Dionne's Corner

Thought provoking posts and images of serenity...

February 2018 - Posts

~ Stick # 1 ~The Han dynasty began with the fall of a great city; Two generals strove to be the conqueror, One threw up walls around it, but the mightiest Could break them down to claim his throne.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONJust as the general in this Read More
~ Stick # 15 ~The hill walker faints from the heat of the sun, So Nature's curse will soon strike you down too. Like a bird driven by predators from its nest, You'll only find solace in the depths of the forest.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION As a bird seeks Read More
~ Stick # 53 ~The prince's court housed three thousand guests, Nobody could say which was the greatest. One of them complained of being ignored, Claiming his worth was above all others.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYou should contemplate carefully the ramifications Read More
~ Stick # 48 ~ The humble partridge becomes the great Roc; A freedom that no other bird can know. Higher and higher he soars into the sky, Leaving miles of clouds far below him. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION A dramatic change is about to Read More
~ Stick # 2 ~The dead trees break into green once more; The woods are alive with buzzing life.The immortal peach tree gives forth its fruit, And all the lost find their way home.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONIn this verse, winter turns to spring, and new Read More
~ Stick # 10 ~Disease afflicts all folk alike, No matter how upright their conduct. Even a faithful student of Confucius Became a leper and died alone.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONAlthough your personal conduct is good, troubles may lie ahead. Read More
~ Stick # 11 ~The trees form a green curtain by the river. I sleep in their shade in summer, when the light is long, Watching the swallows take their playful path by, Among the gentle breezes and hanging trees.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONIf you concentrate Read More
~ Stick # 46 ~For the sake of one child, the ruler's command Was the death of all children in his own city. But the orphan was hidden in a far-off state, And, when a man, earned revenge for his father.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONThis is a risky time, Read More
~ Stick # 28 ~The scholar made a pledge on the bridge, Saying 'I shall not cross here again,Unless I come in a horse-drawn carriage.' Fortune blessed him; he crossed the bridge again.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYou cannot achieve all your goals immediately. Read More
~ Stick # 11 ~The trees form a green curtain by the river. I sleep in their shade in summer, when the light is long, Watching the swallows take their playful path by, Among the gentle breezes and hanging trees.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONIf you concentrate Read More
~ Stick # 45 ~The meek will overcome the violent; The kind-hearted will receive infinite rewards. Their deeds of kindness bestow to such great merit, That heavenly ambrosia will quench their thirst.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYour best chance to gain Read More
~ Stick # 19 ~On the kitchen floor the kitten lies, Lazily warming herself in the afternoon sun. Graceful animals always bring good luck, And should be protected whenever possible.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONThis is a very good fortune, and it predicts Read More
~ Stick # 20 ~ALL names in Heaven are unique, And even earthly things cannot be the same. Your future is set within the Book of Fate, Which never confuses praise and blame.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION Although your fate is partially predetermined, your Read More
~ Stick # 40 ~The countryside was full of chaos and disorder, Before the new Emperor came with the Mandate of Heaven. A good ruler serves the whole country, both poor and rich, And brings peace, prosperity and good times for all.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONAn Read More
~ Stick # 5 ~A gale tore apart the garden's flowers, Leaving only broken plants in every bed. Kind folk took pity upon the shattered lawn, Planting new seeds for its rebirth.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONBe cautious in your plans because they can Read More
~ Stick # 25 ~Emperor Ming slew his one true love, But a shaman took pity and eased his heart, With dreams of roaming upon the moon, His beloved mistress forever at his side.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONWhile you seem to have suffered a great loss at the Read More
~ Stick # 51 ~During the long, long summer dog days Everybody is tortured by the burning sun. But now a calm and soothing breeze has arisen, The will of Heaven that eases human souls.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION At the moment, everything may seem overwhelming Read More
~ Stick # 3 ~The mother sparrow builds with clay against a storm, The traveler struggles against the driving rain, Her fledglings huddle inside the nest, But the clay melts and falls-all efforts futile.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYour current precautions Read More
~ Stick # 31 ~Two scholars went to the capital for examinations; One passed and stayed, one failed and returned Carrying a letter from his friend. He fell ill, But eventually- thank Heaven! - came home.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYou may be beset with Read More
~ Stick # 17 ~The river's reeds are tipped with morning dew, Moonlight bathes the stone courtyard steps. I hear the neigh of horses on the soft breeze, Swiftly following the bell's call to rise.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONWhile you have a decent chance Read More