I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

神數

“Shen Shu”, Spirit Numbers 97-120

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

097 Starting the journey

報道上林
春色鮮明
提鞭快著
馬上行程

Important news from Shanglin
Spring is colorful and bright
Raise the whip and make it snap
Saddle up and start your journey

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  You did it! The preparations for the big effort or for the future are finished. But before you throw everything into the hard work you can start now, enjoy the celebration of this milestone. Meet peers and make friends and future allies. Nothing better than feasting together to form strong bonds.

 上林Shànglín (上林苑 Shàng hunting park, built by Qín II in Cháng’ān) is a place for the emperor to hunt for sport. See 'Shanglin'
 馬上 On horse, at once, right away.

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098 Rats

鼠入土穴
最可安身
日中不見
靜夜巡行

Rats go into holes
Their favorite shelter
They are not seen at noon
In the silence of the night
they make their rounds

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  Don’t think you see everything which happens. Many things stay in the dark. Much is overlooked because it doesn’t catch your attention, so be vigilant when signing something. Don’t stumble in the dusk. Don’t miss small nice gestures or words but don’t miss the small bad ones either.

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099 Astride a crane

打起平生志
西南好去遊
腰纏十萬貫
騎鶴上揚州

All your life raise your aspirations
It is good to leave for the Southwest
Your travel money 100.000 strings
Astride a crane high over YangZhou

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  When there are few possibilities in the place where you are, then fly out to a more promising one. Don’t settle for what everyone expects of you, but find your own path. Set your aspirations high, put all your enthusiasm into it and dare to take risks. It is the only way to find your real destination.

 騎鶴上揚州 (idiom) to have unbounded ambition.

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100 The black dragon’s pearl

喜喜喜
終防否
獲得驪龍頷下珠
忽然失卻
還在水裏。

Such happiness!
Finally an end to stagnation
Winning the pearl
from the fangs of the black dragon
Suddenly losing it
It is still here in the water

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  In spring the first appearance of the dragon signals the end of winter, and when it reaches the full moon, the dragon’s pearl, everyone celebrates. Still, a sudden late frost can ruin the crop. In life things often happen that way, but often you get a new chance after a setback. Make sure you grab it.

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101 Peace

國有賢士
廷無佞臣
干戈不用
常亨太平

The state has distinguished men
The court has no flatterers
Weapons of war are not needed
There is constant peace and tranquility

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  Sometimes the world is perfectly in order. It doesn’t happen often, and many times it is rather how you experience it than the harsh reality out there. When it happens – enjoy! When it doesn’t, then do something about it. Both life and your mind are worth an effort to make them a good life and a rich mind.

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102 Foster happiness

泰來否已極
諸事莫憂心
但須養元福
做些好事
行些方便
一點丹靈獨得真

Peace comes when stagnation reaches its peak
Do not worry about everything
One only needs to foster vitality and happiness
Produce some good deeds and go somewhere one belongs
A little bit of cleverness and all is truly yours

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  Sometimes there is a standstill and sometimes things prosper. Both need the same attitude: doing everything the best you can, without being a victim of either one. It will shorten the stagnation and lengthen the time of good fortune and easy living. Fighting obstruction may just acknowledge it.
 泰否 Hexagrams 11 and 12.

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103 Thousand years

民樂業
官吏清
雍熙之世復見
于今告諸人
千秋鴻業
仗此望明君

The people like their jobs
and the officials are just and honest
A time of harmony and prosperity
comes back in sight
Tell all people now
About the innumerable years
of achievements of rulers
On this depends the hope for a wise monarch

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  When the time is easy and prosperous, then remember how it came about. Maybe through luck, but more often it happens thanks to hard work and the foresight of one or more bright minds. Don’t be (or choose) a leader who can keep things the way they are, find one who aims for a good future.

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104 Solid as Mt. Tai

安如泰山
穩如盤石
放膽前行
中通外直

Solid as Mount Tai
Firm as a rock
Act boldly and with confidence
The inside connecting directly
to the appearance

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  This is not the time to be hesitant or to reckon too much with circumstances. You need to be certain of what you want, and to do it. Don’t let anyone or anything thwart it. You can move ahead now in a way which is unstoppable. Tact and caution are very valuable, but don’t let them hold you back.
 泰山 Taishan, mount Tai. Tai: hexagram 11.

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105 Cloud ladder

月中有丹桂
人終攀不著
雲梯足下生
此際好落腳

On the moon orange osmanthus blooms
At last a person climbs up but cannot touch it
A cloud ladder appears under his feet
Now it is good to rest

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  Innumerable are the dreams about almost reaching something and not being able to actually touch it. It is not just in dreams, there are many things you almost accomplish – and something stops you. Very often it is your own mind. Trust yourself and universe might give you that last little push.
  雲梯 Cloud ladder, scaling ladder, firefighting ladder.
  終 End, finish, whole, to die.

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106 Alone

天間一孤雁
嘹嚦歎離群
試問知君者
而今有幾人

In heaven’s space one solitary goose
Warbling loudly laments being alone
May we ask a gentleman if he knows
Are there any people now like this?

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  People are social, but they also need to be alone from time to time. If circumstances prevent one of the two, many become stressed or unhappy. Try to find a life in which both are possible. Where you can be alone or with others, each in its own measure and at the moment you need it.

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107 Autumn leaves

紅葉無顏色
凋零一夜風
鄰雞醒午夢
心事總成空

Red autumn leaves lose their color
Scattered about in one night of wind
A neighborhood chicken wakes up
from a dream at noon
Worry accomplishes nothing

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  Many fears and worries only get a chance at night. Lying awake or with harried dreams. After sleeping well, the day looks fine. After a night without sleep the same day looks bleak. Try not to take the dreams with you into the day. They are like autumn leaves, trees lose them to survive the winter.
  Wakes up or wakes you up.

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108 Tangled affairs

事如麻
理多錯
日掩雲中
空成擔擱

Affairs like hemp fibers
Principles in tangles
The sun hides behind clouds
Emptiness turns into delay

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  Clean up and clear up. When things are not organized, they will not get done. Your brain also needs organization, find out what is important and has to be done first, and what is better not to do at all. Because a garbage bin is a great place to put things and thoughts which only clutter up everything.

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109 The easy highway

勿上舊轍
甘駕新車
東西南北
穩步康衢

Do not embark on past old ruts
A sweet drive in a new car
In all four directions
Steadily on a level and easy highway

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  Old paths or habits seldom lead to new solutions. Open your mind to new ideas, look around, gather all your self-confidence and find new roads and opportunities. Don’t believe ‘no pain no gain’, many gains come from exploring places happy-go-lucky, where chance or curiosity or fun leads you.
 東西南北 East West South North, all corners of the world; the four directions, point of decision.

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110 Sleepless night

夜夢被鼠驚
醒來不見人
終宵廢寢直到天明

Dreaming in the night and startled by a rat
Waking up not seeing anyone
All night sleepless
Until dawn

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  One thought or worry can keep you wide awake. Try to solve things before they become like gnawing rats. But a rat can also mean a new idea which you couldn’t see in broad daylight. An intuition, a concept, an insight or a memory. Many brilliant solutions were born in the dark of the night.

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111 Commenting the weather

秋霜肅
夏日炎
新花鮮了舊花淹
世情看冷暖
逢者不須言

Autumn frost is chilling
summer days are burning hot
New flowers are fresh
old flowers are pappy
Generations have watched changes in temperature
Meet one who doesn’t need to comment

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  To say the obvious is a great way to make conversation and to chase away the silence. Not everyone likes it though. Find (or emulate) the kind of people you like to hear, or you will spend your days hearing the same old same old, over and over, again and again, and never anything original or interesting.

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112 A hero's will

來展英雄志
馳驅不憚勞
敢將休咎卜
酉北奪前標

You didn’t exhibit a hero’s will yet
Do your utmost without fearing hard work
Handle predictions of weal and woe with courage
In the Northwest contend for the top award

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  Many things decide about your success in life, but the most important one is your will. Intelligence, courage, common sense, honesty, or even deviousness, to name a few, all those are secondary to the strength of your will. Only with your will you can really develop yourself or reach your goals.

 前標The Imperial examinations are held in the Northwest.

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113 The way of Thunder
痾染沉沉
終日昏昏
雷門一震
體健身輕

Catching the illness of gloominess
Drunk all day long
The way of thunder is one shock
Then the system is healthy
and the body relaxed

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  Depression is an awful state of mind. But often it has to do with a lack of challenge. When climbing a mountain, the gloomy mind stays behind and is replaced by a very alert and alive one. You have no need of numbing drugs but you thrive on the test of everything you’ve got. Embrace shocks and challenges!

前標This poem is partly identical to 049.

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114 Great waves

易非易
難非難
忽地起波瀾
歡笑兩三番

Easy not easy
Difficult not difficult
Suddenly great waves rise up
A few times laughing heartily

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  Sometimes the mind can go on and on. Yes or no, good or bad, I dare or I don’t, without end. But when suddenly something big overrules all that, the mind frees itself and everything is clear and most of all realistic again. Looking back on it, you’re amazed how cramped your head can be.

 非 not: the meaning is close to "not conform to" or non-.

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115 Dark moon

路不通
門閉塞
謹慎隄防
雲藏月黑

The road is obstructed
The doors are closed
Be cautious and on guard
The clouds conceal a dark moon

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  Some things are too big or too difficult for you to solve. Don’t give up but do the small things you still can. Ease things up, help, diminish aversion, mediate, make yourself ready for when the time changes. Don’t get stuck in this impasse. Things will change, they always do, especially with a little help.

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116 The tentacles of a snail

蝸角蠅頭利
而今已變通
草頭人笑汝
宜始不宜終

Profits like the tentacles of a snail
or the head of a fly
Become flexible now
The Caotou people ridicule you
A suitable beginning, not a suitable end

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  You make nice starts, repeatedly, but then you drown in the details and short-term ideas. When one reaches only for small gains, nothing big can happen. Those who are closer to the earth laugh about it. They are familiar with the slow, harmonious and sturdy way things grow in nature.
 草頭 Cantou, tiny place in China; strawhead; cantouren: bandit chief.

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117 Abundance

珠玉走盤中
田園定阜豐
休言謀未遂
此去便亨通

Trays overflowing with pearls and jades
Fields and gardens calm and abundant
Cease talking and abort scheming
This proceeds quite right and smooth

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  When things are good, there is no need to make them better, certainly not if it involves plans and schemes. Enjoy what you have and how life treats you. Contentment and gratefulness are the way to do that. You have been smart enough to gather all this, now be smart enough to enjoy it.

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118 All in accord

月已明
花最發
事悠悠
無不合

The moon already bright
Flowers open up abundantly
Affairs move along leisurely
All is in accord

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  Shenshu tells you everything is fine, all signs are auspicious. What is your reaction – sit back and enjoy the ride, or keep your eyes open and senses alert, and yet still enjoy it? Never believe omens and predictions blindly. Make use of them, they can be very helpful, but also listen to your instincts and wisdom.

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119 No need for pretty words

朦朧秋月映朱門
林外鳥聲遠寺僧
自有貴人來接引
何須巧語似流鶯

A hazy autumn moon shines on red-lacquered doors
Birdcalls in an unknown forest and distant temple monks
For you there is a noble man coming to lead the way
No need for pretty words like the chatter of warblers

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  When you are not the kind who can live in the big world, it will seem there are no other options than either drown in it or withdraw entirely. There is a space though in between the slums and the monastery, the space of a few good people, who care about each other. That is where you belong.
 朱門Red doors, gates of wealthy homes.
 貴人 Respectable person, high court lady, high official, high-ranking imperial concubine.
 流鶯Chatter of warblers, streetwalker.

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120 Unsettled

事末寬
心不安
疑慮久
始安然

Minor details of affairs extend
The heart is unsettled
You have doubts for a long time
Start to find peace

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  When affairs are not clear and you are neither, it will not be possible to get anything straight. First of all, find peace in yourself, before you try to accomplish anything else. Don’t force your heart and mind but give them space to find their own balance back. Only then they can solve the rest.

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