Human Design Gate 20 – Gene Key 20 – The Voice of Alchemy

Written by Christie Inge, 5/2 Splenic Projector, born in the LAX of the Clarion 2 (57/51. 62/61) and creator of the Human Design Map

NOTE: My Human Design content is my personal interpretation of mechanics and is always written through my heretical + alchemical lens. It often does not align with traditional HD perspectives. And this post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase after clicking one of my affiliate links, I may make a commission. 

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

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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. 

Bodygraph Center: Throat center and connects to the Splenic center via human design gate 57, connects to the G center via human design gate 10, and to the sacral center via human design gate 34.

Tropical Sign: Gemini

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

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 Experience with Human Design Gate 20 (Gene Key 20)

Gate 20 is defined in my conscious Jupiter. I talked a bit about how gate 20 plays out in Jupiter in my post about Human Design Gate 8

In this post, though, I wanted to reflect on the 57-20 channel (called the brainwave). 

(I cover all of the channels inside the Human Design Map portal.)

Gate 57 is defined in the conscious sun of incarnation cross and the 57-20 has been super interesting to me. It is actually one of the (many) reasons that Human Design clicked with me instantly. 

I’ve often had the experience of what I call “pops of clarity.” 

Pops of clarity are sort of like sitting at a train crossing before the train arrives. You can hear the train coming, but you have no control over when it will actually show up. It shows up when it does. 

With the 57-20, I can intuitively sense information “coming through” and have to wait for clarity. 

But, then, in a flash, I get a “download” that feels like it needs to be expressed….right fucking now!

Sometimes, it will be related to someone I know, like one of my map clients. 

 Maybe we’ve had a conversation inside the portal, and I can’t quite put my finger on what to say. Then, all of a sudden, I’ll know exactly what to say and have to rush to my computer to reply to them. 

Other times, it is related to writing content for the map portal or the posts I share here. I’ll have a “knowing” that there is something that needs to be said but have no real clarity about what that something is. Then, I’ll wake up on a random day with the whole thing 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 my intuition out, it gets muddy and never “lands” in a very powerful way.

What I have learned is that the best thing I can do is….be present. 

Be here now

And trusting 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, it’s 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 actually have space to 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 become a healing force in the world. 

It isn’t always easy, but, clearly, it is part of my life’s work. I’m literally living for it. 

Affirmations for Human Design Gate 20

Using your Human Design to create affirmations is a powerful way to activate the full potential of your chart. Here are some affirmations for Gate 20:

I live in the present moment.

I speak truth in the now.

I am self assured.

Inside your Human Design Map, you’ll get a full list of empowering beliefs for your type + strategy, authority, profile, and all four gates of your incarnation cross and show you how to go from affirmation to full-on embodiment. In the meantime, be sure to also check out my post on how to make Human Design affirmations work.

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. 

And, if you have gate 20 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. 

There is so much more where that came from:

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