The official name for Human Design Gate 20 is The Gate of Now. But I call it The Voice of Alchemy because its primary action is to contemplate life, without attachment, and speak the truth in right timing.
About Human Design Gate 20 – Gene Key 20
Archetype Name: The Voice of Alchemy
In Action: be present and speak truth in the now
Keywords: contemplation, alchemy, and the present moment
Official Gate Name: Now
Human Design Definition: Recognition and awareness in the now which transforms understanding into right action.
Core Theme: Instantaneous clarity and action.
Tropical Sign: Gemini
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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 20
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 20 is the energy for being present and speaking the truth in the now. Gate 20 knows that everything we need to know exists in the present moment and trusts that the highest potential will be revealed in Divine Timing.
On the other end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 20 is the energy for making choices according to the mind instead of your inner wisdom and an inability to be still in the present moment. It can also easily give into the pressure and give unsolicited or incorrect advice.
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 20 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 20 is to embody a contemplative attitude towards life and trusting that you’ll know when you know.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 20 (Gene Key 20)
I have gate 20 defined in my chart in my conscious Jupiter.
I talk a bit about how gate 20 plays out in Jupiter in my post about Human Design Gate 8.
In this post, though, I’ve been thinking about the full 57-20 channel (called the brainwave) which is defined in my chart (Human Design Gate 57 is in the conscious sun of my incarnation cross).
This channel is super interesting to me and is one of the (many) reasons why Human Design clicked with me instantly.
I’ve often had the experience of what I call “pops of clarity.”
Pops of clarity are when I can intuitively sense information “coming through” and have to wait for clarity. And then, in a flash, I get a “download” that often feels like it needs to be expressed….right fucking now!
Sometimes, it will be related to someone I know. Maybe we’ve had a conversation about something they are going through and I’ll have a sense of what is “really” gone on but no words for it while we are talking. Then, all of a sudden, it all “pops” and feels like I must tell them right away.
Other times, it is related to writing content for my email list or my blog. I’ll have a “knowing” that there is something that needs to be said but not really have any clarity about it. Then, I’ll wake up on a random day with the whole post detailed out in my brain.
And I have to tell you…
For most of my life, this was frustrating AF.
I hated the feeling of “knowing” something was “on the way” and having no control over when it showed up.
But after many years of deconditioning, that is shifting.
I can see that my mind goes into a tailspin and starts trying to use logic or reason to put language to the inner knowing.
And it literally never works.
When I try to force the knowing out, it gets muddy and never “lands” in a very powerful way for the other person.
What I have learned is that the best thing I can do is….be present.
And trust that if something needs to be said or shared, I’ll know it when the time is right.
I don’t need to be attached to knowing now. Or knowing at all.
And if I am attached, its just an indicator that there is some karma to burn off.
As I have surrendered to the process of trusting that I’ll know what I know when I know it, I’ve come to a place where it is much easier for me to be in the present moment.
Without all the “prove what I know” mind drama, I have space to actually breathe and just live my life.
Probably even more importantly, my intuition is becoming even stronger. It is sharper and clearer. And when the words do come, they are more powerful than ever and becoming a healing force in the world.
And, at the end of the day, that is what really matters.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 20
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 20 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…
What is your relationship with living in the present moment?
What about when you can feel something “coming through you” for expression?
Do you trust that you’ll know what you need to know when you know it? Why or why not?
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 20.