Human Design describes and uses 64 archetypes of behavior and expression, called Gate energies (which map directly to the 64 hexagrams of the I’Ching). The Gates show the broad range of possible expression of being alive. On our personal Human Design charts, they appear as the specific energies imprinted on us related to our birth.
Every being on the planet has some combination of these 64 Gates “defined” (colored in on your chart) which means those energies are important themes and consistent for you.
Please remember though, we ALL “have” ALL of the possible energies of the chart—whether they are defined or undefined on your particular chart. What is defined is consistent for us; what is undefined is inconsistent but we still experience it.
The 16 is the eagerness that gets you excited about new endeavors but it lacks depth unless paired with the Gate 48. If you have both defined, you have the Channel of Talent—the 16-48.
Here is what’s key about the 16: it likes to leap out and get going without a lot of preparation. It’s a creative, enthusiastic, “shoot from the hip” energy. It develops skills through practice, but sometimes lacks patience for the process.
So if you know people who have the Gate 16 defined in their charts, you have two choices. You can judge them for their enthusiastic activity but their “surface” approach to things. OR, or you can appreciate their excitement, enjoy their enthusiasm, learn from their experimenting and their pattern-finding talent, and respect their ultimate drive for mastery.
If one person has the Gate 16 defined and another person has the Gate 48 defined, together they define the Channel of Talent which can make for a dynamic relationship in which they both balance each other’s energy.
- The 16 will bring the 48 out of their immersion in depth and their feelings of inadequacy, and help them bring forth the 48’s solutions and deep understandings.
- The 48 will help ground and slow down the 16 with a foundation of depth and support, and provide direction for the 16’s development of skills.
Together they bring creative talent and practical solutions into the world.