Human Design Gate 13 – Gene Key 13 – The Sounding Board

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The official name for Human Design Gate 13 is The Gate of The Listener. But I call it The Sounding Board because its primary action is to create containers of deep listening while holding the frequency of forgiveness. 

About Human Design Gate 13 – Gene Key 13

Archetype Name: The Sounding Board

In Action: hold space and listen with empathy

Keywords: listening with empathy, forgiveness, and being a keeper of secrets

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Official Gate Name: The Listener

Human Design Definition: Universal ideas and values in an ordered framework that inspires humanistic cooperation. 

Core Theme: Listening to other people’s secrets. 

Bodygraph Center: G center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 33

Tropical Sign: Aquarius

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 13

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 13 is the energy for listening to others secrets while holding the frequency of forgiveness. The 13 believes everyone needs someone who can listen with empathy, compassion, and grace. It feels deeply connected to others by listening to their stories, experiences, and challenges.

 On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 13 is the energy for being a dumping ground for people’s secrets, challenges, and darkness. And it can struggle with an unwillingness to forgive and hold onto anger, blame, and resentment. 

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 13 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 13 is to be mindful of your energy boundaries; know and communicate your limits around listening to others. A key indicator that you are out of balance in this department will be bitterness and resentment. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 13 (Gene Key 13)

I don’t have gate 13 in my chart but, interestingly enough, it is connected to recognizing my own gifts with the Human Design system. 

As a 5/2, that is critical. Because 5/2’s are in a double projection field, it is important that we call ourselves out for our natural gifts and talents, instead of relying on the projections of others to reveal them. 

And that is exactly what happened with gate 13. 

I was listening, ironically enough, to Nahko on spotify. I don’t remember the song I was listening to but I do remember thinking…

This song sounds like gate 13. 

And, sure enough, I looked up his birth information and gate 13 is the gate of his Conscious Sun. 

I had been a fan of his music for a while at that point but I started listening with even greater interest. And I started being able to call out the energy of gates in other songs and artists, as well. 

This kind of listening helped me to really stand in the knowing that, by the mystery of Grace, I have a special connection and gift with Human Design. 

Because of that, I think Gate 13 will always hold a special place in my heart and mind. 

None the less, eventually, Nahko came out with a song called twisted and it even includes the lyrics “the keeper of the secrets.” 

In the song I could feel the intensity of being someone who holds other people’s stories, secrets, and painful memories. I could sense what it must be like to be on the “negative” side of that spectrum. 

And I could see, both in his music, and in my heart the necessity of forgiveness and how its the medicine of the Gate 13. 

When we make space for the raw, gritty nature of our stories and hold them with forgiveness, our hearts crack open and we deepen in surrender to the mystery. 

I was able to step into a space of deep gratitude for anyone in my life who was able to hold that frequency for me. For anyone who was able to listen to my stories and not get bogged down in them. For anyone who held the possibility of forgiveness. 

I was able to forgive myself for dumping my stories on others. And I’ve become more mindful of who I share with. 

What a beautiful web. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 13

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 13 are available to you, (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

Are you able to hold space for other people’s stories with forgiveness? 

Are you able to hold space for your own stories with forgiveness? 

What are your boundaries around listening? How are you honoring those boundaries? 

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 13

And, if you have gate 13 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.