Human Design Explained
When I explain human design to the people in my life, I often like to say it is as if enneagram, gallop strengthsfinder, and DISC had a baby, and that is human design. Human Design is built upon 7 different eastern, and western modalities rolled up into one. It uses your birth time and location to calculate your chart. Once your chart is created, there are many different aspects of your chart to explore and explain.
In human design, there is a lot of depth and nuance available through all the different aspects that are present in a chart. I have made this graphic for you to explore and explain visually all of the depth that is available to you in human design.
Human Design Type Explained
When it comes to explaining type in human design, it is best described as how we, as a whole, are designed to go about moving through the world and interacting with others. Each of the different types has a signature theme, a not-self theme, and a strategy. The signature theme is how we know we are aligned and congruent to our human design. The not-self theme is how we know that we are not in alignment with our human design type. Strategy in human design is how we interact with others optimally in the world. You can dive deeper into your human design type with explanations.
Human Design Profiles Explained
Profiles in human design are leveraged so that we can better understand how we are designed to interact with the world. Our profiles are made up of two separate parts
- the design side (red in a traditional human design chart or on the left side) also known as the subconscious side or the body side.
- The personality side (black in a traditional human design chart or on the right side) also know conscious side or the mind side.
There are 12 different profiles in the human design world composed of 6 different lines:
Line 1 – Investigator or Researcher
Line 2 – Hermit or Introvert
Line 3 – Martyr or Experimenter
Line 4 – Opportunist or Mayor
Line 5 – Heretic or Disruptor
Line 6 – Role Model or Mentor
The 12 profiles that make up the human design system are can to the right.
When thinking about the lines in human design, it is important to think about using the metaphor of a house. The first line is at the foundation on which the house is built upon. The second line is on the first floor of the house. The third line is the stairs or the transition from the first floor to the second floor. The fourth line is the second story or the second story foundation. The fifth line is the mysterious second-story curtained window or some refer to it as the attic, and the sixth line is the roof of the house.
The first three lines, or the lower trigram, are often concerned with themselves, and their process if very personal. They tend not to rush when externalizing things and often don’t want much to do with others. In contrast, the upper lines or upper trigram is transpersonal or interpersonal and is an outer-directed process. These roles essentially need to share with others. Share the past, share the future, and create change.
Explore Your Human Design Profile
More on human design profiles coming soon.
- 1/3 Investigator Martyr
- 1/4 Investigator Opportunist
- 2/4 Hermit Opportunist
- 2/5 Hermit Heretic
- 3/5 Martyr Heretic
- 3/6 Martyr Role Model
- 4/6 Opportunist Role Model
- 4/1 Opportunist Investigator
- 5/1 Heretic Investigator
- 5/2 Heretic Hermit
- 6/2 Role Model Hermit
- 6/3 Role Model Martyr
Human Design Centers Explained
In human design, there are nine centers within the body graph. Each center has meaning, definition, personality, and flow. It is through this definition or openness that the lens through which we see the world is brought to life.
When we have definition in our charts (the colored-in areas), there is a sense of knowing. These areas are fixed and will be with you throughout your life. These are the areas where we become more of who we are. There is a set personality built into these areas of definition.
Think of the child who craves patterns at five and insists on all the bottles in the refrigerator, pointing out while only craving that need to order more at 75. It is within us, built into who we are. However, we can cut off access to our definition and live in the polarity of that center.
When the centers are white in the chart, this means they are undefined with gates coming off of it or open no gates at all. These areas have no fixed or set personality. The gates coming off of the undefined center will provide some flavor, but it is ultimately a filter or a place where you can try on different outfits. It is in these undefined or open centers where we can get into the not-self because we can’t regularly access the energy here and have no fixed personality.
These are places where we can take on conditioning. The energy is inconsistent and unreliable, but these are the centers that pull us into life. This is where you learn lessons, carry baggage, and filter through your experiences to determine what is truly yours. Think of these areas as places you can go shopping to try on what might work for your style.
The struggle or challenge is conditioning with the human design centers We take on “stuff” from others unknowingly. The shoulds…We carry baggage from our parents, our friends, our family, our culture, our mentors and coaches, and even our past. This baggage contorts our true essence. It makes us jaded. It cultivates incongruencies. It clouds our decision-making. It leads us off of our paths and the impact we are here to make. It leads us the not-self.
When we are in the “not – self” our mind is the spokesperson. It takes over. It plants seeds of doubt even though we know something is right for us. It spreads fear when compassion is needed. It keeps pushing us forward when we know we need to rest. It overwhelms us with emotion. It leaves us feeling unworthy or not enough. It creates resistance and has a sandpaper effect everywhere it goes. This is the not-self.
The reality is it is impossible to escape the not-self. It is part of the journey. Learning and discerning of what is truly ours and what is that of the other. When we can get to know this “not self” is when our world can change. It is bringing awareness to it and shining a light on what the not self sounds like, how it erupts in our world and how to wrangle it as life evolves. The ability to manage ourselves widens.
We become more capable (have more awareness). We stay in our bodies more. We find more happiness, peace, and joy. We are present. We find more understanding and empathy for others. We embody what it means to be human by living in alignment with who we are meant to be.
It is important to note that all of the energy in the chart flows to come out of the throat.
Human Design Authority, Not-Self, Definition, and for business Explained
Human design authority is how we are by design meant to make decisions.
Human design not-self happens when we are out of congruence with our type, profile, undefined and open centers, or in the low expression of our gates or channels.
Definition in human design is how the energy flows in our chart and the number of voices or life forces that may be present with one another.
Human Design for Business is how I support my client in building a live and business around their human design.
Human Design Gates Explained
Gate 1 – The Gate of Self-Expression – The Creative
Gate 2 – The Gate of Direction of the Self – The Receptive
Gate 3 – The Gate of Ordering – Difficulty at the Beginning
Gate 5 – The Gate of Fixed – Rhythms – Waiting
Gate 6 – The Gate of Friction – Conflict
Gate 8 – The Gate of Contribution – Holding Together
Gate 9 – The Gate of Focus – The Taming Power of the Small
Gate 10 – The Gate of Behavior of the Self-Treading
Gate 11 – The Gate of Ideas – Peace
Gate 13 – The Gate of the Listener – The Fellowship of Man
Gate 14 – The Gate of Power Skills – Possession in Great Measure
Gate 16 – The Gate of Skills – Enthusiasm
Gate 17 – The Gate of Opinion – Following
Gate 18 – The Gate of Correction – Work on What has been Spoilt
Gate 19 – The Gate of Need – Approach
Gate 20 – The Gate of the Now – Contemplation
Gate 21 – The Gate of the Hunter / Huntress – Biting Through
Gate 22 – The Gate of Openness – Grace
Gate 23 – The Gate of Assimilation – Splitting Apart
Gate 24 – The Gate of Rationalization – The Return
Gate 25 – The Gate of the SPrit of the Self-Innocence
Gate 26 – The Gate of the Egoist – The Taming Power of the Great
Gate 27 – The Gate of Caring – Nourishment
Gate 28 – The Gate of the Game Player – Preponderance of the Great
Gate 29 – The Gate of Saying Yes – The Abysmal
Gate 30 – The Gate of Feelings – The Clinging Fire
Gate 32 – The Gate of Continuity – Duration
Human Design Gates Explained
Gate 34 – The Gate of Power – The Gate of the Great
Gate 35 – The Gate of Change – Progress
Gate 36 – The Gate of Crisis – The Darkening of the Light
Gate 37 – The Gate of Friendship – The Family
Gate 38 – The Gate of The Fighter – Opposition
Gate 40 – The Gate of Aloneness – Deliverance
Gate 41 – The Gate of Contraction – Decrease
Gate 42 – The Gate of Growth – Increase
Gate 43 – The Gate of Insight – Breakthrough
Gate 44 – The Gate of Alertness – Coming to Meet
Gate 45 – The Gate of the Gatherer – Gathering Together
Gate 46 – The Gate of Determination – Pushing Upward
Gate 47 – The Gate of Realization – Oppression
Gate 48 – The Gate of Depth – The Well
Gate 49 – The Gte of Rejection – Revolution
Gate 50 – The Gate of Values – The Cauldron
Gate 51 – The Gate of Shock – Arousing
Gate 54 – The Gate of Ambition – The Marrying Maiden
Gate 55 – The Gate of The Spirit – Abundance
Gate 57 – The Gate of Intuitive Clarity – The Gentle
Gate 58 – The Gate of Vitality – The Joyous
Gate 59 – The Gate of Sexuality – Dispersion
Gate 60 – The Gate of Acceptance – Limitation
Gate 61 – The Gate of Mystery – Inner Truth
Gate 63 – The Gate of Doubt – After Completion
Gate 64 – The Gate of Confusion – Before Completion