145 The power of nature
Running into danger does not need anxiety
Storms don’t need to be avoided
If you meet one of the Caotou people
You are very close to high official rank
風波 disturbance, storm; incidence, crisis; disputes, quarrels.
草頭 Caotou, bandit chief; clover, trefoil; short for
草字頭 caozìtóu: “grass” radical (in the surname)
146 Many doubts
Rowing a boat midstream in a hurry
Early spring flowers appear again
Matters are calm but your heart is not quiet
Provoking many doubts
You can save and you can store
Slices of jade and little pearls
By and by a solid stock
Even before you have a good plan
148 Education *
A boy receives his father’s teachings early
High in virtue for a long time
he is asking for rules
A respectable person arrives to assist
Flowers wither but the child
repays with maturity
149 In its own time
One mind two things
One thing two minds
Fresh flowers on a bare tree
Wait until you can join with spring
150 Withering flowers
For important events
fearing the difficult plans
Whithered flowers are no more fresh
Do not say a matter is free from errors
It involves a lot of advancing and retreating
The osmanthus has cycles
like full and new moon
More splendor with tear and wear
莫道 litt: not dao: do not say.
桂 false; error; fallacy; demon words, rumors.
桂 Laurel or osmanthus grows on the moon.
152 Stop talking start doing
Don’t sigh about lingering matters
Stop talking without end
Finally put your hands to the long rod
After casting once the fish is on the hook
153 Slow but steady
Before starting it is okay to be apprehensive
But one should not stumble in advance because of fear
For now you desire to proceed very slowly
Yet you must also borrow strength
154 Two sides to everything
On foot and not at ease
In a carriage and not at ease
Events get along well in twos
When worry comes then also happiness
155 People of value
The vessel breaks a foot
The car loses spokes
There are valuable people
Who find it important to repair things continuously
156 A lot of talking
Taking part in detailed debates
Great waves surge and boil
Affairs get opposed and are without effect
The time is not favorable
157 The rising sun
An honored guest and you are mutually close
Official rank comes within easy reach
For obtaining gold one must
Looking up at the rising sun
親 close, relation, relative, marriage, fond of.
太陽升 great yang rise: the rising sun; a great man.
From level earth great waves rise up
You seek a job on a difficult day
A funny remark ends in hatred
Being of one heart makes matters feel joyous
159 Stay alert
A gale-force wind blows and unexpected black clouds build up
They cannot keep the moon right overhead covered
Correlating with temporary times of leisure with nothing to do
In the end you can still not overcome
the peeling away
160 The building
A man leans against a building
With many worries
Advance in an unconcerned way
Then matters start to be free from worry
161 A touch of spring
Just a little touch of spring
And the bare branches are full
of fresh blossoms
Aspiration and focus get along well
By all means avoid a fickle heart
(expl. 145-192) 陽春 ‘yang spring’, springtime, enlightened rule.
二三心 'two three heart': a heart without focus.
162 May the sun come out
The road is far
The house fronts are closed off
Oh may the choking mist disappear!
May the clouds lift and the sun come out
163 A fragile line
A fish on the hook
The silk fishing line is fragile
Hauling it in is difficult
The force should be just right
Pulling each other along
and also leading each other
Eagerly attentive and with genuine happiness
Actions are without exception favorable
Worry about things turns into completion
165 Used and jilted
Always be suspicious!
A laugh ceases - a sadness
Red falls on the floor
there is no-one to clean up
Alone facing the Western wind
with sad dark-painted brows
掃 sweep, paint the eyebrows.
落紅 bleed during one's first sexual intercourse (of a virgin).,
西風 Western wind, mood of the west: sunset when birds find their nests.
黛眉 women's blackened eyebrows.
166 Your own road
Superior and inferior
are not getting along together
Hard work and yet no results
Go out and hit the wide road
Henceforth ensuring a beginning and end
167 A man with a whip
Important events can succeed
In a profitable way and without hindrance
In the clouds sits a man with a whip
He reports three years later
執鞭人 Man with a whip: a teacher.
三秋 three/third year or period, autumn season or third month of autumn.
Sunset will soon become the scene of dusk
I fear the new moon has trouble
to grow round
But when I meet visitors with swords
I know for the first time genuine happiness
桑榆 Mulberry and elm: sunset or old age.
暮景 scene of dusk, situation in old age.
刀錐客 Knives and awls guests: merchants or robbers or people of the swords and chains class: strong people.