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This series explains the energy of each gate around the Emotional Solar Plexus Center so you can learn to harness your natural passions and creative energy to manifest the life you desire. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “passion,” and practical ways to apply this information. These points hold true whether your Solar Plexus Center itself is defined or open. The Introduction to this series can be found here.

Circuitry

Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.

Circuitry of this Gate

Circuit Group: Individual
The Individual Circuit Group serves the world by bringing forth uniquely individual change (mutation) which indirectly empowers others to transform. It is personal energy, here to follow its own direction and not fit in with others.

Circuit: Knowing
The Knowing Circuit energies are agents of the creative process that drives human growth and evolution. These energies understand the world by simply “knowing,” not based on logic or experience.

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 22 defined in your chart, you are creative, expressive, and even dramatic at times. You can be very social and graceful in your interactions with others when the mood is right, though quite the opposite when the mood isn’t right.

Although Gate 22 does not get to Throat Center (unless Gate 12 is also defined), this energy yearns to express itself, influence others, and transform the world!

This is Individual (transformational) energy that has internal “knowing” and has faith in the universe and its perfect unfolding. When you surrender to right timing, you have influence and wisdom. Like all Individual energy, you may also experience melancholy and feel like you don’t fit in. While not a high expression of Gate 22, it’s also not a low expression… it’s just part of the energy.

In the highest expression, you recognize that grace, charm, and beauty come from within, and must be cultivated and valued for them to express outwardly.

Your emotional energy calibrates your heart alignment and fuels the attraction of “like” vibrations to you (which is the Law of Attraction at work). So this Gate 22 energy helps you in creating your life experience as well as being creative in traditional ways.

Low Expression of this Gate

If Gate 22 is defined in your chart, your low expression of this energy can be moody and overly dramatic. Your depth of emotion can overpower others, and when your mood is low, you can be distinctly un-charming and un-social, and even push people away.

You may only hear what you feel like hearing: mood-driven selective hearing. You may fear there is nothing worth listening to. When you do hear something of interest, you usually must hear it multiple times to fully know it.

At times you let your low vibration emotions (despair, settling, giving up, powerlessness) shut down your creative and expressive energy. And you may live in fear of not being supported by others in your passions and desires.

Passions of this Gate

With your Gate 22 defined, you have a passion for creativity, grace, and charm. You have an eye for art, an ear for music, and you’re probably poetic and romantic!

Your charm is magnetic and, when the mood is right, you can “work a room” (in a good way). Whether your Solar Plexus Center is defined or open, Gate 22 can have an emotional openness that allows you to be a great listener.

Tips for Using this Energy

-Pay attention to your moods and align your actions appropriately; e.g., if you’re in a bad mood, don’t try to socialize.

-Allow your feelings and the depths of your emotions. But–especially if your Solar Plexus Center is defined–wait before you act or speak so you gain clarity about your feelings and about the timing of sharing them; don’t act impulsively.

-Be deliberate and open in listening to others (when you’re in the mood).

-For the best experience of this energy (and the best overall life experience), develop a regular practice that helps you sustain “a high frequency of emotional energy and alignment.” In other words, do what helps you feel as good as possible as often as possible.

Next gate moving clockwise around the Solar Plexus Center:

Gate 36, with a passion for “exploration and adventure.” If your Gate 36 is defined, start noticing how much you crave new experiences and new challenges. And how much you hate/avoid boredom!

Read all about Gate 36 here >>

Go back to the Introduction post for links to all the published posts in this series.

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This series explains the energy of each gate around the Emotional Solar Plexus Center so you can learn to harness your natural passions and creative energy to manifest the life you desire. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “passion,” and practical ways to apply this information. These points hold true whether your Solar Plexus Center itself is defined or open. The Introduction to this series can be found here.

Circuitry

Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.

Circuitry of this Gate

Circuit Group: Tribal
The Tribal Circuit Group is concerned with survival of the tribe. It provides support and protection for family and community and transforms individual ambition into teamwork. This is group energy in which the good of the tribe/family comes first.

Circuit: Ego
The Ego Circuit energies govern the structure of how we function in groups, including laws, values, business agreements, marriage, families, communities, and management of resources. It contains emotion, but no logic (that’s in the Collective Logic circuitry).

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 37 defined in your chart, you have a strong focus on your “tribe” and on creating peace and harmony around you. You are the one who holds the family together and you love the fellowship and food of family and community gatherings.

This is projected energy so you feel best when you are recognized by your community and are clear about your place and role… “how you fit in.”

You are a natural hugger and nurturer and you tend to build friendships and strategic alliances based on agreements: you do this and I’ll do that. This is the high integrity version of “quid pro quo” and based on win-win.

In your highest expression of this energy, you recognize inner peace as the true source of outer peace and you’re careful to stay grounded and emotionally aligned with peace and harmony. You are able to choose peace regardless of outer circumstances, or return to peace quickly after bumps in the road.

Low Expression of this Gate

There are several low expressions of this energy if Gate 37 is defined in your chart. You may not wait for or accept recognition from your family or community. You might be unfair in your bargains, not keep your agreements, and not trust others to keep theirs.

You might not be skilled at returning to peace and harmony after a disruption, and be slow to regain your stability and re-align your emotional energy.

You might be so invested in giving to others that you fail to replenish your own “cup” and serve others from your cup not your saucer, further depleting your reserves. (I first heard this analogy from Lisa Nichols, who was in The Secret, and I’ve never forgotten it. It is so applicable to the Gate 37.)

Finally, you may withdraw from others, rejecting and walking away from the very acceptance and belonging that you so crave. This is emotional energy!

Passions of this Gate

With your Gate 37 defined, you have a passion for peace, harmony, and fairness, and for creating agreements that bring these forth and support them. Though you choose to keep peace in most circumstances, you are not necessarily passive–you can be a warrior for peace (in a peace-guided way).

You are fiercely loyal and feel heart-broken when agreements and/or loyalty are not upheld. You are also passionately physical in your expressions of affection and connection, so being in quarantine or social-distancing from friends and family is harder on you than on most.

Tips for Using this Energy

-Create habits and practices that connect you with your inner peace and sustain your alignment with a peaceful emotional frequency.

-When things get stressful around you or within you, focus on your intention to  sustain true peace, then BE or DO what brings you back to that; after you’ve been knocked off center, take a few moments to return to and realign with your core of peace and harmony.

-Be sure all agreements are VERY clear to all parties, no assumptions or ambiguities.

-Take a few moments to explore and perhaps re-define peace—what it looks like, feels like, its true meaning—and meditate on it often. Deliberately cultivate inner peace.

-Be active and involved in your tribe and communities, and be patient for their recognition of your contributions.

Next gate moving clockwise around the Solar Plexus Center:

Gate 22, with a passion for “creativity and grace.” If your Gate 22 is defined, start noticing when you’re in a state of grace and creative flow, and when you’re not. Both are important and part of who you are.

Read all about Gate 22 here >>

Go back to the Introduction post for links to all the published posts in this series.

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This series explains the energy of each gate around the Emotional Solar Plexus Center so you can learn to harness your natural passions and creative energy to manifest the life you desire. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “passion,” and practical ways to apply this information. These points hold true whether your Solar Plexus Center itself is defined or open. The Introduction to this series can be found here.

Circuitry

Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.

Circuitry of this Gate

Circuit Group: Tribal
The Tribal Circuit Group is concerned with survival of the tribe. It provides support and protection for family and community and transforms individual ambition into teamwork. This is group energy in which the good of the tribe/family comes first.

Circuit: Defense
The Defense Circuit energies provide protection, resources, procreation, caring, nourishment, bonding, transmission of values, and even the impetus to fight. These energies create strong families and united tribes to ensure survival.

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 6 defined in your chart, you are here for both impact and intimacy. This is an emotional and creative energy that can include creating new human life through sexual intimacy. It is also an energy that defends the tribe and will wage war if needed.

Mostly this energy functions as a gatekeeper determining when and with whom you will be intimate. Gate 6 is part of an “emotional wave” channel to the Solar Plexus and so it’s best to take time to make correct choices. This involves managing the wave of emotions (your own or from others) from the Solar Plexus Center and requires emotional maturity for optimal choices. War and procreation are not to be entered into lightly!

When conflicts are resolved, intimacy can follow. Thus, if you have the Gate 6 defined, you can also be a peacemaker when the mood and timing are right.

Low Expression of this Gate

In the low expression, this energy is called conflict or friction. While growth sometimes requires friction—think of friction in the muscle when doing a bicep curl and how it results in muscle growth—this energy can at times resort to unproductive conflict and friction just to make an impact.

As the Spleen Center has fears associated with its gates, so does the Solar Plexus Center. The Gate 6’s fear is the fear of intimacy.

Passions of this Gate

From an emotional perspective, your passion with the Gate 6 defined is to connect intimately with others… or at least to make a lasting impression! Learn to leverage this passion to create the relationships and intimacy you desire.

This is powerful tribal energy penetrates others’ auric fields which may be uncomfortable for them. Keep in mind that intimate interpersonal connection may not be as natural for others as it is for you.

Tips for Using this Energy

-Pay attention to your feelings and mood and the effect you have on others. You may be unaware of your impact.

-If your Gate 6 and your Solar Plexus Center are defined, wait for clarity through your emotional wave in ALL things. You are not designed for quick or spontaneous decisions.

-If your Gate 6 is defined but your Solar Plexus Center is undefined, the intensity of others’ emotional waves will be amplified and expressed through your Gate 6 energy. So be especially aware of your mood and your impact.

-Realize that others may not be ready for, or comfortable with, your natural level of intimacy.

-Trust your own sense of inner guidance and timing (follow your Strategy and Authority) to know whether to focus on friction and conflict in a given situation or to smooth the troubled waters.

Next gate moving clockwise around the Solar Plexus Center:

Gate 37, with a passion for “harmony.” If your Gate 37 is defined, start noticing your impulse to keep peace and create harmony around you.

Read all about Gate 37 here >>

Go back to the Introduction post for links to all the published posts in this series.

 

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(posted 2020-04-08 during coronavirus pandemic)

My dear friend, shaman Alana Blusol, sent me this beautiful message written by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in 2001. It touched me deeply and is so relevant for giving us hope, inspiration, and empowerment during the global and personal upheavals we face these days. I wanted to share it with you in the hope that you, too, will find these words inspiring and empowering.

Mis Estimados Queridos, My Esteemed Ones:

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times.

I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall:

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D
– Author of the best seller Women Who Run with the Wolves

May you be well and safe and loving and fierce in these important times.

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This post begins a series that explains the energy of each gate around the Emotional Solar Plexus Center so you can learn to harness your natural passions and creative energy to manifest the life you desire.

Emotional energy is a frequency of energy that brings richness and creativity to our lives. It is home to the passion and intensity that distinguish us from  fellow animals on this planet. Romantic love, anguish, poetry, empathy, compassion, magnificent works of art, soaring pieces of music, and even revolution are all contained in the Emotional Solar Plexus Center of the Human Design chart.

This center is one of nine geometrical shapes on the chart, called energy centers. The Solar Plexus is the only one that is both an awareness center and a motor center. Motors provide energy for taking action while awareness centers gives us energy for self-awareness and conscious intelligence.

This combination makes the Solar Plexus the most complex of the nine centers and gives it tremendous impact on our lives.

The emotional energy in this center operates in waves, like a sine wave on a graph. It has ups and downs, highs and lows. These natural cycles are experienced directly by the half of the population that has this center defined (colored) on their chart.

The other half of the population has this center open (white) which means they take in and amplify this energy, and the related emotional waves, from the defined Solar Plexus Centers around them. They experience this energy indirectly and can develop great wisdom about emotional energy because they experience such wide variations in the possibilities of this energy.

Because emotions can be intense and not logical or rational, emotional waves cause distortions in our perception of the world. This is especially true for the emotionally defined among us. At the top of your emotional wave you may feel excited about an opportunity, but at the bottom of your wave you may have a very different feeling about it.

Thus, if you are emotionally defined, it’s crucial for you to understand the energy dynamics at play here, and to take your time in making decisions. You reach clarity only after waiting through at least one of your wave cycles so you can see the distortions and the variable feelings caused by it. [I’ll explain more about decision-making in a future post.]

The Metaphysical Role of the Solar Plexus

Emotional energy has a biochemical basis in the body but its role and impact go far beyond our physical nature. Our emotions, usually triggered by our thoughts and beliefs, calibrate our heart energy located in the G Center (diamond shape in middle of chart).

The G Center is home to our personal magnetic monopole which connects us to the collective energy of the universe and also attracts to us people, events, and circumstances that resonate with our heart energy. This is where and how the Law of Attraction works. It’s all about our magnetic resonance field.

So, our emotional feelings play a vital role in creating our direction and experiences in life. They truly create our reality!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Yet, it rarely seems quite as simple as changing our thoughts to instantaneously change our life. We are, after all, very complex beings. Thankfully, Human Design helps illuminate our complexity and gives us tools for understanding and navigating the labyrinth of connections and influences that make us who we are.

What Are the “Passions of the Solar Plexus”?

Each center on the Human Design bodygraph has several “gates” attached to it, which combine with other gates to form channels which then connect the centers to each other. There are 64 gates in the Human Design system, and it takes two gates to form a channel.

The gates are expressions and archetypes of the human experience, and the gates that are connected to a center are related to the energy of that center.

The energy of a center gets “filtered” through the defined (colored) gates attached to it in order to be expressed. This is true whether the center itself is defined or open. If there are no defined gates attached to a center, then that center is unlimited in its expression.

Each of the seven gates attached to the Solar Plexus Center reflects one aspect of the emotional and creative potential of the center. I call them the “Passions of the Solar Plexus.”

For example, Gate 6 has a passion for having impact and intimacy. Gate 37 has a passion for creating peace and harmony.

When you have ANY Solar Plexus gates defined in your chart, using those “passions” correctly will allow you to authentically express your creative power in your life.

It’s also important to understand the Solar Plexus Gates that are open (white) in your chart, because:

  • People in your life may have those defined and knowing THEIR creative powers will help you in your interactions with them.
  • If you are around someone who has those gates defined, you will take in and amplify that energy. Even though you don’t carry the energy of those gates consistently, you will experience and possibly express those energies at times. Remember, we ALL experience ALL of the chart!
  • When planets or other celestial bodies are passing through any of the Solar Plexus Gates (transiting), you will likely feel those energies and may notice those around you expressing them, too.

Bottom Line

These energies—the Passions of the Solar Plexus—affect the way we exert our creative power in the world… which determines our life experience. Armed with this knowledge, you can consciously leverage these energies to your advantage while remaining aligned with the truth and magnificence of Who You Are.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll explore all seven of the gate energies connected to the Solar Plexus Center, one at a time. For simplicity, we’ll start with Gate 6, on the left side of the Solar Plexus Center, and move clockwise around it.

Learn about the Passions of Gate 6 HERE >>

Here are all of the published posts in this series:

Passions of the Solar Plexus #1 – Gate 6 “Impact and Intimacy”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #2 – Gate 37 “Peace and Harmony”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #3 – Gate 22 “Creativity and Grace”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #4 – Gate 36 “Exploration and Adventure”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #5 – Gate 30 “Passion”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #6 – Gate 55 “Faith and Abundance”
Passions of the Solar Plexus #7 – Gate 49 “Revolution and Principles”

 

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[written 3/20/20 about the coronavirus pandemic]

First, let me give you a virtual hug. In these days of social distancing I miss the closeness and affection of hugs and cheek kisses. (I’m half French… cheek kisses are important!)  Hugs are very healthy for us… except under these unusual circumstances.

I hope you are staying well and calm. Fear, worry, panic, anxiety, despondency all drain our immune system… just at a time when we need our immune system to stay as strong as possible.

I thought it might be helpful to put some bigger-picture context around this pandemic and the related disruptions it’s causing in life as we knew it. It’s the unknown that causes the most stress, and having some context takes a little of the uncertainty and feeling of “free fall” out of the picture.

The context I’m referring to is the 2027 Solar Plexus Mutation that Ra Uru Hu foretold.This is an evolutionary transformation for all of humanity. To keep it simple, we are shifting from a paradigm of lack, fear, and competition into a new paradigm of abundance, caring, and cooperation.

This is a BIG shift. Even the Human Design chart will be changing!

Of course, this won’t happen overnight. We won’t wake up in 2027 and suddenly everything will be peachy-keen. This transition has been in the works for hundreds of years and will continue well past 2027. But 2027 is the focal point of the shift, and it’s only seven years away.

Any big shift in society causes a LOT of push-back and turbulence before, during, and after its focal point. The abolition of slavery in the U.S. is a good example. That even caused a bloody and horrible civil war. But eventually the change was adopted and integrated into society and we rebuilt the infrastructures of life upon a new, higher platform—a more humane platform.

I invite you to keep this bigger perspective in mind as you navigate these confusing and uncertain times. Knowing that we’re actually moving toward a significant improvement in human life can help ease the fears.

What this time actually calls for is engagement, but in new ways. Yes, stay home if you don’t need to go out and practice smart hygiene and self-care until this covid-19 pandemic is under control. But even during this time we can open our hearts and watch out for each other–while keeping our physical distance. We have the blessings of smart devices, internet, email, text, and social media.

I am heartened to read how people are reaching out to neighbors and making sure everyone has food, medicines and supplies they need. The human creative impulse and the caring impulse are alive and well. People are socializing with others for cocktail hour by video conference. Much of the work and schooling around the globe are being done virtually. So many are finding innovative ways to be helpful.

We will need to invent new ways of doing business and socializing. New preparedness for crises. New dynamics for healthcare and for supporting well-being. New economic measures and new roles for governments and institutions.

We probably won’t be returning to the “normal” we knew… the normal you may be longing for at this point. But there will be a “new normal.” One that WE (you and me and everyone around us) will be crafting and forging as we move forward together.

It is up to each of us to participate in creating the world as we would like it to be. One step at a time. Peace. Compassion. Sustainable resources for all. Healthy planet, healthy people. Workable solutions. Fairness, justice, food and shelter for all. Education for all. Dignity. Respect. Cooperation. (Add your own list here.)

One of the core foundations of creating this new normal is self-awareness. Only by knowing ourselves can we make choices (and even compromises) that are correct and in alignment with our highest ideals and the intentions of our soul. Only by knowing yourself can you fully play your unique role in this transition. We are all alive during these times for a reason. You are here for a unique purpose with a personal contribution to make to the world. The better you know yourself, the better you’ll be able to fulfill your role.

Here are some suggestions for navigating these current challenges:

  • Stay calm and be as prepared as you can for the coming months of uncertainty and newness (but no hoarding!).
  • Amp up your faith in humanity and keep the big picture in mind.
  • Pay attention to the advice of experts and the directives of your government. Reducing the spread of covid-19 is paramount. Because we can carry and spread the virus without having any symptoms, honoring the guidelines for reduced socializing and gatherings, for enhanced hygiene, and for social distancing is critical for the benefit of you, your family, the healthcare system, and everyone on the planet.
  • Open your heart and reach out in appropriate ways to help those in need.
  • Continue to learn about YOU and integrate as much self-knowledge from your Human Design chart as you can.

If you have some time, grab your chart and the charts of loved ones and enjoy these articles for free.

Fears of the Spleen Series – learn about the “fears” of all 7 Spleen Center Gates

Voices of the Throat Series – identify the authentic “voice” of each of the Throat Center’s 11 Gates

Ego Energies of the Will Series – explore all 4 gates of the Will Center and their “ego” themes

Celebrity Chart Reviews – you can learn a lot about yourself and your loved ones by understanding celebrities with similar chart attributes. Reviews include Stephen King, Arianna Huffington, Robin Williams, Sandra Bullock (she’s a Reflector!), Abraham Lincoln (a Projector!), Prince William and Kate, Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Judy Collins, Wayne Dyer, and so many more!

[Be sure to click the Previous Posts link at the bottom of the Celebrity Charts page to see more reviews.]

I’m working on a new series of articles, this one exploring the Passions of the Solar Plexus Center. Navigating our emotions and harnessing our ability to create our desires are of crucial importance right now. Watch for the first article in this new series soon.

And for right now, I am intending that we all stay centered and calm, informed and cooperative, compassionate and prepared, healthy and grateful (for all that IS working right now). And be sure to ask for help if you need help. We’re all in this together.

 

P.S.  I have a fairly open Human Design chart: 4 defined centers and 5 open. I’ve been feeling very distracted and unfocused lately, probably from the craziness of the last few weeks. If you have a lot of openness too, you may be feeling a little off balance. Please make self-love and self-care your number one priority.

P.P.S.  No matter what your chart looks like, you are the coolest person you will ever know. Take GREAT care of yourself. ❤️

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Human Design is an extraordinary tool for self-awareness and improving how we function in our lives. But that’s only half the story.

Human Design is also brilliant at helping us with relationships.

When we understand the energetic dynamics that underpin our relationships, we not only get clarity and helpful strategies for improving our interactions with others but we also gain compassion, patience, forgiveness, and the longer-term view. And those go a LONG way to improving the quality of our relationships, especially with the people we love. (Sometimes, those are the most challenging relationships!)

With specialized software, we can create a “relationship composite” chart that literally combines two personal Human Design bodygraph charts into one integrated composite chart.

This composite chart allows the trained Human Design professional to explore two important aspects:

  • the specific dynamics between the two people
  • the unique blueprint that gets created by the relationship

Just as we are influenced (“conditioned”) by others, we also exert influence ON others. Being aware of our own impact and being able to distinguish clearly what is “mine” from what is the other person’s allows us to be true to ourselves while truly honoring the other.

Although there are relationship “formulas” in Human Design for what works best and what doesn’t in relationships, I am a firm believer that ANY relationship can work with enough understanding and patience!

That said, there are of course some combinations that are more challenging than others. For example, if one person in a couple has the Gate 21 defined in her chart she will want to be in control of the money and resources in the relationship and will probably be a bit conservative—wanting to save rather than spend. If her partner has the Gate 45 defined in his chart, which completes the 21-45 Channel of Money within their relationship (the completion of a channel is a relationship dynamic is called an electromagnetic), he is likely to want to spend money. Without mutual understanding, this can create deep friction between them.

Different decision-making processes can also create frustration and tension. If one person is designed for fast decisions and the other person needs to take time to make decisions correctly, this can cause endless pressure and impatience for both people. Here is how two friends with different decision strategies worked things out.

Another challenge can be the different quality and quantity of energy, particularly the energy for “doing,” between the different Types. Here is a wonderful example of a Projector and a Manifestor learning how to support each other correctly.

These few examples just skim the surface of what can be learned from a Relationship Reading. In my work with clients, we spend 75 minutes together for such a reading. If you already know a lot about the other person’s chart, we spend the whole time looking at the two points above: the specific dynamics between the two charts, and the unique composite chart created by them.

If you don’t already know much about the other person’s chart, we can spend a little time on the highlights and relevant aspects of their chart, then dive into the relationship dynamics and the composite itself.

In case you’re wondering, the other person does NOT need to be present for (or even aware of) the reading. I’ve had many clients who simply want to understand and know how to support and interact better with their spouse, or child, or grandchild, or sibling, or business partner, or best friend.

Also, a Relationship Reading is an advanced reading and requires that YOU have had at least a basic reading about your own chart first. This makes what you learn in the Relationship Reading infinitely more valuable and usable.

Below is an actual composite chart so you can get a feel for what it’s like. The person on the left’s gates show as green on the composite, and the person on the right’s gates show as blue. This way it is clear who is bringing which energies to the composite. For this purpose, it doesn’t matter which gates are conscious (black) and which are unconscious (red). This composite is from a Celebrity Chart review I did about John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy’s relationship. You can see their individual charts and read that review here.

Note: they have 4 electromagnetics in their composite, which is where a channel is half green and half blue. (Not the blue and green checkered gates)

If you’d like to explore having a Relationship Reading, you can learn more here.

One of the best ways to experience this reading is with a package of reading sessions. This can give you the depth of understanding about yourself and the other person to allow a true deepening of the relationship as well as an expansion of your own full expression. Read about Custom Reading and Deep Reading packages at their links.

 

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Sun Transiting Through the Gates

The “big picture” of the Human Design chart is the mandala that shows the 64 I’Ching hexagrams in the outer circle, the corresponding 64 gate numbers inside that, the 12 astrological signs inside that, and the Human Design bodygraph in the middle.

The 64 gate energies of Human Design represent the archetypes of our experiences and expressions as human beings. They are the foundational aspects of who we are and how we interact.

Each year the sun moves counterclockwise around the gates of the mandala (like the sun moves through the astrological signs), spending approximately 6 days in each gate. For deeper understanding, know that the sun progresses through all 6 lines of a gate before moving into the next gate.

As the sun (or any other celestial body) moves through a gate it “activates” the energy of that gate. This means that the energy is released to “flow” to us. The sun is considered the most dominant and important transit to be aware of.

The Rest of the Transits

All the other planetary bodies are also moving around the mandala, in their own timing. Together they form the “transits” which exert influence on everyone. When the sun or any other planetary body is in a particular gate, everyone on earth temporarily experiences the activation of that energy. We are all “bathed” in that energy. This is what is meant when you hear that a particular energy is transiting.

Which planet (or sun, earth, or node) is activating a gate will determine how that gate energy impacts us. For example, if the earth is activating a gate then that gate energy will be very grounding. If Mercury is activating a gate, that gate energy will affect how or what we communicate.

How Transits Work

The transits do NOT change your chart. The energetic structure of your chart remains the same throughout your life. But the transits affect us and can temporarily give us the “flavor” of experiencing that energy directly. A transit can even give us the temporary experience of having defined centers at either end of the transiting gate if the transit completes a channel in your chart (this is called an “electromagnetic”) or if multiple planetary transits bring an entire channel into activation at the same time.

Just remember that these effects are temporary and usually mild, if they are felt at all. However, if you are particularly sensitive personally or very aware of energies around you, knowing what the transits are doing can help you to make sense of your experiences and put these energies into their proper perspective.

Knowing about them can also help you to “leverage” those energies when they are available. For example, if you have an open Will Center (also called the Heart or Ego Center) and a particular transit completes a channel for you giving you temporary definition in your Will Center, you can know that you will have greater access to willpower energy and to deliberately exerting your will during that transit period.

I have two favorite resources for keeping track of the transits:

  1. Karen Curry Parker’s 2020 Human Design Evolution Guide, which focuses on the sun transits and provides affirmations, writing assignments, and EFT setups for each transit; it is updated annually. (this is an affiliate link)
  2. The Zen Human Design Pocket Ephemeris, which shows all of the transits for the year in a handy pocket-size booklet; it is updated annually. There is also a multi-year ephemeris in a larger book format available. I use the 2001-2025 edition. (this is not an affiliate link)

Also, most free online chart software will allow you to create a Just Now chart which shows all the planetary gate activations at the moment you create the chart.

How Does Your Personal Chart Relate to the Transits?

Your Human Design chart is a snapshot of the transits at the moment of your birth (shown as the black gate numbers) and at approximately 3 months prior to your birth (shown as the red gate numbers). As you understand your chart and the impacts of those gate energies on your life, you’ll begin to realize the potential impact that these transiting energies have every moment of our lives. Nothing stays still out there! The planets are always moving and always activating energies that affect us.

The imprinting of the transits at our birth is their most powerful impact on us. But also we swim in a sea of transit energies from the moment we are born.

 

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This series explains the energy of each gate around the Will Center so you can learn to leverage willpower and make your impact on the world in ways that are correct for YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “impact,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here.

Circuitry  

Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.

Circuitry of this Gate

Circuit Group: Tribal
The Tribal Circuit Group is concerned with survival of the tribe. It provides support and protection for family and community and transforms individual ambition into teamwork. This is group energy in which the good of the tribe/family comes first.

Circuit: Ego
The Ego Circuit energies govern the structure of how we function in groups, including laws, values, business agreements, marriage, families, communities, and management of resources. It contains emotion, but no logic (that’s in the Collective Logic circuitry).

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 40 defined in your chart, you are here to be a hard worker who derives satisfaction from delivering what you promised and from contributing to the tribe through your efforts. Your central challenge is to balance work with rest, so you don’t burn out your energy.

Along with rest you also need alone time to recover your energy and to establish your independence from the tribe. The Gate 40 energy wants to be independent but also wants to belong—a core conundrum for this gate. Gate 40 is considered one of the three gates of aloneness. The other two are Gates 12 and 33.

Part of your work-related satisfaction comes from feeling appreciated and being rewarded for your efforts. Your best strategy for this is to be very clear about boundaries, promises, agreements, and expectations—what you are willing to do and what you expect in return, and what others are willing to do and what they expect of you.

Forgiveness of yourself and others helps to smooth misunderstandings, heal relationship wounds, recover personal energy, and foster a healthy community.

Low Expression of this Gate

In the low expression of this energy, you may be over-promising and over-working to prove your value, ensure your place in the tribe, and earn your rewards. Burnout is a common result especially if you are pushing with Will Center energy (whether your Will Center is defined or open) and not resting. Because Gate 40 is associated with the stomach, overwork can also lead to stomach problems such as ulcers or reflux.

Loneliness (which is different from aloneness) can be a painful low experience of this energy, feeling like you’re on the outside looking in, wanting to be part of the tribe but feeling like you don’t belong.

If you are not feeling appreciated or supported by your tribe/family/community, or if agreements are not being honored, you may withhold the “fruits of your labor” and not share or contribute the results of your hard work. You may also withhold forgiveness as a way of exerting your will.

Ego Impact of this Gate

From an ego perspective, your impact with Gate 40 comes from withholding your work, energy, resources, or forgiveness as retaliation against perceived unfairness in the bargains and agreements of life.

Your drive for independence can cause you to pull away from others (withholding yourself). Then your loneliness pulls you back into the tribe for the interdependence that is the cornerstone of tribal energy, requiring forgiveness and renegotiating agreements.

Tips for Using this Energy

-Make sure you REST and recover from all that you do.

-Make sure agreements and expectations are very clear; renegotiate them as needed.

-Ask for what you need—appreciation, rest, connection, alone time.

-When you feel lonely, let this energy drive you to reconnect you with your tribe/community.

-Recognize your role and place in the tribe even when you are “feeling” like an outsider. In this particular case, trust the evidence around you instead of your feelings.

-Be deliberate about practicing forgiveness. Forgive yourself first, then forgiving others comes more easily.

This concludes our clockwise ride through the gates of the Will Center.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. I’d love to hear your feedback!

And keep an eye out for more series like this one.

 

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This series explains the energy of each gate around the Will Center so you can learn to leverage willpower and make your impact on the world in ways that are correct for YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “impact,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here.

Circuitry

Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.

Circuitry of this Gate

Circuit Group: Tribal
The Tribal Circuit Group is concerned with survival of the tribe. It provides support and protection for family and community and transforms individual ambition into teamwork. This is group energy in which the good of the tribe/family comes first.

Circuit: Ego
The Ego Circuit energies govern the structure of how we function in groups, including laws, values, business agreements, marriage, families, communities, and management of resources. It contains emotion, but no logic (that’s in the Collective Logic circuitry).

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 21 defined in your chart, you are here to control your circumstances and you generally thrive in positions of control within your family, tribe, company, or community. Control is both a “need” and a “gift” for you.

The highest expression of Gate 21 is in supporting the sustainable abundance and wise use of resources for your family/tribe/business through your dependable skills and care, and your natural focus on the material world.

You are likely to be conservative with resources and spending, while the electromagnetic energy—Gate 45—is more likely to spend and be generous (or possibly frivolous) with resources.

You are willing to work hard, but to feel successful you must have some amount of control over your situation. You particularly like to take good care of your own belongings, and you are willing to care for the resources and possessions of others if you feel the deal is fair.

You have a strong drive for independence and dislike feeling dependent on or controlled by others. The deep lesson of this Gate 21 energy is in learning to surrender to what you cannot control (which, let’s face it, is most things in life!). Trying to control things that cannot be controlled is a recipe for frustration and feeling like a failure.

Low Expression of this Gate

In the low expression of this energy, you may be trying to prove that you are in control, your ego may try to dominate others, and you may have trouble delegating responsibilities to others for fear of losing control of the project or situation.

Gate 21 can be “control freak” energy causing you to dig your heels in, be very stubborn, engage in power struggles, and push with your ego and will (whether your Will Center is defined in your chart or not).

All of these behaviors can potentially cause burnout and even heart problems. Gate 21 is related to the heart muscle in the body and the stress of being in control, or not being in control, or striving for control can lead to stress-related problems.

Plus, there is a gnarly conundrum within Gate 21 energy: you want control for yourself (and for your ego), but this is tribal energy so your control must serve or benefit others in some way or there will be tribal consequences for you to face.

Ego Impact of this Gate

From an ego perspective, your impact with Gate 21 comes from the power of control. You want to control people and processes in order to determine circumstances and outcomes.

To be effective (and beneficial to the tribe), control must be exerted correctly, according to Type, or you will meet with strong resistance. Manifestors must inform before assuming control. Generators and Manifesting Generators must first respond to the circumstance before taking control. Projectors must be recognized and invited into a role with control. Reflectors must sense that others need someone to take control and then step into that role if they have the energy for it.

Tips for Using this Energy

-Pick your battles carefully! Don’t spend precious energy on little power struggles and become too drained to take on the important challenges.

-How do you do that? Learn to recognize when your Gate 21 energy kicks in and wants to have control, then make a conscious choice about whether it’s worth the effort (or the consequences).

-If you can’t control some of the big circumstances of your life (who you work for, where you live, etc.), at least successfully control what you CAN control—what you eat, wear, watch/listen to, your self-care, etc.

-Make peace with what is outside of your control, which is nearly everything! The only real control we have is over our thoughts, beliefs, and choices. Choose wisely, and the rest will unfold naturally.

 

Next gate moving clockwise around the Will Center:

Gate 40, with the impact of “withhold.” If your Gate 40 is defined, notice when you have the impulse to withhold resources (including attention and affection) in order to exert influence in a situation.

Learn about the Ego Energy of Gate 40 here >>

 

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