9. The lost ear of wheat
Cài Mào dreamt that he picked up an ear of wheat, and then lost it:
Master Guo - Qiáoqing told him:
"the characters hé: ear and shi : lost together give zhì : official position.
You will certainly get an important office".
Indeed, within the next following ten days,
the emperor of the Later Hàn appointed him as Minister.
To pick up an ear and to lose it, this is to pick up an official position.
It is to be noticed that he first loses the picked-up ear (phallic symbol)
as a tax for the position he coveted, but not in a perspective of failure,
as; at the latent level, he felt he was ripe for it.