Each person is born into this world with an Incarnation Cross that illuminates that person’s authentic life path… and yours can be found on your Human Design chart!
But what is it—really—and how can knowing about it help you right now?
There are very few published materials available about this significant yet somewhat hidden aspect of Human Design. This article explains the basics about Incarnation Crosses so you’ll understand their power and importance.
One caveat before we get started, though. Your Incarnation Cross really won’t come into play in your life until you are first living in alignment with your Human Design Type and Strategy. Some people—especially those around us who seem to thrive no matter what—have stumbled across what works for them in life (their Strategy) and figured out how to do it consistently. But most of us don’t have a clear handle on how to have our life really work until we learn about our Type and Strategy from Human Design.
Once you learn your Type and Strategy they should be your primary focus. But understanding your Incarnation Cross is definitely cool, and can be very inspiring!
What IS an Incarnation Cross?
It is the path (or story line) that you are designed to live out during your life. It’s not an inevitable fate—you can choose to NOT live that path. But most of the time we can’t help but express our Cross, at least partially, because it’s what comes naturally to us.
If life were a theatrical play (thank you Mr. Shakespeare!), your TYPE would be the role you play in that production. For example, “the butler” might be a role in a play. YOUR role in this life is your Type: Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector, or Reflector, which means you are here to initiate, work, guide, or reflect—depending on your Type.
Your PROFILE is the personality or character you bring to your role. In the case of the butler, some butlers are quiet, some are stern, some are incompetent (usually in a comedy), some are smarter than their employer (Jeeves), some protect their employer (Batman’s Alfred), etc. There are many ways to play a butler!
For example, I am a 1/3 Projector, so my ROLE in life is to manage, guide and direct the energy of others (Projector Type), and the PERSONALITY style I bring to this role is being investigative and experimental (1/3 Profile).
The INCARNATION CROSS is the plot line or story line that the character plays out in their role. My Incarnation Cross is the Right Angle Cross of Tension. I am designed to figure out (1/3 Profile) how to provoke people to release tension and then guide (Projector Role) them to restoring the flow of energy in their lives.
While my Cross is not a narrowly defined “purpose,” it is the what and how of what I am designed to do. But there are many different ways I could fulfill that path or story line.
So your Incarnation Cross can be thought of as your broad purpose in life, made a little more specific by your particular Type and Profile, and further refined by the rest of the Gate energies you carry.
I now offer a specialized Advanced Human Design Reading call the Life Path and Soul Mission Reading, which specifically explores your Incarnation Cross (your Life Path) along with your Chiron energies (your Soul Mission). You can learn about that reading HERE.
In Part 2 of this article, we will cover:
-How Is the Incarnation Cross Derived?
-Why is it Called a “Cross”?
-How Many Incarnation Crosses Are There?
-How You Can Find Out More About YOUR Incarnation Cross