The juxtaposed elements of this hexagram are fire under water. Fire evaporates water, and water puts out fire. Similarly, change often causes conflict; conflict brings about change. This hexagram refers to a time in the cycle of human affairs when things are stirring up, and when the hint of dramatic changes is in the air.
In order to succeed, revolutions must be in alignment with certain laws of nature and good timing. They must begin at the right moment, gather support from a broad base of people, be guided by sincere and capable leaders and — most important of all — must address a real need. The strength of the forces of change will always be in proportion to the urgency of the need being championed. This is true whether the revolution is in government, business, education or in one’s personal affairs.
Revolutionary change points to a period when chaos arises from order. Let’s remember that not all order is good, and not all chaos bad. Chaos is often an integral part of the way things evolve — as any parent (and modern science) will confirm. This hexagram reminds you to have the courage to radically change and renew the way you bring yourself to life. In this way, you can channel chaos to your cause and unleash a new power on behalf of the good. If engaging in a negotiation, change the rules; if composing a piece of music, add the unexpected; if courting a lover, dare to be unconventional.
Combat between forces of dark and light are cyclical; one can become aware of these cycles and master them by preparing in advance. In periods of drought, even wild storms are preferable to yet another sunny day. A new season awaits.