my Facebook Page and a forum.
18.4 The Incompetent
When we get to the fourth line, we get to the beginning of the upper trigram. This line is called “The Incompetent”. The nature of fourth lines is to externalize, which means that these lines are very fixed on a specific aspect. In some way, this is very reminiscent of the way in which the second line works.
Difficulties as a result of inadequacies that cannot be resolved because of inadequacies.
What this generally means for these people is that they will have a specific thing they want to correct. There are all kinds of other things they are able to correct in their life, but the one thing that they really want to correct, they can’t because they are inadequate to do that. By the way, the moment that they meet somebody that has the 48 and they get into contact with The Well, this can relieve inadequacy. The fear of inadequacy is in the 48th gate, which is the next step in this stream.
Remember that we are looking at gates that are potentials in a four gate stream. Here we have the potential of this awareness. The thing to recognize is that the awareness alone, this one thing that they cannot correct because of inadequacy, can come into contact with the necessary depth. That is always possible. All lines can ultimately be the exact mirrors of what they say.
Earth exalted: Given this negative position, survival through suffering. The inability to correct and its potential for suffering. These are people that say, “I just cannot make it better,” and they really suffer. “I can’t fix it. I can’t correct it. I can’t come up with a solution to this problem. I can’t do anything about it.”
Mercury in detriment. Indecision and anxiety and no escape from misfortune. The demands of correction and its potential to generate anxiety. This constant anxiety comes from having this one thing that you can’t correct. (yep! that describes me)
When you see this line, be very careful about that. Don’t see that as meaning that they are incompetent with everything. That is not true. So often, when people see this line, they think that it is saying that they are incompetent to correct their general process. This is not true. Everything about the fourth line is about being fixed. You have to ask these people, “What is this one thing that you want to fix, that you can’t?” and see that isolated from the rest which you can work with.
The inability to correct and its potential for suffering; or The demands of correction and its potential to generate anxiety. One can become very anxious if there is this one thing that one cannot fix. This is the difficulty of the fourth line.
The fourth line can recognize incompetence everywhere because they know what it is like for them. This is true for every line that you read and think, “Oh, my god, these poor people.” The lines have their positive and negative and every line is a duality. These are processes that we go through. And whatever line you have, it is yours. Enjoy it. – Ra Uru Hu.
Source: Line Companion Book.
I post the video link as soon as it up to the public.