Series: Fears of the Spleen #3 – Gate 48 “Fear of Being Inadequate, or Not Ready” 

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 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: Collective
The Collective Circuit Group serves the greater good and our collective values. It shares information, opinions, experiences, solutions. It is not personal.

Circuit: Logic
The Logic Circuit energies use patterns to understand our world and predict future outcomes.

High Expression of this Gate

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

The low expression of this energy 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.” Once this energy finds a deep groove it loves, it might as well be blind to everything else.

Despite the focus on depth and mastery, if you have Gate 18 defined you may feel inadequate as an expert… you never know enough about your subject. This can keep you from stepping up and sharing your knowledge and wisdom.

You also may feel you are simply not capable of the depth this energy demands of you. So, you take course after course, get walls of certifications and degrees, and keep broadening your studies to help you overcome your feeling that you’re not “ready” yet.

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 48:

-Fear of being inadequate

-Fear of not knowing enough, or not being ready

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

Tips for Using this Energy

This gate is activated by the sun from approximately October 3 through October 9 each year, though this can vary by a day or two. While the sun is transiting through 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 the transit is over.

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

-Relax and wait for others to recognize your depth and expertise. This allows your knowledge, wisdom, and solutions to emerge and be shared correctly.

-Be patient with yourself when you want to dive into the nitty-gritty details of things. This gives you the depth you crave.

-If you’re feeling inadequate or not ready, take a deep breath and move forward anyway. Remember, this F.E.A.R. is simply False Evidence Appearing Real.

-Gracefully accept the appreciation and admiration of others for your depth and skills. Self-deprecation in this case serves no good purpose.


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

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    1. 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!)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    1. 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! 🙂

  4. Hi Evelyn!
    Thank you so much for these series, they are truly helpful, clear and easy to understand.
    I’d like to ask a question if that’s okay.
    My Moon is in the gate 48 (and gate 9) and my Sun in gate 63 (& 64). Both centers are undefined. (I’m a 6/2 Self-Projected Projector, 29 y/o).
    I’ve once heard that gate 48 + gate 63 could be a ‘dangerous’ combination. A vicious circle, so to say. I’m interested in your perspective on this, if you have one.
    Thank you.
    xx Elise.

    1. You bring up a good point. The combination of the low expression of these two gates can be challenging. The gate 48, with its drive for depth and wisdom, can have a low expression of feeling “not ready” and “inadequate.” The gate 63, with its drive for curiosity and for doubting and questioning everything, can have a low expression of turning that doubt and questioning inward so it becomes self-doubt. The combination of inadequacy and self-doubt isn’t great. But it doesn’t have to be a “vicious circle.” In each case, you can re-direct the energy away from yourself and outward toward things and ideas… which is what these energies are intended for. Every energy in the chart is a THEME, which has a high and low possible expression as well as the range of expressions in between. With deliberate attention and intention, we can move our expression and vibration up the scale of each each energy. This is true for ALL energies in the chart. I hope that helps!

      1. Thank you Evelyn, for taking the time to explain this, that’s very kind. It makes so much sense! The directing of these energies towards everything but me, feels like one of my major learning lessons in life. Thank you.

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