121 Rosy clouds
False reputations and vacant seats have been around for long dreary times
The proper salary and horses you seek
do not yet appear to exist
One wisp of rosy clouds arrives after the autumn harvest
The atmosphere of years past is back
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.
A dead stop
There are ends and there are beginnings
Similar to moon or flowers
Maintain the achievements of your predecessors but also go beyond
123 Harmony *
The bright moon is perfectly round
A pleased face
Wind and clouds escort each other
Harmony together throughout the years
明月 The bright moon, the legendary luminous pearl.
風雲wind and clouds: high position; precarious situation.
和合joint harmony; family harmony.
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 superior relatives
Human hearts easily break up and leave
Situations in the end lose unity
The whole ultimately turns to dust
126 Come out of the dark
Piles of dust and a long period
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 lies on the road
The traveler on foot should not cry out
At the roadside one must be careful
Then there will be no natural disaster
伏 lying prostrate, yielding, hot season, dog days.
128 Small result
When harmony is not harmony
When together is not together
Given to shiftiness how much becomes empty
Advancing and retreating you must guard against ending with small results
翻雲覆雨 turning over clouds and upsetting rain: given to playing tricks, play fast and loose, shifty.
129 Playing the flute
Affairs in the East
Success in the West
A scenery of bright moonlight
From a tall building
the sounds of a flute drift down
東 酉ast west: sowing and harvest; begin, end.
風物 "wind thing”, atmosphere, scenery typical of a place; the law (core, secret) of things.
弄play with, play tricks, alley.
130 Affairs come together
Affairs come together
The world revolves
Back and forth
Level steps and a blue sky
一來一往 one come one go, back and forth, in and out.
青天blue sky; a respectful sobriquet for a clean and upright official.
131 Groundless fears
From shallow water rise wind and waves
From level ground grow thistles and thorns
Considering the morning and evening star when speaking
Still afraid for no reason
參商 morning and evening star, two friends/relatives who are permanently separated or estranged.
132 Easy again
A harvest moon after the clouds open up
A warm southerly breeze
after a period of rain
It seems you meet an intimate old friend
in the state of Chu
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., known for its strong and enterprising people.
133 The golden-scaled fish
The heart already settled
Why worry about matters
The golden-scaled fish already takes the bait
Scholarly honor and official rank
gathered in one net
金鱗achievement and reputation.
金鱗Golden scaled fish: wealth.
134 Never a whole
The meaning is unclear
but you are not unclear
Matters are relaxed
but your heart is not relaxed
You want to know and really to believe
Yet you’re still divided like two big mountains
135 The real joy
Laughter coming up inside is not enough
Inside and outside you see
worry and weeping
The clouds disperse and the moon is bright
Turn misfortune around
and regard it as blessing
136 Magpies and love
In front of the eave chattering magpies in perfect 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
鵲噪 chattering od magpies: auspicious omen.
姻緣Destiny that brings lovers together.
137 Setting sun
Thistles and thorns sprout from 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.
斜陽 slanting yang: setting sun.
138 A nod of the moon.
The strategy has been established
Why worry over your affairs?
The moon shines above a high building
The cloud-traveler nods its head
雲中客 "Cloud-center guest", cloud-traveler, moon.
重樓 high building: symbol of accomplishment.
139 Right place right time.
How marvelous and strange!
The right place and the right time
Later the lantern wick passes the message on
All the activities are 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 smut-ball, it is an good omen that someone is about to return with good news.
Meeting but not meeting
Visiting but not visiting
A moon deep down on the seabed
A person who is dreaming
141 In the blink of an eye.
In the dark on guard against thunderbolts
Suspicion and worry entirely
In the blink of an eye
the black clouds disperse
Embracing the sun which appears in the east
142 Making a name *
Earning merit in the Middle State
of marching out to fight
Capturing the disgraceful
in the king’s court
The Fengbird holds the imperial edict
Achieve and enjoy a distinguished name around the world
征 expedition, march; levy taxes; draft, conscript.
四醜 'four seas', around the world.
鳳 male phoenix, fabulous bird of good omen
143 Everything entangled.
Sighing enduring outside worries
Furthermore moaning about
indoor troubles stirring
Entangling the mood even more
And also confusing your state of mind
144 Heaven in the bottle
Many mountains and many rivers
Wind and waves but the road is calm
In the bottle is a different heaven
風波 Wind and waves: disturbances, storm.