Hexagram 49 — Ko, Revolution (Molting)

49. Ko - Revolution (Molting)
Above (in front): Tui - The Joyous (Lake)
Below (behind): Li - The Clinging (Fire)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Revolution. On your own day
You are believed.
Supreme success.
Furthering through perseverance.
Remorse disappears.

The Image for the Current Situation

Fire in the lake: the image of Revolution.
Thus the superior man
Sets the calendar in order.

The Lines

Please remember: I Ching lines are counted upwards (starting at the bottom line)!

Top line:

The superior man changes like a panther.
The inferior man molts in the face.
Starting brings misfortune.
To remain persevering brings good fortune.
And makes the seasons clear.

Fifth line:
The great man changes like a tiger.
Even before he questions the oracle
He is believed.

Fourth line:
Remorse disappears. Men believe him.
Changing the form of government brings good fortune.

Third line:
Starting brings misfortune.
Perseverance brings danger.
When the talk of revolution has gone the rounds three times,
One may commit himself,
And men will believe him.

Second line:
When one's own day comes, one may create revolution.
Starting brings good fortune. No blame.

Bottom line:
Wrapped in the hide of a yellow cow.