We all have fears that occasionally stop us, slow us down, or knock us off track completely. If you know when the Fear Gates of the Spleen are transiting and affecting all of us, you can confidently navigate these challenges and move through them with ease. Understanding these gates will also help you manage them if they are defined in your Human Design chart.
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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, beginning with the Gate 18 on September 27 this year.
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