≡ Menu

Quick Tip: How the sun and planets “transit” through the Gates

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 2019 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.

 

0 comments

[Series] Ego Energies of the Will #4 – Gate 40

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.

Series: Ego Energies of the Will #4 – Gate 40 “Withhold”

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. [continue reading…]

4 comments

[Series] Ego Energies of the Will #3 – Gate 21

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.

Series: Ego Energies of the Will #3 – Gate 21 “Control”

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. [continue reading…]

0 comments

[Series] Ego Energies of the Will #2 – Gate 51

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.

Series: Ego Energies of the Will #2 – Gate 51 “Compete”

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: Centering
The Centering Circuit energies help us to be centered in the truth of who we are and provide direction to others through our own self-empowered direction.  This is spiritual energy that is also part of our humanness.

High Expression of this Gate

If you have the Gate 51 defined in your chart, you are here to help others transform their perspective by initiating (or shocking) them out of their normal view into seeing a bigger picture. Surprise is your ally as it helps you to broaden the awareness of others! [continue reading…]

3 comments

[Series] Ego Energies of the Will #1 – Gate 26

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.

Series: Ego Energies of the Will #1 – Gate 26 “Influence”

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 26 defined in your chart, you are here to influence and persuade others by transmitting what you believe will improve their lives. You can “sell the dream” and then “close the deal” as the ultimate salesperson. [continue reading…]

4 comments

[Series] Ego Energies of the Will – Introduction

This post begins a series that 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.

Most of us want to have a positive impact on the world and the people around us, but often we don’t know quite how to do that. We see powerful people in the news and in our spheres of activity and wonder what they do to be so influential. How do they manage to have such impact?

And why can’t we do that, too?

The problem, of course, is that what works for them probably won’t work for you. [continue reading…]

0 comments

Series: Voices of the Throat #12 – Gate 16

This series explains the energy of each Gate around the Throat Center so you will know how to communicate effectively and authentically as YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “voice,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here. Links to the rest of this series are at the end of this post.

Series: Voices of the Throat #12 – Gate 16 “I Experiment”

 

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.

Circuitry of this Gate:

Circuit Group: Collective

The Collective Circuit Group serves the greater good and our collective values. It shares information, opinions, experiences, solutions. It is not personal.

Circuit: Logic

The Logic Circuit energies use patterns and logical thinking to understand our world and predict future outcomes. 

High Expression of this Gate:

If you have the Gate 16 defined in your chart, you are here to experiment, practice, refine the “pattern,” and eventually develop mastery of something you love.  Both your talent and the recognition of it are earned. [continue reading…]

4 comments

Series: Voices of the Throat #11 – Gate 20

This series explains the energy of each Gate around the Throat Center so you will know how to communicate effectively and authentically as YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “voice,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here. Links to the rest of this series are at the end of this post.

Series: Voices of the Throat #11 – Gate 20 “I Am Now”

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.

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 drive human growth and evolution.  These energies understand the world by simply “knowing,” and are not based on logic or experience.

Special Circuit: Integration

The Gate 20 is also one of four Gates that form the complex channels called Integration.  They are closely related to Individual Circuitry, but not technically part of it.  These energies are focused on bringing change (mutation) through individual survival, living in the now, integrating awareness over time, and generally having little concern for impact on others.

High Expression of this Gate:

If you have the Gate 20 defined in your chart, you are here to be fully present and aware in the moment—which supports your survival, your intuitive knowing, your right action, and your self-focus. [continue reading…]

4 comments

Series: Voices of the Throat #10 – Gate 31

This series explains the energy of each Gate around the Throat Center so you will know how to communicate effectively and authentically as YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “voice,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here. Links to the rest of this series are at the end of this post.

Series: Voices of the Throat #10 – Gate 31 “I Lead”

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.

Circuitry of this Gate:

Circuit Group: Collective

The Collective Circuit Group serves the greater good and our collective values. It shares information, opinions, experiences, solutions. It is not personal.

Circuit: Understanding/Logic

The Logic Circuit energies use patterns to understand our world and predict future outcomes.

High Expression of this Gate:

If you have the Gate 31 defined in your chart, you are here to influence and lead others via the democratic mechanism of the support of the majority.  This energy represents the highest form of human interaction:  democracy, where each person in the group has a voice and a vote, and the majority rules. 

[continue reading…]

3 comments

Series: Voices of the Throat #9 – Gate 8

This series explains the energy of each Gate around the Throat Center so you will know how to communicate effectively and authentically as YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “voice,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here. Links to the rest of this series are at the end of this post.

Series: Voices of the Throat #9 – Gate 8 “I Contribute”

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.

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 8 defined in your chart, you are here to make your contribution to society by first gaining people’s attention and then promoting truths, causes, ideas, people, or products that you “know” will be of benefit to them.

[continue reading…]

2 comments