121 Rosy clouds
Fake reputations and vacant seats have been around for long dreary times,
The proper salary and horses you seek do not appear to be real yet,
One whisp of rosy clouds arrives after the autumn harvest,
The atmosphere of past years renews for a while.
祿 official salary: good luck.
風物 "wind stuff", atmosphere, scenery typical of a place.
秋後 after autumn, autumn harvest, middle age.
122 End and beginning
Stop, stop, stop,
There is an end there is a beginning
Similar to moon or flowers
Maintain the achievements of your predecessors but also go beyond.
123 The luminous pearl
The bright moon is perfectly round,
A pleased face.
Wind and clouds escort each other.
Family harmony thoughout the years.
明月 The bright moon, the legendary luminous pearl.
124 The precious mirror
The precious mirror of relations,
Reflects two people,
Connected in their hearts,
Joined and of one heart.
125 Not holding things together
Not content to follow higher relatives,
Human hearts easily break up and leave;
Situations in the end lose unity,
The whole ulitmately turns to dust.
Piles of dust and a long time of biding one's time,
A secluded window in silence - who knows of you?
If you meet a man of high rank to guide one another,
Wealth, profit and honor can certainly be expected.
127 Natural caution
A tiger is lying prostrate on a road,
The traveler on foot should not shout in confusion;
At the roadside one must be careful,
Then there will be no natural disaster.
128 Small truthfulness small result
When being peaceful is not peaceful,
When being similar is not similar.
Given to playing tricks, how many results are empty,
Advancing and retreating you must guard against small results in the end.
和,同 See DaoDeJing ch.14: the light of peacefulness, the dust of similarness: stand aloof from worldly success.
Affairs in the East, success in the West,
The scenery is bright in the moonlight,
From a tall building come the sounds of a flute.
弄Ideogram two hands + jade: play with, play tricks, alley.
弄玉 'called Jade': the daughter of Jingmu Gong, 'called Jade', who loved music.
130 Affairs come together
Affairs come together,
The world socializes,
Back and forth,
Level steps and a blue sky.
青天 (blue sky) is a respectful sobriquet for a clean and upright official.
131 Anything can happen anywhere
Above shallow water a storm builds up,
From level ground grow thistles and thorns,
Considering the morning and evening star when speaking,
As if in fear for no reason.
參商 morning and evening star, two friends/relatives who are permanently separated or estranged.
132 Easy again
A harvest moon and clouds opening up,
A warm southerly breeze after a time of rain.
In the state of Chu you may meet an intimate old friend,
An equal and off duty, don't hesitate to ask for a recommendation.
國舊Chuguó, a powerful state that existed 740-223 B.C.
133 The golden-scaled fish
The heart already settled,
How can things worry you?
The golden-scaled fish already takes the bait,
Scholarly honor and official rank received in the net.
金鱗Golden scaled fish; achievement and reputation.
134 Never a whole
The meaning is lost but you are not lost,
Things are relaxed but your heart is not relaxed.
You want to know, to really believe,
Yet you're still divided like two mountains.
135 The real joy
Laughter coming up inside is not enough
At home and around you see worry and weeping,
The clouds disperse and the moon is brilliant,
Turn misfortune around and regard it as blessing.
See DaoDeJing ch. 58
136 Magpies and love
In front of the eave chattering magpies in truly swift flight,
Worry vanishes entirely in the happiness of the natural world,
One person advances and one person retreats,
It will end however in a good destiny for lovers.
鵲噪 chattering od magpies: auspicious omen.
姻緣Destiny that brings lovers together.
137 In the setting sun
Thistles and thorns sprout on level ground,
Wind and waves arise all around with force,
Resting against the fence gazing sadly in the distance,
No words or answers in the setting sun.
風波 Wind and waves: crises, disturbance.
138 A nod of the moon.
The strategy has been decided,
Why worry over your affairs?
The shining moon above a high building,
The cloud-traveler nods its head.
雲中客 "Cloud-center guest", cloud-traveler, moon.
139 Right place right time.
The right place together with the right time.
The lantern wick gives an auspicious omen
Overall the activities look right.
Right place right time: the text says literally: favorable geographical position assists heaven's timing.
燈花When a lantern wick buzzes because it produces a little ball, it is an good omen that someone is about to return home.
Meeting but not meeting,
Visiting but not visiting,
A moon deep down on the seabed.
A person who is dreaming.
沉 deep, lower, keep down, sink, profound.
141 Things can change in the blink of an eye.
In the dark on guard against thunderbolt spirits,
Suspicion and worry, entirely without substance.
In the blink of an eye the black clouds disperse,
Embracing the place of the rising sun.
142 Making a name.
Profit at the Middle State of going out to fight and to levy taxes,
A onetime catch of the disgraceful in the king's court;
The phoenix holds the imperial edict,
Achieve and enjoy a distinguished name around the world.
征 expedition, march; levy taxes; draft, conscript.
醜 Ox (astrol), ugly, disgraceful.
四醜 'four seas', around the world.
鳳 male phoenix, fabulous bird of good omen
143 Everything entangled.
Sighing enduring outside worries,
Furthermore moans in the family and troubles stirring inside;
The mood even more entangled,
And the state of mind confused.
144 Another heaven
A big water and a big mountain,
Wind and waves, but the road is calm,
And in the bottle is another heaven.
風波 Wind and waves: disturbances, storm.