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Series: Fears of the Spleen #3 – Gate 48

Once a year there is a cycle in which the sun activates each of the gates of the Spleen Center, also known as the “Fear Gates of the Spleen.”  Knowledge about each of these gates will help you understand the energy as it transits and also how to master the energy if it is defined in your Human Design chart.

Previous posts in this series:
#1 – Series Intro
#2 – Gate 18

Gate 48 – Fear of Being Inadequate, or Not Ready

—Timing of the Transit

This gate is being activated by the sun from October 3 through the morning of October 8 (in the US).


Gate 48 is connected to the Spleen Center and is part of the Collective sub-circuit called Understanding (or Logic).

Called the energy for Depth, this gate is all about going deeply into things, often to the point of being over-prepared.

—High Expression

—The highest application of this energy is to understand deeply the nature of patterns and logic, focus your depth to master knowledge in areas of interest to you, and come up with workable solutions to collective problems in those areas.

Gate 48 is intuitive and often has great taste, both visual and culinary.  Designers and chefs may have this energy in their charts, and also may have a touch of the perfectionism that weaves throughout this Logic sub-circuit.

A blend of creativity and logic, this energy loves to know everything about a subject and become an expert in it, leaving no stone unturned.

Low Expression

This is a classic case of being so focused on the details of the trees that you simply can’t see the forest (or even realize it exists).  My conscious sun is in this gate, and my friends joke that my perspective is “an inch wide and a mile deep.”

—Potential FEAR

-Fear of being inadequate

-Fear of not knowing enough, or not being ready

—-Fear of not having enough training, certificates, degrees, or experience

—What This Means as a Transiting Energy

While the sun is transiting Gate 48, you may find yourself more focused on depth and details than usual, and may notice others focused that way as well.

You may have doubts about your abilities, feel inadequate or not up to the task at hand, feel unprepared, or that your skills need updating.

Because of this it may be a challenging time to “get yourself out there” to speak in public or share your knowledge.  Follow the suggestions below, or reschedule for after this transit is over.

—What To Do

-Know that it is just energy and that this too shall pass… and soon.

-Be patient with yourself and others who want to dive into the nitty-gritty details.

-Take a deep breath and move forward, despite your F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real).

-Take this opportunity to look more deeply into things, and value the depth of perspective available at this time.


Next gate in this series: Gate 57 – Fear of the Future or the Unknown


10 comments… add one
  • Jeana October 3, 2018, 12:02 pm

    The value of these weekly summaries of the Spleen and Gate energy are so helpful. Thank you!

  • Tersia October 3, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Is this applicable to everyone or only people who have this gate in their charts?

    • Evelyn October 3, 2018, 5:16 pm

      Great question, Tersia. When someone has a gate defined (colored) in their chart, they experience the energy consistently. So yes, this information applies to them. When the sun, moon, or planets move through a gate (known as a transit), the gate is activated for everyone, even if they don’t have the gate defined in their birth chart. During a transit, this information applies to all of us, until it passes (thank goodness!)

  • Dania October 3, 2018, 11:56 pm

    love the way you write Evelyn! very clear, fun, practical and deep at the same time. thank you for this series!

  • Susan October 4, 2018, 9:04 pm

    Thank you very much for the wonderful series! You certainly present the concepts clearly and in a practical way.

  • Sayuri October 5, 2018, 5:59 am

    Thank you for your input. It is great!

  • Marga Dhun October 6, 2018, 7:40 am

    Hello everybody out there ,Yes I have Gate 18 , 48, the upcoming 57 and a couple of more defined in my chart. A lot of fears , a lot to learn. The fear of not living up to what I came here for I keep feeling from time to time. When such a fear comes up I tend to immerse myself totally in it , I surrender to the pain of it and always come out feeling blessed.

  • Kim October 8, 2018, 6:47 pm

    Love this information, Evelyn! Very easy to understand. I love how you emphasize to focus on the high expression and not the low expression. Great advice. Thank you for taking the time to write these articles.

  • Verica October 16, 2018, 3:43 pm

    Is there a difference when the spleen is open and defined. I have many activations from an open spleen
    48 double 28double 44 and my earth is in 57.
    Im not quite sure how to Apply this in everyday life
    Otherwise IT is very insightful and with such easiness and streightforwardness
    I like these posts a lot!!!!
    Thank you for your energy

    • Evelyn October 22, 2018, 2:44 pm

      Hi Verica, great question. Thanks to you, I addressed it in my most recent email (which delivered the Gate 50 information). The quick answer is: having an open spleen center will likely amplify the gate energies, and their POTENTIAL fears, more than a defined spleen center. But I put POTENTIAL fears in caps to emphasize that they are only possible fears… not inevitable! 🙂

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