I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

神數

“Shen Shu”, Spirit Numbers 49-72

Numbers
1-24
25-48
49-72
73-96
97-120
121-144
145-168
169-192
193-216
217-240
241-264
265-288
289-312
313-336
337-360
361-384

49 One shock

沈沈苛染,
不見天心,
雷門一震,
體健身輕。

When one catches a very heavy disease,
And does not see the will of Heaven,
One shock from the gate of thunder,
And the body grows strong and agile.

50 Each their strength

財馬兩匆忙,
官祿有定力、
豬羊牛犬,
自去主張。

Hurrying to acquire both wealth and horses.
An official salary is reliable.
But as a Pig, Sheep, Ox or Dog,
One's nature is to own one's own business.

51 The peach of immortality

空空空,
空裏得成功;
蟠桃千載熟,
不怕五更風。

Empty, hollow, void,
Being empty inside achieves success,
The peach of immortality ripens a thousand years,
Not fearing the 5 nightwatches or the wind.

  五更 5 nightwatches; 5th nightwatch (3-5 AM).

52 The autumn moon

愁臉放,
笑顏開,
秋月掛高臺,
人從千里來。

A worried face relaxes,
A smiling face opens up.
The autumn moon above the high terrace.
People come from a thousand miles.

  千里 thousand miles; long distance.

53 Find your treasures right here

須著力,
莫遠遊,
長竿釣向蟾蛉窟,
直欲雲中得巨鰲。

You have to put forth effort,
And not travel far.
With a long rod you fish in the cave of the moon-toad,
With dedicated desire you catch the giant turtle in the center of the clouds.

  蟾蛉窟 cave of the moon-toad; the moon. This poem might have a sexual undertone.

54 A boat in the desert

無蹤無跡,
遠近難見;
旱海行舟,
空勞費力。

No tracks, no traces,
Far and near you have trouble seeking,
Sailing a boat in the desert.
Efforts are wasted in vain.

55 East wind

細雨濛濛濕,
江邊路不通;
道途音信遠,
憑仗借東風。

Drizzling rain, heavy clouds, dampness,
The riverside path is obstructed.
Roads and informations are far,
You have to rely on the east wind.

  This poem is about 'The Battle of Chibi'

56 Red Thread of Fate

平地走風煙,
時下未能安,
高處覓姻緣。

From level ground mist is rising.
No peace to be found yet,
In high places you look for your thread of fate.

  This poem is about 'The Thread of Fate'

57 Inside the flower

正直宜守,
妄動生災,
利通名達,
葉落花開。

Stay honest and correct,
Rash actions give birth to disaster.
Profit of achieving a name,
When the petals fall off the flower opens itself.

58 The Horse and Ox people of Chu

君子升,
小人阻,
征戰生離苦,
前有吉人逢,
信在馬牛人在楚,
事要營求妥。

The noble man ascends, small people get obstructed,
Going to battle causes bitter separation.
There are virtuous people ahead to meet you,
Trust the Horse or Ox people of Chu,
Matters will find their right course.

  馬牛Astrol. signs; or horse-people: soldiers, ox-people: farmers.
   Chu Kingdom, today Hunan and Hubei.

59 Come sit with me

紛紛復紛紛,
欷虛獨掩門;
劍眉望燈火,
伴我坐黃昏。

Over and over, again and again,
Sighing, empty and alone I shut the door;
Through my eyelashes I gaze at the lamplight,
Come sit with me in the dusk.

60 Passing beauty

紅顏美,
休掛懷;
人在車中,
舟行水裏。

A beautiful beautiful woman.
Stop involving your heart.
A person in a carriage,
A boat in flowing water.

61 Bad things come in threes

橋已斷,
路不通,
登舟理楫又遇狂風。

So the bridge is broken,
The road obstructed,
Embark in a boat, pick up the oars
and you encounter a a gale.

62 The moon in a pool

深潭月,
照鏡影,
一場空,
安報信。

The moon in a pool,
A reflection in a shining mirror,
It is nothing real,
A quiet message.

63 Dragon, horse and rabbit

湖海意悠悠,
煙波下釣釣;
若逢龍與免,
名利一齊周。

At lakes and seas you come for leisure,
Fishing in the mist-covered water.
It is as if you meet a dragon, a horse and a rabbit,
Fame and wealth simulteaneously surround you.

64 Mending people mending bridges

物不牢,
人斷橋,
重整理,
慢心高。

Things are not stable,
People break down bridges,
It is important to put in order
Rudeness and pride.

65 Burnout

入而易,
出而難,
懨懨到再三,
交加意不堪。

To enter is easy,
To get out is difficult,
Rundown over and over again,
Cannot bear things which happen on top of each other.

66 The time of harvest

事遲志速,
而且反覆;
直待歲寒,
花殘果熟。

If you postpone matters and quit fast
And it happens repeatedly,
Then wait until the cold of winter,
When flowers are damaged and fruits are ripe.

67 The power of graciousness

乘馬前進,
所求吉貞,
隨時諧美,
缺月重明。

On horseback going forth,
Seeking a lucky omen,
Always well-spoken and graceful,
The small crescent of the moon is really bright.

68 Suspicion

船離在渡月離雲,
人出潼關可問津,
且向前行去求住,
何須疑慮兩三心。

The boat leaves the ancient crossingplace, the moon leaves the clouds,
A person comes out of Tong Pass, I'd like to make inquiries.
For now he goes ahead to seek a place to live,
It is unnecessary to have misgivings about every move.

  兩三心 two three heart: a heart without focus, fickle.

69 A dream cut off

不足不足,
難伸心曲,
野塘雨過月如釣,
夢斷邯鄲眉黛愁。

Not enough not enough,
Vast difficulties weigh on your mind,
Rain floods a dike in open country,
The moon is like a fishing hook,
A dream cut off, a rude awakening, worried brows.

  This poem is about 'Record of the Pillow'

70 Nothing is 'just this'

美有堪,
堪有美,
始有終,
終有始。

Beauty has endurance,
Endurance has beauty,
Beginnings have ends,
Ends have beginnings.

   the etymology of endurance: earth + affection + being.

71 Things don't work

湖海悠悠,
孤舟浪頭,
來人未渡,
殘照山樓。

Endless lakes and seas,
A lonely boat in the waves,
The messenger did not ferry across,
The sun goes down behind the mountainrange.

72 Solid locks

深戶要牢局,
提防暗裏人,
莫言無外事,
縱好定遭。

Late at night doors need a solid lock,
Be on guard for people sneaking in,
Don't say that it will not happen,
Negligence is liable to meet with disaster.