A Study of Human Design

For those of you who love to analyze, I’ve broken down the concept of Human Design so that you’ll understand why it takes years, often decades to figure out that one big question we’re all ultimately asking ourselves: “Who Am I?” And the next obvious query: “Why Am I Here?”

Certainly, you’ve thought about it at one point or another, especially in the face of overwhelming defeat, which happens to all of us. The good news is there’s a way to see the big picture without all the suffering and soul-searching that sometimes keeps us awake at night.

Whether or not you believe you have a higher purpose, it’s grounding to find confirmation of your innermost beliefs and desires, don’t you think? It’s like finding a friend who “gets” you.

There is only one you, so even if you’ve aligned yourself with a tribe or culture, know that your gift is so precious it cannot be duplicated. There is no one on this earth who has had your experiences and your resulting perspective. Which leads to another puzzle: “Why is this happening to me?”

I’ve stumbled across something big, and it will give you the answers you’re looking for. The tricky part is dissecting the intricate layers of all that goes into making you who you are. Luckily, there is a system that combines your own common sense, a little science and a whole lot of spiritual wisdom. It’s called Human Design. Since it’s too much to absorb in one sitting, I’ll be following up with more details in a series of articles, but here’s the gist…

Your Human Design Chart is determined by your birth date, time and place. It’s a highly complex map of your journey, combining insight from Eastern and Western Astrology, Chinese I’Ching, The Kabbalah, the Hindu Chakra System and Quantum Physics. That’s what makes this really cool, a bunch of different philosophies all coming together with scientific precision, right down to the genetic code found in your DNA. Curious?

The first distinction in Human Design has to do with your energy Type, which falls into one of the following categories:

Manifestor (leader/initiator — 9% of the population) Manifestors dominate any situation and are here to influence and make an impact. They are natural leaders who don’t care what others think, they do what they want to do. Manifestors act independently and easily initiate action, creating followers who enthusiastically finish the project. They can fix any problem and do not want to be controlled or managed.

Projector (teacher/healer/guide/orchestrator — 20%) Projectors are here to organize and manage others. They have a unique, almost invasive energy which boldly investigates in order to understand. With this gift they are able to provide wisdom in a language that others recognize and respond to. They see the big picture and their insight provides clarity for those they are here to help.

Generator (workforce/life energy/alchemist — 37%) Generators have lots of energy and are here to love life, gaining inner satisfaction from the work that they do. They enjoy working with others who share their vision. Generators respond to outside influences for ideas and work tirelessly towards their goals, but they must do so in a step by step manner.

Manifesting Generator (time bender — 33%) Manifesting Generators have the same characteristics as Generators, with the added ability to see the big picture. They can skip steps in order to improve efficiency, and if something is missing, they are able to initiate new ideas in order to finish the project.

Reflector (calibrator — 1%) Reflectors are rare. They absorb and reflect their outside world, so if you run into one it’s like looking into a mirror. Their purpose is to give others better insight by revealing the energy that is being created in a particular situation, time or environment. They reflect back to you everything you express, kind of like talking to yourself, but as a helpful sounding board for empowering insight.

You may already resonate with one of the archetypes above, but there are many more aspects which fine tune all of your individual and unparalleled characteristics. Each of the personality types above must follow a certain Strategy for decision-making. As in any type of strategy, one must pause and reflect before making choices, and knowing your type will help you know what game plan works best for you.

Much of your strategy is tied to an Emotional/Not-Self Theme, specific to your type. Understanding your unique way of interacting with the world will allow you to trust in your decisions, knowing they are correct and reliable for you. Each of us also has an Inner Authority, a voice which aligns with our purpose. It’s interesting to know what to look for, so I’ll describe the authorities below. These are just some of the pieces that make up your chart. It’s enough to contemplate for now.

Before we do that, I must mention one great big hiccup. There’s a certain amount of personal growth that needs to take place before diving into what I like to call the realization of “our true self.” We’re all heavily influenced by the outside world, and unfortunately it takes years to discover and undo the conditioning we’ve been subjected to. Our core values and beliefs are inherent though, and in time they will come to the surface. Deep down you know what’s right for you, no matter what your parents’ expectations may have been. Your natural instinct knows what’s true, but in order to be helpful, I’ll show you how you can tap into that knowledge directly.

Your brain is just like a computer, storing data and analyzing information. You may use your reasoning to justify your decisions, but your decision making power, that “yes or no” impulse, comes from your cellular biology. If you tap into your intuition, you’ll be able to feel it’s powerful force within your physiology. Below is a description of the seven ways your body communicates with you.

Sacral Authority — is for Generators and Manifesting Generators. It’s an immediate knowing of what is right for you. Your body responds much more accurately than your mind, and you can literally trust your gut reaction. The clue is in the way you answer when asked a yes or no question. Listen to yourself when you utter the telling: “uh-huh” for yes, “un-un” for no, or “hmmm” when undecided. (35%)

Splenic Authority — also reacts in the moment, as the spleen is your energy center for basic survival instincts, when fear shows up. Trust your instincts and go with what feels right for you. If it’s wrong, you’ll sense it immediately. (11%)

Emotional Solar Plexus Authority — about half the population have this authority, which means they need to take time to ride out the waves of emotion which may accompany a major decision. What you think is right for you in anger could look completely different after you’ve had the chance to settle down. The opposite is also true, you could be really excited about something and then wake up the next morning filled with regret. Take a day or two to consider, and then go with what feels right on all levels. (47%)

Ego/Heart Authority — exclusive to Manifestors, this authority speaks from the heart. Powerful influencers impact others with their voice, so it’s important to hear yourself speak. Don’t try to control what you say, just allow it to come out and you will know what is true for you. We all know people who speak without actually thinking about what they’re going to say, right? Now you know that’s a reliable source of information when this is your authority. Check your energy as well and make sure you respond only when well-rested. (1%)

Self-Projected Authority — limited to Projectors, this authority must use others as a sounding board in order to gain clarity. These are people who will allow you to talk about a situation without voicing their own opinion or trying to give you advice. (Tell them ahead of time you’re just needing to talk it through because most people will want to jump in with their own suggestions.) Ask yourself questions to help you visualize the outcome, and take your time. Will this make me happy? Will this allow me to express myself? Am I moving in the right direction? How will it feel? (2%)

Mental Authority/Environmental/None — this authority relies on outside influences for making a decision. It’s important to trust your instincts in relation to your environment. Give yourself time and pay attention to how you feel in a specific location. If something is off, it’s not for you. Clarity will also come from using others as a sounding board. (3%)

Lunar Cycle Authority — for Reflectors, so pretty rare. This authority is established by the way their design connects with the lunar cycle, so they must wait for a full 29 days before making a decision. They need to slow down and not allow the business of others to influence them. (1%)

Please note, there’s more, so much more, but in the interest of easy interpretation, the next most important overall assessment of self has to do with your 64 Gene Keys. It’s crucial to understand that to be completely unique from every other individual that ever was, there’s logistically got to be thousands of different factors influencing your chart.

Gene Keys are feelings, moods, your frequency, vibes, emotion. States of consciousness, energies which move through and around us, and are often highly influenced by our environment.

Each of your Gene Keys link up with the cosmos — interpreting how the time and date of your birth aligns with the wanderings of the planets. Not only that, but your unique essence runs on a sliding scale. Attached to each Gene Key, you’ll find a Line number ranging from one to six, and each of these numbers translate into a specific personality theme.

Let’s use a musical reference: if each Gene Key was a melody, that melody could be played in six different keys. It will sound slightly different depending on which tonality you choose. On any given day we’ve all embodied one of these roles, and your Human Design chart will define where, when and how they apply to you in 64 different ways.

When reading your chart, you’ll find there are two perspectives being integrated. Your Personality represents your conscious beliefs, what you’re aware of in your mind. Your Design is the other side of the equation, the unconscious beliefs you may or may not be aware of, showing up in your body and not within your direct control. A better way to describe this partnership is that your conscious beliefs are the passenger riding in the vehicle of your unconscious beliefs.

Your Profile combines the two, describing the major life themes you’ll be experiencing as you interact with the world. They read as conscious/unconscious, and you’ll see the same numbers at the top of each column (Personality/Design) on the outside edges of your chart. They are both found next to the Sun sign, which determines your vital life force energy. Each number further enhances the expression of your uniqueness.

The first 3 numbers/lines are intrapersonal, meaning our energy is self-focused. Lines 4–6 are transpersonal, where we are more interested in our relationships and experiences with others.

1 — Investigator/The Resource: This is the information seeker, insatiably curious, always trying new things and needing to understand “why” before moving forward. They want to make sure everything checks out, providing security and safety for all.

2 — Hermit/The Responder: This person likes to be alone and is often shy. They don’t see their own natural talents and have to be called out by others before they’re able to share their knowledge, energy and wisdom.

3 — Martyr/The Explorer: These are the experiential learners, discovering what works by finding out first hand what doesn’t. Typically suffering from the many lessons life shows them, they do us a great service by sharing their negative experiences.

4 — Opportunist/The Stabilizer: For this person, relationships and connections mean everything. They care deeply, are highly sensitive to criticism, and do not like uncertainty. Their purpose is to lay a foundation for community, paving the way for exchanging ideas.

5 — Heretic/The Visionary Leader: Serves as supportive and persuasive influencer, very social, often saving the day with practical, universal solutions for all kinds of situations. Helps heal by mirroring the collective consciousness and bringing to light humanity’s highest potential.

6 — Role Model/The Adept: Shows others how to live their authentic self, honoring and expressing their individual truth. Very wise after three stages of growth, the exploration phase, age 0–29, the integration and introspective phase, age 30–49, and finally the fully embodied phase, age 50+. Here to provide an example of how to live our lives fully.

Now that we’ve discussed some of the framework of Human Design, you may be looking for someone to read your chart. I’m not that person, lol, but here’s the link where you can enter your information and see your blueprint up close and personal. This reference comes from the founder of Human Design: Ra Uru Hu, who wrote the book, literally.

Another powerful resource I’ve been using is Richard Rudd’s book: The Gene Keys. I hope this information will lead to your own self-discovery and enlightenment.

There are many who will offer their services as an interpreter, and I’m investigating those as well. Sometimes it just comes down to feeling “connected” with the way someone talks about Human Design. Feel free to follow your nose like I did and poke around. Google has a mysterious way of providing you with exactly what you need if you use it as entertainment, and have fun!

I’m completely fascinated with the many synchronicities I’ve found in my own Human Design chart, so most likely I’ll be following up with articles covering the 9 Centers, an “Open” Center vs. a “Defined” Center, Strategies, etc. All the questions I have will ultimately be answered, so stay tuned, there will be more. Namaste.

What’s the key to happiness? Becoming aware of your own self-worth, effectiveness and value in this world. Find Your True Self: The Art of Flowing Joy