Series: Fears of the Spleen #8 – Gate 44 “Fear of Repeating the Past” 

by Evelyn Levenson

This series explains the energy of each gate around the Spleen Center (these are known as the Fear Gates) so you can learn to master your fears and become unstoppable—in ways that are correct for YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “fear,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series and links to all of these posts can be found here.


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

Called the energy for Alertness, this gate supports the instinctive awareness to detect both threats and opportunities.

The highest application of this energy is an instinct for protecting and supporting the tribe, which in today’s terms can mean family, friends, group, community, workplace, company, or industry.

This energy works by relying on our embodied memories of past experiences, which sharpen our instincts in the present moment. Thus, the patterns of our past successes and failures play a vital role in the well-being and survival of our tribe in the present.

If you have the Gate 44 defined in your chart, you have an instinct—a “nose”—for sensing the usefulness of others’ natural skills and talents, and knowing how to apply these to benefit the group. You can “smell a rat” when someone is dishonest and also discern new opportunities and possibilities that others do not perceive.

You have a knack for making things look good to influence others and even to sell things or ideas, though the energy for actually “closing the sale” rests in the other gate of this channel, Gate 26.  You are creative and have an “eye” for what is appealing. And you can “spin” the past to make a good case for the message you want to convey.

Your ability to bring forth lessons learned can help you and your tribe to:

  • avoid repeating past mistakes
  • leverage and repeat past successes.

Low Expression of this Gate

In the low expression, your Gate 44 energy can be so strongly focused on learning the lessons of the past that you have a reluctance or even inability to move forward in life. This is “getting stuck in the past.”

You can also have a focus on making things look good on the surface but without substance or depth to back it up.

A manipulative person with Gate 44 defined can “selectively” remember the past and twist the story in order to influence people in a particular direction.

The “Fear” of this Gate

All Splenic Fears are in-the-moment fears that feel so real they can stop us in our tracks and keep us from moving forward. But we are meant to simply push through them because they are not truly survival-related fears. They quickly dissipate when moved through, often never to return again (though it may take a few times of “doing” your fear to banish it permanently). Focus on using the high expressions of this gate to help you get past the fear.

The potential fears of the Gate 44:

-Fear of Repeating the Past – “I’m afraid I’ll make the same mistakes again.” “I’m afraid I haven’t learned my lessons.”

-Fear of the Past – “I’m afraid my past will catch up with me.”

Tips for Using this Energy

This gate is activated by the sun from approximately October 31 through November 6 each year, though this can vary by a day or two. While the sun is transiting Gate 44, this energy can heighten our beneficial instincts but can also intensify our stuck-ness.

You may notice more than average “spin” on items in the news and by people promoting or defending their story or point of view. How interesting that Election Day in the U.S. usually happens around the time or just after this transit ends. The final push to influence voters generally happens during this Gate 44 transit!

Remember:  the Spleen Center is not a motor, so there is no energy for action in this Gate, whether or not your Spleen Center is defined. This is energy for awareness and alertness.

Any time of year, use these tips to help you:

-Remember that as with all splenic fears, it is just energy and it soon shall pass.

-Establish a practice of recalling past successes and failures (both personal and group) and then “mine” them for useful lessons—without judgment or criticism. What can you learn from the past that can help you now and in the future?

-If the fear of repeating mistakes of the past is stopping you in your tracks, stop and take a few deep breaths. Make a list of a few useful lessons you’ve learned, then turn your attention to applying them as you move forward.  Splenic fears can (and should) simply be pushed through.

-Use your heightened instinctive discernment to see through the political (and other) hype around you, so you know what to believe and whom to trust.


We have now completed the last Fear Gate of the Spleen. Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope you found it useful. I enjoyed creating this series for you, and I’m thinking about other series I might offer. Please let me know what else you would like to learn about Human Design.

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  1. Thank you so much That explines so many things and feelings i am experiencing right now. The fear of past mistakes which it seems more connected to the past lifes and feel sooo real . great insight !

  2. I think it’s hilarious that I’ve planned a trip “back home” to see my 80-year-old mother exactly during this time! Kind of like the master therapist who said, if you want to see if you’ve made personal progress then go visit your family! Thanks so much for this series and all to do to educate and share about HD it enriches my life.

  3. Thank you i read with great attention all this time. And i really wanna thank you because this is really helpful to me. I move my house into nowhere really i live in a village all by myself and you know some fear based thoughts could haunt me here and distract me all day but your pre-warning has worked from the beginnig!! I knew this would work for me!! I really really appreciate your work here you have a beautiful soul. This is a big help 🙂 i wish you the good times and much much love
    Didem Kurtoglu

  4. This series was a lot of work with great simplified information.
    I appreciate you and the way you explained each of the fear gates.
    Thank you, Evelyn!

  5. I resonate very deeply with being able to make things look good and selling things or ideas, but I do not have Gate 26 defined and have a completely open Heart Center so "closing the sale" is definitely my struggle. I actually do not have any energy to give to this part of the sale cycle and have pushed my way through my career in Sales anyways and will only close the sale when I have to (to meet revenue goals etc.) and it is still a struggle and leaves me in burnout… my question is how do I utilize gate 44 in a career in sales or even building my own business that requires buyers and closing?

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