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Series: Fears of the Spleen #1 – Introduction

This post begins a series that 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. 

We all have fears that occasionally slow us down, stop us, or knock us off track completely. The Fear Gates of the Spleen give us a clear list of temporary but powerful fears that may be getting in our way.

If any of these gates are defined in your Human Design chart, understanding them will help you manage and ultimately master these fears, so they no longer stop you.

If you know when these gates are transiting (which affects all of us), you can confidently navigate these challenges and move through them with ease.

While the focus of my online work and private readings with clients is providing uplifting and reaffirming explanations of chart energies, it’s truly useful to focus on and understand these Splenic Fears—so you know how to handle them.

In this Fears of the Spleen series, we will explore all seven Gates/Splenic Fears in the order they occur as the sun progresses through the 64 Human Design Gates.

It turns out that all 7 Splenic Fear Gates occur one right after the other from late September through early November every year!

No wonder Halloween happens near the end of that run.  <wink wink>

To get the most from this series, you’ll first need to understand how the sun transits through the gate energies affecting us all, and also understand Splenic Fears in general. 

Sun Transiting Through the Gates

The “big picture” 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.

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.

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 body is in a particular gate, everyone temporarily experiences the activation of the energy.

For this Splenic Fears series, we are focused only on the sun’s movement—which exerts the most powerful effect on us, and on whether you have these gates defined in your own chart.

Splenic Fears

The Spleen Energy Center (large triangle on left side of a Human Design chart) represents intuition, survival of the self, our relationship with time, and our physical well-being—particularly our immune system.

While real fears helped our ancient ancestors survive by causing us to run from lions and tigers and stay out of the bear’s cave, these days (at least for most of us, and hopefully for you) our lives are not threatened on a regular basis.

However, the Spleen Center still carries our survival fears. Since the center’s sense of time is tied to the immediate present, these fears feel so in-the-moment and real—even life-threatening—they can stop us in our tracks. But the nature of our fears has changed. They are now more personal and far less physically dire.

Since today’s fears (Splenic Fears) are not based on real threats to our lives, they can be pushed through and will dissipate instantly.

The handy acronym for F.E.A.R. is relevant here:  False Evidence Appearing Real.

Here are those Splenic Fears in the clockwise order they appear in the Human Design chart.

  • Gate 48 – fear of being inadequate or not ready
  • Gate 57 – fear of the future or of the unknown
  • Gate 44 – fear of repeating the mistakes of the past
  • Gate 50 – fear of failing your responsibilities
  • Gate 32 – fear of failure
  • Gate 28 – fear that life is empty and meaningless
  • Gate 18 – fear that you are not perfect and/or nothing is perfect

These fear gates show up in a different order as the sun transits through them, so we’ll be following the sun’s path in this series.

Stay tuned as we explore each Splenic Gate and its associated fear.

For further clarification, be sure to scroll down and read my answers to comments and questions.

First gate in this series:  Gate 18 – Fear of Not Being Perfect

14 comments… add one
  • Donna Salyer September 26, 2018, 6:28 pm

    Will there also be material for persons with no active gates at the spleen?
    Thanks, A Reflector

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 10:54 am

      Donna, thank you for your question… which allows me to further clarify. Even if you have no active gates on your Spleen Center, you (and everyone else) will still be affected by the Splenic Fear Gates as the sun moves through them. Not only can this information help you understand the potential impacts on you, it will also help you make sense of what’s going on with the people around you and the world at large!

  • Ellen Francine Fields September 26, 2018, 9:22 pm

    I am a Projector with only the Head and Ajna defined. As I understand it, I can “take on” the other centers and gates. How would I prevent myself from falling into one of the fears. I think I do a pretty good job of that already, at 72 but always ready to learn something new.

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 11:00 am

      Hi Ellen! Yes, there is always more we can learn. 🙂 The general “protection” from the influence of these potential fears is to: 1) be aware of them so you recognize the effects if you happen to feel them, and 2) know that they are simply in-the-moment fears that can be pushed through (and they will dissipate when you do). As we go through all seven of the gates over the coming weeks, this will make more sense and you’ll have the specific knowledge of each of these gates. [What I just explained is also true if you have any of these seven gates defined in your personal Human Design chart.]

  • Stancia September 27, 2018, 12:58 am

    I also have no active gates and get bombarded with other people’s fears

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 11:02 am

      Hi Stancia, no problem. You will get a lot of value from this series! Please see my reply to Ellen’s comment above, and stay tuned to the coming posts about each of these gates.

  • Sayuri September 27, 2018, 3:56 am

    Fantastic theme, thank you.
    Are we going to get those series via email like this one?

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 11:03 am

      Yes, Sayuri, I will send an email with a link as I release each of the posts in this series.

  • Ellen Francine Fields September 27, 2018, 4:13 pm

    I see that while I have no channels to the spleen I do have three gates and recognize that they do, or have, bothered me.

  • Sarah Waters September 27, 2018, 4:50 pm

    Hi Evelyn
    This info is so helpful in understanding why, at this time of year, my energy changes or deteriorates.. I have Gates 18 (1 and 4 x2); 57 (2) links to 10 (4), and 48 (6) links to 16 (6)
    These fears/ cautions appear real to me as I sense/feel them, yet F E A R indicates that I can change them. If they are present in both Conscious & Unconscious, how is it best, or a helpful way, in releasing them? Will this question help others… I hope so. Thank you for the opportunity to do something positive about these gates, and for sharing your knowledge. Kind regards, Sarah

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 9:33 pm

      Hi Sarah, you may feel unconscious-based fears more in your body, and conscious-based fears more in your mind. Either way, the best way to release them is through awareness and deliberate choice to move through them, with the clear understanding that they are just energy (“appearing real”), not true threats to your survival. As we go through each gate in the next several weeks, you’ll get greater clarity about the specific fears of each of your Spleen gates which will make it easier to recognize and release them.

  • Camilla R Edstrom September 27, 2018, 5:40 pm

    I just would like to thank you for offerering these teachings for free.
    Your generosity with time and wisdom is highly appreciated.
    Camilla with a 48/16 Channel

    • Evelyn September 27, 2018, 9:34 pm

      You are welcome, Camilla. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Brenna Dean October 4, 2018, 1:50 pm

    Thank you for clearly and kindly articulating the info recently read re: splenic “fears” and gates. Every fact learned lays a foundation for better understanding and living. Much to be thankful…

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