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Human Design Gate 12 – Gene Key 12 – The Fine Artist

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The official name for Human Design Gate 12 is The Gate of Caution. But I call it The Fine Artist because its primary action is to express your emotions through poetry and art.

About Human Design Gate 12 – Gene Key 12

In Action: To Express Your Emotions Through Poetry And Art.

Keywords: Refined Verbal and Artistic Expression, Good Taste, Discernment

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Official Gate Name: Caution

Human Design Definition: The quality of restraint and the importance of meditation and inaction in confronting temptation.

Core Theme: Discriminating taste.

Bodygraph Center: Throat center and connects to the Solar Plexus center via human design gate 22

Tropical Sign: Gemini

(Want all of the correspondences and keynotes for the gates of your incarnation cross? The Human Design Map + Deconditioning Toolbox is for you.)

The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 12

All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 12 is the energy for expressing emotions through art, especially the art of language, in a highly refined way. Gate 12 wants nothing more than to pour everything it has into art and share it with the world. It has “good taste” and idealistic visions of beauty, art, and Grace

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 12 is the energy for holding people, organizations, and art to impossible standards of perfection. It can easily push other people’s buttons with its words and can even have a bit of a superiority complex because of its highly refined “palate” in life. 

If you don’t like the results that the “negative” side of the spectrum is creating in your life, you can raise the frequency of Gate 12 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools. 

(I cover the practices for the gates of your incarnation cross in The Human Design Map.) 

The most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 12 is to use your poetry and art as a way to channel your emotions and gain emotional clarity. This is even more important if you have a defined solar plexus but will be useful either way. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 12 (Gene Key 12)

I don’t have gate 12 defined in my chart but, as I mentioned in my post on Human Design Gate 22, my husband has the full channel. 

He has taught me so much about expression and Grace. 

In the beginning of our relationship, it would have been an understatement to say that I didn’t really know how to express uncomfortable emotions. And I absolutely had no clue that getting clarity on my emotions was possible with art. 

My main go-to’s were sobbing, screaming, and slamming doors. 

And, with a profound amount of Grace, my husband let me know pretty quickly that those things were not going to work for him. 

I eventually learned how to feel my feelings and that started to shift things almost instantly. I learned that all feelings don’t actually need to be expressed. 

Sometimes, they just need to be felt. And sometimes, with my undefined emotional solar plexus, they weren’t even mine to start with. 

And as I got more comfortable with my emotions, I started to notice something really interesting unfolding. 

I discovered that the hardest part for me was understanding what I was feeling in the first place. And if I didn’t understand what was happening inside, I would try to force that energy out with the sobbing, screaming, and slamming doors. 

I didn’t know a thing about Human Design back then but I can see now that my husband’s 12-22 was rubbing off on me. 

I started to experiment with making art. In particular, I did art journaling and expressive mixed media. I’d layer in intentions and anytime I felt emotionally “lost” I’d go make something. 

And, the miraculous thing was that each time it led to an immense amount of emotional understanding. When I focused on making a piece of art, it was like all of the confusion in my head poured out onto the paper or canvas. 

Making art even became a magickal act of gaining insight and communicating with the Divine. 

As I write this, we are just days away from our 14th wedding anniversary. 

With his graceful support and energetic blueprint, I have many more tools in my belt for understanding what is going on inside of me. 

I have much clearer energy boundaries and no longer absorb and amplify other people’s solar plexus energy as easily. I spend plenty of time in my own pure aura

And unless something specific is happening in my life or my nervous system is jacked up, I tend to be pretty emotionally calm. 

But when the emotional waters rise up, I do have art in my back pocket. I can go into my art space, pull out my art supplies, feel my feelings, and gain much-needed emotional understanding. 

And that seems to be the real secret sauce to emotional expression. It must begin with understanding and Grace. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 12

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 12 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

Are you a poet or artist?

Have you ever experimented with using art and poetry as a way of emotional understanding and expression? 

How might you begin to make space in your life for expressing your emotions with Grace?

I encourage you to take some time with these questions. Take them out into your world and let their answers reveal themselves to you. Intend for deeper levels of clarity about gate 12. 

And, if you have gate 12 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out The Human Design Map where I go super deep into each gate of your cross.